Registration open for Blue Devil 5K run-walk and kids trot

by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College is getting ready to become more active and is inviting the community to do the same.

“The goal of the Blue Devil 5k and Kids Trot is to get the Kansas City Kansas community more active,” said Joe Mundt, trainer at the KCKCC Wellness and Fitness Center. “Having the event each year helps students and staff at KCKCC as well as the community to stay more active and see the benefits of a regular exercise program.”

The Blue Devil 5K, which is in its 10th year, is at 8 a.m. May 3.

The course winds through the KCKCC campus on the roads, walking paths and sidewalks.

The 4th annual Kids Trot follows at 9 a.m. and is geared toward children 11-years and younger. Registration for the 5K is $20 per person and $5 for the Kids Trot, if submitted by March 31. Registration includes a T-shirt, goodie bag and pancake breakfast following the event.

After March 31, but before April 15, the registration fee is $25. Late registration, which is after April 15, is $30. Registration for the Kids Trot increases to $10 after March 31.

About 200 people participated in the 5K and Kids Trot in 2013.

“The money raised is put back into our community by making improvements to the campus walking trail, which is used by many community members,” Mundt said. “Also, the event helps to promote out KCKCC Wellness and Fitness Center, which is open to the community for use.”

Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers. In addition, the winner of each age group will receive and award and a prize.

Activities will be provide for the children between 7:30 and 9 a.m. by childcare volunteers, so parent can participate in the 5K run-walk. Starting at 9 a.m., children in the Kids Trot run in heats based on age groups. Distances will range from 25 meters to one-quarter of a mile.

“People should sign up for the 5k and Kids Trot to help motivate them to take their exercise plan to the next level. If you are just wanting to start a walking program or running a 5k makes it easier because you have something to train for, there is a reason behind all of exercising,” Mundt said. “People should sign their kids up for the Kids Trot to get them more active and teach them that exercise can be fun. Also, it makes for a great family event that will make memories.”

For more information about the Blue Devil 5K Run-Walk and Kids Trot, visit

Information is also available by calling the KCKCC Wellness and Fitness Center at 913-288-7610. An entry form must be filled out for each registrant. Registration is accepted through online registration, in person at the KCKCC Wellness Center or by fax to 913-288-7527.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

15th annual memorial service and candlelighting planned April 14 for Crime Victims’ Rights Week

The Wyandotte County community, families of fallen victims, and community officials will come together on Monday, April 14, to remember those who have lost their lives to homicide in 2013.

The Crime Awareness Coordinating Effort, a program service of Friends of Yates Inc. and co-sponsored by the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program along with the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department’s Victim Services Unit will hold its 15th Annual Memorial and Candle Lighting Vigil in recognition of Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The event will be held at Forest Grove Baptist Church, 1417 N. 9th St., Kansas City, Kan., where the Rev. Desmond Lamb is the host pastor.  The event will begin at 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a light dinner, followed by the candlelight program at 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The Crime Awareness Coordinating Effort was developed after the death of a 10-year-old girl in Kansas City, Kan. This tragic event created great concern throughout the Kansas City, Kan., community.

In response to the outrage, a forum was called by Friends of Yates  Inc. and members of the Baptist Ministers’ Union on October 27, 1998, to bring together local businesses, law enforcement personnel, community leaders and concerned citizens to begin the dialogue about how crime was hurting the Kansas City, Kan., community.

More important, Friends of Yates Inc. wanted to challenge these community leaders to design a strong plan to address the violence in the area.  Through the efforts of Friends of Yates Inc.; a collaborative partnership was formed and became known as the Crime Awareness Coordinating Effort.

This year’s memorial service will remember the 34 victims of homicide, serve as a support system for victims’ families and educate the Wyandotte County community on the progress made to diminish the threat of violence throughout the community.

This year’s guests will include District Attorney Jerome Gorman, KCK Interim Chief Ellen Hanson, Sheriff Don Ash, Mayor Mark Holland and U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information about this and other programs and services sponsored by Friends of Yates Inc, or for ways to support, volunteer or donate to the agency; contact the administrative office at 913-321-1566 or visit the website at

– Information from Demetrius Hurt, Friends of Yates Inc. community outreach coordinator