2015 Gobbler Grind Half-Marathon -- Sunday, November 8th, 8:30am
A full marathon option is also offered, and starts at the same time as the half-marathon.
A 5k option is also offered, and begins at 8:45am
This event's official webpage can be found HERE.
I love that there's a fall half marathon series now! The Gobbler Grind Half-Marathon is #2 in the line-up, following the Kansas Half Marathon in Lawrence, and followed by the Pilgrim Pacer Half. Three weeks, three halves (or, if you're brave -- or nuts, like I am -- four halves with the Longview Half the day before Pilgrim Pacer).
Packet pick-up IS ALLOWED on race day near the start line, although, like most races, organizers encourage packet pick-up beforehand (this opens up the volunteers to focus on more race-day-oriented tasks). Ahead of race day, there is one packet pick-up time, on Saturday (November 7th) from 10:00am to 4:00pm at,Gary Gribble's Running Sports in the Stoll Park strip mall on the corner of 119th & Quivira in Overland Park (official address 11908 W. 119th Street). Like always, packet pick-up is always busiest at the start and end of the times offered (and likely around lunch time as well), so plan accordingly if you're expecting a quick-in-quick-out.
Many, many races starting/finishing at Corporate Woods have been covered on this site. As per parking, this race should be no different. The start line is right in front of the building (Building 40) at 9401 Indian Creek Parkway in the Corporate Woods business park, and there is plenty of parking behind the building. Worst case scenario: You park near the DoubleTree off of College & Mastin and walk the quarter-/half-ish mile to the start/finish line. No biggie.
Additional Race Day Information
I will only be covering the half-marathon, although technically this 5k route has been covered before, and the full marathon is just jumping back on the Indian Creek Trail after the run around the 119th/Switzer/127th/Quivira block. If you've ever run a 5k/10k in Corporate Woods (Girls on the Run, Jazz in the Woods, Paulina Cooper, this year's CASA Superhero 5k, etc etc), the course inside the park is no different for 5k-ers, other than a finish on the Indian Creek Trail rather than on the street. For half- and full-marathoners, the route extends past the normal in-park 5k route down the Indian Creek trail to a full block loop of 119th-Switzer-127th-Quivira, before heading back North on the Indian Creek trail to Corporate Woods. The route is fairly straightforward, and only one real climb to worry about.
And by the way, all courses are USATF-certified, and the marathon is, once again, a Boston Qualifier (sweet).
Here are the basics for the 2015 route...
Three climbs on-route here (for the half-marathon), but only one to fret over. Here's what they look like...
The half- (and full) marathon course starts in front of Building 40 inside Corporate Woods Business Park in Overland Park, Kansas. The finish is across the street in the nearest shelter along the Indian Creek Trail that runs through Corporate Woods. The run itself is a loop of corporate woods, followed by a Southbound run of the Indian Creek Trail, a loop of the block of 119th-Switzer-127th-Quivira, and then back North on the Indian Creek Trail in to Corporate Woods. The full marathon is the same, but includes more Southbound Indian Creek Trail after the 119th-Switzer-127th-Quivira block loop.
(P.S. -- to view an unofficial "Virtual Run," 2014's route is no different, and I did a VR for that one -- you can view it HERE)
Start to 3.00 Miles: If you've ever run either the Jazz in the Woods 5k, the Paulina Cooper Dot-to-Dot 5k/10k, or the Girls on the Run Overland Park 5k, you've know the first three miles of this route (and the entire 5k offering). Starting in front of Building 40 inside Corporate Woods Business Park, runners head West along Indian Creek Parkway to Farley. A right turn heading North on Farley gives a short climb that normally would be cause for concern. For 5k'ers, it still might, depending on if you plan to compete: speed definitely accentuates the climb. After a lap around the Northwestern-most buildings in the business park, runners descend down Mastin and on to 109th before heading South along Indian Creek Parkway again. Just before the exit from the park, athletes will U-turn in to the Northbound lane of Indian Creek Parkway back towards Building 40. Just short of the 2-mile marker, another lap around this time the Southeastern-most buildings inside the park gives the first significant climb on-route. Off of Grandview and on to Benson, this is a short half-mile climb at roughly 1.5% grade. The descent is equal to the ascent back down Benson. The big change from the 5k route comes just after runners hit Indian Creek Parkway for the last time. Rather than head back to the finish, participants take a right off of Indian Creek Parkway, and on to Indian Creek Trail. Right after the transition on to the multi-use trail, the 3-mile marker will make an appearance.
3.00mi to 6.24mi: Then begins the trek South on the Indian Creek Trail. From Corporate Woods to the block loop, the elevation ups oh-so-slightly, increasing only 100 feet over three miles (about 0.7% grade). The grade should be slight enough to not even be noticeable. Enjoy the ride -- it is a pretty trail.
6.24mi to 8.00mi: Half- and full-marathoners will come off the Indian Creek Trail at 119th Street. Difficult to see on the official course map, runners will actually be sent EAST on to 119th Street first. This is where the big climb of the day comes in. Starting almost immediately off of the Indian Creek Trail, 119th Street picks up slightly at first (about 1.2% grade). Just short of the turn on to Switzer, the road kicks up to a 3.5% average grade. Halfway down Switzer between 119th and 127th is where the hill tops out, totaling over a mile of climbing up 107 feet. Just beyond the top of the climb rests mile marker 7.
For most the remainder of Switzer, you get a bit of a break from the climbing. But before the turn back West on to 127th Street, the road picks up once more, albeit much shorter and more mild. As the road picks up again for this climb, runners will pass mile marker 8.
8.00mi to 10.00mi: Right after mile marker 8, runners will come off the roads and on to trail once again, this time on to extensions of the Indian Creek Trail that line the streets of 127th and Quivira. Entrance back on to the trail will take place at Nieman Road at 8.30 miles.
The turn on to the trails lining Quivira Road from 127th Street marks the end of climbing for half-marathoners. Runners will welcome a very long and fast descent down the entire stretch of the trail along Quivira before hitting the main Indian Creak Trail again, and the same spot where they'd exited the trail three miles before.
10.00mi to Finish: Once back on to the main Indian Creek Trail, the return in home is a reverse of the way out. Continue North along the trail back in to Corporate Woods. Once in the park, volunteers will lead you off the trail and to the finish line, located North of the start line, next to the shelter across from Building 40.
Third in the Harvest Series is Pilgrim Pacer, which I'll have a on-course video for! More soon.
Until then, good luck, and Keep R/B/S-ing!
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