TRWS GURU’s Favorite Running Route
Meet Lusia, The Running Well Store Guru from our Barry Road location, and learn more about where her favorite running route is in Kansas City and why?
I love to run in the heart of Kansas City! Famous for its barbeque, fountains, and jazz down town offers fabulous running routes no matter the distance you’d like to cover.
Why this route is a favorite!
My favorite thing to do on a Sunday morning is meet up with my running buddies at Liberty Memorial and decide which direction to go. Starting off at the Liberty Memorial allows you to warm up and cool down on the flat entrance and exit loop with a skyline to the city as it wakes up from partying late Saturday night.
Any way you choose to go from the memorial you will encounter the beauty and mixture of cultures of people, businesses, art and structures. And each direction you choose guarantees you a hill or two.
South: My personal favorite is to head south towards the Country Club Plaza along Broadway Blvd, west on Emmanuel Cleaver to Roanoke and loop back east on Ward Parkway along Brush Creek and head back north on Main. Although much construction recently has made it challenging maneuvering through good sidewalk and paths; the sights of beautiful parks, residential areas, hotels, restaurants, waterfront shops, galleries make it pleasing to explore. Other sites near this route are: Loose Park, Hyde Park, UMKC, Nelson Art Gallery, and Hyde Park.
North: Once in a while we like to head north or northwest from Liberty Memorial towards the heartbeat of our city filled with urban landscape including beautiful buildings like Union Station, Kauffman Center, Power & Light business and entertainment district, ending at the City Market and Riverfront Park.
Whether I head north or south, my jaunts through Downtown Kansas City and surrounding areas offer a scenic oasis, of vibrant communities, cultures, art, music entertainment and relaxation all in one.
Locate The Route
Check out Lusia’s favorite running route: starting from Liberty Memorial-going south or north! Enjoy & Run Well!
I started running 15 years ago after losing 40lbs I had gained after having my two beautiful daughters. I started training for my first 5K my goal was to complete without stopping. Through the years I’ve completed many 5k’s, 10k’s and several half marathons and have continued to run mainly because I find running to be therapeutic to my body, mind, and soul. A great solo run is time I spend processing my thoughts, ideas, and feelings. While a run with friends or group always guarantees a fun time. I coach Girls on the Run every fall and Running Club each fall for students in KCK where I work full time as a Family Specialist and part-time at The Running Well Store on Barry Road since 2016.
The Running Well Store is the premier running specialty store in Kansas City/Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Mission, Kansas! We are a locally owned business that has been in operation since 2006. You can shop in store or online. Our tagline is THE PLACE FOR EVERY PACE as we want all walkers, runners, newbies, veterans, and people who work on their feet all day to feel welcome. We know that there are a lot of options for footwear on the market and deciding what model is the right one for your needs is not easy. We are here for you! You can come into one of our three locations (Lee’s Summit, Northland, and Mission, KS) for a free stride analysis. No appointment necessary, but if you would like to schedule an appointment, click here. We take in-person and virtual fittings. Want to do research online? We have a find my fit tool that will help narrow down footwear options. We hope to hear from you soon!