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.
Runners filled the streets of Hospital Hill on Saturday, June 1, for the 40th annual Hospital Hill Run, including more than 1,600 participants in the UMKC School of Medicine 5K event.
Clear skies and mild weather lured a crowd of nearly 7,700 particpants and thousands of onlookers to the event that includes the 5K, 10K, half marathon and wheel chair race. The School of Medicine served as the title sponsor for the 5K run for the seventh straight year, and has been connected with the event since its beginning in 1974.
School of Medicine Dean Betty Drees, M.D., and Senior Associate Dean Paul Cuddy, Pharm.D., manned the finish line banner for the 5K run, won by Derek Lee of Clinton, Mo., in 16 minutes, 17 seconds. Katie Berger of Smithville, Mo., won the women’s race in 20:17.
The half marathon drew nearly 4,300 runners. Josh Baden of Lawrence, Kan., won the race in 1:10:05 and Kimi Reed of Brookline, Mo., won the women’s race in 1:19:21.
School of Medicine faculty, students and staff volunteer each year to serve 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.