Tortoise & Hare 5K Run, Walk & Roll

Fall 2020 Excelsior Springs, MO 64024 US Directions

5K Race

8:00AM CDT - 9:00AM CDT

2-Mile Walk

8:00AM CDT - 9:00AM CDT

Kids 1-Mile Fun Run

8:45AM CDT - 9:00AM CDT
Our Event Is Postponed, Not Cancelled

New Date: Fall 2020

As you know, the CDC and our state and county health authorities have recommended that public events be curtailed during the COVID-19 crisis. Regretfully, we will have to postpone our event. We will notify all registrants as soon as a new date is selected, which will most likely be in the fall.

We are not cancelling, just postponing. The annual Tortoise & Hare Run/Walk/Roll is a major fundraiser for the Good Samaritan Center, and we anticipate the needs of our community to escalate in the days ahead. We appreciate your support for the center’s mission, and hope that you will be able to participate in the rescheduled event. 

We understand that not everyone will be able to participate on the new schedule. If you need to receive a refund of your registration fee, just select the option to “Get a refund.” We hope that you will be able to simply roll over your current registration to the make-up date. Select the option to “Stay in race,” and you will already be signed up when we announce the new date. Another option is simply to consider your registration as a contribution to helping your neighbors in this time of need by select the option to “Keep my registration fee.”

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the race director via email. Thanks again for your support, and we look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Here Are Your Options:

We will transfer your registration to the new event date once it is set, and look forward to having you join us. Thanks for your patience!

You support the ongoing work of the Good Samaritan Center, and you want us to keep your registration fees to help cover the costs we’ve already incurred for the event, and to continue our mission of serving the community. We deeply appreciate your generosity and look forward to seeing you at an event soon.

We understand, and we will refund your registration fees. We hope you can join us next time.


Artists & Athletes!

What a mash-up! Artists & athletes will mix and mingle in a one-of-a-kind event to benefit The Good Samaritan Center on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Hundreds of artists and athletes will gather at the starting line in front of Wabash Barbecue in Excelsior Springs, Mo. When the air horn blasts at 8 a.m., some will race along a scenic 5K course that includes a loop around Lake Maurer (with chip timing and prizes for the winners). Some will stroll more casually and enjoy a two-mile walk. And the kids will take off on their own one-mile fun run.

Beyond the race and running, this year’s Tortoise & Hare will feature:


Every participant (in each event) will receive a high-quality shirt that features the original work of local artist and avid runner Holly Spencer. (Registration deadline to receive shirts is March 20, 2020.) PLEASE NOTE: When you register, you will be asked to select a t-shirt size. Please be aware that women’s sizes may be smaller than the unisex sizes.


Every participant in the chip-timed 5K event will receive a unique acrylic medal, custom designed by well-known local artist Molly Roberts.

This blending of artists and athletes will support the work of The Good Samaritan Center. For more than 30 years, the Good Samaritan Center has been dedicated to preventing homelessness and hunger by providing basic life needs and access to life skills for residents in northern Clay County (including Excelsior Springs, Lawson, Kearney and Smithville) and throughout Ray County.


First-place overall finishers in the men’s and women’s divisions will each receive a $100 gift card from The Running Well Store. Male and female winners in each of 10 age groups will win a gift card to Dubious Claims Brewing Company. Watch this space as we announce more sponsors and prizes in the days ahead!

STUDENT RATE of only $10 is available (just enter the coupon code STUDENT). After the 5K run and walk, there will be a 1-mile fun run for the kids.

HAVE MORE FUN WITH A TEAM of your best friends or co-workers! Create a team of five, and each participant will receive a $6 discount (only $24 -- like signing up 4 and getting the 5th member free). You might even want to get artistic and design some team t-shirts for your group. Team leaders have the option to create a team and register all of the members together, or to allow team members to register individually after the team has been created.


Be sure to register before March 20, 2020, to guarantee a shirt (for all participants) and medal (for 5K participants). Late registrations after March 20 won’t be guaranteed to receive either a shirt or medal.


Earn refund rewards when you refer your friends. See more information below about how to earn a refund up to $5 by encouraging your friends to join you in the 5K race or the 2-mile walk.

More information is coming! We'll update this page as we confirm sponsors and prizes. Watch for the unveiling of the custom artwork for our shirts and this year’s 5K medal!

In front of Wabash BBQ
646 S. Kansas City Avenue
Excelsior Springs, MO US 64024
Exceptional T-Shirts!

Register by March 20 to receive a special event t-shirt! You’ll love this high-quality shirt emblazoned with the original artwork of local artist & avid runner Holly Spencer. The shirt, sure to be a collector’s item, features an iconic, colorful downtown Excelsior Springs streetscape.

Refund Rewards For Referring Your Friends

Share with your friends and earn refund rewards! When you register for the 5K race or 2-mile walk, you’ll receive a referral code. Share that code with your friends, via Facebook or e-mail. We’ll say thanks by rewarding you with a $1 refund for each friend who uses your referral code to register.

Refund rewards can be issued for up to five friends, so you could receive a discount of up to $5 on your registration fee.

The Fishing River Running Club is a group for everyone, non-runners and novice runners and avid athletes, in the Excelsior Springs area. We meet at Dubious Claims to run together every Wednesday at 6 p.m. (Sometimes we get together other nights, or weekends, to run — join our Facebook page to stay in the loop.) Our mission is to build a network within the Excelsior Springs community where runners can train with others and provide a forum to discuss running techniques, goals and accomplishments. Have fun, get fit, and make new friends!

Race Contact Info

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Prizes & Swag

First place overall winners in the men's and women's divisions will receive a pair of running shoes.

Men and women first-place finishers in each of 10 age groups will receive a gift card from Dubious Claims Brewing Company. First, second and third place winners in each age group will receive a special neck ribbon for their medal.

All 5K runners will receive a unique acrylic medal designed by local artist Molly Roberts.

All participants who register prior to March 20 will receive an event t-shirt.


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