The Race

Race Day is April 26, 2020

The four-mile course starts at 75th and Wornall, winds through the Waldo and Brookside neighborhoods and ends on the Country Club Plaza. Trolley Run is operated by the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired and a dedicated team of volunteers and is proud to be a USA Track & Field certified course. The dollars raised from this race go directly back to CCVI to support programming. We run rain or shine - no refunds. After the race, The Plaza is the place to be as runners, walkers, spectators and families enjoy one of the largest “After-Bash” celebrations in the country complete with food, drink and entertainment.

Race Details

Race Day Schedule

Transportation from the Plaza to the Start Line begins at 6:00 a.m. on Nichols Road between Pennsylvania and Broadway streets. The last runner bus leaves at 7:20 a.m.; the last walker bus at 7:45 a.m. Arrive early!

* No bags or backpacks will be permitted at the Trolley Run. Personal items will be transported from the start to the finish line.

* Strollers allowed in the walking pace group only.

Check out the course route below.

6:00 - 7:30 a.m.
Late registration at Start Line (75th & Wornall). There is no guarantee late registrants be in the results or receive a t-Shirt.

6:00 - 7:45 a.m.
Music and warm-up festivities at Start Line

6:00 - 7:45 a.m.
Transportation to Start Line from Plaza

7:30 a.m.
Wheelchair racers and elite runners must be at start line

7:45 a.m.
All other runners, get in the corral.

8:15 a.m.
Walkers, get in the corral (Strollers allowed in the walker pace group).

8:15 - 11:00 a.m.
After-Bash on the Country Club Plaza featuring great food and drink

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Entertainment at the Kids' Run in Mill Creek Park

10:15 a.m.
Kids' Trolley Run starts

10:45 a.m.
Family After-Bash at Mill Creek Park

Trolley Run Race Course from Waldo to the Plaza with start and finish noted

Packet Pickup


Times and location TBD

Please note, if you are on a Corporate Team, please check with your Team Coordinator before coming to Packet Pickup. Limited race-day packet pick up will be available. Race-day registrants are NOT guaranteed t-shirt.

Friday, April 24

Saturday April 25

Pacing Guidelines

In lieu of waves, we will be utilizing pacers and having a hold-and-release start in an effort to minimize the volume of runners released at one time. You’ll recognize our pacers at the start line carrying pace flags. As in the past, we ask that walkers and participants with strollers keep to the back of the group to allow our runners to safely run the course.

Registration Types

New for 2020 -- Group Registration. Use this feature to register multiple participants at once, across all race categories! 
You'll find the "Group Registration" button on the Get Me Registered Race Category Page.

Individual Registration
All participants who are not part of a team should register as an Individual. Individuals can make a direct donation to CCVI during their registration process.

CCVI Family Team Registration
Families of CCVI students and alumni can create fundraising teams and are given special Family Team shirts. 

SPONSORS ONLY Corporate Registration
For those using a corporate team comp code. Corporate Team registrants can make a direct donation to CCVI during their registration process.

Register Now

Kids' Run

Open to kids 10 and under, the Kids' Run is fun for the whole family! Presented by Shook Hardy & Bacon, the Kids' Run takes place at Mill Creek Park on The Plaza. Kids run according to age group in heats of 10 to 15 runners. Younger kids (up to age six) run on the grass while older kids (ages seven to 10) run on the track around the park and can choose a quarter-mile or half-mile course.

Kids' Run Details


Coming from out of town a need a place to stay? We encourage you to stay on the Country Club Plaza at our hotel sponsor, the Hampton Inn & Suites:

4600 Summit 
Kansas City, MO 64112

main crossing finish line

History of the Race

Now in its 31st year, the idea for this fundraiser was presented to the Friends of CCVI by the former Michael Forbes Restaurants, Inc., which owned two restaurants, four miles apart in the heart of Kansas City and The Plaza shopping area. The four-mile course follows the old streetcar/trolley tracks and hence, the name, Trolley Run. Trolley Run is the largest annual fundraiser for CCVI and provides a critical funding in the CCVI programming budget. Trolley Run has succeeded through the generous support of our individual and corporate sponsors, including longtime title sponsor Sabates Eye Centers and many others.

Over the years, the Trolley Run has become one of the largest timed four-mile run in the United States, and the first major run in Kansas City to use chip technology for race results.

hundreds of runners winding down neighborhood street

A Record-breaking Run

Since 1998, several records have been broken for a four-mile U.S. race. The Trolley Run continues to hold these distinctions:

  • Since 1998, home of Men’s Four-mile U.S. Best
  • Since 1999, home of Men’s Masters Four-mile U.S. Best
  • Since 2000, home of Women’s Four-mile Course Record
woman running, blurred motion

Race Results Technology

CCVI and the Trolley Run work with the End Result Company for the timing of the race. The End Result Company is a national race timing and technology company and provides electronic chip timing services not only to some of the largest, most complicated events in the country, but also to many regional races.

2019 Race Photos

Thank you John Kelly Photos for catching all of the race day fun. Photos will be posted soon.

2019 Race Photos

2019 Race Results

Timing provided by the End Result Company. Results will be posted late in the day after the run.

2019 Race Results