Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
5
(4 Ratings)  (4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.8
SCENERY
4.3
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4
The CCVI Trolley Run is the largest annual fundraiser for the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. It is one of Kansas City’s oldest and largest road race, and is a USATF-certified 4-mile race. The fast and flat to downhill course is a quintessential Kansas City experience and a beloved … MORE
Local Historical Weather (Apr 28):
  2023 2022 2021 2020 2019
 
H (°F)  66  71  78  79  57
L (°F)  53  59  60  57  41
Find Nearby Lodging (hotel, rental, etc.):

Recent reviews

    jkelling FIRST-TIMER '23

    If you race Kansas City you are familiar with the Trolley Run. For newcomers to the scene and our visiting friends, this is a race that for many people marks … MORE

    If you race Kansas City you are familiar with the Trolley Run. For newcomers to the scene and our visiting friends, this is a race that for many people marks the beginning of the season. In fact, even for those of us who may already have a dozen plus races under our belt by this time in the year, it’s still the start of something special. This was the second of the no-longer-around Sweet 16 series. Four legacy 4-mile races starting with a St. Pat’s run, going here and going on to 4 on the Fourth (Ward Parkway) and the KC Zoo Run. I do wish they’d bring that series back, but that’s another post. With a lot of St. P’s races going on, some people would rotate or just not go (it’s cold sometimes) so Trolley Run was the “real start” after the soft opening of the first race. For those just coming out of hibernation, this overwhelmingly downhill course offered a super motivating first run of the season. In fact, this year I beat my 5k average time by a few seconds and this is a 4M race. The crowd support along the way is constant, with no fewer than 5 houses I passed passing out goodies on the sidelines from PB&J triangles to bacon strips to pickle juice, gummy bears and M&Ms. Keep in mind this is only a 5k, so you may actually gain weight on the race. It’s great though, because nobody cares you’re only there for 5k they’re going to yell and scream like you just conquered heartbreak hill in Boston and are now pulling away from the pack. Did I mention I’m a back-of-the-packer? Yeah. Yeah I can only imagine what the fast people experience on this race. Fireworks and a drone flyover maybe? Mermaids singing? Just kidding. Well, mainly. The official support station is more than enough at just shy of 2 miles, but remember you’re about to be all downhill from here (just before) here. I was saving my bacon and M&Ms in my hand for a while later though because I wish I had something to chase it down, but that’s a me thing. The swag is premium and befitting of this legacy race. Do this race. It’ll help you wake up, thaw out and start your season or provide a guaranteed morale boost if you’ve already been in your season for a while, and I won’t miss this race at all.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Profile photo of Jason Gregg
    jgregg42 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    I love this race, they do a great job of organizing it (even during a pandemic). mostly a downhill course, so it's easier for most runners. i can't think of … MORE

    I love this race, they do a great job of organizing it (even during a pandemic). mostly a downhill course, so it’s easier for most runners. i can’t think of any glaring negatives.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    MBeals FIRST-TIMER '19

    Amazingly well organized for such a large race. I love this area of Kansas City, and I love that this race raises money for the Children's Center for the Visually … MORE

    Amazingly well organized for such a large race. I love this area of Kansas City, and I love that this race raises money for the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. It was a lot of fun running a 4-miler instead of a 5 or 10K. The post-race party was huge, with so many free goodies! Next year I will definitely take advantage of the shuttles that run from the parking areas at the finish to the starting area prior to the race. Don’t glaze over the fact that this course is not a loop or you will be walking/jogging another 4 miles back to your car if you parked near the starting line like I did. 🤦‍♀️

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Profile photo of Jason Gregg
    jgregg42 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Easy down hill run with thousands of runners for a good cause. I've run this race many times, the weather is never the same. this is great for walkers and … MORE

    Easy down hill run with thousands of runners for a good cause. I’ve run this race many times, the weather is never the same. this is great for walkers and runners

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

  1. Races
  2. CCVI Trolley Run