Where can running and walking with KC Express take you? The possibilities are endless…
- New friends
- New races, longer distances, better fitness
- Active fun
Whatever your walking or running goals may be, you’ll find like-minded women in KC Express. We host:
- FREE Saturday morning walking and running groups
We meet every week, year round. Bring your energy and a smile, and we’ll provide the structure to make your fitness goals stick: on-couse support, run/walk your own pace and distance, and make friends along the way.
- “First Tuesdays”
Join us each month for a light dinner dinner, social time, and guest speakers on topics relevant to women’s health and fitness.
- The Mother’s Day 5K
Every spring we put on KC’s best race for women. Run, walk, or volunteer with us.
Healthy living is contagious. Catch it from us!
BRAG Team Training for runners and walkers
BRAG Team, our popular 10K and half marathon training program for beginners, will be back for the 2016 season on Saturdays from June 29 – October 15 at 6:45 a.m. If you’ve done a 5k and are looking for a fun, new challenge, we can help!
We are excited to announce that Head Coach for the 2016 BRAG Team is Helen Wilms. Helen is well-known in the KC running community for her warm and engaging presence and her extensive coaching experience. See more on Helen here.
A Summer to BRAG About
Woohoo! BRAG starts 6/25 at 6:45 a.m. Whether you’ve been wanting to start a regular run/walk routine, or recently woke up with the burning desire to run a 10-K or half marathon, it’s time to get started! (If you’ve been stalling, you can still register now through July 12 HERE.)
This is going to be a summer of fun and challenges. New friends, sore muscles, and exhilaration are all part of the package. Nerves play a role too. Sometimes they’re the good kind—the ones that convince you to sign up for BRAG–and sometimes they’re not. If you’re feeling nervous about showing up for BRAG this week, don’t. Here’s what’s going to happen.
On Saturday, you’ll meet Head Coach Helen Wilms, and the leading run and walk group coaches, Amy Medina and Sheila Wood. There are more KCE coaches and mentors you’ll meet over time. They’re all very nice, non-scary people who’ve been running and coaching for a long time. Each week the coaches will share quick tips and inspiration for building your mileage. Then we’ll go for a run or walk. Some of the participants will be BRAG members, and others will be long-time KCE members. Run or walk with whoever you like! We don’t assign pace groups. Run or walk at your own pace and don’t feel pressured to keep up with anyone else. And whenever you can, stay for coffee after.
Then you can go home and sit around for a week. Ok, not really. You’ll need to run or walk and do some cross-training between Saturdays. But you won’t be completely alone in this. Your BRAG schedule will suggest some workouts. Over time, you’ll connect with other BRAG and KCE members to share the ups and downs of training– that’s a big part of what our club is all about.
Don’t worry about feeling like a beginner or asking “dumb” questions. KCE is full of former beginners who just keep taking on new challenges, whether in distance or speed, or other aspects of our lives. We look forward to BRAG season as a time to meet new friends, share our experiences, and learn from you too.
After a summer of training, we’ll be ready for our goal races. In September, we’ll run/walk the Plaza 10-K, and in October, we’ll tackle the Kansas City Half Marathon. If your goal is the 10-K, you should still plan to volunteer with us at the half. (We’re known for our crazy, costumed water stop!)
And that’s it. Show up, run/walk, repeat. Smile and make new friends. Do something you never thought possible. Not a bad way to spend a summer, huh?
See you Saturday!
Happy Race Day
The sun was shining and 3000 women and girls were smiling– it was a wonderful morning for the MD5K! KC Express works very hard all year long to bring this event to the women and girls of Kansas City, as part of our mission to promote women’s health through fitness. Thanks to all the participants and volunteers who helped make it a success!
Talking with Kathrine Switzer almost 50 years after Boston
In case you don’t know the story: In 1967, Katherine Switzer became the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon; she registered using her initial “K. Switzer” because women were not considered strong enough to do the marathon distance back then. When Race Director Jock Semple saw her on the course, he reportedly said “Get the hell out of my race” and tried to tear off her bib. Kathrine’s coach and her boyfriend blocked him, and she became the first official woman finisher in the Boston Marathon. She remains a strong and vocal advocate for women’s running, and she compliments KC Express for doing so as well! Listen to her interview with KCUR’s Steve Krasky on 4/7/16 here. (She mentions KCE about halfway through at 7:11.)
July 5 : Yoga for runners and walkers. Come dressed to move, bring your yoga mat or a towel, and learn some great yoga techniques to help you be a better runner or walker! Details: St. Joseph Medical Center, I-435 & State Line Road, KCMO, in the Community Center (Building D) Auditorium. Socialize and light dinner at 6:30; meeting begins at 7:00.
SAT GROUP WALK
SATURDAY GROUP WALK
Saturdays at 7 am
July: Panera, 103rd and Stateline, KCMO
SAT GROUP RUN
SATURDAY GROUP RUN
Saturdays at 7 am
July: Panera, 103rd & Stateline, KCMO
KC EXPRESS PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
KCE President’s Message Jan 2015
Prez Tracey Weatherly, far right, and some of her peeps.