Race to Read

Kansas City, MO

Reach Out and Read Kansas City (RORKC) is excited for our second annual 5K run on Saturday, August 25th at Penguin Park. The 5K race and other kid-friendly activities will begin at 8 am. RORKC provides over 83,000 new and developmentally appropriate books and medical providers give literacy advice to nearly 30,000 children and families annually at well-child visits from birth until 5 years old in 51 metro area clinics.

When: Saturday, August 25th at 8 am


Location: Penguin Park, 4124 NE Vivion Rd,

Kansas City, MO 64119

Register HERE



Entry Fee:

Age 15 and under: $15.00 (includes timing chip + t-shirt*)
Age 16 and over:  $40.00  (includes chip + t-shirt*)

*Runners need to sign up by August 12th to be guaranteed a T-Shirt.

Fun Run:
In addition to the main race, there will be a fun un-timed race for kids. The fun run is FREE and no prior registration is required. However, you need to sign waivers for your kids in order to participate. 

Family Fun:
Starting at 8 am, face painting will be on site for kids and at 9 am a fun run will begin. Throughout the entire event, there will be live music provided by Mudflap Mafia.

There is no cost for kid-friendly events. 

Packet Pickup: 

Friday, August 24th from 5-7 pm

Run 816, 304 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Saturday, August 25th from 6:30-7:30 am

Penguin Park, 4124 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119

Schedule on August 25th - THE RACE DAY:

6:30 am: Packet Pickup 
8:00 am: 5K Begins
9:00 am: Children Relay Races Begin 
9:30 am: Awards and Raffle Prizes Announced
10:00 am: Chicken N Pickle After-Party, 1761 Burlington, North Kansas City, MO 64116

Course Map:

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Interested in sponsoring the Race to Read 5K?  Click here to learn more...

Cannot make it to the race? You can still support our noble cause, Click here... 

Weather Cancellation Policy: 
The safety of our participants is the most important thing and if any threatening weather conditions are present the day of the event, the event may be delayed or canceled. Our Weather Policy (click here)

Volunteer Opportunities:

If you would like to learn more about volunteering in this race, please contact Jenny Horsley or call 913-588-2793.

To learn more about Reach Out and Read Kansas City, please visit our website.

Reach Out and Read Kansas City gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

Register HERE

When & Where

Aug 25, 2018


8:00 AM

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