The Hospital Hill Run has many participants who have put their heart and sole into the event year after year and love to be a part of the Kansas City running tradition.
Given 2020 was a virtual event, the 2020 Ambassadors will run in person at the 2021 Hospital Hill Run.
I’m Alex Busche. Like the beer with an e. I live in OP and have been running for just over a year. I have a beautiful wife and 3 gorgeous daughters. In the past year I’ve completed dozens of 5k’s, 2 half marathons, and 2 triathlons. My goal is sub 1:35 for this race. Join me!
Outside of teaching, running is my passion and inspiring others to find the love that I have found in this sport is my favorite.
In the last four years, I have run all things from 5k to trail to marathon. The challenge is what keeps me motivated and the people I meet along the way are what makes it worth it. My next big goal is the NYC marathon! What is yours?! :)
James is a Retired Army service member. After being forced to run almost every day for 20 years, he stopped. Helping his sister-in-law complete a bucket list item of an OCR got him back into running after 5 years. Once he started running again, things really started to take off. James runs everything from 5K’s to Half Marathons. He is a member of Half Fanatics and Team RWB Kansas City and can often be seen running with his running buddy Simba (AKA Cop Dog). James has completed 21 Half’s so far with 6 more planned this year. His goal is to one day complete the Chicago Marathon.
Elliot Holcomb is a 25-year-old Kansas City gal who recently moved back to the area after college. She loves running, Orangetheory Fitness, and yoga, and has a degree in Kinesiology. She has done Hospital Hill too many times to count and has completed all distances. It’s by far her favorite KC race! Outside of running, Elliot also loves cooking and and hanging out with her fiancé, and works as a web content developer. She is currently planning her March 2020 wedding, and by race time, she’ll be Elliot Olson instead!
I am excited to represent the Hospital Hill Run as an ambassador as it is one of my favorite races in Kansas City since my first year participating in 2009.
I started running Cross Country in high school. I was terrible but loved the camaraderie of the team. Following graduation I didn’t run again until upon graduating from medical school I decided I should run a marathon. So, in 2004 I signed up for and ran a marathon before running any other shorter distance. But, that is kind of how I live my life. I didn’t really run over the next few years as I was busy in a general surgery residency and breast surgical oncology fellowship in addition to having two children. Fast forward to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. That event prompted me to get back into running. Since that time I have completed 34 marathons, 48 half marathons, and a slew of other races. I’m currently trying to complete a marathon in all fifty states as well as the six World Marathon Majors which include London, Berlin, Tokyo, Chicago, New York, and Boston.
I completed my first half marathon in Germany in 2013. Since then I have completed several 10ks, half marathons and recently completed my first full marathon at the KC marathon! Outside of running, I teach fitness classes. I love to be active and spend time with my family!
I am a Special Education teacher, wife of a cross country/track coach, and mother of a three year old daughter.
I began running in middle school and never stopped! I enjoy running because of the friendships I have formed and the mental/physical benefits that it reaps.
My name is Jennifer Vivion. I live in Tulsa, OK. I have been a runner for about 4 years now. I am not a fast runner, but I love it. I have completed 24 half marathons and 9 marathons.
Outside of running, I am a teacher of 5/6 graders and a mom of two kids. Abby is 12 and Aiden is 9.
Hospital Hill is one of my favorite races. It is an awesome way to celebrate my birthday every year.
I started running in junior high and high school with track and cross country. As an adult I decided to tackle road races and began coaching Girls on the Run in 2016. This spring will be my 8th season coaching Girls on the Run, and so far I have ran 10 half marathons. I spend my days working as a Physical Therapist, and in my free time (when I’m not doing something running related), I spend my time with my tabby cats Catnis and Peeta Meowlark, reading, and playing volleyball with KC Crew.
I’m Luke Burgett, a first-time Hospital Hill Run Ambassador living in Mission, Kansas. I first was introduced to running races a few years ago as a challenge with a friend and have enjoyed running ever since. I am a CPA and I find that running continues to be a great way to relieve stress and to get keep me connected to nature by running in different areas of Kansas City.
In my free time, I also enjoy spending time outside with my dog Zeke, golfing, being a season ticket holder for the Kansas City Chiefs and I recently backpacked the Grand Canyon. I’m always looking for a new challenge and the next outdoor adventure.
Hi, my name is Hannah Mendoza! I’m a wife and mother of 5. I started running 3 years ago when my oldest daughter was selected for her schools Girls on the Run team. I quickly discovered that running helped with the stress and anxiety that comes with having 5 kids.
I’ve run approximately 100 races since I started…always at the back of the pack, because I’m not fast by any means. Hospital Hill is my favorite race of the year and I can’t wait to conquer the half this year!
Ultrarunner father of two trying to balance family, running, and work as best I know how. Completed my first hundred-mile race (Arkansas Traveller 100) and numerous shorter ultra races in 2019 and committed to achieving even more in 2020! Can’t wait for the 2020 Hospital Hill Half Marathon as it is always a memorable and well supported race!
I have been a runner/walker since January 2011 with my first 5K and have completed many 5K’s, countless 10K’s, over 40 half marathons and 5 full marathons. I completed my first Hospital Hill half marathon on June 2nd 2012, which just happened to be my daughters 13th birthday. I have completed Hospital Hill every year since then only skipping one in 2017. I’ve always endure the hills of the half marathon and when it was available completed the Re-Run. I am not one to run for a time finish, but rather as I carry and run with the American flag on a pole on every run event, I’m usually out there cheering on and encouraging my fellow participants and giving thanks to volunteers as we stride towards the finish line.
