2nd Annual Buck O'Neil 2.2 Mile Run/Walk

Saturday, November 12, 2011
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum | Kansas City, MO  view map »

Celebrate the 100th birthday of the late, great Buck O'Neil by running 2.2 miles for #22. Runners and walkers will travel down the Paseo through the historic Kansas City jazz district.

Proceeds benefit the Buck O'Neil Education and Research Center and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

2nd Annual Buck O'Neil 2.2 Mile Run/Walk

Race Details

There will be a 1 mile walk in addition to the 2.2 mile run/walk.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2011
Location: 19th & The Paseo (Buck O'Neil Research and Education Center)
Time: 8:00am 2.2 Mile Run/Walk
8:15am 1 Mile Walk

Packet Pickup/Check in/Late Registration:

19th & The Paseo
6:45am - 7:50am **for late registration please arrive by 7:00am**


  • First 500 registrants will receive a NLBM hat
  • Buck O'Neil T-shirt for every participant
  • Food and drinks at the finish line
  • Chip timing
  • Free admission to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum for every participant

*actual style may vary

Registration Fees

Race Day
2.2 Mile Run/Walk (timed) $25 $28 $30
1 Mile Walk $25 $28 $30

*Online registration closes Thursday, November 10 at 11:59pm.

** We will be accepting walk-up registrations on race day. Please arrive by 7:00am.
(Race day registrants are not guaranteed a t-shirt.)

race day Schedule

6:45 am: Packet Pick-up and Late Registration
7:50 am: Opening Ceremony
8:00 am: First Pitch to start the race


Overall Male and Female winners will receive an engraved genuine Negro Leagues wooden bat.

All participants will be entered in to a drawing for the first pitch ball.

For the 2.2 mile run, medals will be given to the top 3 men and women in each age group:

10 and Under


Would you like to help out at the Buck O'Neil 2.2 Mile Run/Walk? Contact events3@sportkc.org. All volunteers will receive an event shirt

course Information

Click here to check out the Buck O'Neil Run/Walk 2.2 mile course map!

Click here to view a map for race day parking.



Buck O’Neil was a former all-star player and manager of the Kansas City Monarchs and he had the distinction of being the first African-American to hold a coaching position in Major League Baseball. He was a former scout for both the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals. In recognition of his contributions to the game of baseball and his tireless efforts in preserving the legacy of the Negro Leagues, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum decided to honor him by working to establish the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center at the historic Paseo YMCA, the birthplace of the Negro Leagues. Because Buck was so passionate about education, he used to make reference to the fact that, “the education and research center was more important to me than any Hall of Fame recognition.” Most recently, the efforts of civic leader and former board member, Ollie Gates has been instrumental in helping support efforts to preserve the historic building at 18th street and Paseo Boulevard. Buck was a beloved figure in Kansas City and it is our pleasure to pay tribute to our dear friend with this inaugural event on his birthday and to help raise funds for the NLBM.

weekend events

Buck O'Neil All-Century Team Campaign: Donate $100 (or more) to the NLBM in memory of Buck's 100th birthday by Nov. 13 and receive permanent recognition on the museum's new Buck O'Neil All-Century Team wall.

Right on Time: A free exhibit on the life & times of Buck O'Neil, open now thru Feb. 5, 2012 in the Changing Gallery of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (1616 E. 18th Street, KCMO)

Friday, Nov. 11:
All area First Watch Restaurants are giving 100% of their day's profits to celebrate Buck's 100th and in support of the NLBM.

Saturday, Nov. 12:
8 a.m.: Buck O'Neil 2.2 mile run/walk

Buck's Baseball Family Reunion (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ NLBM): Negro Leaguers and Major Leaguers share their memories of Buck and his impact on their careers. Autograph session follows discussion. Discussion is free with paid admission to the NLBM. Autographs are $20 (limit two items per person).

A Century to Remember hosted by Anthony Anderson (8 p.m. @ The Gem Theater): A memorable look at the life of Buck O'Neil through music and poetry.

Sunday, Nov. 13:
A Gospel Salute to Buck hosted by Rev. Emanuel Cleaver II (3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.): It's the gospel according to Buck as area church choirs help celebrate the life of the baseball legend. The event is free to the public with a paid admission to the NLBM.




For more information, please contact Kayla Blefko at kblefko@sportkc.org.

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