Frequently
Asked Questions

Is it safe to run or walk the In-Person MD5K?

We will be following all state and local COVID-19 precautions. We have submitted our COVID Safety Plan to Johnson County for approval. If the COVID situation changes and if health guidelines recommend, we will transfer In-Person entrants to the Virtual event. (Sorry, no refunds.) But we are optimistic that we will be able to host you In-Person and are preparing for that!  Check the safety plan:

Covid Safety Measures

  • Masks are required before and after the race
  • Masks may be removed while out on the course
  • Participants are required to practice social distancing
  • Wave start to ensure runners and walkers are spaced apart safely
  • Water stop uses disposable water bottles
  • Grab-and-go food bags after the race
  • Hand sanitizer stations located near the portapots
  • Sorry, no spectators
  • View our complete Covid Safety Plan HERE
How does the Virtual Md5K work?

You run or walk a 5K distance any day, time, and place you want. Some choose this option for safety reasons, some for convenience, and some to celebrate the holiday with loved ones who are out-of-town. Share selfies and stories from your 5K on our FB page to connect with other participants. It’s all on the honor system; we don’t need your finish time. All virtual participants are entered in a drawing for random prizes!  And of course you’ll get your fabulous t-shirt and finisher charm!

DO I HAVE TO BE A RUNNER TO PARTICIPATE?

No! Many of our participants are walkers, and many have never entered a race before. You just need to be able to complete the 3.1 miles comfortably. 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  AdventHealth Women’s Training Team.

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 at Drive-Thru Packet Pick Up or THE DAY OF THE RACE?

No.  For safe, contactless registration, you will need to register online or by mail by May 3.  With registration capped at 400 for In-Person and 1100 for Virtual, we may 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.

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 WIN for KC’s Camp WIN for Girls.

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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