The Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation will assume ownership of the Hospital Hill Run, known as the “Grandfather of all Kansas City road races.”
Known as the oldest race in Kansas City, Hospital Hill Run takes place on the first Saturday of June, beginning and ending near Crown Center. The event recently celebrated its 50th anniversary at the 2023 race. Hospital Hill Run was founded in 1974 through the collaboration of Dr. E Grey Dimond, head of UMKC School of Medicine, Dr. Ralph Hall of Saint Luke’s Medical System, and Jim Burnley of the Missouri Valley Masters Track and Field Association (Mid-America Running Association).
“As someone who has participated in the Hospital Hill Run several times, I know the value this race brings to the Kansas City community,” said Kathy Nelson, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation. “Whether they are professional, collegiate or recreational competitions, sports and fitness events continue to drive much-needed awareness about nutrition, physical health and mental well-being.”
The event hosted the first USATF National Championship half marathon in 2002. In February 2013, Runner’s World Magazine chose the Hospital Hill Run as the 11th best half marathon in the U.S. In 2020 and 2021, Pitch Magazine recognized the Hospital Hill Run as the reader’s choice award winner for the best-organized footrace in Kansas City.
“On behalf of the Sports Commission and the Kansas City running community, I want to thank longtime race director, Lisa Drake, for continuing to make Hospital Hill Run one of the best races in the region,” said Josh Zabel, director of events for the Kansas City Sports Commission. “This event perfectly aligns with our mission, and we are excited to carry on this special Kansas City tradition for many more years to come.”
The 2024 event, scheduled for June 1, consists of an expo, 5k, 10k and half marathon.
“This family friendly event has transcended generations and continues to showcase so many of the beautiful landmarks throughout our city, along with its mission to give back to the community with the focus on health and wellness,” said Drake. “We give a special thanks to all that have contributed to this iconic event and it will continue to have a special place in our hearts.”