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April 21, 2021

Hospital Hill Run Announces New Course for Half Marathon, 10k and 5k

Kansas City, MO

The Hospital Hill Run is pleased to announce the release of its course for the 2021 Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k events. The course is newly modified to include new views of neighborhoods throughout the downtown Kansas City corridor.

"We are excited to announce that Hospital Hill Run has designed a new course with slight adjustments that enhance the overall race experience in a significant way," said Lisa Drake, Hospital Hill Run Race Director. "The new course will provide the same scenic views of our great city with slightly lower levels of elevation!"

Lisa Drake

The start line for the Hospital Hill Run remains at Crown Center, with runners heading north to the T-Mobile Center and then returning south up Hospital Hill, passing the new Official Charity Partner Children’s Mercy Hospital. From there, participants head south on Gilham to turn onto Emanuel Clever II Parkway to enjoy views of the beautiful Nelson Atkins Museum of Art before turning south on Oak Street.

The beautiful UMKC campus is the next enjoyable feature of the course as runners head to the historic neighborhoods of Brookside. Next, runners navigate back onto Oak Street by the UMKC campus and head north on Gilham to 29th Street. Finally, the course concludes with a well-deserved downhill finish into Crown Center, where runners celebrate conquering the hill.

The 10K will follow the same route as the Half Marathon and turn near 41st Street and Gillham Road, heading back to 29th Street and turning into the grand finish at Crown Center.

The 5K route has only a slight change onto 29th Street to head down into the finish in Crown Center.

"Hospital Hill Run will be the first in-person half marathon of the year in Kansas City, and we're excited to offer a new course for eager participants to "Conquer the Hill," Drake said. "We're equally as excited that portions of proceeds from each participant will go to our new official charity partner in Children's Mercy Hospital! All funds raised will go directly to the 'I Love Children's Mercy Fund,' which provides medical treatments, care, and research for thousands in need."

Lisa Drake

Click on the links below to view updated 2021 course maps.

Half Marathon: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4272759934
10K: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4211537614
5K: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4214104864

To learn more and signup for the upcoming Hospital Hill Run, athletes may register here. 

5K: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4214104864

For more information, contact Lisa Drake at support@hospitalhillrun.com

March 23, 2021

Hospital Hill Run Opens the 2021 Half Marathon Season in Kansas City

Kansas City, MO

The Hospital Hill Run will be the first Half Marathon offering a live in-person event in the Kansas City Metro area in 2021. The event weekend includes a Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k distances and will take place in Kansas City, MO on June 5, 2021.

"The health and wellness of our participants, staff, volunteers, and local community are the top priority for race day," said Lisa Drake, Race Director of the Hospital Hill Run. "We do not anticipate moving to a virtual event unless something drastically changes with the current status of the pandemic."

Lisa Drake

All city and state protocols will be followed, and specific precautions will be implemented, such as:

Expo & Packet Pickup

  • Moved to an open-air venue, under the Ice Terrace at Crown Center, Friday, June 4th, 9-7 pm only, with the packet pickup open until 8 pm.
  • All participants, staff, and volunteers MUST wear masks during all Expo hours.

Start Line:

  • Beginning start time moved to 7 am.
  • Participants will line up and corral according to start time/bib number (Pre-race communication to instruct start information will be emailed).
  • Corrals will form in Washington Park, just West of the start.
  • Social distancing guidelines will be followed in the staging and start/finish line area.
  • ALL participants MUST wear a mask in the corrals, at the start of the race.

Finish Line:

  • To date, no finish line party.
  • Spectators are discouraged (More info will be available at hospitalhillrun.com).
  • No gear check.
  • All participants MUST wear a mask upon finishing and in the finish line area.

Aid Stations:

  • Runners are encouraged to carry their own hydration, however, there will be aid stations on the course, abiding by new protocols.

Hotels

  • With a 6:30 am start, runners are encouraged to take advantage of special Hospital Hill Run hotel rates at The Westin Crown Center. For reservations, click here.  

