The Hospital Hill Run this year added the WorkPlace Foot Race by Blue KC, designed to increase community fitness and participation in the nationally known race weekend. The contest was open to schools, businesses, non-profits and health care organizations across the area, and the UMKC School of Medicine took first place.
The contest awarded 5 points for each half marathon participant, 4 points for each 7.7-mile race participant and 3 points for each 5K participant and volunteer. The points then were divided by the number of employees for each business or organization, so that participation rate rather than sheer numbers won the day. The School of Medicine had 111 participants.
This also was the first year for the UMKC Health Sciences District to be the presenting sponsor for the race weekend. The race was started by Dr. E. Grey Dimond, the founder of the UMKC School of Medicine. For several years the school sponsored the Friday evening 5K portion of the Hospital Hill Run, and UMKC medical students routinely volunteer to help with the race, including as staff for the medical tent during the races.
Longtime race director Beth Salinger and Kelly Rasor, who is in charge of the WorkPlace Foot Race, presented a traveling trophy on July 19 to the School of Medicine. Interim Dean Mary Anne Jackson, M.D. ’78; Director of Advancement Fred Schlichting; and Jordann Dhuse, a 2017 Hospital Hill Run winner and UMKC medical student active in the Health Science District’s Run/Walk Club, were on hand to accept the trophy.
Besides sponsorship from Blue KC, the WorkPlace Foot Race has support from the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and expects participation to grow next year as more organizations use it to promote their fitness and team-building.