13th Garmin Marathon wraps up with strong winning performances





13th Garmin Marathon wraps up with strong winning performances


(Olathe, Kan). — The 13th Garmin Marathon took place Saturday, April 16 in Olathe as more than 3,700 runners from 46 states and five countries participated in the marathon (600 runners), half marathon (2,100), 10K (650), and Munchkin (kids) Run (375). The new start/finish line was at the recently completed Embassy Suites Hotel and Olathe Conference Center.


The overall winner of the marathon for the female division was Amanda Davis, Allen, Texas, 3:09.48 and the overall male marathon winner was Matthew Seifert, Olathe, Kan., 2:42.57. The overall female division half marathon winner was Jessica Montague, Kansas City, Mo., 1:33.12 and the overall male half marathon winner was Daniel Worthington, Raytown, Mo., 1:13.13. The overall female division 10K winner was Christina Schneider of Olathe, Kan., at 42:18 and the overall 10K male winner was Jordan English, Kansas City, Mo., 36:53.


A complete listing of the full field may be accessed at www.ozrun.org


“It was wonderful having a great race with the support of the community right here in Olathe for the 13th year,” Race Director and Sports Marketing Manager of the Olathe Convention & Visitors Bureau Bubba Gaeddert said. “We appreciate our 400-plus volunteers, the city staff including police, fire, public works and others, and our sponsors. We could not do this without the contributions of all.”


The Garmin Marathon is conducted in Olathe and is produced by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, the City of Olathe and Olathe Conventions & Visitors Bureau. A portion of the proceeds of the event go the Olathe Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund. Last year, the fund was a record $175,000 and was shared by 16 non-profits serving the Olathe community.


Sponsors for the event included: Garmin International (marathon title sponsor), Holmes Murphy (packet pick-up/expo sponsor), The Greater Kansas City Acura Dealers (“Emerald City” finish line sponsor), Blue Cross & Blue Shield (yellow brick road sponsor), Olathe Medical Center and Gould Evans (Munchkin Run presenting sponsors) Farmers Insurance (bib sponsor), Sysco (paper goods and food supplies), Pepsi Beverages Co. and Aquafina (bottled water), Costco of Lenexa and Sam’s Club of Lenexa (healthy snacks), Tyson (food), Crawford Sales (beverages), and Embassy Suites Hotel and Olathe Conference Center (official hotel).


Next year’s event will be run April 22, 2017.