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City helps Hospital Hill Run go green

The City of Kansas City, Mo., has proudly collaborated with coordinators of the 38th Annual Hospital Hill Run to make this year’s run the most eco-friendly in the event’s history. The run will take place Saturday, June 4 and begin at Crown Center.

Beth Salinger, race director, has implemented green initiatives for the past few years. This year, she teamed up with Dennis Murphey, the City’s chief environmental officer, along with environmental officials from the Mid-America Regional Council, Hallmark and Greenability Magazine to take it to the next level and make the event as environmentally successful as possible.

“We were pleased to collaborate with the director of the 2011 Hospital Hill Run and other local stakeholders in order to identify additional green elements that could be incorporated into the planning and implementation of the event.Ms. Salinger and her team were receptive to every suggestion we made,” Murphey said.

As a result, the Hospital Hill Run has added more than 10 eco-friendly measures including enacting a no-idling policy, composting leftover food items and printing the Hospital Hill Run magazine on post-consumer recycled paper. The City will loan its Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles for use by event coordinators during the race.

In addition, a volunteer “green team” has been trained to provide eco-friendly information to runners and the public at the event’s health and fitness expo, held at the Crown Center Exhibition hall on June 2 and 3.

These efforts and more will help the Hospital Hill Race achieve its eco-friendly goals.

“In Kansas City we are eager to partner with organizations that sponsor special events to assist them in integrating sustainability and green practices into their activities,” said Councilwoman Jan Marcason.

Councilwoman Marcason introduced a resolution that was co-sponsored by Mayor Sly James and all members of the City Council to congratulate the planners and sponsors of the 2011 Hospital Hill Run on their 38th annual event. The resolution also expressed the City’s appreciation for their significant efforts to make the Hospital Hill Run one of the premier green running events in the U.S.

The race will consist of three courses: a 5K, 10K and half marathon race. An estimated 7,500 runners will participate, a race record.

To see a listing of all road closures due to the run, please visit

For media inquiries or more information, please contact Dennis Murphey, the City’s chief environmental officer, at 816-513-3459.


City News Releases - 2011

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