Running was popular in Europe long before it caught on in America, which is why most races are measured in kilometers instead of miles and why most of the Pilgrims were eaten by bears. Race to the top of the food chain with today's Groupon: for $12, you get one entry in the Hope Challenge 5K, held on Saturday, June 18 at 8 a.m. (a $20 value in advance, a $25 value on race day). With each Groupon purchase, $12 will be donated to support House of Hope Kansas City.
House of Hope helps restore relationships between troubled teens and their families, as well as their communities, through parent-involved treatment, education, and counseling. Runners, walkers, and competitive tiptoers can race to aid the nonprofit's mission by entering the Hope Challenge, which includes slightly more than 3 miles of scenic, high-energy fun. The race route takes entrants from Frank A. Theis Park through Country Club Plaza and past the Kauffman Gardens in their full summer bloom. Afterward, celebrate a personal best by rejoining friends and fans for postrace refreshments and family activities such as a Tot Fun Run. All entrants receive a T-shirt to broadcast their achievement to the world and avoid the sticky residue that comes from taping a racing bib to bare skin.