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Groundhog Run benefiting the children of Ability KC has raised more than $4.75 million for children with special needs since its inception in 1983. The race is one of very few 5K races, and believed to be the only 100% underground sanctioned 10K race in the nation. With a consistent temperature of 65 to 68 degrees, the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis is the ideal venue for runners from all over the country to compete in this annual winter event.
Annually, more than 3,000 individuals and families receive services for outpatient medical rehabilitation, therapeutic preschool, and employment services at Ability KC. In addition, multiple specialty programs and services are offered, such as neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), corporate partnerships for employment opportunities and much more. Ability KC is proud to celebrate more than 70 years since the beginnings of each agency in 1947. Thousands of lives have been changed and celebrations of successes have occurred due to the generosity of the Kansas City community.
Q. Are strollers allowed on the course?
A. Due to insurance stipulations we do not allow strollers on the course for the safety of all participants and your child.
Q. Where should I park on race day?
A. Parking will be available in the Ameristar parking lot, which is located directly across 210 Highway from the entrance of Hunt Midwest. Parking attendants will be outside directing you on race day.
Q. Where does the course go?
A. The course is 100% underground in the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis business park. A detailed race map will be posted prior to the race and will be available for viewing at packet pickup.
Q. Can I pick up my packet on race day?
A. Yes! While pick-up prior to race day is preferred, race day packet pickup will be available at the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis beginning at 7:00 a.m.
Q. How old do you have to be to participate in Groundhog Run?
A. All participants must be at least 8 years old to register for Groundhog Run.
Q. Can I switch from the 5K to the 10K or vise - versa?
A. You may switch from one race to another at packet pickup Jan. 24 or 25. There will be a charge of $5 to switch from the 5K to the 10K due at the time of change. Refunds will not be made to transfer from the 10K to the 5K.
Q. Can I walk the 5K or 10K?
A. We welcome participants of all paces! As Groundhog Run is an underground business park our 5K and 10K start back-to-back and not simultaneously. Because of this we ask that all 5K participants finish by 9:50 AM and all 10K participants finish by 11:50 AM.
Q. What if there is bad weather?
A. The race will take place rain,snow or shine, as the weather doesn't affect the course. The course will stay in the mid 60s no matter what the temperature is outside. Please use your best judgement and be cautious if driving conditions are poor.
Q. Can I bring my dog and /or wear rollerblades?
A. Due to the nature of the course and insurance stipulations we do not allow dogs or rollerblades on the course.
Q. I registered but cannot participate; can I transfer my registration to next year or give it to a friend?
A. As stated in the waiver, your registration cannot transfer to next year and no runner substitutions are allowed.
Q. I registered by cannot participate; can I still pick-up my packet?
A. Yes! You may still pick up your packet if you are unable to participate. In addition, shirts can be mailed if postage is paid. For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As a condition for participation in this event, the undersigned, intending to be legally bound hereby, for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, waives, releases, discharges and covenants NOT TO SUE the following: (1) KC Running Company, Hunt Midwest Enterprises, Inc., Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development, Inc., Ability KC, or its Managing Board, and all sponsors, and any of their subsidiaries, associated companies, agents, or employees; and (2) race officials and volunteers, and any of their representatives, successors or assigns (the “Released Parties”). This waiver, release, discharge, and covenant encompasses any and all claims of liability for death or damage and for any and all injuries to me or my property arising out of or in connection with this event (the “Release and Waiver”). The Release and Waiver extends to all claims of any kind or nature, whether foreseen or unforeseen, known or unknown, against any Released Party.
No refunds or runner substitutions will be allowed. Race officials have the authority to remove anyone from the race, including, but not limited to, those using the following: baby strollers of any kind (including jogging or running strollers) or rollerblades. Also, runners are not allowed to be accompanied by dogs and/or using or possessing alcoholic beverages or other controlled substances. Your canceled check or credit card statement will serve as your proof of registration. If a participant is switching from 5K to 10K, the additional $5 charge will be due at at the time of registration change. All participants must be 8 years of age or older on the day of the event. Finally, by accepting this waiver you authorize the use of photographs or video taken during the event in promotional materials.
All attendees, runners, sponsors and volunteers of Ability KC’s Groundhog Run are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Groundhog Run organizers and Ability KC staff will enforce this code before, after and throughout the event for all matters regarding Ability KC’s Groundhog Run. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.Ability KC’s Groundhog Run is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for attendees, runners, sponsors and volunteers regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Attendees, runners, sponsors or volunteers violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from Groundhog Run without a refund at the discretion of the race organizers.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, Groundhog Run organizers or Ability KC staff may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from Groundhog Run without a refund.
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