EVENT MIDWEST LLC is an event management agency, specializing in the planning and coordination of running/walking events and other health related events, in the greater Kansas City metro area. Our company has become known for our attention to detail and our focus on the participant’s experience. We strive to go above and beyond to listen to the needs of our participants, our sponsors and our volunteers. As a family business, we also strive to educate families about whole food nutrition and the power of the diet, along with promoting active lifestyles.
Lisa Drake - Owner/Event Director:
Possessing over 20 years of experience in sales, service, product development, marketing communications, and most recently, event production, Lisa is very committed to focusing on what has become lost in many events, the participant. Lisa is very goal-oriented and strives to break down her events to the smallest details to achieve well-run, smoothly executed events.
Event Directing the Hospital Hill run for 5 years, growing the event each year, was a tremendous opportunity to grow in every aspect of event planning. In 2006, Lisa’s goal was to incorporate the Hospital Hill Run making the “Grandfather of all Kansas City Road Races” into a not-for-profit under the Amateur Running Category. Since then, she started a board of directors to oversee the event, and took the opportunity to focus on other events she produces, retiring as event director. The board then hired Beth Salinger, from endurance marketing, to race direct the event.
While continuing to event direct the Hospital Hill Run in 2004, Lisa produced the inaugural Kansas City Zoo Run, featuring a different endangered species each year. It has been a fun, exciting event that offers a beautiful venue for the participants. Her goal has been to focus on the experience of the runner/walker for both events and always increasing her race directing knowledge through attending the annual Running USA conferences. She continues to work with and stay connected to race directors nationally to strive to produce better events each year.
Terry Drake - Co-Event Director:
Many of you know Lisa’s husband Terry within the running community. He started a running event called the Mahaffie Half in Olathe, KS, held in November each year. Lisa has joined Terry in producing this event and hope to grow the race and the knowledge of the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site in Olathe. It is the last remaining stagecoach stop on the Santa Fe Trail still open to the public.
Terry Drake brings his lifelong love of running and events to the business. He is a former elite athlete, competing in the USA Olympic trials in 1984 in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Since then, competing in numerous events of all distances, including 2 Boston Marathons, along with marathons across the country. He also was part of the Athletes in Action Track Team on the European Track and Field Tour.
Terry continues his career in athletics in sales for Saucony, Sperry Top-Siders, Feetures socks..