Join the inaugural Father's Day weekend 5k run, walk and stroll to celebrate the life of Kevin Gray, former president of the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission. Stay tuned for announcements.
As KG would surely say "Onward and Upward!"
Celebrating the Life of Kevin Gray
Find out why Kevin Gray's wife, Katy, chose to create the Father's Day Run to honor Kevin's life while supporting education, research and sports in Kansas City.
Share Special Moments with Dad
As an individual, team or volunteer you can raise funds to support this great community event. There are several options to give back and help provide financial support for our worthy causes. You will have the option to make a monetary donation as you register to either participate or volunteer. You will also have the option to create a fundraising page. Here you can set a personal goal and start recruiting friends, family and co-workers to donate and help meet your goal. All of this can be handled online for convenience and security purposes. We will also award great prizes to our top individual and team fundraisers for this event.
The race will benefit three extremely worthy causes and here is some information on each of them.
Kevin Gray Family Education Fund
Established to help offset expenses for Kevin and Katy’s four daughters to complete their educations: Lindsay and Caroline are in college (currently in their junior and freshman years) and Peepers and Gigi are in high school (also currently in their junior and freshman years). Nothing was more important to KG than these four young ladies.
University of Kansas Cancer Center
Adult sarcoma — the form of cancer that took Kevin’s life way too soon — is rare and funds are greatly needed for research. The University of Kansas Cancer Center is dedicated to the discovery, development and implementation of knowledge, technology and novel therapeutic agents for the treatment and prevention of adult sarcomas.
Greater Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation
The organization Kevin led from 1989 until 2011. Kevin served as the organization’s president, leading the revitalization of the Sports Commission from a one-person office to a multifaceted privately-funded nonprofit operation that includes year-round programming, services and initiatives, more than 150 annual events, more than 800 individual and business members, and 13 full-time associates. Under Kevin’s leadership, KCSC&F has generated in excess of $750 million in revenue for the Kansas City region.
Make a general donation
Find an individual or team fundraiser
Manage your fundraising page
Individual - $20
Family/Team (must have 3+ members) - $17/person
Kids Fun Run - $10
Individual - $25
Family/Team (must have 3+ members) - $22
Kids Fun Run - $10
Individual - $27
Family/Team (must have 3+ members) - $24
Kids Fun Run - $12
Individual - $30
Family/Team (must have 3+ members) - $27/person
Kids Fun Run - $15
DOWNLOAD PRINT REGISTRATION FORM
*Online registration closes on June 12
**Exclusive June 16, 2012 Sporting KC Ticket Option for Kevin Gray 5K Online Registration**
- Tickets are valid for June 16, 2012 Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC and are for General Admission only (no additional seating options available).
- Tickets will be distributed within race packets prior to the race.
- Please Note: Tickets for the June 16th match between SportingKC and Toronto FC are now SOLD OUT. Participants will no longer have the option of purchasing a 6/16 SportingKC ticket through the Kevin Gray 5k run registration process. If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Families and teams of 3 or more will be given a $3 discount for each person on the team.
If you are participating as a competitive team, prizes will be awarded to the fastest team to finish using a cross country format (Lowest total cumulative time for first 3 team members to finish).
If you are participating as a team, you are also encouraged to fundraise and compete for prizes that we award to our top team fundraisers.
Kid's Fun Run
The Kids Fun Run will take place on the Sprint Plaza right outside of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.
Race will take place at 9 a.m.
All Kids Fun Run participants will receive a T-shirt and a finisher goody bag.
You don’t have to run to be a part of the action and give back. The race cannot go on without our valued volunteers. Becoming a volunteer is easy and can be a very rewarding and fun experience. No experience necessary. Service hours for local high school students can be provided.
Please click the following link to register online.
If you have questions or need help please call 816-474-2961 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
All volunteers will receive a commemorative event T-shirt as well as food and drinks.
Key Volunteer Dates & Times
Friday, June 15
Late Registration & Packet Pickup
Saturday, June 16
Late Registration & Packet Pickup
Start and Finish Line
Midway Water Station
Every participant will be timed and receive their individual and/or team time at the end of the race. Online results will be posted as soon as possible following the race.
This race will be the most unique 5K course in Kansas City. No other run gives you the opportunity to run by, through and around Kansas City’s great sports facilities. Our race incorporates LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, CommunityAmerica Ballpark, and the Kansas Speedway. The race will begin on Village West Parkway outside of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park and finish in the stadium. Download course map.
There will be 1 aid station on the course and it will be located near the 2 mile mark. Water and Gatorade will be available.
SCHEDULE (this is tentative)
Late Registration/Packet Pick-up
Kid’s Fun Run
Finish Line Festival
8:15 – 10 a.m.
Stick around after the race for our awards ceremony and after-party with music and vendors. Here you will have the chance to relax after the race and enjoy the day with family and friends.
Will be available in the parking lots along Stave Avenue between LIVESTRONG Sporting Park and the Kansas Speedway. You can access this parking lot by turning South onto Watkins Glen Drive off of State Ave. We ask that all participants use this parking lot to not interrupt daily traffic for the Legends at Village West. If you would like to see a map with available parking, please reference our course map above. If you need directions to Legends at Village West please click here.
Action Sports Images will be present to capture your special moment as you finish. Photo links and a personalized e-mail will be sent to you via e-mail following the event, so make sure you bring your smile!!
Late Registration and packet Pick-up
Friday, June 15th 12 pm-7 pm
Ultramax Sports - 6911 Tomahawk Parkway, Prairie Village, KS 66208
Saturday, June 16th 6:30 am-8 am (LIVESTRONG Sporting Park Outdoor Plaza - northwest side of stadium)
Awards will be given to the top overall male and female, as well as the top overall masters male and female. Additional prizes will be given to the top three in each age group. Age group divisions will be posted soon.
Kevin Gray Player of the Year Awards
In 2011 Sporting Kansas City established the Kevin Gray Player of the Year Awards in partnership with GSI Sports for soccer players in the Kansas City area in honor and memory of the late Kansas City Sports Commission president Kevin Gray.
The Kevin Gray Awards consist of honors for both a male and female Youth Player of the Year given to local high school seniors based on their performance in both high school and club soccer throughout the year. An Adult Player of the Year award will also be given to a current collegiate or professional player with Kansas City roots.
“With Kevin Gray’s passing, Kansas City lost a great champion for its amateur and professional sports programs,” Sporting Kansas City Chief Operating Officer Greg Cotton said. “Kevin was a fierce advocate for the sport of soccer at all levels, and this important award could not have been more appropriately named.”
2011 Inaugural Winners
Blue Valley West
Caroline Gray of St. Theresa’s Academy, Nick Besler of Blue Valley West High School and Matt Besler of Sporting Kansas City were chosen as the inaugural winners in 2011 by a selection committee of coaches involved in high-school, club, college and professional soccer in Kansas City.
In 2012 we plan to recognize these award winners in conjunction with the Inaugural Kevin Gray Father’s Day Run, which takes place at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. The honorees will be presented their awards and recognized at the game following the race on June 16.
Sponsorships are essential to making this event a great success. Generous sponsorships help ensure a successful and well managed event. Your funding helps to offset the expenses associated with producing this event and ensures that we are able to raise more money for these worthy causes. Your sponsorship will make a differenence and we appreciate your support.
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please click the following link to view our sponsorship levels.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact Mark Faber at email@example.com or Aaron Koelzer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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