SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2023
Registration is available online: click here
7:00 a.m. – Late registration and packet pick-up
8:00 a.m. – 5K Run and Walk starts
Kids Hot Chocolate Fun Run
Registration ends at 8:30 a.m. | Starts at 9 a.m. | Open to ages 10 and under
Some big changes are in store for Excelsior Springs’ only 5K race. We are thrilled to announce that Other Trails Coffee & Goods is now the corporate sponsor of the Tortoise & Hare. Thanks to their generous support in underwriting the costs of the event, every dollar raised through registration fees will go directly to benefit The Good Samaritan Center in our mission to alleviate hunger and homelessness in our community. Be sure to say thanks when you stop by their cozy coffee shop in downtown Excelsior Springs for a coffee drink, tea or one of their yummy baked goods.
Show your email registration confirmation when you visit Other Trails and they’ll treat you to a free cookie! Packet pick-up and late registration will be held at Other Trails on Friday evening and Saturday morning before the race, on April 14 and 15.
Runners and walkers will gather outside Other Trails’ back door, at the circle drive on the west side of the historic Hall of Waters (on S. Main Street). When the air horn blasts at 8 a.m., some will race along a scenic 5K course that includes chip timing and prizes for the winners. Some will stroll more casually and enjoy a two-mile walk. And the kids will take off on their own fun run to earn their own special prize.
Every participant (in each event) will receive a high-quality shirt that features the original work of local artist and avid runner Holly Spencer. (Registration deadline to receive shirts is March 31, 2023.) PLEASE NOTE: When you register, you will be asked to select a t-shirt size. Please be aware that women’s sizes may be smaller than the unisex sizes.
Our medals are sure to become collector’s items each year! Every participant in the chip-timed 5K event will receive a unique medal that incorporates the design elements found in the historic Hall of Waters. The site of the first mineral water spring discovered in Excelsior Springs in the 1880s, the Hall of Waters features the world’s longest water bar inside a two-story solarium, where the famed waters from the city’s ten main springs were piped to be served to visitors from around the world. (Although portions of the building are open, the solarium and visitor center is currently closed for repairs.)
The Hall of Waters features Art Deco style architecture with motifs of Mayan tradition. Our 5K medals reflect these design elements and are sure to become collectors items each year. This year’s medal, the first in the new series, portrays the lighting fixtures that hang above the water bar.
First-place overall finishers in the men’s and women’s divisions of the 5K race will each receive a $100 gift card from our longtime sponsor, The Running Well Store. Prizes will also be awarded to the first place finisher in both men’s and women’s age groups.
New this year! The first runner to reach the top of Siloam Mountain (in both men’s and women’s division) will be proclaimed King/Queen of the Hill and earn a special prize.
STUDENT RATE of only $15 (half-price) is available for those 18 and under (just enter the coupon code STUDENT).
HOT CHOCOLATE FUN RUN
After the 5K run and walk gets started, there will be a short fun run for the kids. Every participant in the Kids Hot Chocolate Fun Run will receive a coupon for a free hot chocolate drink at Other Trails. (Registration fee for the fun run is automatically set at $15, no need to enter the coupon code.)
HAVE MORE FUN WITH A TEAM of your best friends or co-workers! Create a team of five, and each participant will receive a $6 discount (only $24 — like signing up 4 and getting the 5th member free). You might even want to get artistic and design some team t-shirts for your group. Team leaders have the option to create a team and register all of the members together, or to allow team members to register individually after the team has been created. (Note: The discount is applied retroactively when the final team member registers.)
Be sure to register before March 31, 2023, to guarantee a shirt (for all participants) and medal (for 5K participants). Late registrations after March 31 won’t be guaranteed to receive either a shirt or medal.
Earn refund rewards when you refer your friends. Find more information about how to earn a refund up to $5 by encouraging your friends to join you in the 5K race or the 2-mile walk.
Watch the Good Samaritan Center’s Facebook page for the unveiling of the custom artwork for our shirts and this year’s 5K medal!
We are a 501c3 not for profit agency. Your donation may qualify for Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credits. Your donation may also be eligible for a federal tax deduction.