Pledging to raise money and awareness around improving financial literacy and educational opportunities for young people across Kansas City, the VIRTUAL 4.01k Race for Financial Fitness™ hosted in partnership with Bukaty Companies Financial Services and benefitting Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City will kick off its’ fourth annual race on Saturday, May 2th and will run through Saturday, May 16th.
This social-distancing friendly event asks participants to run, walk, and exercise their way across a 40.1-kilometer (25 mile) online race map of Kansas City. Participants in the 4.01K Race for Financial FitnessTM will log their progress using an innovative and competitive exercise tracking platform. Registration includes a digital bib number, a digital finisher award, and online physical and financial wellness content from local experts throughout the race. Participants can choose from more than 100 different types of exercise to move them closer to their 25-mile goal. Along the way, they will pass landmarks such as the Liberty Memorial, Loose Park, and Kauffman Stadium. All proceeds benefit Junior Achievement’s youth financial education and workforce readiness programs in the Kansas City metro.
The inspiration and hope brought by Junior Achievement mentors and curriculum has never been more important than in this moment. Students are experiencing the financial consequences of the COVID-19 crisis firsthand in their homes. 28 percent of U.S. adults have no emergency savings. One in four people have put something away for a rainy day, but far less than what is needed to cover three to six months’ worth of living expenses.
“When you participate in the Virtual 4.01K Race for Financial Fitness, you ignite a spark in the future of Kansas City students. Every bicep curl, downward dog, and mile logged show our children the profound impact grit and determination can have their lives. All money raised will help Junior Achievement continue to put volunteer role models in their corner and gives those JA Champions the tools they need to show young people a financially stable future is possible.” says Megan Sturges Stanfield, President & CEO of Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City.
Local sponsors of the Kansas City Race for Financial Fitness™ include Bukaty Companies Financial Services, JE Dunn Construction, Arvest Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Wellington, American Century Investments, and Ernst & Young.