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Hospital Hill Run Announces UMKC Health Sciences District as Presenting Sponsor for 2018

Celebrating 45 years of history, HHR and UMKC continue to enhance and expand KC’s original running event

Kansas City, MO, February 8, 2018 – The Hospital Hill Run (HHR) announced today that the newly formed UMKC Health Sciences District will serve as the presenting sponsor for the 2018 Hospital Hill Run scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 1 – 2.Read More...

HHR has a long history with many of the healthcare providers and facilities that comprise the new UMKC Health Sciences District. Partnership in the city’s oldest running event is a natural extension of those existing relationships. Participants will benefit from this expanded relationship as health providers will be working with HHR over the coming months to provide training tips, health and wellness information, and more leading up to the event. And as in years past, medical volunteers from Truman Medical Center, Children’s Mercy, and UMKC School of Medicine will be on site for the weekend’s events to address any medical needs.

“The UMKC Health Sciences District includes a dozen health institutions along the Hospital Hill Run race routes,” said Margaret Gibson, the event’s Medical Director. Gibson, an assistant professor for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, is a physician affiliated with Children’s Mercy and Truman Medical Centers and the team physician for UMKC Athletics. “Both district partners and the run also share a long history of promoting health and wellness in our community, so it’s a strong, natural partnership.”

The UMKC Health Sciences District, formed in 2017, is a cooperative partnership of 12 neighboring health-care institutions on Hospital Hill: the University of Missouri-Kansas City and its School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Health Studies, School of Pharmacy and School of Dentistry; Truman Medical Centers; Children’s Mercy; Kansas City, Missouri Health Department; Missouri Department of Mental Health Center for Behavioral Medicine; Jackson County Medical Examiner; Diastole Scholars’ Center; and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. The district collaborates on research, grants, community outreach and shared wellness for employees, faculty, students, and surrounding neighborhoods.

Now in its 45th year, HHR has hosted world class runners, Olympians, and over 170,000 athletes of all levels from across the globe. This new partnership ensures that HHR will continue to enhance its legacy as one of the premier endurance events in the United States.

“The Hospital Hill Run was founded by Dr. E. Grey Dimond, founder of the UMKC School of Medicine to promote health and fitness in Kansas City,” said Beth Salinger, Race Director of Hospital Hill Run. “This exciting partnership with the UMKC Health Sciences District will continue his vision of bringing health and wellness to the Kansas City Region.”

About Hospital Hill Run
The Hospital Hill Run began in 1974 with 99 athletes paying a $1 registration fee to run a 6.8-mile course at Crown Center. Today, it has evolved into a weekend event that hosts thousands of athletes over two days and three different event distances. The 2018 event will be the 45th annual race and includes three distances: a 5K on Friday night, followed by a 7.7-mile and a half marathon on Saturday morning. Those who wish to challenge themselves further can compete in both the 5K on Friday night and either the 7.7-mile or half marathon on Saturday, called the Hospital Hill Run Re-RUN. All events begin and end on Grand Boulevard directly in front of Crown Center. A two-day health and fitness expo at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall, a Pasta Party, and two post-race parties open to all will round-out race weekend. In 2017 The Hospital Hill Run Foundation made a $25,000 donation to the Kansas City Police Action League, the 2018 donation will be announced soon.

About the UMKC Health Sciences District
The UMKC Health Sciences District is a cooperative partnership formed by 12 neighboring health care institutions on Hospital Hill: University of Missouri- Kansas City and its School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Health Studies, School of Pharmacy and School of Dentistry; Truman Medical Centers; Children’s Mercy; Kansas City, Missouri Health Department; Missouri Department of Mental Health Center for Behavioral Medicine; Jackson County Medical Examiner; Diastole Scholars’ Center; and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. The premier academic health district engages in cutting-edge biomedical research and entrepreneurship, delivering state-of-the science health care and educating the next generation of health care professionals.

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Contact:
Beth Salinger
Race Director, Hospital Hill Run
Beth@hospitalhillrun.com
312-925-6067 phone

Contact:
Stacy Downs
Senior Public Relations Specialist, UMKC Health Sciences District
downs@umkc.edu
816-235-1441


Hospital Hill Run Foundation to Give $25K Grant to Kansas City Police Athletic League to Launch New Youth Running Club

Kansas City, MO, February 20, 2018 – The Hospital Hill Run Foundation will support Kansas City’s Police Athletic League (PAL) for the second year in a row with a $25,000 grant as part of the 45th Annual Hospital Hill Run event. With the funds, KC PAL, an organization focused on creating opportunities for youth to interact with police officers in a positive setting while participating in cultural, mentoring and sports programs, will launch a new youth running club.Read More...

