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Get Active this Fall with the World War I Museum Runs!

My favorite season in Kansas City is easily fall. Great weather, lots of activities around the metro, and beautiful scenery makes for a great, active season. The World War I Museum is adding to the plethora of events with two upcoming runs. On September 11, they’ll be hosting the Patriot’s Run and in October, they’ll be hosting the Do the Double 8k. Both are family friendly and great ways to enjoy the fall weather. Take a look!

Get Active this Fall with the World War I Museum Runs!

Get Active this Fall with the World War I Museum Runs!

Introducing two great fall events offering FUN for the whole family! 
The Kansas City Double Run & The Patriot’s Run
Get Active this Fall with the World War I Museum Runs!
Get out and get active on Sunday, October 9th for a truly one of a kind family activity. The Kansas City Double Run 8K features both an adult race as well as a fun Kid’s Cup race – Hurry, there are only a limited number of spots available! Don’t miss out on your chance to experience this one of a kind event benefiting the National World War I Museum and Memorial!
How It Works:
Participants will run a 5K before heading into the Recovery Zone featuring stationary bikes, massage tables, water, sports drinks, and snacks. They will then finish with a 3K.  The race will start and finish on the north lawn of the National WWI Museum and Memorial. and participants will receive a commemorative Double Road Race Kansas City finisher engraved dog tag, long sleeve t-shirt (adult runners only), and a fantastic festival with plenty of post race snacks and beverages!
Kids Cup Double:
Bring your kids for our Kids Cup Double! The Kids Double will start at the completion of the 8K Double (approximately 10:15 AM). The Kids will first run 2/3 of a mile. After their recovery period, they will run 1/3 of a mile. All kids will receive an engraved dog tag!
Questions about this event? Call BJ Taylor at (816) 353-3149
Race registration can be completed online
Get Active this Fall with the World War I Museum Runs!
Commemorate 9/11 and honor those who serve our country with the2016 Patriot’s Run! There is no other event like this in world – runners, walkers, and teams are welcome for this fun, family-friendly day at MidAmerica Nazarene University.
Registration includes access to the event, music, and a t-shirt. Learn more and register online today!

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3 Reasons To Be More Active This Year! Fitness & Fun With The Running Well Store

Good Morning, Friends!

The school year is coming in like a freight train sneaking up on us – and the kids will be back in the classroom before we know it. My daughter, Charlotte, is an incoming Kindergartener and I’ve made a promise to myself that I’m going to make the time to be more active this year now that she’s going to be in school. Maybe you’re like me and you haven’t always been the best at self care or maybe you’re just wondering what to do with all your spare time this fall (just kidding, I know you’re busy!) but I want to encourage you to join in this journey with me. I recently had the chance to attend an event at The Running Well Store in Lee’s Summit and they’ve inspired me to write today’s post. Take a look…

The Running Well Store

First things first, I need to get this out of the way: That photo (pictured above, where the woman is obviously excited for her run) is not me. I’m a terrible runner and my face is not nearly as excited when I’m venturing out to put the rubber to the pavement. Think of a cat about to be hosed down with water for a more accurate representation of my pre-run face. That said, however, I have a desire to be a better runner walker jogger and am more motivated now than I’ve ever been before.

My Top 3 Reasons To Be More Active This Year

#1 I Want to Feel Better

Simply put, my energy level is not where it should be and I know it’s because I’m not as active as I should be. Studies show that exercise fights fatigue and I think we can all agree that we FEEL better after a good workout. I attended The Running Well Store’s Run Pop event last week, which was a free community walk/run out in Lee’s Summit. I’ll be the first to admit that I was a little intimidated by the runners that were participating but the community that they’ve built there is so welcoming that I fit right in, even as someone who isn’t very fast. The event drew out people of all fitness levels, which I thought was a true testament to what they’re doing with their group activities.

#2 I Want to Set a Good Example

I genuinely believe that people who are active as children have an easier time staying active as adults and knowing that my five year old daughter models her behavior after me gives me the motivation to be more active as she grows. It’s a lot harder to re-learn behaviors than it is to naturally do them and, as a parent, I want to be the kind of person I hope my children become one day – A healthy, happy, active person. Perhaps the thing that impressed me most about the event last week was the amount of parents that came out with their kids – and the kids were AMAZING. It was so motivating to see moms out there strolling along with their kiddos in tow. At this point, I’m pretty sure my five year old could smoke me in a foot race but maybe, hopefully, not for long.

#3 I Want Something That’s For Me

As moms, we really need to make sure that we’re setting aside some time for ME time. I don’t mean the time you spend hiding in the dark closet pretending to play hide and seek, I mean the time you set aside to do something that will benefit you in the long run. Your family needs to see you taking time to DO things that don’t involve changing a diaper, chauffeuring the kids to and from activities, or any of your other regular day to day activities. Being more active is the perfect way to demonstrate how to do something for YOU. I grabbed a friend for the Run Pop event last week and it was so nice having the time to just chat with her as we made our way through the two mile course.

No matter what you decide to do (run/walk, do yoga, swim, etc), it’s important to remember to just stay active – A body in motion stays in motion. I look forward to hearing more about what you guys are doing and what your reasons are to stay active. Join in one the discussion here on the blog and over on our social media channels!

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More About The Running Well Store

In addition to their adorable line of workout gear and amazing selection of running shoes, The Running Well Store also offers FREE group runs (/walks, don’t worry) every single month. From their upcoming Yoga Run this weekend to Beer Runs and more – they truly have something for everyone. Check out their online events calendar for more information on fun activities headed your way all across the metro.

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5 Kansas City Family Friendly Fun Runs this Summer

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 Fun Runs This Summer

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.

Insane Inflatable 5K July 16th ­

5 Kansas City Family 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 5K July 23rd ­

5 Kansas City Family Fun Runs This Summer

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 August 6th ­

5 Kansas City Family Fun Runs This Summer

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.

Diva Dash and Lil Princess Fun Run, August 20th

­  5 Kansas City Family Fun Runs This Summer

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.

The Blacklight Run August 20th ­

5 Kansas City Family Fun Runs This Summer

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.


About Katie

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.

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