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BCI to Hold Run for the Roses 5K and Derby in the Park Events

A group of ladies in hats at BCI's Derby in the Park event in 2021.
BCI’s Derby in the Park is one of two Kentucky Derby-themed events this spring that will raise money for employment and vocational training opportunities for people with disabilities.

Boone Center, Inc. (BCI) will hold two Kentucky Derby-themed events this spring. The first will be the Run for the Roses 5K run on Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. at Frontier Park, 500 S. Riverside Dr., St. Charles, Mo. The second will be Derby in the Park on Saturday, May 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Smartt Field, 6390 Grafton Ferry Rd., Portage Des Sioux, Mo.

“Our inaugural Derby in the Park last year was so much fun, we’re bringing it back and adding to it,” said BCI Director of Development Kristin Williams. “The brand new 5K prelude event, hosted by our Skills Center’s young professionals group, will be a great way to share our mission of creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities with a whole new audience.”

Tickets for the Run for the Roses 5K are $35 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and younger and include race entry and a T-shirt. Runners ages 21 and older will also receive a complimentary beer from event sponsor Schlafly Beer. Proceeds from the 5K will support competitive, integrated employment programs for adults with disabilities at the BCI Skills Center.

Tickets for the second annual Derby in the Park are $50 and include themed food, beer, wine, mint juleps, live music, Kentucky Derby livestream, silent auction, best-dressed contest, and more. Derby proceeds will benefit the expansion of BCI’s organizational employment program in St. Peters, which provides supported first-job employment opportunities for adults with disabilities.

A discounted ticket that includes both the Run for the Roses 5K and Derby in the Park is available for $65. To purchase tickets to one or both events, visit

“The Derby will be the first event we’ve hosted at the restored World War II airplane hangar at Smartt Field, and we’re really excited,” added Williams. “It’s one of the most unique indoor-outdoor venues in the region, and we invite everyone to come check it out.”

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