UMKC SOM 5K draws more than 2,000 runners

School of Medicine Dean Betty Drees, M.D., and Paul Cuddy, Pharm.D., senior associate dean, held the banner at the finish line of the School of Medicine 5K portion of the annual Hospital Hill Run. View the slide show of the 2011 Hospital Hill Run or for more photos go to our Facebook page.

More than 2,000 runners participated in the UMKC School of Medicine 5K portion of the 38th annual Hospital Hill Run in downtown Kansas City on June 4. This was the fifth consecutive year that the School of Medicine has sponsored the 5K run.

Derek Tate of Kansas City won the 5K race in 16 minutes, 8 seconds. Alexia Vondrachek of Merriam, Kan., was the top female finisher in 22:17. School of Medicine Dean Betty Drees, M.D., and Paul Cuddy, Pharm.D., senior associate dean, manned the finish line banner to greet the two winners.

A number of School of Medicine faculty, students and staff competed in the race as well. For the complete list of results, visit the Hospital Hill Run website.

The Hospital Hill run also included a half marathon, which saw 3,158 finishers, and a 10K run that drew 1,411 finishers. All three races, which combined started with more than 7,000 runners, began and finished on Grand Avenue in front of Crown Center.

School of Medicine faculty, students and staff were among the volunteers who served at first aid stations located throughout the race routes and at the first aid tent. Sports medicine faculty and fellows provided medical services for the entire event and the School of Medicine also sponsored a first aid station at the halfway point of the half marathon where nearly 12 thousand cups of water and Gatorade were distributed.

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