Race to Read

Kansas City, MO

Reach Out and Read Kansas City (RORKC) is excited to announce our first 5K run on Saturday, August 26th at Swope Park. The 5K race and other kid-friendly activities will begin at 8 am. RORKC provides over 83,000 new and developmentally appropriate books and medical providers give literacy advice to nearly 30,000 children and families annually at well-child visits from birth until 5 years old in 51 metro area clinics.

When: Saturday, August 26th at 8 am

Swope Park (Battle of Westport Visitor Center)
The race will be a 5K cross country course throughout the park.

Entry Fee: $30
Runners need to sign up by August 12th to be guaranteed a T-Shirt. There is no cost for kid-friendly events.

Packet Pickup: 
Swope Park (Battle of Westport Visitor Center) 
Friday, August 25th from 5-7 pm
Saturday, August 26th starting at 7 am

Schedule on August 26th:
7 am: Packet Pickup
8 am: 5K Begins
9 am: Children Relay Races Begin
9:30 am: Awards and Raffle Prizes Announced

Family Fun:
Starting at 8 am, face painting, and Molly Balloons will be on site for kids and at 9 am relay races will begin. Throughout the entire event, there will be live music provided by Mudflap Mafia.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
 Interested in sponsoring the Race to Read 5K? View more information.

Weather Cancellation Policy: 

The safety of our participants is the most important thing and if any of the threatening weather conditions listed below are present the day of the event, the event may be delayed or canceled.

Threatening Weather Conditions
The race may be canceled or delayed if any of the following weather conditions exist: Tornado Warning, Tornado Watch, Thunderstorm, "Heavy" Rain, lightning, high winds or other major weather conditions.

 Delay or Cancellation of the Event
The start of the event may be delayed up to one hour from the posted start time if any of the above mentioned conditions exist. The event may then be canceled if any threatening weather conditions persist. Should the weather present any immediate danger to participants who are on-site, local staff and volunteers will assist in moving people to shelter. 

Authority to Cancel the Event
The Race Director, in accordance with the city and the local law enforcement, has the authority to cancel the event. If threatening weather conditions force cancellation of the event, no refunds can be provided, since funds were already spent in preparation for race day. Rest assured that your registration fee is considered a valuable donation to Reach Out and Read KC. 

In the event of cancellation, all participants will receive notification via email with information about how they can still receive their race packet, including race shirt.

Broadcast of Cancellation

- If Event is canceled more than 24 hours prior to the start time: We will notify all participants by email.

- If Event is canceled less than 24 hours before start time: We will notify all participants by email and post on Reach Out and Read KC social media.

- If Event is canceled during the actual event, on-site notification will be given over the PA system and race officials and volunteers will assist in moving individuals to safety and shelter as needed. 

Volunteer Opportunities:
If you would like to learn more about volunteering to read in a clinic with a child or how to volunteer for this race, please contact Jenny Horsley or call 913-588-2793.

To learn more about Reach Out and Read Kansas City, please visit our website.

Reach Out and Read Kansas City gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

When & Where

Aug 26, 2017


8:00 AM

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