One of the things I love most about Kansas City is the abundance of opportunities there are to be active, especially as a family. A former KC resident and guest poster extraordinaire, Katie Dillman, gives us a run down of some great fun runs you can do as a family in the metro. Take a look…
5 Kansas City Family Friendly Fun Runs this Summer
Summer in Kansas City can be all about sports, or more specifically, watching sports. Taking in a game at The K or Sporting Park is great but if you’ve had your fill of being a spectator and are ready to jump in and participate, here’s your chance. These summer races give families the opportunity to work up a sweat together and be part of something unique while supporting a great cause. Most themed 5Ks are focused on fun over time and cater to all ages and abilities and most have discounts and extra activities for children and allow strollers. So come early, stay late and make some great memories with friends and neighbors at these 5 Kansas City Fun Runs this summer.
Have you ever wanted to be on the show Wipeout? Insane Inflatables gives you the chance to try out some of those crazy obstacles without having your falls being broadcast on live television. The race will bring about 10 inflatable obstacles like The Wrecking Balls and The Waverunner, so be prepared to get wet and probably take a couple of tumbles. The race is not timed and it is not necessary for participants to run between obstacles although they may choose to do so. Participants can wear their shoes on all inflatables and obstacles.
The Insane Midway features more activities for kids and families like carnival games, music, and food. So if you don’t think your kids will be up for completing the full course, you can still bring them out for a taste of the fun. Partnered with The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life and the Paint Your World Purple campaign, Insane Inflatable gives a portion of profits to the Kansas City Relay for Life event and you can choose to make an additional donation the the local chapter when you register online. Racing gets started at The Kansas Speedway at 8:00 am. There are 13 Waves, starting every 15 minutes from 8:30 – 11;30. Prices range from $60 to $100 depending on when and what level you register for. The most expensive is the All Access Pass which allows you to choose your own wave the day of the race and includes $20 in merchandise credit to be spent at the Insane Midway.
Rock the Crossroads is a nighttime 5K that runs loops through the heart of downtown on a mission to raise money for the Kansas City Police Athletic League or PAL. PAL operates a community center in Kansas City that is staffed by 8 police officers and community volunteers. The mission of this center is to “nurture character development through physical fitness and academic advancement for young people (ages 8-18), many of whom come from disadvantaged home settings”. The race course starts and ends at Torn Label Brewing Company and is followed by an outdoor concert by Dolewite. Admission to the concert is free to all Rock the Crossroads runners and open to non-runners for a ticket price of $10. This event is timed and Rock n Roll themed prizes will be given after the race to top male and female times across 15 age groups. This is a rain or shine event. Strollers are allowed, pets are not.
The Glow Run 5K is a great one for kids because they get to stay up past their bed time, wear a crazy glow in the dark outfit, and paint on things they normally wouldn’t be allowed to…..like themselves.
This glowing fun run promises to be a late one. Kicking off at Kemper Arena at 9:00 pm then glowing on well into the night with a finish festival where all race finishers get to choose their own medal. Consider the 5K portion of the evening a warm up because the real cardio will kick in after the race on the dance floor. Get there early for the pre-party and you can even take advantage of free glow face painting for kids and adults to take your outfit to the next level. This race is not timed and senior, child, and military discounts are available. A percentage of every entry fee will be donated to a local charity although the local charity for Kansas City has not been named.
Leave the men and boys at home with the honeydo list because this race is just for the ladies and their little princesses. You’ll have to get up early to participate in this one. Held at Corporate Woods in Overland Park, the Diva Dash starts at 7:30 a.m. followed by the Lil’ Princess Girls Run at approximately 8:30 a.m. Girls ages 8 and younger are eligible to participate in the Lil’ Princess portion of the day. Race distances for the little ones vary from 50 to 200 yards and are determined by age group.
All Diva Dash participants receive a Tshirt, race bib, large “Diva” finishers medal. Lil’ Princesses even get a pink tiara to round out their look. It is permitted to run with strollers but no boys, men, or pets allowed. Prices for registration increase as the race date approaches. Women’s pricing ranges from $28 to $40 while girls can register for $10 to $15. The charity partner for this year’s race is Girls on the Run, a sports based after school program focused on developing healthy self esteem in girls in 3rd – 8th grade.
You may have heard of or participated in The Color Run a couple months ago. The Blacklight Run, coming to Bonner Springs on Saturday August 20th, is the same concept but held at night with UV glowing powder. A new color of glowing powder is introduced at each 1Km checkpoint so participants start out shiny white and finish looking like a glowworm. This one is kind of pricey but the registration comes with everything you need for the event (shirt, LED shades, glowsticks, blacklight tattoos). There are 3 tiers of registration; Standard ($45), VIP($60), and Girls Night Out ($60), the main difference being the amount of swag that comes in your registration kit.
Every registration includes a donation to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and participants are invited to stay and party into the early morning hours with food, beats, and blacklight EVERYTHING. They are also looking for high schoolers, churches and community groups to volunteer together.
Katie Dillman is a Communications Coordinator with Premier Glow, an online retailer of glow products. She enjoys working with businesses through copywriting to share ideas that connect with their audience.