Komen Kansas City Race for the Cure Tops $1 million in Revenue


Registrations, Sponsorships, Fundraising & New Venue help Affiliate Succeed

KANSAS CITY, MO – The 2015 Susan G. Komen® Greater Kansas City Race for the Cure met and exceeded its fundraising goal generating more than $1 million to support local programs, services and breast cancer research with additional fundraising contests continuing through October 31, 2015. Nearly 15,000 participants, vendors and volunteers came together for the event held at Worlds of Fun.

“The response from the breast cancer community has been overwhelming,” said Carli Good, Executive Director of the Greater Kansas City Affiliate. “A new race venue; a new date for the event and enhanced fundraising opportunities have driven revenue to this point faster than ever before.” Good added that she is hopeful the fundraising trends will continue through October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Race participants who fundraise are eligible for incentives based on their totals as of the end of October.

Late last year leaders of Komen Kansas City announced plans to move the annual event to Worlds of Fun and the date it was held in response to challenges with holding Kansas City’s largest nonprofit 5K / 1 Mile event downtown.

“We love Union Station and all that comes with hosting event of this size in downtown Kansas City,” said David Armstrong, Special Events Director for Komen KC. “We hated leaving downtown but moving the event to Worlds of Fun helped generate more than $260,000 in added fundraising opportunities. Ultimately, more funds raised means more members of our community helped when they need it most.” Good, Armstrong and their Race Leadership Team are still evaluating the 2015 event and what makes sense for future Races in Kansas City.

Earlier this year, Komen KC announced more than $1 million would be committed to support their mission including: $375,000 for mission support (grant oversight; referrals, advocacy and outreach); $273,000 to underwrite screening services; $193,000 to support scientific research; $82,000 to assist with diagnosis and treatment; $78,000 in support for breast health education. These investments bring Komen Kansas City’s 22-year totals to more than $19 million aimed at saving lives and ending breast cancer forever – The majority of these funds each year come from the annual Race for the Cure.

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $889 million in research and provided $1.95 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.

About Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City Affiliate

Through events like the Race for the Cure®, Rock the Ribbon & the Pink Promise Brunch the Kansas City Affiliate has invested more than $19 million in local community breast health programs in our 17-county service area and in research throughout the US with our national grants program. Up to 75% of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stay in the Kansas City region. The remaining income (25%) goes to the Susan G. Komen Grants Program to fund research. For more information please visit KomenKansasCity.org or join the conversation on Facebook at facebook.com/KomenKansasCity, Twitter at @KomenKansasCity, Instagram @KomenKC, or our BehindTheRibbon Blog.

Komen KC Race Week / Race Day Logistics Update – 09.07.2015


Thank you for your support of the
2015 Susan G. Komen® Greater Kansas City
Race for the Cure!

F I N A L  R A C E  R E M I N D E R S


REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN: Go to http://bit.ly/Race2015 to register additional participants today! Online registration is open through Race morning.


T-SHIRT PICK UP & LATE REGISTRATION: RACE WEEK is here! You can pick up your shirts, bibs, timing chips, Race Day Worlds of Fun passes, etc. at the following locations:

TUESDAY | 09.08.2015 | TEAMS
Komen Race HQ
9213 Cody OPKS | 10A-7P | Look for Pink Tulip Signs off of Quivira

Teams with more than 75 participants will have their supplies, shirts, etc. delivered Tuesday and Wednesday (Due to the Labor day holiday).

If you are on a Team please check with your Team Captain for pick up specifics. 

Questions: please email teams@komenkansascity.org.

TEAM T-SHIRT CONTEST: All entries for the Teams T-shirt Contest are due by 7P Tuesday, September 8. You can turn in your entries in person at Packet Pick Up/Late Registration or via email.

TEAM PHOTOS: Teams that pre-scheduled their photos should plan on arriving 5 minutes before their scheduled time to ensure the line moves quickly. Team Photos will take place just to the left in front of the main Worlds of Fun gates (See map for details). In case you did not know, Worlds of Fun has already begun their transition to Fall/Halloween themed decorations! Be ready for pumpkins, ghosts, hay, cornucopias and other unique photo backgrounds throughout the park! If you have questions or need to adjust your scheduled time please email teams@komenkansascity.org.


All other participants (and Teams that don’t make to Tuesday’s pick up):

WEDNESDAY | 09.09.2015
Ward Parkway Shopping Center
8600 Ward Parkway | KCMO | 10A-7P
(Atrium directly in front of the AMC Theater and Claire’s)

THURSDAY | 09.10.2015
Independence Center
18813 East 39th Street South | Independence, MO | 10A-7P
(Southeast entrance between Dillard’s & Macy’s
just above the food court near Dillard’s)

FRIDAY | 09.11.2015
CareSpot Urgent Care | Northland
6344 North Chatham Avenue | KCMO | 10A-7P
(In the parking lot tent in front of the main entrance)

SATURDAY | 09.12.2015
Jewish Community Center
5801 West 115th Street | OPKS | 10A-7P
(Enter through the Fitness Center on the West side of campus near the tennis courts;
Signs will mark the way when you get in to the parking lot)

SUNDAY | 09.13.2015 | RACE DAY
Worlds of Fun
4545 Worlds of Fun Avenue | KCMO | 6A-9A
(Tivoli West Pavilion just inside the main park gate and to the left)

WEATHER: The Race for the Cure is a rain/shine event and every effort will be made to run the course while keeping all participants safe. Please check Facebook, Twitter or the Komen Kansas City Website for any updates due to inclement weather on Sunday! Be sure to sign up for text alerts by texting komenkc to 816.735.4500!


