Registration is currently open for the Hospital Hill Run. You can register here.
If you’d like to edit your registration, you can do so via the directions below:
Begin by logging into your account here, and go to your “Profile” page. On the “Profile” page, see Races under Upcoming Events. This shows a list of all Race(s) that are coming up. You are able to manage the registration for the Race by clicking “Manage Registration”.
The Hospital Hill Run has brought families together year after year as a family tradition. Many have run this event for many years, but we also have those who have never run before and want to start running and see how they can conquer the hill!
So, you might wonder, isn’t it super hard with all of the hills? The key to success is training!
The Hospital Hill Run works very hard to make sure we offer training groups throughout the city and some training schedules online to help you to prepare and feel good as you turn onto Grand Ave, down the awesome finish into Crown Center.
We have some wonderful success stories from first-time Hospital Hill Runners. Check out this great story:
Our Official Hospital Hill Run training groups will be starting up around the 1st of the year. Stay tuned for the specifics on dates and times, but know here’s what you can expect:
Training team participants receive:
Download a 2021 training plan from our official coach Eladio Valdez III
Each distance has a beginner schedule, a level 1 schedule for people who may have been running and just want to be prepared to finish, and a level 2 schedule for people who have been running and also hope to finish in a certain time.
Become a Training Program Partner
Join us for a friendly competition between Hospital Hill Run training teams around the city to see who will have the most members participating in the 5K, 10K or Half Marathon events, and enjoy a post-race party in Crown Center Square. The winning team will receive a fun prize package.
Contact Rachel at Rachel@hospitalhillrun.com for further details.
The closest airport is Kansas City International (MCI). For more information regarding air travel go to: http://www.flykci.com/
View Driving Directions to Crown Center.
The Westin Crown Center Hotel at Crown Center is the official hotel of the Hospital Hill Run. Spend the weekend in beautiful Kansas City and wake up near the start/finish line on race day.
The Westin Crown Center is conveniently located near the start/finish area and offers participants a special rate of $147.00 per night for a single or double occupancy.
1 East Pershing Road
Kansas City, Missouri
Are you looking to run your personal best?
Run with a Pace Team on race day to achieve your goal! Experienced Pace Team Leaders will help you meet your half marathon performance goals and are available for free to all runners.
Pace Team Leaders are proudly supplied and managed by The Runner’s Edge Training Program.
Why should I run with a Pace Team?
Running with a Pace Team is a fun way to run with a group and accomplish a specific time goal. Pace Team Leaders are experienced half marathoners who will encourage you throughout the race and help you achieve your performance goal. Their objective is to help you have a great time while running a great time!
What is the cost of joining a Pace Team?
Running with a Pace Team is free!
What are the finish times available for the Pace Teams?
1:25, 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:25, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50, 3:00, 3:10, 3:20, 3:30
Which Pace Team should I join?
Choose a pace that reflects your training and ability level and allows you to run at a comfortable pace throughout the Hospital Hill Run Half Marathon. If you can’t decide between two paces (for example, 1:55 and 2:00), it is recommended that you start with a slower pace, as you can always pick it up later in the race. Click here to find out how to accurately select a pace team given your race times.
What is the actual pace per mile for the different Pace Teams?
The chart below lists Pace Team times and corresponding average pace per mile times:
Overall Time: 1:25 Per Mile: 6:29
Overall Time: 1:30 Per Mile: 6:52
Overall Time: 1:35 Per Mile: 7:15
Overall Time: 1:40 Per Mile: 7:38
Overall Time: 1:45 Per Mile: 8:00
Overall Time: 1:50 Per Mile: 8:23
Overall Time: 1:55 Per Mile: 8:50
Overall Time: 2:00 Per Mile: 9:09
Overall Time: 2:05 Per Mile: 9:30
Overall Time: 2:10 Per Mile: 9:55
Overall Time: 2:15 Per Mile: 10:20
Overall Time: 2:20 Per Mile: 10:41
Overall Time: 2:25 Per Mile: 11:05
Overall Time: 2:30 Per Mile: 11:27
Overall Time: 2:40 Per Mile: 12:12
Overall Time: 2:50 Per Mile: 12:58
Overall Time: 3:00 Per Mile: 13:44
Overall Time: 3:10 Per Mile: 14:30
Overall Time: 3:20 Per Mile: 15:16
Overall Time: 3:30 Per Mile: 16:01
What will the pace strategy be throughout the race?
Pace Team Leaders will utilize the ‘Smart’ Pace Strategy, which has proven to be the most effective way to race. It avoids the two most common mistakes runners make: starting out too fast and rushing through the early aid stations. Click here to find out more about this strategy.
Where can I get a pace band with the pacing strategy?
Complimentary waterproof, tearproof Races2Remember pace bands with the pacers’ pace strategy & times will be available at the race expo pacer booth.
Do any of the Pace Teams offer a run/walk method?
