What is the Kansas City Track Club?
The Kansas City Track Club plays a big role in making KC an exciting town for runners and walkers. We have several group run/walks across the metro and the Northland Runners for those north of the river. Whether you want to race or just jog or walk, KC has marathons, halves and everything in between and beyond. In a summer month, you can run a blistering mile, a tough 50K ultra on the trails or take your pick of 5K’s. Contrary to our name, we rarely run on a track and are mostly distance runners, running 3 miles or more.
Our premier event is Brew to Brew – a 43 mile solo and relay run from KC to Lawrence, KS, with over 3000 runners competing and over $250,000 raised for Cystic Fibrosis over it’s history.In the fall there’s Cliff Hanger, a beautiful run on historic Cliff Drive near the Kansas City Museum. In 2009 about 1000 runners and walkers enjoyed the course and the traditional pancake breakfast afterward. Want to do a fun run on St Patricks Day? Then you can attend out annual St Patrick’s Day Run!
How the Track Club can Help Your Local Race:
KCTC provides race director, consulting, course measurement and finish line services for about 40 road and trail races each year – races that raise thousands of dollars for local charities.
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Kansas City Track Club Weekly Events:
On the non-competitive side KCTC has weekly free fun runs and walks where everyone, including non-members, is welcome. KCTC has been sponsoring the Wednesday Night Run potluck, a movable feast that meets at runners homes for a run/walk and dinner, for almost 30 years. We also have a low key Monday night run that ends with food and drinks at the The Well in Waldo. And every Jan 1st we host a free New Year’s Day run. KCTC also offers 10-week training sessions on Monday evenings for beginning runners several times a year and provides Intervals and Long Run Coaches.
Check out a list of all of our group runs here! This list is updated when any changes happen, so any group listed is still active! No need to sign up, just show up for the run and enjoy!
Dues for the Club:
KCTC was founded in 1978 and is a 501C(3) non-profit organization. Dues are $20./yr individual and $25. family membership. We also have a two year individual membership for $35 dollars. We are proud members of the Road Runners Club of America and USA Track & Field. Dues are required once you have tried out a couple of our runs, to participate in the new beginners class, attend track club events and receive discounts.
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Benefits of membership are:
- 10% everyday discount at Garry Gribbles Running Sports Stores on regularly priced shoes.
- 10% everyday discount at Metro Walk/Run on 95th St in Overland Park, KS only
- 10% everyday discount at Cycle City Bike and Running Company in Parkville
- 10% everyday discount at The New Balance Store
- 10% everyday discount at Elite Cycling at Mission Farms (except bikes & wheels) they have running gear too!
- 10% everyday discount at both Life is Good Stores- Jake’s Summit & Jake’s In The Village
- email newsletters and race announcements
- free entry to Monday classes
- participate in the Ambassador Program (Team KCTC)
- participate & win awards in the KCTC race series
- free fun runs and social events
- discounted entry to St Pats 4 miler
In addition, you will be a part of a group that shares your passion for running, keeps you motivated and fit and provides opportunities to run with a group just about any day of the week
Want to volunteer?
We need people to help organize Wednesday Night Runs, work at race finish lines and aid stations and many more ways to support runners and the running community.
Contact The Track Club:
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If you actually want to talk with a Track Club member you can call 913-710-8682 and leave a message.
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Testimonial: I am heading back to Manhattan to begin my senior year at K-State, and the thing that I will miss the most about Kansas City is the Kansas City Track Club. I moved to Kansas City for the summer as an intern. Being from a small town, running alone in the city was intimidating. Luckily, I stumbled upon the Kansas City Track Club. Everyone that I’ve met has been so incredibly welcoming. Running with this group has made it much easier to venture out into the heat or drag myself out of bed to run early in the morning. With their company, I managed to run the farthest I’ve ever run in my life. Thanks for a great summer, and I can’t wait to come back next year! Kari Waggoner