2nd Annual Bill Cross 5K Walk/Run for BackSnack

Sunday, October 14, 2012
Zona Rosa | Kansas City North, MO  view map »

In the Northland, more than 3,900 children are at risk of going hungry over the weekends. Northland Childhood Hunger Initiative Fund & Harvesters have partnered to provide BackSnack, a backpack filled with nutritious, child-friendly food for these children to take home at the end of the week.
An independent evaluation by the Midwest Center of Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC found that 18% of children participating in the BackSnack program showed improved grades in English, social studies and science. Schools report discipline incidents are cut in half. Thirty four percent of parents say their child’s health has improved since participating in the program.
It costs just $250 to feed one child for one school year.
Currently, we are serving 2,800 children through the program. Your participation in this run will help us feed more kids to ensure no child in our community goes without.

2nd Annual Bill Cross 5K Walk/Run for BackSnack

event details

Date: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Zona Rosa


by September 1 by October 1 after October 1 Race Day
Ages 19 & up $20 $25 $30 $35
Ages 6 - 18 $10 $12 $15 $20
Kids under 6 Free Free Free Free

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Click here to make a Donation to BackSnack. If you're interested in fundraising see " Start Fundraising" below!

race day info

The race starts at 8:00 am at the Town Square in the Zona Rosa Shopping Center (I-29 & Barry Road) in Kansas City, MO. Pre-registrants can pick up their packets at Zona Rosa Guest Relations from 4-7pm on Friday, October 12th or 10am to 2pm on Saturday, October 13th. Race Day registrants go to Town Square. Packets will include t-shirts, race number and race information.

Race Categories:

Age Groups: 6-12, 13-18, 19-29, 30-39,40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+

5K Run: This is a 3.1 mile course through Zona Rosa that is open to all runners. Times will be recorded with awards given to the top three runners in each category. Awards are also given to male and female overall winners over 40 and under 40.
Animals are not allowed.

5K Walk: This is a 3.1 mile course through Zona Rosa that is open to all walkers. Times will not be recorded, but there will be a clock to acknowledge finish times. No awards will be presented. Animals are not allowed

in memory of bill cross

Teacher, coach and administrator for 52 years
A mentor and role model for over 35,000 students
2006 Northlander of the Year Award
Outstanding Missourian recipient
Mayor of Gladstone & Gladstone City Council member

“This walk/run is dedicated to my husband, Bill Cross, who dedicated his life to helping students, teachers and our entire community.”
– Mary Cross

start fundraising!

Are you interested in helping BackSnack? Then you're in the right place! By registering to participate in the 2nd Annual Bill Cross 5K Walk/Run for BackSnack you have the option of creating a personal fundraising page.

Register to Fundraise here.


For event information, please contact Steven Blew at steveblewruns@yahoo.com
For technical registration questions, please contact Kayla Blefko at kblefko@sportkc.org


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