Training/Pacing

If you live in the Kansas City area, join the free Rock the Parkway Groupie Runs beginning in January and continuing through the weeks leading up to the event. These weekly group runs are led by KC Running Company staff and will offer a well-marked course for you to use for training for the event. Runners and walkers of all paces will run and walk with pace groups, and the out-and-back courses will allow participants to pick the distance they need for that weekend. For more information on the Rock the Parkway Groupie Runs, check them out on Facebook.

PACING

To allow us to satisfy city permit requirements for street closures, half marathon participants must maintain a pace of 14 minutes per mile or faster. Failure to maintain the 14-minute-mile pace may result in the following:

  • participants no longer being able to access aid stations
  • participants being asked by law enforcement officials to move off the streets
  • the course may be re-opened to traffic
  • vendors at the finish line may no longer be serving food or beverages after 10 a.m.

The SmartPacing Team managed by the Runners Edge Training Program will be back for this year’s race. Instead of running an even pace for each mile, they will use a SmartPace strategy that adjusts the pace based on the hills to help you run “even effort” and start out conservatively to run more efficiently. Visit their website to learn more about their pacing strategy.

In the half marathon, we will have pacers available for the following times:
1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:25, 2:30, 2:35, 2:40, 2:45, 2:50, 2:55, 3:00 and 3:05.

Additional pacing resources from Runner’s Edge coach Eladio Valdez:

Half Marathon Pacing Strategy

Pace Team Selection Guide

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Kansas City, Missouri
Half Marathon | 7:30 A.M.
5K | 8:00 A.M.