AmbasSador Program

2023 Hospital Hill Run


The 2023 50th Anniversary Hospital Hill Run Ambassador program is opening registration from 8/1/22 to 8/31/22.

Our Hospital Hill Run Ambassadors around the state and country are super excited to talk about running, getting active, and participating in the Hospital Hill Run Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K!

They attend fun training runs at stores and breweries, where they give away prizes and talk about the Hospital Hill Run!

The Grandfather of all Kansas City Road Races is a non-profit which has partnered with Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to raise funds for the “I Love Children’s Mercy Fund.” So many of the Hospital Hill Run Participants have benefitted from our wonderful children’s hospital, which makes an incredible impact on children within our community and stands with us in our focus on health and wellness.

The Hospital Hill Run Ambassador Team promotes the event in a variety of ways:

  • Posting photos & short videos via social media of being active
  • Participating in local run groups
  • Encouraging fundraising efforts
  • Assisting at the Health and Fitness Expo and other expos to keep the Kansas City Running Tradition, Hospital Hill Run, active in the running community.


These positive and enthusiastic runners represent the running community at its finest!

We are looking for those who genuinely love the event, have some history with running the Hospital Hill Run over its 50 years, and want to be a part of the 50th Anniversary legacy event on June 3rd, 2023!

To fill out an application, click below until 8/31/22. No late applications will be accepted.


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.

Alex Busche


Hi Yall! I’m Alex, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to be back as a Hospital Hill Ambassador again this year. My wife got me into running three years ago, and I haven’t looked back since. I love to run, I love to meet new people, I love to cheer people on, and I especially love Hospital Hill Run. I ran the 10k in 2019 and fell in love with the race. I did the Half Marathon in 2021 and plan to do the half again in 2022. This year, my big goals are to run in the Chicago Marathon (sub 4 hours hopefully) and possibly an ultra (or 2).

Alexandra Brojarksi-Stauffer


Alexandra was born and raised in Kansas City and ran Track and Cross Country for St. Teresa’s Academy. She first ran the Hospital Hill 10k in 2004 in order to stay in shape over the summer and road her bike up and down Hospital Hill going to and from her first summer jobs. For her, the race started and ended less than a mile from her childhood home so the race always held special meaning for her. Every year, her father, Grant Stauffer, a former SMU Track Athlete, stands at the base of both Hospital & Trinity Hills and yells out “Don’t let the hill beat you, BEAT THE HILL!” After earning a Master’s in Architecture at Tulane, she returned to KC to start her career and ran her first Half-Marathon at Rock the Parkway in 2016. A few months later she was stunned to be the first woman to cross the finish line at the 2016 Hospital Hill Half-Marathon on her childhood turf. She later joined the KC Smoke Elite Running Development Team and now trains with KC Endurance. Hospital Hill and the running community surrounding this event holds a special place in her heart because it made her truly believe that with training, perseverance and a bit of luck anything is possible!

Through volunteering and activism her ultimate goal is to inspire and encourage as many people as possible to strap on a pair of shoes and get outside and help create a larger community of happy, healthy, fit, active people across Kansas City and the nation. She especially loves to race and is very excited to help support and grow the running community here in Kansas City. Along with running the Hospital Hill Half-Marathon in 2022 and 2023, Alexandra plans on training for her first marathon and eventually achieving her dream of qualifying for Boston.

James M Johnson


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.

Josie Pegg


Hey runners! I’m Josie, I’m a Carolina native, and I’ve been running for about 11 years now. It started as a way to relieve grad school stress, and has become one of the most important and enjoyable parts of my life. I moved to KC in 2016, ran my first race here in 2017, and have used racing as a way to get to know the city – it’s been awesome! I’ve tackled all four of the standard distances, 5k, 10k, half, and full marathon. The 10k has become my favorite, and I am very excited to be running the Hospital Hill 10k for the second year in a row in 2022. I also love photography, knitting, daydreaming of the ocean, and hanging with my husband and pets when I’m not running.
PS; follow my journey to the Chicago Marathon in 2022 on Insta! @not.josiegrossie

Anne Kobbermann


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. After graduation, I didn’t run again until I decided to run a marathon upon graduating from medical school. 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 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 then, 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.

Bryant Kurtz


I started running in the fall of 2019, this amazing sport changed my life forever. My goal is to be an inspiration for others to make running a life altering experience. To this date I have ran two 50 K’s, three marathons, three half marathons, and a good number of shorter distance races. When I’m not running around midtown or teaching high school students you can find me selling shoes at the Running Well Store. What’s in store for me this year? Hopefully, running a Boston Qualifying time at the Twin Cities Marathon.

