Garmin Marathon a go; special finish line for Boston marathoners

A video route of the 10th Annual Garmin Marathon through Olathe.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Local runners that participated in the April 15 Boston Marathon but were unable to go through the finish line because of the two bombs that exploded will be able to “finish” the race at the Garmin Marathon Saturday, April 20, by running the final seven-tenths of a mile during a special finish-line ceremony. The ceremony is expected to take place around noon.)

The 10th Annual Garmin Marathon, which is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and is co-sponsored by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to begin at 7 Saturday morning, April 20, and Arley Arkenberg, Lawrence, who plans to run the half marathon is not worried.

“I’m not scared,” she said, “and I’m typically scared of everything. I think we’ll be fine. And I’ll be the first in line for my Grange Pup come September (during the Johnson County Old Settlers Celebration).”

But she adds, “And if I’m wrong, at least I won’t have wasted oh so many moments worrying.”

Local agencies in charge of security and safety of events in Johnson County want everyone, participants and spectators to know that, no matter what event, everything possible is being done and rechecked to make sure each event is safe. Local law enforcement, Johnson County Emergency Management, Johnson County Med-Act, fire departments, and local and area hospitals take their jobs seriously,

Read the related article about local security by clicking here. Read the related article about emergency medical protocol by clicking here.

Compared to the Boston Marathon’s 24,000-plus runners from around the world, the Garmin Marathon certainly is much smaller with an expected 3,000 runners plus spectators. But for Olathe and Johnson County, that’s a large event — especially at the finish line.

Olathe Police Department’s public information officer Sgt. Bryan Hill said people should know everything is being done to keep the event secure and safe.

“With the marathon, we take a lot of time and a lot of planning,” Hill said. “We work closely with fire, EMS, public works and event organizers to make sure the event is not only safe for the runners, but certainly safe for the public as well. We have an in-depth action plan in place and as the event grows closer and closer, we continue to review that and make sure it’s current and that we’re taking the appropriate steps to make the event safe.”

He said it’s the same procedure for any event whether it’s the Garmin Marathon or the Johnson County Old Settlers Celebration.

Packet pickup and Expo for the Garmin Marathon, which is organized through the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, is from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, Friday, April 19 at Garmin’s World Headquarters, 1200 E. 151st Street, Olathe.

The schedule for Saturday’s race day is:

5-6 a.m.                             Packet Pick-Up
7 a.m.                                Marathon and half marathon start
7:30 a.m.                           5K and kids run start
8:20 a.m. (approx.)            5K awards
9:30 a.m. (approx.)            Half marathon awards
10:45 a.m. (approx.)          Marathon awards

Shuttle services will be available from the host hotel campus before and after the races.

The Garmin event includes a marathon, half marathon or 5K through Olathe’s streets and trails.

The courses for all three running events are flat and fast and the marathon is a Boston qualifier. The marathon and half marathon are USATF-certified. The Kansas male 50+ half marathon record was set here in 2012, crushing the previous record by more than 3 minutes.

Races will start and finish at Garmin Headquarters at the corner of 151st and Ridgeview St.

Marathon finishers will receive a medal, a short-sleeve cotton T-shirt and a finisher tech shirt. Half marathon finishers will receive a medal and a short-sleeve cotton T-shirt and 5K finishers will receive a short-sleeve cotton t-shirt.

Walkers are not allowed in any of the races, but a run/walk combo is fine as long as marathon participants reach mile 11 by 10 a.m. No strollers or dogs are allowed in any of the races. No participants will be allowed to start late. It is recommended that participants arrive one half hour early to allow enough time to warm up and get to the start line. All participants will receive a T-shirt, but size is not guaranteed to participants who register after April 1, 2013.

Trophies will be presented to the first-, second-, and third-place overall male and female finishers. First-place male and female finishers in the marathon will receive a Garmin Forerunner 610 fitness watch; First-place male and female in the half will receive a Forerunner 210 fitness watch; and first-place male and female in the 5k will receive a Forerunner 10 fitness watch.

Trophies will also be presented to the first-place male and female masters (over 40 years old) finisher. Age-group awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in the following age groups: 18 and under, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54- 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over. The overall and masters trophy recipients are not eligible for age group awards (no double-dipping).

The awards ceremony for the overall and masters winners will be as soon as the results are confirmed to be official. The approximate times for the trophy presentations are: 5K at 8:20 a.m., half marathon at 9:30 a.m. and marathon at 10:45 a.m. Giving out the age-group awards as soon as possible. Check at the awards tent after the race for the posting of race results as they become available. Overall trophies (first, second, and third) will be determined by gun time. The age group and first masters awards will be determined by chip time.

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