Exercise & Fitness

Spring Races to Sign Up for Now

With winter weather almost behind us and longer, warmer days ahead, it’s time to start training for KC’s many spring races.

Check out five to sign up for now.

Don’t let players have all the March Madness fun. Kick off the basketball tournament with the March 12 Big 12 Run, which begins and ends in downtown KC. Don your team’s colors and choose from a 12K (7.46 miles) or 5K course. Everyone who crosses the finish line gets a medal and those who register by March 6 are entered to win two tickets to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship.

Get a head start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the Whiskey Run 5K in Martin City at 8:30 a.m. March 13. The race is part of the 29th annual Irishpalooza, so after you cross the finish line and munch on free post-race brunch from RC’s, stick around for the parade at 2 p.m.

If 5Ks have become old hat, challenge yourself and double the distance. The Great Plains 10K is open to runners of all abilities and ages and includes four host sites this year, including Longview Lake March 6 and Kansas City March 20. Food and drinks from local restaurants await at the finish lines. Feeling really ambitious? Try tackling the Great Plains 10K Challenge and by participating in three of the four races for bragging rights and a special medal.

Since starting in 2010, Rock the Parkway has quickly become one of the biggest half marathons in the Midwest. This year’s race, which also includes a 5K course, happens April 9 and includes the elements that have made it so popular, such as a two-day race expo, convenient bag drop-off and a scenic course along Ward Parkway. Proceeds from the event benefit Science City. Race participants and volunteers, plus up to four family members, can get into the science center for free with their race bib or volunteer confirmation April 9 and 10.

Your impressive time on the Trolley Run’s fast, downhill course is far from the most compelling reason to register. The April 24 race is the largest annual fundraiser for the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, and all funds go toward critical programming. The four-mile course runs through Waldo and Brookside, ending at the Country Club Plaza with an after-bash. Little ones can get in on the fun with the Kids Trolley Run and family party at Mill Creek Park.

Photo via Trolley Run’s Facebook page.