William Miller


I’m Will! I run for HOPE! Team Hope! Hospital Hill was my first half marathon and now I’m an ambassador of this great race! Why the hill not! Join me on my journey to my first marathon by signing up today! LETS GO!

Luke Burgett


I was first introduced to road races in 2018 as a challenge with a friend and have enjoyed running ever since. As a CPA by profession, I find that running is a great way to clear my mind and work on mental endurance. While Kansas City is certainly hilly (shout out to the special one by Children’s Mercy), I enjoy going on long runs to explore new places throughout the city.

As Kansas City’s oldest annual road race, Hospital Hill is one of my favorite races for its history, the charity, and the challenge. The fun, friendships, and hills bring me back to this race each year. Come join me!

Leah Smith


I’ve been in love with running and spreading the love of running from a very young age. When my dream of being a track and cross country star was dashed due to meets falling on Wednesday evening, and my parents not budging on missing church to be at meets, I took to getting up before school and running on my own for years. I didn’t start racing hard until I was a mom of 2, and joined a running group with Life Time Fitness. I had found my people and they recognized my love for running and quickly got me into coaching and inspiring others. I love to hit a PR as we all do, but nothing lights me up more than seeing someone I coached or run with regularly hitting their PR.

My goals are to get a sub 19 minute 5K. Also, to qualify for the Boston Marathon and set a women’s world record in the Beer Mile. But most importantly, to empower my children and everyone around me to strive for a higher level of fitness and push themselves to levels they never thought possible.

Nick Foster


Ultrarunner, father of two, trying to balance family, running, and work as best I know-how. I completed my first hundred-mile race (Arkansas Traveller 100) and numerous shorter ultra races in 2019 and committed to achieving even more in 2020! I can’t wait for the 2022 Hospital Hill Half Marathon, as it is always a memorable and well-supported race!

Phillip Alvarado


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. 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.

Gabriel Esteban


The CHALLENGE of running has inspired me to run the Hospital Hill 10K, KC Half Marathon, Chicago Marathon in 2017 & 2018, along with various 5Ks, 10Ks, and Half Marathons in the Kansas City area. I have been a Member of the Kansas City Running Club since 2013.
An active runner in KCR Monday Trolley Trail Group Run, KCR Rock & Runnerz, Fridays on the Lawn – KCR, 816 Run Club, KC Smart Runners Club and Happy Rock Sunday Runday North Group, it seems like I never have a day off from RUNNING! The times I am not with a running group, I am running in my neighborhood in the Northland near Worlds of Fun.

Along with running, I have raised $1000 for the Ronald McDonald House in 2017 & 2018 while training for the Chicago Marathon. Additionally, I have been involved in various other fundraising events for the RMHC.

Running has opened the door for me to meet amazing people. Back in 2019 the Running Community came through for me as I was FIGHTING cancer with a fundraiser – Relay Run on the HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR. In 2020 after my son Alexander suddenly passed away the Running Community came through again with a “GoFundMe” Page that raised over $5000.00, the funds able for Regina and I to provide Alexander a very nice funeral service. During these times in my life, it was nice to know I could turn to a friend.

I am a truly “Gifted Man” from running!

Morgan Bartels


Hi everyone- I’m Morgan and I love to run. I’ve been running since I signed up for track in fourth grade and have completed countless 5ks, a few 10ks and several half marathons. I am currently training for my first marathon. I enjoy running with my husband and taking my kids to run laps around the track. The Hospital Hill Run has been a tradition for my husband and me since we moved to Kansas City in 2012. It is one of my favorite races as it is challenging, but the sights and cheering along the way can’t be beaten!

Penny Terwelp


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!

Devon Shaut​


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!

Josh Cauthon


I started because my children were getting older, and I realized that I needed to change my habits and start living a healthier lifestyle. My employer paid for employee and family entries into the Groundhog Run every year, and so on a whim, I signed up for the Groundhog Run and caught the bug. I started with the goal of doing races once a month, and then it became once every couple weeks, then it was almost every weekend. I would never have guessed at this point I would be able to say that I’ve run multiple half and full marathons, but I’m hooked, and running has brought such a great group of friends and family into my life!

I am honored to be a Hospital Hill Ambassador and look forward to seeing everyone out on the course!

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