Open to everyone ages 8-18 at all fitness levels, the PAL youth running club will supplement other sport programs currently offered by the organization and focus on helping participants increase endurance and strength while furthering the organization’s mission to foster a safe environment that promotes healthy choices. For more than 20 years, PAL’s dedicated police officers have served as coaches, mentors, and often friends, and the running club is a natural continuation of this tradition.

“We are thankful to the HHR Foundation for making it possible for us to introduce a running club for our kids,” said Sgt. Skip Cox, PAL supervisor. “We are always looking for opportunities to help our kids advance and learn new skills through physical activity. We can’t think of a better partner to help us launch a running club than Hospital Hill Run.”

“We are thrilled to be able to support PAL again this year,” said Hospital Hill Run President, Diane Wilhelm. “We continue to be so impressed by the PAL organization and its commitment to promote and support active and healthy lifestyles in our community. We applaud this effort to introduce running into their programming because it has so many lifelong benefits, promotes positive change and builds self-esteem.”

The Hospital Hill Run presented by UMKC Health Sciences District began in 1974 with 99 athletes paying a $1.00 registration fee to run a 6.8-mile course at Crown Center. Today, it has evolved into a weekend event that hosts thousands of athletes over two days and three different event distances. The 2018 event will be the 45th annual race and includes three distances: a 5K on Friday night, followed by a 7.7-mile and a half marathon on Saturday morning. Those who wish to challenge themselves further can compete in both the 5K on Friday night and either the 7.7-mile or half marathon on Saturday, called the Hospital Hill Run Re-RUN. All events begin and end on Grand Boulevard directly in front of Crown Center. A two-day health and fitness expo at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall, a Pasta Party, and two post-race parties open to all will round-out race weekend. For more information regarding the Hospital Hill Run presented by UMKC Health Sciences District, go to www.hospitalhillrun.com

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Contacts:
Diane Wilhelm
President, Hospital Hill Run Board of Directors
816.550.7962
president@Hospitalhillrun.com

Sgt. Skip Cox
Police Athletic League of KC
816.413.3515
Douglas.cox@kcpd.org


September 29, 2017
Registration Opens for the 45th Annual Hospital Hill Run October 1st

What’s old is new again, bringing back the 7.7 Mile distance

Kansas City, MO, The Hospital Hill Run, a nonprofit organization, announced that registration opens for the 45th annual Hospital Hill Run on October 1st. Set for Friday and Saturday, June 1 – 2, the 2018 Hospital Hill Run is the oldest running event in Kansas City and one of the oldest half marathons in the United States.Read More...

October 1 through December 31, the registration fees are as follows:

Half Marathon – $60.00
Run Across Missouri Half Marathon – $65.00
7.7 Mile – $45.00
5K – $30.00
5K \ 7.7 Mile Re-RUN – 75.00
5K \ Half Marathon Re-RUN – $90.00
5K \ Run Across Missouri Half Marathon Re-RUN – $95.00

To help celebrate 45 years of running, the Hospital Hill Run is bringing back the 7.7 Mile event. Hospital Hill Run was founded in 1974 with a 6.8 Mile and 1 Mile run. In 1976, the event changed to a half marathon and 7.7 Mile Run. The unique event distance was created out of necessity based on where the course turned.

“As the oldest event in Kansas City and one of the oldest half marathons in the United States, the Hospital Hill Run has continued to cement its reputation as Missouri’s greatest road race,” said Beth Salinger, Race Director of the Hospital Hill Run. ”13.1 miles of Kansas City hills, running past iconic landmarks, including The Plaza and The Liberty Memorial, and a 16-minute per mile time limit, make the Hospital Hill Run the perfect experience for runners and walkers, locals and out-of-town participants.”

The 45th annual Hospital Hill Run Half Marathon starts and finishes on Grand Blvd. in front of Crown Center. The race will take participants on a tour of Kansas City, Missouri, including Hospital Hill, Brookside, the Plaza, Liberty Memorial, and the many hills for which Hospital Hill Run is famous.

The Hospital Hill Run is proudly sponsored by UMKC School of Medicine, Crown Center, Sun Life, Missouri Beef Council, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City.

For more information and to register, visit www.hospitalhillrun.com.

