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Race To Read 5K

Reach Out and Read Kansas City's Family Fun Run : Race to Read 5k

When: Saturday, August 25th at 8 am.

Location: Penguin Park

4124 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119

Early Bird Fee (by June 15):

Age 15 and under: $15.00
Age 16 and over:  $30.00

Regular Registration Fee:

Age 15 and under: $15.00
Age 16 and over:  $40.00

*Runners need to sign up by August 12th to be guaranteed a T-Shirt. 

Schedule on August 25th - THE RACE DAY:

6:30 am: Packet Pickup 
8 am: 5K Begins
9 am: Children Relay Races Begin 
9:30 am: Awards and Raffle Prizes Announced

Fun Run:

In addition to the main race, there will be a fun un-timed race for kids. The fun run is FREE and no prior registration is required. However, you need to sign waivers for your kids in order to participate. 

Family Fun:

Starting at 8 am, face painting will be on site for kids and at 9 am a fun run will begin. Throughout the entire event, there will be live music provided by Mudflap Mafia.

There is no cost for kid-friendly events. 

Packet Pickup: 

Friday, August 24th from 5-7 pm

location: Run 816, 304 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Saturday, August 25th from 6:30-7:30 am
location: Penguin Park, 4124 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Interested in sponsoring the Race to Read 5K?  Click here to learn more...

Cannot make it to the race? You can still support our cause, Click here... 

Weather Cancellation Policy: 

The safety of our participants is the most important thing and if any threatening weather conditions are present the day of the event, the event may be delayed or canceled. Our Weather Policy (click here)

Volunteer Opportunities:

If you would like to learn more about volunteering in this race, please contact Jenny Horsley or call 913-588-2793.


Hooked on Books


Hooked On Books provides a great opportunity for kids to help kids. All books collected are sorted and redistributed to organizations and schools who need your help. 

Thank you for collecting 17,000 books this year during our Hooked on Books 2018 effort!  

Congratulations to Clear Creek Elementary for collecting the most books per child.

Please check back in October to participate or request books again.

Give a Child a Book and You Give a Child the World

For more information email Janice or call 913.588.0295.

Books On Tap

Reach Out and Read Kansas City's Fall Fundraiser

Books On Tap

Thank you to all who attended Reach Out and Read's 6th Annual Books On Tap event on October 4th, 2017. Together supporters raised over $7,000 in support of early literacy and Kansas City's most in need youth.

A special thank you to Taylor Kelley Photography for photographing the event.

Photos from the event can be found on Facebook.

If you would like to support Reach Out and Read's mission, please consider making a one-time donation, or making a contribution every month by joining our monthly Brain Builders program.

Where the Wild Things Are:

Litte Engine That Could:


Mark & Judy Hastert

Ann & Edward Havermann

Any Questions? Contact Jenny

For the Love of Books Breakfast

Thank you to all who attended ROR-KC's For the Love of Books Breakfast on February 15th, 2018. A special thank you to Honorary Co-Hosts Kathleen and Bill Johansen, Alastair Heim, and Dhomonique Ricks for making this year's breakfast the very best. 

View photos from the Breakfast.

Watch the Breakfast video.

If you were unable to attend but would like to support our mission, please consider making a tax-deductible donation, please donate here.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Honorary Co-Hosts : Valentine Sponsors:

Kathleen & Bill Johansen

Sweetheart Sponsors:

Walsh Family Foundation

Pamela Miller & Micheal Cummings

Crush Sponsors:

Pam Madaus and Will McLean

Admirer Sponsors:

Anne & Bill Blessing 

Sallie Page-Goertz & Kenneth Goertz

Laura & Lewis Gregory

Donald J. Hall