  • 6:00 AM | Registration/Partner Expo & Kids for the Cure Opens
  • 6:00 AM | Survivors Pavilion & VIP Breakfast Opens
  • 7:30 AM | Opening Ceremony & Survivor Celebration (Main Stage)
  • 7:30 AM | National Anthem & Survivor Parade* (New time)
  • 8:15 AM | Races Begin: 5K Timed (First), 5K Untimed & 1-Mile
  • 9:30 AM | Closing Ceremonies (Main Stage)
  • 10:00 AM | Worlds of Fun Park Access w/Discounted Pass

PARKING: With nearly 18,000 participants, supporters, volunteers and vendors we know that parking is going to be a challenge. Thanks to Worlds of Fun we know we’ll have the room to make this happen onsite. Parking is $10/car; $5 donated back to Komen Kansas City. Plan ahead to carpool: CLICK HERE for directions to Worlds of Fun. Race participants must enter off of Worlds of Fun Avenue (Either Main Gate or Business Entrance). Volunteers with a parking pass may park at the Oceans of Fun entrance off of Parvin Road.

FUNDRAISING: You can turn in fundraising dollars at any of the Packet Pick Up & Late Registration events through Race Day. On Race Day: look for the Capitol Federal Piggy Bank for the Cure display including a 12′ tall pink pig in the center of the Expo area. Please drop off your fundraising there. The fundraising contest continues through 10.31.2015 to qualify for incentives.

$10 WORLDS OF FUN RACE DAY PASSES: Race Day passes that allow you to enter the park at 10A to stay and play (on 09.13.2015) will be sold Race Week during packet pick up and late registration as well as on Race Day at the information tent and at packet pick up/late registration inside the park. If you pre-purchased a Race Day pass it will be included in your packet during pick up next week. In case you did not know, Worlds of Fun has already begun their transition to Fall/Halloween themed decorations! Be ready for pumpkins, ghosts, hay, cornucopias and other unique photo backgrounds throughout the park!

$40 WORLDS OF FUN ANY DAY PASSES: Any Day Passes (Good any day but Saturdays in October as Worlds of Fun hosts gigantic Halloween-themed events all month long. In fact you’ll see those decorations already up throughout the park) will be sold Race Week during packet pick up and late registration as well as on Race Day at the information tent and at packet pick up/late registration inside the park.

RUNNERS (TIMED or UNTIMED): With only one start line we ask that you make your way to the start line location in the southern most lot (Near main stage) early to ensure you will be at the beginning of the pack. Timed runners (Blue Race Bibs) and untimed runners will begin at 815A and soon after. Walkers and 1 Mile Family Fun Run participants will follow after that. Your time will begin when you cross the start line! Please be patient as we have thousands of participants and a more cozy start line than in the past. Results will be available at the Ultramax Sports tent in the Expo or posted at KomenKansasCity.org later in the day.

RACE COURSE: You will be running in and out of Worlds of Fun (5K and 1 Mile courses) and Oceans of Fun (5K course only) throughout the morning. Please note the park has many hills (uphill and downhill), some narrow corners; and straight-a-ways as you run/walk through park attractions. We have marked the Race route to the best of our ability with chalk on the pavement and signage on each side of the path as well as staffing hundreds of volunteers along the route. Please watch for route markings, signage and listen to the directions from our course volunteers. Also, the 5K/1 Mile courses are together for a half mile and split early on in the Race route. 5K runners/walkers should go to the right and 1 mile runners/walkers should go to the left! Signs and volunteers will be at that point to remind everyone as well.

BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS: Be sure to stop in the Survivors Pavilion sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America for a little R&R (Plus some other goodies specially-reserved for you and a guest). Make sure to wear your pink shirts and pink hats to let everyone know you are a fighter! The pavilion is located in Fest Haus (just inside of the main gate and to the right) and is open from 6A until 930A with the annual survivors parade at 730A.

SURVIVOR PARADE: The annual survivor parade will take place at 730A – This is 2 hours earlier than previous years. Plan on meeting at the Worlds of Fun Season Passport Office just up the hill from the Survivors Pavilion at 715A. The parade will begin at approximately 730A.

RACE ROUTE & START TIMES: Runners (Timed & Untimed) will begin at 815A; Walkers (5K or 1 Mile) will begin shortly thereafter. All will start at the southernmost parking lot next to main stage! The new Race Route and full property map is now posted: CLICK HERE for a printable copy.

STAY CONNECTED: Be sure to follow Komen KC on social media to stay connected to all things Race this year (Click on the platform and then Like or Follow). Any weather, traffic, parking or schedule adjustments will be posted here first!

Check us out on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

SOCIAL MEDIA: Hash tags for Race Day include: #KomenKC & #UnitedWeFight on all platforms.

RACE DAY TEXT MESSAGING: Make sure you are getting all of the most up to date reports from Komen KC on Race Day and beyond by texting the word komenkc to 816.735.4500. Any weather, traffic, parking or schedule adjustments will be sent from here that morning!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We still have some selected volunteer opportunities during Race Week & Race Day (through 09.13) if you are interested in supporting Komen Kansas City with your time and talents. CLICK HERE to see the list of what is available and when!

On behalf of the nearly 1,000 volunteers and our six staff members we thank you for your support in saving lives and ending breast cancer forever! Your Racing on Sunday means so much to the entire breast cancer community! #UnitedWeFight

See you soon!


Patti Kangethe, Race for the Cure Chairman
2015 Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City Race for the Cure

For more information on the Race for the Cure please go to: KomenKansasCity.org.