Hospital Hill Run Announces New Course for Half Marathon, 10k and 5k

April 21, 2021

Hospital Hill Run Slated As First In-Person Half Marathon in 2021

The Hospital Hill Run is pleased to announce the release of its course for the 2021 Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k events. The course is newly modified to include new views of neighborhoods throughout the downtown Kansas City corridor.

“We are excited to announce that Hospital Hill Run has designed a new course with slight adjustments that enhance the overall race experience in a significant way,” said Lisa Drake, Hospital Hill Run Race Director. “The new course will provide the same scenic views of our great city with slightly lower levels of elevation!”

The start line for the Hospital Hill Run remains at Crown Center, with runners heading north to the T-Mobile Center and then returning south up Hospital Hill, passing the new Official Charity Partner Children’s Mercy Hospital. From there, participants head south on Gilham to turn onto Emanuel Clever II Parkway to enjoy views of the beautiful Nelson Atkins Museum of Art before turning south on Oak Street.

The beautiful UMKC campus is the next enjoyable feature of the course as runners head to the historic neighborhoods of Brookside. Next, runners navigate back onto Oak Street by the UMKC campus and head north on Gilham to 29th Street. Finally, the course concludes with a well-deserved downhill finish into Crown Center, where runners celebrate conquering the hill.

The 10K will follow the same route as the Half Marathon and turn near 41st Street and Gillham Road, heading back to 29th Street and turning into the grand finish at Crown Center.

The 5K route has only a slight change onto 29th Street to head down into the finish in Crown Center.

“Hospital Hill Run will be the first in-person half marathon of the year in Kansas City, and we’re excited to offer a new course for eager participants to “Conquer the Hill,” Drake said. “We’re equally as excited that portions of proceeds from each participant will go to our new official charity partner in Children’s Mercy Hospital! All funds raised will go directly to the ‘I Love Children’s Mercy Fund,’ which provides medical treatments, care, and research for thousands in need.”

Click on the links below to view updated 2021 course maps.

Half Marathon: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4272759934

10K: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4211537614

5K: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4214104864

To learn more and signup for the upcoming Hospital Hill Run, athletes may go to hospitalhillrun.com

To follow the Hospital Hill Run on social media, follow @hospitalhillrun on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

For more information, contact Lisa Drake at support@hospitalhillrun.com

About Hospital Hill Run

What began in 1974 with 99 athletes paying a $1 fee to run a 6.8-mile course starting and ending in Crown Center has evolved into an annual Kansas City running Tradition that regularly hosts thousands of athletes from all over the country. Hospital Hill Run was recognized in 2020 by the Pitch Magazine as the Reader’s Choice Award Winner for best-organized footrace in Kansas City, MO. The 48th annual Hospital is set for June 5, 2021, featuring 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon distances.

For more information regarding Hospital Hill Run, go to www.hospitalhillrun.com.

About Children’s Mercy

Founded in 1897, Children’s Mercy is a leading independent children’s health organization dedicated to holistic care, translational research, educating caregivers and breakthrough innovation to create a world of well-being for all children. With not-for-profit hospitals in Missouri and Kansas, and numerous specialty clinics in both states, Children’s Mercy provides the highest level of care for children from birth through the age of 21. U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly ranked Children’s Mercy as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.” For the fifth consecutive time in a row, Children’s Mercy has achieved Magnet nursing designation, awarded to only about 8% of all hospitals nationally, for excellence in quality care. More than 850 pediatric subspecialists, researchers and faculty across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and education of the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. Thanks to generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s Mercy provides hope, comfort and the prospect of brighter tomorrows to every child who passes through its doors. Visit Children’s Mercy and the Children’s Mercy Research Institute to learn more, and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for the latest news and videos.