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Ararat Shrine 1 Mile Walk (or Run!)

Ararat Shrine was chartered in 1888 by the Imperial Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. Ararat was the 38th Shrine Shrine Center to be granted a charter. The Ararat Shriners have called the Kansas City area their home since being chartered. Shriners believe in brotherhood, family, fun, and philanthropy. In 1922, fueled by their desire to make a difference in the world, Shriners founded their own philanthropy: Shriners Children’s. Over the past century, it has become one of the largest pediatric sub-specialty healthcare systems in the world with locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The Ward Parkway Four on the 4th Charity Partner is the Shriners Hospital for Children. Click here to learn how Runners Edge Racing works with charity partners.

Shriners Hospitals for Children



Participants of the Ararat Shrine 1 Mile can either walk or run! Please see more details below: 


Walkers, please remain on the right side of the road to allow runners to pass you on the left. 

Runners, please run along the left side of the road to allow participants to enjoy their walk on the right.  

• The Ararat Shrine 1 mile is untimed. No race awards will be given.

• The Ararat Shrine 1 mile is ideal for anyone who wants to get outside to enjoy the 4th of July by exercising either alone, with friends, and/or with family!

• You do not need to be registered for the 1 mile in order to participate, however; only registered participants will receive the swag (shirt, medal, giveaways, etc.). Please have your bib number showing in order to get a medal when you cross the finish line.

• Have fun!! When posting pictures to social media, please use #4on4kc and tag us @4onthe4th on both Facebook and Instagram so we can find them and see them, too!




WHEN: Monday, July 4th

TIME: 7:30 AM

COST: $28 until June 4th | $32 from June 5th – July 2nd | $36 on July 3rd & July 4th

SWAG: All 1 mile participants will receive the same great swag as the 4 mile racers! A Ward Parkway Four on the 4th short-sleeve t-shirt, festive giveaways, patriotic snacks, and a finisher medal as bold and beautiful as the American dream!

WHERE: The walk will start and end at the Ward Parkway Pavilion located in the SW corner of the Ward Parkway Center in KCMO.


Packet Pick-up
July 3rd, 12:30PM to 4:30PM at Garry Gribbles Running Sports
8600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114

July 4th, Race Morning 6 AM to 7:30 AM Ward Parkway Center Pavilion
8600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114.
*You can pick up packets for other participants as long as know you’re picking up.

Concierge Pick-Up for Groups:

Save time and have your shirts and bib numbers pulled before you arrive! Email each group members first and last name to by 9pm on July 2nd and we will package them together for easy pick-up.

When you arrive at packet pickup, DO NOT GO TO THE COMPUTERS! Look for Concierge sign and directly to that area.

Schedule of Events

6:00 AM – 7:25 AM: Packet pick-up and race day registration (please arrive 30 minutes early if you’re registering)

7:10 AM: The Little Firecracker Kids Fun Run

7:20 AM: The National Anthem

7:25 AM: Group Warm Up

7:30 AM: 4 Mile Run & The Ararat Shrine 1 Mile Walk

7:45 AM: Post-Race Festivities Begin

8:30 AM: Awards Ceremony

Park in the parking garage, north parking lots, and the overflow lot on the west side of State Line Rd, across from Ward Parkway Center.

Parking Map

Strollers Welcome
Walkers with strollers will start behind the runners so everyone will be safe. No participants with  motorized vehicles, roller blades, bikes, or dogs will be allowed on the course as our insurance policy does not cover these. If you choose to wear earbuds, use only one so you can hear instructions from police officers and volunteers. 

Look for the photo op area where you will find a backdrop, inflatables, and Uncle Sam! Post your photos on social media with the hash tag #4on4kc. Pictures from the event will be posted 24 hours after the race
! Click here for photos.

Virtual Runner

If you cannot walk because of a family emergency, a change in work schedule, or a stuffy nose, you don’t have to worry about forfeiting your registration fee, shirt, and finisher medal. A virtual race is one you run yourself, where you want and when you want. If you need to change your in-person registration to a virtual runner, please email as soon as possible to let us know so we can switch your registration.


Registration fees are not refundable under any circumstance.  Race registrations can be transferred to another participant or to another distance.  Save your login so you can do this yourself.

Registrations cannot be transferred to another year or another race.

The race director reserves the right to modify or cancel the race or course for safety concerns, road condition, permit concerns, natural disasters, or a pandemic. Each athlete must accept this risk of their paid entry fee. Registration fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, starting in advance of the race date, including course preparation, race supplies, permits, and administration. Every effort will be made to produce a fair and safe event for all participants. Any decision made that impacts the race date or potential cancellation is carefully considered and based on the overall event safety, sustainability, and manageability.

If you want to be guaranteed refund, purchase race insurance for yourself. Travel insurance companies will cover your race registration and any travel costs you might have.

Weather: The event will not cancelled because of rain or extreme temperature.

If it is lightning, the event will be postponed a minimum of 10 minutes until there are no signs that the storm is present. Participants should seek shelter in vehicles or nearby buildings, if available. If lightning continues 30 minutes after the scheduled event start, the race will be subject to cancellation. The race will be canceled in the event of a tornado warning.

For additional information, contact