Press & News

February 28, 2022

Hospital Hill Run Launches New Hill Training Program for Runners

Kansas City, MO

The Hospital Hill Run has developed a free hill training program explicitly designed to help runners master each of the major hills on the historic racecourse. The Hospital Hill Run Hill Training program includes three in-person Hill Training clinics led by the official Hospital Hill Run Coach, Eladio Valdez. 

Each clinic includes:

  • Hill Training Techniques
  • Live Hill Practice
  • PDF breakdown of each major hills on the course.

“The Hospital Hill Run is known for the hills, the challenge, and the community. We believe our all-new Hill Training program will provide our runners with a training experience that best prepares them to conquer the hills on race day,” said Lisa Drake, Race Director of the Hospital Hill Run.

The Hospital Hill Run Hill Training Program is available to all registered runners. Upcoming clinic dates are March 21, April 28, and May 19, 2022. To learn more, visit:

For more information, contact:

February 2, 2022

Hospital Hill Run Announces Charity Challenge, benefiting Children’s Mercy Hospital

Kansas City, MO

For 2022, The Hospital Hill Run is partnering with its Official Charity Partner, Children’s Mercy Hospital to provide a health-oriented program for area businesses and organizations to encourage health, wellness, and physical fitness, along with an avenue to fundraise for the “I Love Children’s Mercy Fund.”

The Hospital Hill Run Charity Challenge is a free friendly competition among area businesses and organizations. Employees choose to run or walk either the Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, or volunteer, and prizes are awarded to companies who earn the most points.

There are three ways that fundraising teams can win:

  • Top Fundraising Team (Most raised)
  • Highest participation rate
  • Highest total participants and volunteers

Participating companies will receive perks like special discount codes, custom collateral, and exclusive exposure through Hospital Hill Run social media, email marketing and on event weekend.

Winners receive even more: bragging rights, a trophy, and ten free entries to next year’s Hospital Hill Run, along with great exposure.

See how you can offer this health-oriented program to your employees, see what your dollars could do for Children’s Mercy Hospital, and sign up for free at

To learn more contact Cameron Aly at

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

For more information, contact Lisa Drake at


About Hospital Hill Run

What began in 1974 with 99 athletes paying a $1 fee to run a 6.8-mile course starting and ending in Crown Center has evolved into an annual Kansas City running Tradition that regularly hosts thousands of athletes from all over the country. Hospital Hill Run was recognized in 2020 & 2021 by the Pitch Magazine as the Reader’s Choice Award Winner for best-organized footrace in Kansas City, MO. The 49th annual Hospital is set for June 4, 2022, featuring 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon distances.

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About Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Founded in 1897, Children’s Mercy is a leading independent children’s health organization dedicated to holistic care, translational research, educating caregivers and breakthrough innovation to create a world of well-being for all children. With not-for-profit hospitals in Missouri and Kansas, and numerous specialty clinics in both states, Children’s Mercy provides the highest level of care for children from birth through the age of 21. U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly ranked Children’s Mercy as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.” For the fifth consecutive time in a row, Children’s Mercy has achieved Magnet nursing designation, awarded to only about 8% of all hospitals nationally, for excellence in quality care. More than 850 pediatric subspecialists, researchers and faculty across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and education of the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. Thanks to generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s Mercy provides hope, comfort and the prospect of brighter tomorrows to every child who passes through its doors. Visit Children’s Mercy and the Children’s Mercy Research Institute to learn more, and follow us on FacebookLinkedInTwitterInstagram and YouTube for the latest news and videos.

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