The first UMKC School of Medicine 5K race run at night drew a crowd of almost 1,900 participants to Crown Center on June 6 as part of the 2014 Hospital Hill Run.
Race organizers this year changed the race date, moving it to Friday night on June 6, the night before the 10K and half marathon races races, in hopes of making it a more family-friendly event. The change paid off with pleasant weather for the 5K run that began and finished on Grand Blvd. in front of Kansas City’s Crown Center on Friday before rain and thunderstorms dampened the final two races of the weekend on Saturday morning.
School of Medicine faculty, students and staff volunteers again served as support personnel for both days of the event, providing assistance at first aid stations located throughout the race routes and at the first aid tent. Sports medicine faculty and fellows provide medical services for the entire event.
Derek Lee of Clinton, Mo., won the men’s 5K race for the second consecutive year and Nicole Lee of Clinton, Mo., won the women’s race. (Full results) This year’s Hospital Hill Run drew 6,647 participants for all races combined.