Trolley Run History

Over the years, the Trolley Run has become the largest timed 4-mile run in the United States, and the first major run in Kansas City to use chip technology for race results.

History of the Race

Now in its 28th 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 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.

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 2001, Home of Women’s four-mile Course record

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. The Kids’ Trolley Run takes place in Mill Creek Park after the adult run/walk.