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About Hospital Hill Run
What began in 1974 with 99 athletes paying a $1.00 registration fee to run a 6.8-mile course starting and ending in Crown Center has evolved into an event that regularly hosts thousands of athletes over two days and three different event distances. The 2018 event will be the 45th annual race. Runner’s World magazine has touted Hospital Hill Run as one of the top 25 road races in the United States. Taking place on Friday and Saturday, June 1 – 2, 2018, the event includes three distances, the UMKC School of Medicine 5K on Friday night, followed by a 7.7 mile and a half marathon on Saturday morning. Those who wish to challenge themselves further can compete in both the 5K on Friday night and either the 7.7M or half marathon on Saturday, called the Hospital Hill Run Re-RUN. All events begin and end on Grand Boulevard directly in front of Crown Center. Also included as part of the weekend festivities is a two-day health and fitness expo at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall, a Pasta Party, and two post-race parties open to all. For more information regarding Hospital Hill Run, go to www.hospitalhillrun.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Contact: Beth Salinger, Hospital Hill Run, Race Director
312.925.6067
beth@hospitalhillrun.com


September 13, 2017
Half Marathon Series Encourages Athletes to Run Across Missouri

Kansas City, Mo. – Hospital Hill Run is partnering with the GO! St. Louis Marathon and Family Fitness Weekend and the Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series in Springfield to offer Run Across Missouri, an opportunity for runners and walkers to complete three half marathons in three different regions of Missouri.Read More...

“Hospital Hill Run is proud to take part in Run Across Missouri and provide Missourians with increased incentive to stay active,” said Beth Salinger, Hospital Hill Run Race Director. “We hope people will take advantage of the opportunity to visit and learn about each Missouri city while working on achieving their own fitness goals.”

Run Across Missouri includes:
· The GO! St. Louis Half Marathon, on April 8, 2018 in St. Louis
· The Hospital Hill Run Half Marathon, on June 2, 2018 in Kansas City
· The Cohick Half Marathon, part of the Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series, on November 4, 2018 in Springfield

Runners who participate in each race receive a medal highlighting that particular area of the state. Special medals from each race are designed to fit together and connect into one cohesive Run Across Missouri medal.

The 45th annual Hospital Hill Run Half Marathon starts and finishes on Grand Blvd. in front of Crown Center. The race will take participants on a tour of Kansas City including Hospital Hill, Brookside, the Plaza, Liberty Memorial and the many hills Hospital Hill Run is famous for.

For more information and to register, visit www.hospitalhillrun.com.

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About Hospital Hill Run
What began in 1974 with 99 athletes paying a $1.00 registration fee to run a 6.8-mile course starting and ending in Crown Center has evolved into an event that regularly hosts thousands of athletes over two days and three different event distances. The 2018 event will be the 45th annual race; a race Runner’s World magazine has touted as one of the top 25 road races in the United States, taking place on Friday and Saturday, June 1 – 2, 2018. The event includes three distances, the UMKC School of Medicine 5K on Friday night, followed by a 7.7 mile and a half marathon on Saturday morning. Those who wish to challenge themselves further can compete in both the 5K on Friday night and either the 7.7M or half marathon on Saturday, called the Hospital Hill Run Re-RUN. All events begin and end on Grand Boulevard directly in front of Crown Center. Also included as part of the weekend festivities is a two-day health and fitness expo taking place at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall, a Pasta Party, and two post-race parties open to all. For more information regarding Hospital Hill Run, go to www.hospitalhillrun.com

Contact: Beth Salinger, Hospital Hill Run, Race Director 312.925.6067,
beth@hospitalhillrun.com

About GO! St. Louis Family Fitness Weekend
Now in it’s 18th year, the GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend is a signature event for GO! St. Louis. The two-day event attracts more than 25,000 participants in 10 different races for runners and walkers of all ages and fitness abilities. The weekend includes a full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 7K, 5K, children’s fun runs, and more! GO! St. Louis has become a national model for other running organizations looking to make community wellness a priority by offering community collaborations, school-based programming, and year-round fitness events. For more information, visit www.gostlouis.org.

Contact: Mona Langenberg, GO! St. Louis, President, 314.727.0800, mlangenberg@gostlouis.org

About Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series
The Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series in Springfield, Missouri, provides runners, walkers and cyclists with opportunities to stay active and fit year round. Now in its 11th year, the Fitness Series seeks to encourage people to get active in the great outdoors, celebrating the beauty and grandeur of the Ozarks. Taking place the first weekend of November, the Cohick Half Marathon is part of the Fitness Series Marathon Weekend. Runners and walkers are invited to participate in these events, which start and end at Bass Pro Shops, the original and Granddaddy of all sporting good stores.

Contact: Melissa Bondy, Bass Pro Shops, Director of Corporate and Community Wellbeing, 417.873.5354, mlbondy@basspro.com


Congratulations all 2017 UMKC School of Medicine 5K, 10K, & Half Marathon Finishers!