School of Medicine’s 5K Run moves to Friday night

School of Medicine Senior Associate Dean Paul Cuddy, Ph.D., (left) and Dean Betty M. Drees, M.D., manned the finish-line banner for the 2012 Hospital Hill Run UMKC School of Medicine 5K.

HospitalHillRunLogoChanges are coming to the annual Hospital Hill Run this June that are designed to make the School of Medicine-sponsored 5K run a bigger, family-friendly event with a new night and time, and even a new course.

The Hospital Hill Run UMKC School of Medicine 5K will still start and finish on Grand Boulevard in front of Crown Center, but for the first time, the run takes place on a Friday night. This year at 7 p.m. on June 6, the evening before the Hospital Hill Run’s half marathon and 10K races.

Race organizers say the changes to the 5K run will enhance the experience and make it more family friendly by allowing parents with young children to participate while pushing strollers, which are not allowed in the half marathon or 10 runs. Those races will take place on the morning of June 7.

This year’s route will take participants north on Grand Boulevard to Truman Road, then south on Oak Street and Gillham past Hospital Hill, and finally up McGee Trafficway back to Crown Center for the finish.

The School of Medicine has served as the title sponsor for the 5K run since 2007.  The 5K run, a part of Hospital Hill Run since 2001, has long been a popular event drawing as many as 2,000 participants for that race alone.

School of Medicine faculty, residents, students and staff will still serve as race day volunteers, manning first aid stations throughout the race routes for both Friday and Saturday events. Sports medicine faculty and fellows from the School will also provide medical services for race participants for all three races.

All UMKC School of Medicine 5K participants will receive a sports backpack, a finisher medal. A post-race party is planed following the race at the Crown Center Square.

For more information and registration, visit the Hospital Hill Run website at

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