Yes, all of them will briskly walk through most of the aid stations for 15-60 seconds to ensure that you drink enough, while others will incorporate additional strategically planned walk breaks for 30-60 seconds on uphills or every mile. Please stop by the pacer booth at packet pickup to pick up a complimentary pace band for the pace time of your choice while getting to know the pacers and their specific strategies.
How will I find my Pace Team on race morning?
Pace Team Leaders will line up in the center of Grand Boulevard before the race begins. Pace Teams Leaders will be in place by 6:30 a.m., holding large signs marked with their corresponding paces. Plus, they will be wearing uniforms to help identify themselves. During the race, Pace Team Leaders will share the duty of carrying a smaller Pace Team sign. Race start times may change for participant safety.
What if I have to go to the bathroom?
Pace Team Leaders will not plan any bathroom breaks during the race and will not wait for you. If you need to use the bathroom, it is suggested that you run ahead of your pace team before breaking to use the bathroom, then jump back in with the team or catch up to them.
How does the Pace Team handle drinking at the aid stations?
Each Pace Team will take water and energy drink from every aid station to ensure that runners remain well hydrated throughout the race. Pace Teams will stop at the middle to end tables, where it should be less crowded. Teams that stop to walk while they drink should walk quickly to keep the crowd moving through the aid station. If you need to stop completely, go past the aid station and move off to the side of the road and out of the way of other runners.
Do I have to stay with my Pace Team throughout the race?
No. Runners are welcome to use the Pace Teams for whichever portion of the race they think will help them most. You can run ahead or drop back at any time.
Do Pace Teams go by clock time or chip time?
Chip time. Pace Team Leaders will start their watches at the start line as they cross the chip timing mats.
For more information or questions about the Pace Team, email Garmin Pace Team Coordinator Eladio Valdez.
The celebration starts here! Join us for the 2021 Hospital Hill Run Health & Fitness Expo and packet pickup.
New for 2021, the Expo is on Friday, June 4, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., with packet pickup extended until 8:00 p.m. The location will be at Crown Center Square (at the Ice Terrace). The Expo is free and open to the public.
All participants will need to pick up their bib numbers and participant shirt. There will be a wide variety of exhibitors featuring products and services geared towards runners, walkers, and healthy-minded consumers as well as the latest advancements in the sport of running, fitness, and nutrition.
Friday, June 4
Health & Fitness Expo
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Packet pickup is open until 8:00 p.m.
The Health and Fitness Expo will have free parking. When you enter the parking garage off McGee Street you will get a parking ticket. Please bring that ticket to the Crown Center booth at the Health and Fitness Expo to get a free 3-hour validation slip.
Parking is free for all athletes, volunteers, and spectators on race day. There are many different parking lots to park in. It is highly recommended that you arrive on-site by 6:00 am to ensure plenty of time to park and make your way to the start line.
NOTE: For 2021, the start times may change. Check our website for up to date information.
Parking Garage – Enter on Pershing Road at McGee Street. This entrance will close by 6:45 a.m. and will not allow cars to leave before 8:30 a.m.
Parking Garage – Enter on Grand Boulevard from either the east or west side of the street. You will not be allowed to head south on Grand Boulevard from Pershing Road, so you will need to follow Pershing Road to Gillham Road to 27th Street. Take 27th to Grand Boulevard and enter the parking garage. These lots will not allow cars to exit until after 11:00 a.m.
Surface Lots – There are various surface parking lots available for Hospital Hill Run participants, volunteers, and spectators. There are two lots located at 26th and Warwick Trafficway, one lot at 27th and Warwick Trafficway. Lots will remain open until 6:45 a.m. and will have limited access to exit after 8:30 a.m.
Street Parking – There is limited street parking located on Main Street north of Pershing and on McGee Street north of Pershing. Please be sure to obey all street signs.
NOTE : Both the Sheraton and Westin have parking garages close to the start and finish areas. These lots are not free and the Sheraton and Westin will charge for use.
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All registrants are required to read and agree to our policy regarding COVID-19. To read the current policy, click here.
Runner safety is the number one priority for the Hospital Hill Run and its staff. In accordance with city, state, and government officials, we’ve created a safety policy in which we update each week. To read the full safety policy with all the latest 2021 safety precautions, click here.
Safety is our number one priority. Although we recognize the hard work and commitment that goes into preparing for an event such as the Hospital Hill Run, safety will always come first. If weather conditions present a threat, the Hospital Hill Run, race officials and/or government officials reserve the right to postpone or cancel the event or alter the course or course(s). Unfortunately, registration fees cannot be refunded if unsafe weather cancels the race.
In absence of unsafe weather conditions, the Hospital Hill Run will be held rain or shine. The average temperatures range from a low of 64 degrees to a high of 83 degrees.
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Crown Center Square
Race Day Celebration
Family-friendly event! Meet our sponsors and charity partners, enjoy a relaxing post-race stretch, cheer for participants, and much more!
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