Olathe news briefs for the week of April 11

Garmin Marathon Runs through Olathe on Saturday, April 16

The 13th Annual Garmin Marathon will take place on Saturday, April 16.  The race starts at the new Embassy Suites Hotel and Olathe Conference Center at 6:45 a.m. To allow runners to safely pass, there will be intermittent intersection, walking trail, and road closures through the city from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Route information can be found at http://ozrun.org. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of April 4

Katie McElhinney named Olathe Municipal Court Judge

The Olathe City Council has selected Katie McElhinney as Olathe Municipal Court Judge. A ceremonial swearing-in will take place on Tuesday, April 5, during the Olathe City Council meeting. McElhinney is a graduate of Washburn Law School and holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Kansas.  She brings 20 years of legal experience to the municipal court, including 14 years as a prosecuting attorney and six years on the bench.

McElhinney currently serves as the chairperson for the Johnson County Municipal Courts Bench Bar Association and president-elect of the Kansas Municipal Judges Association (KMJA).  Judge McElhinney teaches at the local Johnson County Bar Conference and the annual KMJA State Conference. Continue reading

Garmin Marathon 2015

Garmin race set for April 18

There’s going to be more than 4,000 runners hitting the streets of Olathe on Saturday, April 18 for the 2015 Garmin Marathon. Check out the map below to see which of the various participants will be in your neck of the woods. Feel free cheer them on. The event is sponsored by Garmin and the Olathe Chamber of Commerce.

garmin race map

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).” Continue reading

Security in check for Garmin Marathon; for all county events

Olathean Tom Kearney was impressed with the security measures in place for the Boston Marathon this past Monday, April 15. He praised their efforts even after two bombs exploded just below the restaurant overlooking the finishing line where he and his family, including his two young grandchildren, had just settled in to eat lunch.

Yet even with all that security, someone was able to sneak in not two, but four homemade bombs. Two that didn’t detonate were found underneath the grandstands.

This weekend, more than 3,000 runners plus countless other spectators are expected to take part in Saturday morning’s (April 20) Garmin Marathon that will wind its way just more than 26 miles in and around Olathe. Continue reading

First responders, OMC trained, drilled and ready for any emergency

It’s the second weekend of September and the Johnson County Old Settlers Celebration, the oldest and one of the largest crowd-drawing events in Johnson County, is in full swing in downtown Olathe. Thousands of people are streaming through the carnival as well as the food and craft booths when suddenly, the unexpected and unthinkable happens: There is an explosion.

Whether it’s a terrorist act or just an unfortunate incident, the action plan for first responders is the same.

And that action plan will be in place this Saturday, April 20, for the Garmin Marathon and it’s 26-mile course winding through and around Olathe.

“There’s the Johnson County Trauma Plan and that sets forth the guidelines how trauma in general would be handled,” said Angela Fera, public information officer for Johnson County Med-Act. Continue reading

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