Record number of runners take off in KC Marathon

Posted at 8:42 AM, Oct 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-20 13:07:07-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A record breaking crowd at this year's KC Marathon starting line.

"We are up to 10,000 runners. For us, it's a great way to showcase KC and I think people want to come out. The weather is perfect," said Kathy Nelson, President & CEO for Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation.

Some runners had important reasons for waking up so early.

"We are part of Black Girls Run. It's a national group and the vision and the mission is to get black women or women of color moving," said Kimiko Gilmore, who was running for the cause.

Their goal, to promote and reduce obesity.

"Just to get out there and move. You can't be what you can't see and so if we are not out here doing it no matter what our level is, then we can't inspire anyone else to do it," said Gilmore.

41 Action News also caught up with a KCK Officer running for those who paid the ultimate price.

"This is for all the fallen officers in the metro and the nation," said Officer Carlos Mena.

He ran on Saturday in his full police uniform.

"It's difficult. But, you know what I keep my head up and mind set right that no matter what it's for them, for the fallen guys. No matter how hard it gets, it's nothing compared what they went through," said Mena.

Tanya Trimborn, born without legs, inspired others around her.

"I couldn't run my whole life. But, ten years ago, oh eight years ago I got my first ever running blades and my life kind of changed from there," said Trimborn.

She encourages others to run, no matter what.

"From never having legs to then boom you got legs, it's pretty amazing. It makes you see life from a different view, makes you appreciate things," said Trimborn.

Incredible people with amazing stories in a record breaking race.