It has become a tradition for the Kansas City area runners who are registered to run the venerable Boston Marathon to meet in Kansas City the weekend before they travel to Beantown and the Back Bay. This gathering has become known as Boston Bound KC. Both first-time Boston runners as well as those who have run Boston more than a dozen times come together to share stories, make new friends and reacquaint with old pals. Some of my favorite running relationships were born here in 2013. Hard to believe there was a time when so many of us were strangers. Now – I run into BBKC runners at every race (and on the street) no matter the place.
This year’s Boston Bound KC gathering will be Sunday, April 12th, at 6:00 PM at the Fox & Hound in Overland park near 105th & Metcalf in the Indian Creek Shopping Center (behind Krispy Kreme Donuts)…and we ALL know where Krispy Kreme Donuts is, right? We have reserved an area of the restaurant for any and all who can attend – this means even those of us who might not be running Boston this year but have some wisdom and stories to share with those lucky enough to be Boston Bound in 2015. We want to keep this an informal event so everyone will be responsible for their own ticket at the Fox & Hound.
We first held this get-together before Boston 2013, the year of the finish-line bombing. As horrific as that cowardly act was, that tragedy helped forge some friendships in our group that will hopefully last as long as the Newton Hills. If you can make it to the Fox & Hound on Sunday, April 12th, I think you will enjoy the evening.
According to the BAA website, 155 Kansans have registered for Boston and 200 Missourians. Probably half of those folks are within an hour drive of the Fox & Hound. If you know someone who is in the KC area (or even close), please forward them this email so that we can add them to our Boston Bound KC email list and make sure they are invited to our annual outing.
So here are the facts, Jack (and Diane):
What: Third Annual Boston Bound KC Dinner
When: Sunday, April 12th 6:00 PM to about 8:00 PM
Where: Fox & Hound at 105th & Metcalf
Who: Anyone who has run Boston or has qualified for Boston – and their families
Why: Because runners stick together even when we race each other
Cost: No charge except for what you order at F&H
What to do: Email Greg Hall at [email protected] with your RSVP
Enjoy this spring-like weather we are being treated to this week. We (and our running tights) deserve winter’s pause.