Independence Half Marathon & 5k
Join us Sunday May 7th for the Independence Half Marathon & 5K in beautiful Independence Missouri. The Independence half marathon will be a great time with a flat, scenic course, great post race food, plenty of fun activities and vendors. Starting on Jackson Dr. by the Hilton Garden Inn this course has only 200 ft of elevation gain, it will become your new PR course! All Independence Half Marathon & 5k participants will receive:
- A chip-timed run on a USATF-certified running course with live results
- A custom race shirt, tech for half marathon, soft-style cotton for 5k
- Custom 6.5″ finisher medal (weighting about 1lb) for the half marathon & custom 3″ medal for 5k
- Custom awards for the top 3 male & female finishers in each age group (ever 5 years)
- Free race pictures (with searchable bib)
- Custom race bib
Race Location, Parking & Course Map:
Hilton Garden Inn Independence (map)
19677 E Jackson Dr, Independence, MO 64057
Parking will be located on the north side of Jackson Dr. There are several parking lots that will be open to park in, including the GEHA building lot. Overflow parking at the Independence Events Center is also allowed and only about 1/2 mile walk if you use the trail to go under I-70.
Race Start Time:
The Independence Half Marathon will start at 7:00 AM
Race Packet Pickup:
Friday, May 5th from 12 to 6 PM at the Running Well Store (map)
418 SW Hwy 291 Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
Saturday, May 6th from 12 to 4 PM at Natural Grocers (map)
19019 E 48th St, Independence, MO 64055
Packets can also be picked up on race morning from 5:45 to 6:30 AM.*
*Please only do this if you are unable to make it to another packet pickup time. The race will start promptly at 7:00 AM and if you wait to pickup your packet until race day you could be delayed getting to the start line.
Race Pricing & Registration:
Independence Half Marathon & 5k
- $45 through Oct 13 | 5K $19
- $54 through Feb 21 | 5K $24
- $59 through Mar 19 | 5K $29
- $65 through May 4 | 5K $35
- $70 at Packet Pickup and on race day | 5K $40
Virtual Race entries will have a $5 charge for shipping.
*You must register by May 1st to be guaranteed a shirt, we cannot guarantee a shirt or size for registrations placed after this date.
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! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details
- Register Online Now!
- Sign up at Bodies Health & Fitness studio in Lee’s Summit
- Mail in a paper registration (download here) to 1100 SE Century Dr Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
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
- 6:40 – DJ led, fun warm up
- 7:00 – Half Marathon starts
- 7:10 – 5K Starts
- 8:00 – 5K Award Ceremony
- 9:00 – Half Marathon Award Ceremony
Immediately following your finish you will have live results, post race snacks, and finisher medals waiting for you!
The Independence Half Marathon has partner with SmartPacing to offer pacers to help you get your goal time of: 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, and 3:00. Here’s the link to the pace team that you will be running with (photos & bios). A pacer can help you stay on track, run even splits, and act as your personal cheerleader throughout the race. Find your pace team before the race starts to get acquainted.
Prizes for the Independence Half Marathon & 5k will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in the Half Marathon & 5k. The age categories are: 10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+
*Awards not picked up on race day will be available at the Running Well Store in Lee’s Summit starting on Monday following the race. You can pickup during normal business hours: M-F 10-7pm, Sat 10-6pm and Sun 12-5pm. You have 2 weeks to pick up your awards.
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 & 5K event benefits Pro Deo Youth Center. Pro Deo Youth Center is a relational organization that appeals to teenagers 7th-12th grades. Pro Deo provides after school and weekend options to help teens interact and grow into productive adults, all while enjoying their teen years in a safe and fun environment. Pro Deo meets teens where they are and challenges them to be engaged, active community members that dream and become. The teen are given opportunities to set goals for themselves while being supported and held accountable so they can succeed.