The Joy Run 0.5k-The race for the rest of us!

Join your fellow race-slackers for an experience of triumph, victory and celebration during this 0.5k race (a/k/a 1640 ft, 656 steps, 500 meters). Get ready for the glory of being a race-finisher and your participation medals, all to raise money for a great organization, Joy Meadows foster care community! This will be a fun, tongue-in-cheek event that will parody the typical 5k. After the race participants can enjoy bounce houses, face paint, kids’ activities, prizes and more!

This will also be a great community-wide foster care awareness event. Beyond the fun and fame of being a race participant, we want everyone to know how they can make a difference in foster care!

WHEN: Saturday, June 15th at 9 a.m.

WHERE: T-Bones Ballpark, 1800 Village West Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66111 at The Legends


THE GOODIES for Race Participants!

  • Early-Bird Registration is $25 through June 1st. Late Registration is $30. Register by June 1st to be guaranteed a t-shirt and swag bag (And who doesn’t want a shirt?! That’s the whole point so you can brag to your friends).

  • Bumper-Sticker. All runners will receive a pretentious 0.5k bumper sticker for your vehicle so you can show what an athlete you are.

  • T-Shirt and swag bag

  • Participation medals (because everyone is a winner! Yay participation points!)

  • Finish line photos (for your social media feed because you are a socially conscious athlete)

  • Don’t worry – there is a Pit Stop halfway through where coffee and donuts will be available.

  • Costume Contest. Both Individual and group COSTUME CONTEST with prizes. (So get a team ready with the craziest costume – pajamas, retro, sunglasses, boots – you decide!). Award ceremony to follow the race.

  • Photo booth (because you need more pics for your social media feed to show how you are willing to sweat it out for a good cause)

  • All participants enjoy the post-race celebration with bounce houses, face painting, food, kids’ activities, foster care awareness booths and more!


  • Are the 656 steps too much for you? Then you should register as a VIP.

  • For an additional $100 (total race fee of $125), you don’t even have to run! There will be official Joy Meadows golf carts to drive our VIP runners through the race course to the finish line.

  • You still get the swag bag with all of the goodies, and a participation medal –except yours will be even bigger because you are more important!

Corporate Sponsors for The Joy Run 0.5k

You are invited to participate as a Sponsor for The Joy Run 0.5k. Joy Meadows is a 501(c)(3) and your sponsorship is tax-deductible.


Information Table Registration

The Joy Run 0.5k is also a time for foster care awareness! We invite anyone who would like to participate with a booth for foster care awareness to register to have an Information Table. Following the race we will have our post-race celebration event that will have bounce houses, kids’ activities, food, face painting, and more! In that area we will have booths set up for all of those who want to have an Info Table as well. After registering we will contact you about your Info Table needs.

Please register at the link below:

2018 1st Annual Joy Run 0.5k

The 1st Joy Run 0.5k was held at Basehor-Linwood High School in June, 2018. We had over 350 participants, and several child placing agencies and organizations came to help raise funds for Joy Meadows and awareness for foster care. It was a great time for everyone! Here are just a few pics.

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