As a Navy Veteran and now leader of Team Red White and Blue, I’m honored to be able complete each run event with that flag on my shoulder as we continue to engage our Veterans and community members in physical and social and community service activity throughout the Kansas City area. www.teamrwb.org or Team RWB Kansas City In 2020, I’ll celebrate my 8th half marathon prior to celebrating my marquee 50th birthday 3 days later. Looking forward to cranking out the hills and then celebrating that finish with family and friends.
Hello my runner friends! I have been a runner since I signed up for track in 6th grade and got paired to run the mile. I quite running for awhile until my best friend and I signed up to run a half on a whim in 2015 and since then I have completed 20+ half marathons and 1 full marathon.
Last year alone I set out to complete at least one half marathon a month and finished my goal to be awarded the 12 in 12 medal from global marathon challenges. My favorite part of running long distance is competing against yourself, showing yourself what you are capable of and the fact that everyone is a winner whether you finish first or last because you conquered the distance.
I am a Half Fanatic and a 50 state half-marathon runner. 2021 will be my third time participating in Hospital Hill and I cannot be happier to be on that start line in June. In 2016, a crazy Hospital Hill ambassador persuaded me into signing up at a running expo and I am proud to say this year I will be lining up at the start line with my father after coercing him to sign up and take on the hills as well. I wouldn’t have made it this far without all of my running buddies cheering me on and giving me the support needed to make it through those tough training weeks.
Reach out if you ever need a running buddy/inspiration or follow me to join in on daily runs!
Running has been a passion of mine since grade school that continued on through high school and college. Injuries have accompanied my running for over ten years, but I keep coming back. I’ve completed countless 5ks, a few 10ks and Half Marathons and am striving to complete my first marathon soon.
The Hospital Hill Run has been a tradition for my husband and I since we’ve moved to Kansas City. It is one of my favorite races as the terrain changes throughout the race and the sights and cheering along the way can’t be beat!
I moved to Kansas City, MO from Asheville, NC in June 2016 to start a new adventure with my daughter. We started volunteering together and learning the area. Volunteering for running events helped me find my spark and motivation to be able to participate one day. We started doing running events as walkers in 2018. My love for the community blossomed and I could not wait to start doing more. I joined Team RWB in mid-2019 became and Eagle Leader as the Social Coordinator in Nov. 2020 and am now the State Coordinator for MO. Serving the community and Veterans is my passion. I also became a full-time volunteer with Union Station Kansas City 2019 & I work full time for a great company for the last 14 years.
To date, since July 2018, I have run/walked 94 (5k), Patriot’s Run (5 mile), 5 (4 mile), 2 (10K’s) and countless group runs. I am also a returning race Ambassador for KC’s Hospital Hill Run 2020 & 2021). Not bad for a girl with no physical fitness experience prior to 2017. I look forward to working with many new people and hopefully helping them find their own spark.
I’ve been running since I was in middle school at Eastgate middle School in Kansas City then ran all four years of high school at North Kansas City High school. I went on to run for Southwest Baptist University for 5 years.
I still enjoy running and enjoy the various race distances and challenges I get to participate in being a part of the Lake of the Ozark Runners.
My Instagram is @shades18.
I’ve been running for 8 years with a total of 257 races which includes 112 Half Marathons and 13 Full Marathons.
Programs I represent are listed below.
I ran the Hospital Hill Run in the years 2015, 2018 and 2019.
Penny started out as a race volunteer turned walk/runner in 2011. Hospital Hill was my 3rd half marathon in 2012 and is one of my favorite local runs.
I have completed over 98 half marathons in 33 states and am a member of KC Express Women’s running, Lawrence Trail Hawks, Marathon Maniacs, Half Fanatics,100 Half marathon club and Fifty States half marathon clubs.
I also like to keep challenging myself, so currently training for a few local ultra-marathons.
I love talking running, running shoes and often you can find me helping other local runners by pacing races with the Smart Pacing team in Kansas City!
I didn’t really become a “runner” until I was an adult. I wasn’t fast enough to compete while in high school. I began running just to be active. The only person I was competing against was myself. It worked. I was good with running 3-5 miles. Then friends convinced me to do a half marathon.
It was such an amazing experience. Such an accomplishment! Through all of my running, I had no idea what a difference I was having on my kids.
They began running with me. They began doing races with me because they saw my accomplishments and wanted to do it too. It definitely has become a family affair!
I grew up primarily in Florida and ended up in KC for graduate school. I started running before returning to grad school in 2017 as a way to get healthy and lose weight. My first race was the Monster Dash 5k in 2017. After that, I got inspired to run more races and run my first half marathon in April 2018. Since then I have run numerous 5k’s and 10k’s and one other half marathon.
My dog Stormy (in the picture) has joined me on numerous 5k’s and enjoys going to run groups. I work as an Athletic Trainer at D2 school in Kentucky (working with soccer and track athletes) finishing a post-school internship. Hospital Hill has been one of my favorite races I’ve done in KC! 2019 was my first time doing it as a 10k! This past year did it virtually as a 5k! Can’t wait to try a new distance, aiming for the 1/2 Marathon this year!
My name is Melissa Martinez. I’m an ultrarunner, running coach and blogger with a passion for helping people reach their fitness goals.
I’m a firm believer that moving forward at any speed is to be celebrated. And I’m so happy to be an ambassador of the Hospital Hill race because it includes all the good things a race should have… fun, friends and hills!!!
I’ve been blessed to have run this race more than a handful of times and always look forward to coming.
I’ve been running since I was eleven years old. I enjoy long runs and hanging out with my boys.
My favorite race distance is the half marathon, but I love training for a marathon.
I have run several half marathons and six marathons, including the Boston Marathon four times; 3 in-person and one virtual in 2020. Peanut butter is my go-to for everything.
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