Category: KC Marathon Blog

Why you should spectate for the Kansas City Marathon

I used to hate running. Despise it, really. I suppose I could blame torturous mile-runs in elementary and junior high gym class, plodding around a playground or gravel-covered track only to finish last—every. year. Fast forward (almost) two decades and, after cheering for my friend Jamie during her first 5K, I was bitten—OK, nibbled on—by […]

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Ordering event medals is a long process

When do you start the design process for medals? We are always thinking about the next medal.  How to improve, what are the new trends, what will be the new twist for the next year?  We begin the process immediately following the current year’s event.  Our event medals can take from 9-14 months to finalize […]

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Sports Commissions are important to many cities

NASC: The National Association of Sports Commissions.  Prior to working at the Kansas City Sports Commission, I didn’t know such an organization existed.  And, after spending two days at the Large Market meetings in St. Louis, I’m so glad they do. A majority of the KCSC staff attended meetings to discuss ideas and share best […]

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Bealmear is a long-time Kansas City Marathon Participant

Keep on truckin’. That is Kendra Bealmear’s motto when it comes to running.  Bealmear will be running the full marathon at this year’s Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds.  This isn’t her first marathon, in fact it will be her 55th marathon and many of those have happened right here in Kansas […]

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Dysart to cross finish line for 15th marathon

In a few short days, Son Cha Dysart will cross the finish line on her 15th marathon at the Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon with Ivy Funds.  Even though she has been running since 1974, Dysart didn’t start running races until 2005 when she completed the Hospital Hill Run. While growing up in Korea, […]

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Local Pastor leaves comfort zone to run KC Marathon

Merle Mees already has a strong presence in the Kansas City area. As lead pastor at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, he inspires and leads people on a daily basis.  However, Mees has recently been inspired by Team World Vision, the largest non-government provider of clean water in the developing world, who make their goals possible […]

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Run for yourself or run for someone who can’t

When asked why I run, initially my reasons would have been very selfish – for my health and sanity!  I had always been a fair weather runner, cycles of commitment based on the season of the year, what was going on in my life and never more than a 5K until life happened. In 2011 […]

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KC Marathon: Double the Fun for Cotter Twins

Identical twins David and Thomas Cotter have been running together for almost 20 years, ever since they started tagging along with their Dad on his daily runs at the age of eight.  They would do a walk/jog most of the route, which gave their Dad time to run ahead, circle back and check on them.  […]

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Fostering Wellness with Blue KC

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) has been doing business in Kansas City for more than 75 years, but what we do goes beyond providing some of the best health insurance in our hometown. It is about helping Kansas City be well. To be truly healthy you need much more than […]

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What makes a great partner?

A great partner can make all the difference in the world. They push us to keep moving in the direction of our dreams, whether they involve finishing a race or accomplishing another goal we have set for ourselves. At Relan, we view Sarah Dee, Director of Events, Stephanie Lankford, Events Manager, and the entire Kansas […]

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