Chairs & Committee

Joel Nichols and Larry Moore

Larry Moore, award winning news anchor for KMBC Channel 9′s top-rated 6:00PM and 10:00PM news, is once again serving as this year’s Honorary Chairman for the Jared Coones Memorial Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk. Larry, who has anchored and reported the news for more than 30 years (more years than anyone else in Kansas City), helped organize the Kansas City Dream Factory in 1984 and over the past 20+ years has granted wishes to more than 4,500 sick children!

Larry has been a long-time friend of the Coones family as he and the Dream Factory granted Jared’s “wish” to go to Disney World. He has been serving as Honorary Chairman of the run since the first race in 1999. Larry is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He and his wife Ruth are the parents of 5 children and make their home in Kansas City, Missouri.

Joel Nichols, who delivers the weather and morning wit on KMBC Channel 9 FirstNews each weekday morning, is again serving as an Honorary Chairman for the Pumpkin Run/Walk. Joel is actively engaged in supporting the Kansas City community by visiting dozens of schools each year as well as speaking to local civic organizations.

Joel became involved with the Pumpkin Run in 2000 and has been a strong supporter ever since. Over the years Joel has become best known for his role as the Emcee for the awards ceremony that takes place after the race. Joel’s humor and wit add the right touch for the post-race celebration. Joel and his wife Jessica have 4 children and make their home in Stilwell, Kansas.


The planning committee has no paid members. This dedicated group honors Jared and Jayne by remaining all volunteer, helping to ensure proceeds raised for the beneficiaries are maximized.

  • Tom Coones
  • Sam Miceli, Race director
  • Linda Boring
  • Carol Brewer
  • Laura Campbell
  • Owen Geisz
  • Mary Geisz
  • David Kearney
  • Jan Popek
  • Kathy McMullin
  • Ken McMullin
  • Steve White
  • Jim Burt
  • Brandon Unruh
  • Katie Unruh