KC Mothers in Charge – Who We Are
Join KC Mothers in Charge for our Inaugural 5K—Pee Wee’s Run. KC Mothers in Charge is a group of mothers, grandmothers, aunts and a caring community committed to working to prevent others from experiencing the tragedy of homicide. Our Mission is to reduce violent crime through prevention, education and intervention, and to guide and support the families of victims. Our Vision is a KC community safe for all, where families are empowered and supported.
Pee Wee’s Run is named after KC Mothers in Charge Founder and Executive Director Rosilyn Temple’s son, Antonio “Pee Wee” Thompson, who was found murdered in his apartment in 2011. This 5K event will kick off National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a week dedicated to promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims.
Since Pee Wee’s death, Rosilyn has dedicated her life to helping others. KC Mothers in Charge provides support for families who have lost someone due to homicide, including support at the homicide scene, emergency assistance, a 24-hour crisis line, weekly check-in phone calls, monthly support groups, individual, family and group counseling, and lots of love and peer-to-peer support.
Rosilyn responds to nearly every homicide scene in the Kansas City, Missouri area to comfort families at the scene. “I look for the mother first,” Rosilyn says of visiting homicide scenes, “Because I know she needs a hug from me.”
Join KC Mothers in Charge in their 5K in honor of Pee Wee and lives lost to violence in Kansas City. It’s time to come together!
*Registration for any of the events below is FREE for anyone who has lost a family member to homicide. Please contact our office at 816-912-2601 to sign up for the event(s) of your choice.
7:40 a.m. Pee Wee’s Dash (Children 6 and under): A truly “Pee Wee” event. A fun un-timed 100-yard dash to the finish line for our children! All children who finish will receive a prize!
8:00 a.m. Pee Wee’s Run 5K (Ages 7 and up): A chip-timed run/walk. All 5K registrants will receive a race-day T-shirt. Awards given to top 3 male/female age group, top overall male/female, top stroller male/female, and top wheelchair male/female finishers. The 5K route will begin at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, pass by Pee Wee’s old apartment and end at the starting location. There is a nice long downhill to the finish line! Strollers and wheelchairs welcome!
8:45 a.m. Remembrance Walk (All ages welcome): The Remembrance Walk will begin at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and end at the Spirit of Freedom Fountain. The Remembrance Walk will celebrate and honor lives lost to violence in Kansas City. Registration is FREE for the Remembrance Walk. Participants who would like a T-shirt must purchase one during registration.
9:00 a.m. Post-Race Celebration of Life: A post-race celebration of life will take place in the park area surrounding the Spirit of Freedom Fountain. There will be food, music, and special appearances from mascots of various Kansas City sports teams. Bring the whole family to have some fun!
Awards will be given to the top overall male and female winner in the 5K.
Awards will be given to the top male and female winner in the 5K in the following categories: Stroller and Wheelchair
Medals of honor will be given to the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers in the following age groups in the 5K:
10 and under, 11-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
Prizes will be given to all children participating in Pee Wee’s Dash.
For her 40th birthday on June 29, 2018, community volunteer Cara Gilmore ran 40 miles across Kansas City, Missouri and raised more than $16,000 for KC Mothers in Charge. This year, Cara brings her expertise to KC Mothers in Charge serving as Race Director for its Inaugural 5K – Pee Wee’s Run. Cara is a wife and mother of two boys, Owen and Miles. She is an avid runner; she loves the peace it brings and the opportunity to see her city on foot. She moved to Kansas City from St. Louis when she was 12-years-old and has loved it ever since. She has been a Pilates instructor and personal trainer for 13 years. Her work brings much joy as she gets to improve her clients’ quality of life by bringing ease of movement and functional exercise into their lives. She is on the leadership team with Moms Demand Action, a group started in 2012 in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. They are a group of moms, dads, aunts, uncles, etc. who advocate for common sense gun laws and safe gun practices. Cara loves the work that KC Mothers in Charge is doing to provide support to the community. She is continually inspired by the women who are a part of KC Mothers in Charge and how they turned their own personal tragedies into a way to help others and improve Kansas City.
Saturday April 6 from Noon – 3:00 p.m. at KC Mothers in Charge (3200 Wayne Ave, Ste 124, Kansas City, MO 64109)