The Father's Day Run dates back to 1988 when Village Shalom's Associate Board, a young Jewish professionals group, developed a community-wide 5/10-kilometer race. Initially called the May Day Run, the first such event was held in downtown Kansas City, beginning and ending at Barney Allis Plaza at 13th and Central. Funds raised from the annual event began to be directed to the unit serving the needs of residents with Alzheimer’s disease. Andrew Jacobs and Jennie Stolper were cochairmen of the first race.
In 1993, the race date was moved to the morning of Father’s Day in June, becoming the “Beat the Heat” run. The change was prompted by the proliferation of other races throughout the community that were competing with the May event.
In 2010, the race was renamed the Village Shalom Father’s Day Run. All funds raised by the Father’s Day Run benefit Village Shalom’s programs and services for residents and their families confronting the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. Support our cause here.