Frequently
Asked Questions

DO I HAVE TO BE A RUNNER TO PARTICIPATE?

No! Many of our participates are walkers, and many have never entered a race before. You just need to be able to complete the 3.1 miles comfortably.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I CAN COMPLETE THE 3.1 MILES?

If you can walk for an hour, you’re probably covering the distance. If you’d enjoy a training program to help you prepare, check out the Women’s Training Team at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

DO YOU ALLOW BABY JOGGERS/STROLLERS?

Yes, but for everyone’s safety they must start at the back of the race field and walk only during the event. Running or jogging while pushing a stroller is not allowed. There is no extra fee; you do not need to register a child riding in a stroller. Sorry, wagons are not allowed.

CAN I RUN WITH MY DOG?

Sorry, dogs are not allowed on the race course.

DO I NEED TO REGISTER MY DAUGHTER?

If your daughter will walk or run most of the race, she needs to be registered. If she’ll be riding in a stroller most or all of the time, you don’t need to register her.

CAN I REGISTER ON THE DAY OF THE RACE?

No. The last day to register is May 12, from 10 am to 6 pm at Dick’s Sporting Goods, 119th and Nall, unless we reach our capacity earlier. Most years we sell out early. Register soon to assure your place!

CAN I PICK UP A RACE PACKET FOR SOMEONE ELSE?

Yes, but please make sure they know you are picking it up for them, so they don’t come in themselves and find it missing.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN’T ATTEND THE RACE? CAN I GIVE MY ENTRY TO SOMEONE ELSE, OR GET MY MONEY BACK?

Sorry, entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions.

WHERE SHOULD I PARK?

Parking is plentiful. “Mother’s Day 5K Parking” signs with color arrows will help you find your way into the many open parking lots. You will NOT be able to enter the lots directly North or East of Building 40. View the Course/Parking map

WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO BE THERE BEFORE THE START OF THE RACE?

If you’ve already picked up your packet, plan to arrive by 7:15 am.  If you need to pick up your packet, arrive no later than 7:00, as race day pick-up closes at 7:30. Note: Overland Park Police will restrict traffic around the course beginning at 7:30 am.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?

The MD5K takes place rain or shine. If there is dangerous weather, such as lightning directly overhead at start time, the Race Director may delay the start or may need to cancel the race for everyone’s safety. As is the policy at other races, no refunds are given for weather-related issues. Check here for updates on race morning.

WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS EVENT?

You do! Because health and fitness are essential to your well-being, you are a beneficiary of this event. KC Express invests a portion of race fees in its ongoing programs to support women’s health. We also donate a portion of race fees to the American Heart Association, because cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death and disability in American women.

WHAT IF I HAVE A QUESTION NOT ANSWERED HERE?

Please email racedirectormd5k@gmail.com or phone (913) 643-1460 and we’ll try to help.

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