To view additional information about the wellness protocols implemented for race day, runners may visit: https://hospitalhillrun.com/wellness2021/

The Hospital Hill Run continues its longtime tradition of giving back to the Kansas City community by partnering with Children’s Mercy Hospital in 2021. Runners have the option to become an individual or team fundraiser to raise money for a great cause. 100% of funds raised will go to the ‘I Love Children’s Mercy Fund,’ which provides advanced medical treatments, compassionate care, and fuels world-class research. To learn more about the partnership and fundraising opportunities, visit: https://hospitalhillrun.com/childrens-mercy/

Runners looking to supercharge their training can join one of the Official Hospital Hill Run training teams or meet-ups. In addition, free training plans designed by Hospital Hill Run official coach Eladio Valdez III are available for download at: https://hospitalhillrun.com/training/

For more information, contact Lisa Drake at lisa@hospitalhillrun.com

January 26, 2021

Hospital Hill Run Launches 2021 Fundraising Options for Children’s Mercy

Kansas City, MO

The Hospital Hill Run, Kansas City’s oldest running tradition, launched the 2021 Hospital Hill Run Official Fundraising Program in Partnership with Children’s Mercy. Funds raised will go directly to the ‘I love Children’s Mercy Fund,’ which provides advanced medical treatments, compassionate care, and world-class research to kids across the region.

Born out of the Kansas City medical community in 1974, the Hospital Hill Run has a long history of doing charitable work and serving as a healthy outlet for runners. As a not-for-profit organization, the Hospital Hill Run has given back over $130,000 to the community in just the last six years.

“Each year, we are looking for ways to increase our philanthropic impact on the Kansas City community,” said Lisa Drake, Race Director of the Hospital Hill Run. “Empowering our runners to fundraise for Children’s Mercy in 2021 gives more purpose to their miles while advancing our mission to improve the community’s health and well-being.”

"Each year, we are looking for ways to increase our philanthropic impact on the Kansas City community," said Lisa Drake, Race Director of the Hospital Hill Run. "Empowering our runners to fundraise for Children's Mercy in 2021 gives more purpose to their miles while advancing our mission to improve the community's health and well-being."

Lisa Drake

All funds raised will go directly to the ‘I Love Children’s Mercy Fund,’ which provides medical treatments, care, and research for thousands in need.

Fundraisers can choose to run the Half Marathon, 10k, or 5k while fundraising as an individual or team member. Runners who raise $250, $500, and $1,000 will earn respective prize packages for their efforts. Prize packages include Children’s Mercy SWAG, Children’s Mercy Expo Bag’s, custom Hospital Hill Run Children’s Mercy t-shirts, and more.

"We believe our loyal running community will rally around this opportunity to give back to Children's Mercy and provide hope and healing to so many in 2021," said Drake.

For more information about the 2021 Hospital Hill Run fundraising program, visit https://hospitalhillrun.com/childrens-mercy/

To follow the Hospital Hill Run on social media, follow @hospitalhillrun on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. 

For more information, contact Lisa Drake at lisa@hospitalhillrun.com

December 3, 2020

Hospital Hill Run Announces Official 2021 Charity Partner in Children’s Mercy

Kansas City, MO

Hospital Hill Run is proud to announce Children’s Mercy as its 2021 official charity partner. Runners will have the option to fundraise in 2021 to raise awareness and funds for the I love Children’s Mercy Fund, which provides advanced medical treatments, compassionate care and world-class research to kids across the region.

“As we approach our 48th year in June, we’re excited to announce the launch of a Hospital Hill Run fundraiser for Children’s Mercy,” said Lisa Drake, Race Director of the Hospital Hill Run. “Runners can now fundraise to earn prizes and create and join teams while participating in our Half Marathon, 10k or 5k.”

 

A portion of every race entry, along with 100% of funds raised through the Hospital Hill Run fundraiser, will go directly to Children’s Mercy to fuel research and care for children and their families.

Promoting health and wellness through physical activity while giving back to the community is core to Hospital Hill Run’s mission.

“As two long-standing fixtures within our community, we are thrilled to partner with Children’s Mercy, who stands with us in our focus on health and wellness, and makes such an incredible impact for children within our community.”

“With our race born out of the hospital community in 1974, it is only fitting to come back to our roots and focus our charitable efforts on Children’s Mercy, located on our racecourse on Hospital Hill,” said Drake.

For more information, contact Lisa Drake at lisa@hospitalhillrun.com

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