Hospital Hill Run
Kansas City Public Schools assisted in the 46th annual Hospital Hill Run this past Saturday, June 1, 2019, with 4,358 runners participating. Hospital Hill Run Foundation has donated more than $130,000 to local organizations since 2016, and the Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation is one of this year’s grantees, receiving $25,000 from the Hospital Hill Run Foundation. The donation will allow hundreds of KCPS student-athletes to receive much needed athletic shoes for a variety of sporting events throughout the district.
Paseo Academy of Fine & Performing Arts
Students from Paseo kicked off the 46th Annual Hospital Hill run by singing the National Anthem Saturday morning. The Hospital Hill run is nationally known and consists of a 5K, 10K, and a half marathon. Paseo choir showed off their skills along with Choir Director Willie Thornton in a beautiful and powerful arrangement that highlighted the talents of KCPS students. Participants of Hospital Hill gave hugs and high fives after Paseo’s performance.
Central Academy of Excellence
The Central Blue Eagles Drumline, led by director Osmond Fisher, kept the pace solid on the biggest hill of the run, Trinity Hill, towards the end of the race to keep participants moving and inspired. Their motivation was just what was needed during one of the toughest portions of the race.
Lincoln College Preparatory Academy
Led by coach Mari Foster, the Lincoln Dance Team encouraged runners vocally as well as held up signs, cowbells, and clappers to encourage the runners to keep their pace and keep working hard. They were spotted at mile marker 2 and 11. Participants noticed them after the first marker and thanked them again during the second portion of the race knowing that is JUST what was needed to encourage them to keep working hard.
Northeast Middle School
Latoya Sheppard, the athletic director at Northeast Middle School, was instrumental in helping get the kids to make over 25 foam board posters to be displayed during the course by KCPS students. One of the favorites according to many runners was, “DONuT’ GIVE UP!”
(Photos by Meredith Doyle)