If you live in the Kansas City area, we invite you to participate in the FREE Rock the Parkway Groupie Runs beginning in January 2017 and continuing through the weeks leading up to the event. These weekly support 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 in different 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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
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 participants no longer being able to access aid stations, and they may be asked by law enforcement officials to move off the streets as the course may be re-opened to traffic. Also, vendors at the finish line may no longer be serving food or beverages after 10 a.m.
We have recruited the SmartPacing Team managed by the Runners Edge Training Program 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 help 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.
For more information on pacing from Runner's Edge coach Eladio Valdez, please read the following documents: