May 5th

Join us on Sunday, May 5th for the annual Independence Half Marathon & 5k.  The Independence Half Marathon has become one of the Kansas City area’s favorite races over the years.  Known for our HUGE finisher medal and fun quality apparel you are not going to want to miss this one.  All Independence Half Marathon and 5k participants will receive:

  • Chip-timed run on a Garmin-certified course with live results
  • Custom tech shirt for half and soft cotton tee for 5k (must register by deadline date)
  • Huge custom 6″ finisher medal for the half marathon & custom 3″ medal for 5k
  • Awards for top 3 male and female finishers in each age group (every 5 years)
  • Free race pictures
  • Custom race bib
  • Special youth & referral pricing

Race Start Time:

The Independence Half Marathon & 5k will start at 7:00 AM

Race Location & Course Map:

Blue River Community College
20301 MO-78
Independence, MO 64057

Half Marathon Course Map5K Course Map

Pacing Group:

Pacing Groups will be provided by SmartPacing and as follows:
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
Meet the Pacers!

*Participants are expected to maintain a pace of 14 minutes per mile. During that time the course is closed to traffic and aid stations are available. If you cannot maintain this pace, you may be asked to move to the sidewalk for the last portion of the race but we will be there cheering you on still at the finish line!

Aid Stations:

Aid stations will be provided approximately every mile of the course and will be stocked with water, refueling snacks, and basic first aid supplies. Aid stations along the Half Marathon course will also provide Gatorade. Port-a-Potties will be located along the course approximately every 2 miles.

Packet Pick Up

Friday, May 3th from 12:00-6:00 pm
The Running Well Store (map)

418 MO-291, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

Saturday, May 4th from 12:00-4:00 pm

Natural Grocers (map)
19019 E 48th St.
Independence, MO 64055

*If you cannot or a friend cannot make packet pickup you can pick up your packet the day of the race from 5:45 to 6:30 AM but please show up early and expect to wait.    

Race Pricing & Registration:

  • $45 through Oct 28
  • $49 through Jan 6
  • $59 through Mar 3
  • $69 through May 2
  • $75 at packet pickup and on race day

Volunteers.  Can’t run or have someone coming to cheer you on?  We are always looking for help! It’s rewarding and we will reward you with a free entry for helping out! Contact us for details.

*You must register by April 28th to be guaranteed a shirt, we cannot guarantee a shirt or size for registrations placed after this date.

Registration Options:

  1. Register Online Now!
  2. Sign up at Bodies Health & Fitness studio in Lee’s Summit

*Paid registrations cannot be refunded or transferred, see our cancellation policy here. You are welcome to switch to a virtual race entry, up until race day, and still get your shirt, medal & bib but you must come pick them up at packet pickup or arrange a time to pick them up at our studio.

Race Day Activities Schedule: We aim to provide a great race experience by keeping everything organized and on time. If any adjustments need to be made we will make announcements to keep you up-to-date. Thanks for your understanding and support

  • 5:45-6:30 – Packet pickup & race day registration
  • 6:30 – Fun music, vendors set up, warm up
  • 7:00 – Half marathon start
  • 7:05 – 5k race start

Immediately following your finish you will have live results, post-race snacks, and finisher medals waiting for you!

Race Awards: Prizes for the Independence Half Marathon & 5k will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers.

The age categories for the half marathon are: 19 & Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+.
The age categories for the 5k are: 10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

*Awards not picked up on race day will be available at the Bodies Health & Fitness starting on Monday following the race. You can pick up during normal business hours: M-F 9-5pm, Sat 8-10am.  You have 2 weeks to pick up your awards.

Charity Partner: Our mission at Bodies Race Company is to make a positive impact in our community. We do this by providing a healthy activity for the whole family and benefiting local charities. The Independence Half Marathon has teamed up with Run 4 Hope which helps benefit Marian Hope.

Marian Hope, a faith-based organization, strives to successfully light the fire of learing by integrating all children into our communities and by bolstering hope for each child despite any learning, behavioural, or health challenges they may endure. Marian Hope provides the tools in-house and in-hand to each child, to help the “whole” child fulfill his God-give purpose.