A Running and Walking Club for Women

Welcome!

Are you ready to train for your first 5K? Set a personal record in your favorite distance? Or shed a few pounds? Whatever your personal walking or running goals may be, you’ll find friends among the women of KC Express.  We offer free Saturday walking and running groups, hold monthly meetings on topics relevant to women’s health and fitness, and host the popular Mother’s Day 5K.  Join us and stay healthy while having fun!

    News and Events
    • Training-Team-Mentors-Week-3 MD5K Training

      It’s Week 3 of the Women’s Training Team at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, and everyone is going strong! The participants are growing stronger and going longer, and we’re sure they’ll be ready for our Mother’s Day 5K on May 11. Here are some of the many KCE members who are volunteering as mentors. More photos from Week 3 here.

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    • IMG_0088_s_jpg May 6: Poster Party!

      Join us to help make the funny and inspiring “momism” posters that dot the MD5K route at our annual poster party on May 6 from 7-9 pm in the Grandview Room at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. (Children welcome.) Entrance to the Grandview Room is easiest through the Birth Center, on the east side of the hospital. We’ll have sign by the door to help you find it. (We’ll also have pizza!)

    • KCE-mentors-at-Training-Team Helping others do what we love

      Here are just a few of the KCE members who are volunteering as mentors for the Women’s Training Team at Shawnee Mission Medical Center on Tuesday nights for 6-weeks, April 1 thru May 6, from 6-7:30 pm. Every year this program helps about 300 women get ready for our Mother’s Day 5K. It’s one of our most important activities, and it’s also one of the most rewarding! Pictures from the first night of Training Team.

    • Jeff-Galloway Run/Walk/Run

      Jeff Galloway was in Lawrence to lead a workshop on his run-walk method of running distance events, and two from KC Express made the trip to attend. Alisa M. and Terry M. learned lots! Thanks to Garry Gribble’s Running Sports for sponsoring the event.

    • Red-Dress-WNR KCE ♥ Red Dress Wed Night Run

      Everyone was rocking the red at the KC Express Wed Night Run on Feb 12. It’s our Valentine to the running community to take to the streets in red dresses, the symbol of women’s heart health. Host Amy M and her sons added to the fun with lots of holiday heart decorations for the potluck dinner after the run. Thanks to all who participated—you look marvelous!

    • WIN-Luncheon WIN for KC Awards Luncheon

      10 lucky KCE members got to hear keynote speaker Tamika Catchings at the WIN for KC Awards Luncheon last week. As a basketball star from college to the Olympics to the WNBA, it sounded like she’d had a storybook life. Then she told us about her childhood: “I had a hearing problem and had to wear big old hearing aids. I had a speech problem. Kids always found a way to make fun of me– the way I talked, the way I looked.”

       
      Around 7th grade, Tamika discovered that by outworking everyone else, she could be better than other kids at sports. Her work ethic shaped her to become an outstanding athlete. But she’s never forgotten the feeling of being different. She created the “Catch A Star” Foundation to help others overcome disabilities.

       
      At the photo/autograph session afterwards, Tamika was seated at a table for the long line of fans. But when she met KCE member Jean Nearing and heard she was a physically-challenged half marathon runner, she stood up – all 6”1’ of her – to hug Jean and shake her hand.