Grab your krewe and head on down to the bayou for the Mardi Gras 5K Run/Walk!  This family friendly event is part of KC’s Mardi Gras Weekend Festival in the Kansas City Power & Light District.  Beads along the route, authentic food, festive masks, and massive finisher beads are just some of the things that await you!  Who dat say dey gonna run the 5K?

About Benefit Organization

Mardi Gras 5K is proud to support SocialHeart, a non-profit organization that is 100% volunteer managed with the goal of creating a better community by supporting all local charities through unique, fun, fund raising events, as well as through social media & marketing promotions and volunteer support.

Packet Pick-up

Friday, February 24, from 3 to 6 PM
Garry Gribbles Running Sports (located inside the Ward Parkway Center)
8600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114

You may also pick up your packet on race morning from 8:30 AM to 10 AM at McFadden’s in the Power and Light district, adjacent to the Start/Finish Line.


The race starts and finishes on Grand Street, on the west side of the the Sprint Center!  The 5K will start at 10:15 AM, next to McFadden's.


Schedule of Events

8:30 – 10:00 AM: Packet pick-up and race day registration inside McFadden’s
10:15 AM: 5K Run/Walk begins
10:30 AM: Post race festivities begin inside McFadden’s and in the KC Live! Block directly behind McFadden’s
11:15 AM: Awards Ceremony inside McFadden’s
11:15 AM (or after last 5K finisher): Kids Fun Run

Kids Fun Run

Our kids fun run will begin at the same start/finish line as the 5K.  The distance is approximately 100 yards.  We will start the fun run as soon as the last 5K participant finishes the race.  All kids participating in the fun run will receive a bib number, Mardi Gras shirt, a finisher medal, and goody bag!

Register a Krewe

Sign up a krewe (group of 4 or more) and get $4 OFF each participant’s registration!  Krewe members can register and pay separately.  Just make sure you all register under the same team name.

All participants receive a long sleeve shirt!

Plus beads at every mile, finisher beads, Mardi Gras masks, and more!

Entry Fees

5K Run/Walk - Individual 5K - Krewe of 4+ Kids Fun Run
Through January 24 $30 $26/person $12
January 25 - February 23 $35 $31/person $12
Packet Pickup & Race Day $40 $36/person $15

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No refunds will be given for the event.  We will run in rain, cold, or snow.  If the race is canceled in the event of unsafe weather or other unforeseen conditions, no refunds will be given.   You can switch to the virtual option or your registration may be transferred to a new participant. Contact with any change requests.

Strollers Welcome!

We ask that walkers with strollers start behind the runners so everyone will be safe!
Note: No runners with headsets, motorized vehicles, roller blades, bikes or dogs will be allowed on the course as our insurance policy does not cover these.

Chip Timing

Your timing chip is located on the back of your bib number and is disposable.   Please pin your bib number to the FRONT of your clothing.  Results will be posted in real time as the finishers come across the line.  CLICK HERE to sign up for text message, Facebook, and/or Twitter updates!


Festive prizes will be given to the Top 3 Overall Male and Female finishers.
Additional prizes will be given out to the Top 3 Male and Female finishers in the following age groups: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.
We will also have prizes for the fastest krewe (team of 4+), best dressed krewe, and best dressed individual!


The best place to park is in the parking garage on 13th Street between Grand and Walnut. Parking is $2 with validation. To get your parking pass validated, simply visit any host or bartender at the local Power & Light restaurants.


The restrooms located in the KC Live! Block behind McFadden’s is your be bet on finding a short line. Restrooms will also be open and accessible inside McFadden’s before the race.


Results will be posted immediately upon crossing the finish line! Go to the results kiosk inside McFadden’s where registration was located and simply type in your bib number to find your finish time and placement. You can also sign up during registration to receive results sent directly to your mobile phone, Facebook and Twitter page! Videos and photos of you crossing the finish line will be included with your results approximately 24 hours after the race! The results will also be posted on and the link will be shared to the Mardi Gras 5K Facebook page.


Additional Mardi Gras photos can be found at approximately 24 hours after the event.

Got questions?  Email us at  Be sure to put "Mardi Gras 5K" in the subject line.