Lawrence Race Unites Runners from Across the Globe to Support Health Care for All

Heartland Community Health Center invites the public to join the Kansas Half Marathon & 5K, set to take place on November 5th, 2023. The event draws runners from across the state, the country, and even internationally.


“We’re excited to bring runners through some of the best parts of Lawrence as part of the Kansas Half Marathon & 5k,” said Matt O’Reilly, Race Director, and Associate Professor at KU. “We see everyone from casual runners to elite competitors, both local and from all parts of the country. Last year we even had a runner travel all the way from Australia to earn their medal in the Kansas Half Marathon.”


This year’s event features a scenic course that winds through downtown Lawrence, Haskell University, Broken Arrow Park, Baker University Wetlands, Burroughs Creek Trail, and several parks and historic landmarks. The Half-Marathon will have aid stations along the route to support runners, and the 5K race will also feature an aid station.


Both the Half Marathon and 5K routes are USATF certified, and awards will be given for the top three male, female, non-binary, overall and masters runners, as well the winners of each age group. This event is inclusive of all ages, with groups starting at 19 and under for the Half Marathon and 9 and under for the 5K.


Participants in the Kansas Half Marathon & 5K will receive free photos after the race, along with an official tech shirt, a medal, a 13.1/5K sticker, coffee from Uplift, and beer from Lawrence Beer Company.


“Thanks to the support of our community partners, we’re thrilled to provide an unforgettable race experience for both runners and spectators,” stated Elizabeth Keever, Chief Development Officer. “Additionally, this event also wouldn’t be possible without the 150 volunteers who commit their time to make sure this event is a success.”


Event Details:


The Kansas Half Marathon & 5K is a community-driven event dedicated to supporting access to affordable health care. The proceeds from this event directly benefit Heartland Community Health Center, an organization that provides people of all ages with comprehensive health care, regardless of income or insurance status.


Since its inception, the Kansas Half Marathon has been instrumental in offsetting costs and increasing access to affordable health care services for uninsured and underserved individuals in Douglas County and nine other counties across Kansas. All fitness levels are invited to run, jog, or walk the course to support health care for all.


Heartland Community Health Center is dedicated to expanding health care access in an integrated, accessible, patient-centered model. In 2022, Heartland served 20,400 patients, including 13,107 children. 57% of Heartland’s patients lacked commercial health insurance. Heartland opened River City Pharmacy in 2022, by using the pharmacy, patients of the health center were able to save $4.5 million on their prescription costs.  In addition, Heartland’s outreach program Healthy Futures, provided dental care to children in more than 100 schools across the state of Kansas.


Participation in the Kansas Half Marathon & 5K will contribute to ongoing efforts to make health care more affordable and accessible to all.


In addition to runner registrations, the Kansas Half Marathon & 5K is made possible by the generous support of sponsors, including Ad Astra Running, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH Health), Mar Lan Construction, MCubed Technologies, and Truity Credit Union. Special thanks to our in-kind sponsors, Lawrence Beer Company, Mammoth Productions, HyVee, KLWN, 105.9 Kiss FM, 92.9 The Bull, and Hershey’s Salty Snacks.


To learn more and register to participate or volunteer at the event, visit

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