Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
4.2
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4
SCENERY
3.2
PRODUCTION
4.2
SWAG
3.4
The Hospital Hill Run is the oldest running event in Kansas City and one of the oldest half marathons in the United States. “As the oldest event in Kansas City and one of the oldest half marathons in the United States, the Hospital Hill Run has continued to cement its … MORE
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    jgregg42 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    It's just not one hill. it's many hills. on a humid day this course will eat you alive. it's a good run overall. there is a lot of great swag … MORE

    It’s just not one hill. it’s many hills. on a humid day this course will eat you alive. it’s a good run overall. there is a lot of great swag but you will work for it 🙂

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    swiowafan REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I enjoyed this race. 2nd mile pretty difficult. But last mile plus all downhill which I loved. I loved having the hot dogs and they were delicious. Definitely low attendance … MORE

    I enjoyed this race. 2nd mile pretty difficult. But last mile plus all downhill which I loved. I loved having the hot dogs and they were delicious. Definitely low attendance compared to past years. I did get a 5k course PR.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    thegreatmdunn REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This was my second time running the Hospital Hill half. The race is iconic in the area and draws quite the crowd, both of runners and supporters. The course is … MORE

    This was my second time running the Hospital Hill half. The race is iconic in the area and draws quite the crowd, both of runners and supporters.

    The course is TOUGH! There are hills upon hills upon hills – the namesake hill is overall probably the biggest and within the first ~5k; what I feel is the steepest hill is just over 0.5 mi from the finish (after that hill, it’s literally downhill to the end – super fast!). The course is well-supported and well-marked; it’s city streets so the road condition could be better in spots. There are a lot of intersections, and I’ve seen some cars blow past the course marshalls. The scenery (to me) is meh – I’m not a fan of the urban landscape – but it does offer a nice tour of some of KC downtown.

    I’m not a fan of hot weather, so a race in the beginning of June means it’s likely to be warm and humid but I haven’t yet been able to heat-train adequately. This was definitely the case in 2017; I overheated and my pace suffered a lot, despite the water stations and carrying my own electrolytes.

    2017’s swag was a mixed bag. The PJ pants were a neat idea in that they’re “different,” but getting fuzzy PJ pants in June in Missouri is silly – can’t wear them for another 6 months! I had the same comment about 2016’s half-zip. They also gave out hats at the end, which I did like quite a bit.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

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    Donnie FIRST-TIMER '17

    I have heard about this run for years. On my list of must runs Great pre race communication and updates I ran the re-run challenge, the 5k Friday night and … MORE

    I have heard about this run for years.
    On my list of must runs
    Great pre race communication and updates
    I ran the re-run challenge, the 5k Friday night and half Saturday morning
    The expo was good, not large but seemed to have good vendor support
    Expo swag was pj bottoms for all and a beach towel for half runners
    No shirt which I would prefer over pj bottoms
    Race day. We stayed at a hotel by the event so parking was not an issue for us
    We walked to the start.
    The course was challenging (at least to me) full of hills. See garmin screen shot
    Great on course support with multiple water/Gatorade stations and one energy gel stop. Some spectator on course support
    Finish line was great. Lots of post race snacks for runners o lay and also additional snacks outside the chute for anyone.
    Finisher medals were large and nice.
    Nice post race Festival
    A great run, not easy but I like a challenge

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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    Donnie FIRST-TIMER '17

    First time to run Hospital Hill. This was a destination run for me Drove about 10 hours and stayed for both runs. Stayed at the Sheraton which was connected to … MORE

    First time to run Hospital Hill.
    This was a destination run for me
    Drove about 10 hours and stayed for both runs.
    Stayed at the Sheraton which was connected to the hall for the expo and also connected via a walkway to the Halmark center where the start/finish/festival were located.
    Great run communication. Lots of emails and updates on Facebook
    The expo was decent
    Packet pickup easy. They gave you pajama pants and no shirt. That is cool but I like the shirts.
    Race evening (7:00 pm start) well organized
    Start and finish in the same spot.
    Course was a bit challenging for us flat landers but I enjoy a challenge not very scenic to me but a good course.
    One water stop halfway. Not much local spectator crowd great police support
    Post race finisher medals were given. Nice medal. Snacks provided ( ice cream sandwiches, chips, crackers, bananas, water, and magnets) as you left the chute. Beer was also available
    Great run, great location, a bit challenging but fun

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3
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