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2015 Groundhog Run

January 25, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


The 2015 Children’s TLC Groundhog Run raised more than $243,000 for the 300+ children we serve. Special thanks to Hunt Midwest for once again hosting our largest annual fundraiser in SubTropolis.

As the largest annual fundraiser for Children’s TLC, the Groundhog Run has raised over $4 million for children with special needs since its inception in 1982. The race is one of very few 5k races, and believed to be the only 100% underground sanctioned 10k race in the nation. With a consistent temperature of 65 to 68 degrees, the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis is the ideal venue for runners from all over the country to compete in this annual winter event.

Sponsorship Opportunities   Become A Volunteer  Fundraise

Registration Info

5k :
$35 through September 19
$40 September 20-December 31
$45 January 1-January 24

$40 through September 19
$45 September 20 – December 31
$50 January 1- January 24

Premium 5k or 10k: $100 through January 25
A Limited quantity of Premium Level entries will be available for both races. Premium entries include runner registration fee for the 5K or 10K, VIP suite access on race day and VIP Parking. The VIP Suite gives guests access to an even better assortment of food and beverages, as well as access to real restrooms….avoid the porta potties! Your suite wristband and VIP parking pass will be available at packet pickup at Garry Gribbles Running Sports on Friday and Saturday.

** All Runners must be at least 8 years old on January 25, 2015 to participate. Registration fees are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another year. No runner substitutions or transfers allowed. Strollers and pets are strictly prohibited for safety reasons.

Frequently Asked Questions

Packet Pickup

Garry Gribbles Running Sports  www.garrygribbles.com
8600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114

Friday, January 23rd (10:00 am – 7:00 pm)
Saturday, January 24th (9:00 am – 2:00 pm)

Race Packets are also available for pickup on race day starting at 7:00 am at Hunt Midwest SubTropolis

Race Day Details

Location: Hunt Midwest SubTropolis, 8300 NE Underground Drive, Kansas City, MO 64161 – Download Driving Directions

5K Start: 8:00 am
Mobility Challenged Wave
Black Wave – Under 25 min
Blue Wave – 25:01 – 30 min
Green Wave – 30:01 – 35 min
Orange Wave – 35:01 – 40 min
Purple Wave – 40:01 – 45 min
Red Wave – 45:01+

10K Start: 10:00 am
Mobility Challenged Wave
Black Wave – under 54 minutes
Blue Wave – 54:01 – 1:01:00
Green Wave – 1:01:00+

Each race will begin promptly at the time stated. Waves will follow in three minute increments.

Gear CheckGarmin Bag
Gear check will be available for all Groundhog Run participants on race morning. Follow the banners after you enter the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis. Please review the following items to ensure an enjoyable gear check experience.

  • Open 7am – 12pm. All items MUST be picked up by 12pm.
  • Gear check will be for race participants ONLY. Runners must present their bib for drop-off and pick-up. Items will be organized according to your bib number.
  • Runners must use the Garmin bag provided. All items must fit inside the bag. Handles must be able to tie shut.
  • Dimensions of the bag: 16″ x 6″ x 12″.
  • Hunt Midwest, Children’s TLC and The Running Well Store are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please do not leave valuable or irreplaceable items in your bag.
  • Race organizers have the right to search any bag.

Sponsorships and Teams

Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Teams are only available through a Sponsorship. If you are interested in sponsoring the Groundhog Run through your company, family, or running club, click here.

In consideration for accepting this entry, the undersigned, intending to be legally bound hereby, for myself, me, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, waives, releases, discharges and covenants NOT TO SUE KC Running Company, Hunt Midwest Enterprises, Inc., Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development, Inc., Children’s TLC or its Managing Board, all sponsors; and their subsidiaries, associated companies, agents, or employees, race officials, volunteers, their representatives, officials, volunteers, their representatives, successors or assigns from any or all claims of liability for death or damage for any and all injuries to me or my property arising out of or in connection with this event. The Release and Waiver extends to all claims of any kind or nature, whether foreseen or unforeseen, known or unknown. No Refunds or Runner substitutions. Race officials have the authority to remove anyone from the race, including, but not limited to those using the following: (Absolutely NO) baby strollers, dogs, rollerblades, or alcoholic beverages allowed. Your canceled check or credit card statement will serve as your proof of registration. If participant is switching from 5k to 10k, the additional $5.00 charge will be due at packet pickup. All registrants must be 8 years of age or older to participate. By accepting this waiver you authorize the use of photographs or video taken during the event to be used in promotional materials.

2015 Children’s TLC Groundhog Run Sponsors  

Presenting Sponsor:  

Media Partners





Platinum Level Sponsors

Gold Level Sponsors:

Silver Level Sponsors:



Peterson Manuf

Drs. Kenkel and Gibb
Mr. and Mrs. James E. McGraw
Peter Powell Family Foundation
Mrs. Sarah Pence Bloss and Mr. Brian Bloss  

Gear Check Sponsor: 


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January 25, 2015
8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Lexie Humphrey


Hunt Midwest SubTropolis
8300 NE Underground Dr, Kansas City, MO 64161 United States
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