Hospital Hill 5k rescheduled due to heat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hospital Hill Run announced the 5k run scheduled for Friday evening has been moved to 7 a.m. Saturday due to expected high temperatures.

The 41 Action News Weather Team predicts a high of 96 degrees on Friday.

Hospital Hill Run anticipates approximately 2,000 participants in the 5k run who will join runners of the 7.7 mile and half marathon races on Saturday morning at the Crown Center start line.

"Our weather is showing that it's going to be about 97 degrees, real field temperature with an ozone action day and for the safety of our participants, our spectators, all our volunteers, we decided it was in the best interest of everyone to move it to Saturday morning, so it will be run in conjunction with our half marathon and our 7.7 mile," said Salinger. 

All race participants will begin their trek Saturday at 7 a.m. 

Hospital Hill Runners should drink plenty of water to beat the heat and stay hydrated. Salinger said the race will also provide plenty of liquids for runners, supporters, volunteers and staff. 

"Hydrations always most important for any running event and Hospital Hill Run has water and gatorade at multiple water stations on course for all of our participants and we'll also have misters and we'll have cool towels at the finish line," said Salinger. 

An Ozone Alert has been issued for Friday. These alerts are issued when ground-level ozone is expected to reach high levels. Cars can produce more than one-third of ground-level emissions. Reducing driving, or car pooling is a good way to help improve air quality Friday. 

RideKC cuts the cost of riding the bus in half when an Ozone Alert is issued. 

For updates on the race, officials ask that you check the Hospital Hill Run's website, Facebook or Twitter.

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