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Join us on January 30, 2022, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Groundhog Run. We are thrilled to be back IN PERSON for this race, benefiting the children with disabilities receiving services at Ability KC. This unique event gives athletes the opportunity to participate in the 5K, 10K and Tunnel- to- Tunnel experiences. With a consistent temperature of 65 to 68 degrees and paved underground streets, the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis, a USATF Certified 5K and 10K Course, is the ideal venue for runners from all over the country to compete in this annual winter event.
Take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate with us and be a part of history. In honor of our 40th year anniversary, Gus is kicking it back to the 80’s! Dig up your favorite 80’s attire and run / walk to some groovy music. We have fun and creative activities instore for you. Stay tuned for more details.
Register, Volunteer, Sponsor! Become one of the thousands of individuals who have become part of Ability KC’s legacy and helped support this event to build brighter futures for children with disabilities. No matter how you choose to support Groundhog Run, this year will be packed with excitement and celebration.
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, deferred registrations or runner substitutions will be allowed. For the safety of participants and volunteers strollers of any kind, roller blades or dogs are not prohibited on the course or in the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis. Participants, Volunteers and Spectators are prohibited from possessing any weapons, alcoholic beverages or controlled substances while on the premises. Race officials and Hunt Midwest SubTropolis Security Staff reserve the right to remove anyone from the event for breaking the terms of this Waiver or the Code of Conduct.
Your cancelled check or credit card statement dated between April 1, 2021 – January 30, 2022 will serve as your proof of registration in the event that your registration cannot be found within the RunSignUp system. If a participant requests to change their registration from the 5K to 10K, a difference of $5 will be due at the time of the registration change. Changes from the 10K to 5K will not be refunded. 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 by Groundhog Run, Ability KC or their sponsors.
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.
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 on race day to register for Groundhog Run.
Q. Can I switch from the 5K to the 10K or vise - versa?
A. Yes! Please contact us with any changes to your registration as soon as possible to ensure all information is correct on Race Day. Changes from the 5K to the 10K will require a $5 charge due at the time of the change. Changes can be made up until the day before the race.
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. Registrations cannot be deferred or transferred (please see waiver) however you can contact us to make your registration a tax deductible donation to support the children with disabilities participating in services at Ability KC.
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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