A beautiful but challenging run on hilly single-track and bridle trails. Multiple well-stocked aid
stations on the course. 11th Annual. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: WATER BOTTLE OR HYDRATION DEVICE.
Start Times 8:00 a.m. for the 50K & 20-Miler. 9:00 a.m. for the 10-Miler. Chip timing will be
used for all event distances.
Course The course is 10.4-miles
long, and is run on a mixture of bridle and single-track trails in a hardwood forest, with some decent hills thrown into the
mix. There are occasional views of Wyandotte County Lake, during the race. Since it is in the woods, 85% of the time
you will be in the shade.Course Map
INCLUDED: Food / Photos / Beer /Swag Race logo beer mug. CRAFT KEG BEER, and beverages included.
gender-specific event shirts...(if registered by June 19).
Post-race food. Free, downloadable Mile
90 Photography photos. 50K entrants get a Trail Nerds’ cinch bag.
Finishers Receive Distance-specific finisher medals Distance-specific oval stickers Every 50K finisher will
receive a "50K Finisher" custom trucker hat! +++++++++++++++++++++ Awards for 1st through 3rd place
M/F in all distances, given at the finish line.
INCLUDED: Free, beautiful, and downloadable Mile 90 Photography photos, by Rick
& Kristi Mayo. These are on-the-course and finish line photos in high resolution. See 2016 photos, here.
Rick and Kristi Mayo
The people behind the cameras at Mile 90 Photography, Rick and Kristi
Mayo, have been an active part of the ultrarunning community since 2005. They apply their experience with running endurance
events to capture quality images of athletes in action.
Video Race Report
A well-produced video by Todd Chandler
Todd Chandler's Video Race Report:
Aid Stations The aid station food is for the runners (and pacers), only. Thanks in advance!
Entrants in ALL DISTANCES must carry a hydration device or water bottle, since
it may take you longer to get to the next aid station than you think.
Aid Station Provisions: The staffed stations will have the following food and drink: -Water -HEED Sports-drink -Coke, Ginger
Ale, Sprite, Mountain Dew -Pringles Potato Chips, cookies, pretzels -Fruit, such as bananas, oranges -Electrolytes:
Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes and S-Caps. -Hammer Nutrition Gels -Ice They may also have coffee, potato
soup, chicken noodle soup, sandwiches, candy, soup and other assorted food for runners and pacers. If you have any special
food preferences or allergies, please feel free to bring your own. Minor first aid kits will also be at the staffed aid stations.
You will encounter aid stations at these locations,
BS Trails (near Triangle)
Main Aid (Start/Finish)
Photo by Mile 90 Photography
Kaci Lickteig: 2nd Place overall & 1st Female in 2014 50K.
Photo by Mile 90 Photography
Zach Bitter, on his way to a 2014 sub-4-hr 50K victory.
Photo by Mile 90 Photography
Triston Wurm: 6-y.o. 10-miler!
Your Packet Pickup Location(s) will be:
Today! Friday, July 20, 3PM to 8PM, in
the conference room at the Official Race Hotel – Comfort Suites 3000 N. 103rd Terrace, Kansas
City, KS 66109 (I-435, exit 15, just slightly east on Leavenworth Rd). This location is 1.5 miles from the race
And: On Saturday, July 21 (Race Day) at the Race Location, starting one-hour prior
to start of your race.
Pacers for the 50K need to sign a waiver and get a pacer bib at packet pickup on
Friday or Saturday.
Special Note: No Canines are allowed in this event (or any of
our July or August events). It’s too hot for dogs!
Race Day PARKING for the 10-Miler will be off-site, due to the size of the races (and the small size of the main parking lot). But, if
you are car-pooling / riding with a 20-Mile or 50K entrant, you can tag along with them for the ride. ONLY
50K and 20-Mile entrants and pre-signed-up volunteers can park in the lot by the race start. Please carpool!
10-Miler Race Day parking will have a shuttle service starting at 6:45 AM, and will be leaving from
this lot: The BACK PARKING LOT of: Open Door Baptist Church 3033 N. 103rd Terr. Kansas City, KS 66109 This church is right behind the Comfort Suites motel, near Leavenworth
Rd & I-435.
Directions: From I-435 South Take exit 15A
for KS-Highway 5 S (Leavenworth Rd East). Merge onto KS-Highway 5 S/ (Leavenworth Rd.) Turn right on N. 103rd Terrace.
From I-435 North Take exit 15A for KS-Highway 5 S (Leavenworth Rd East). Merge onto KS-Highway
5 S / (Leavenworth Rd.) Turn right at N.103rd Terrace.
The shuttles will run until 3 PM.
We have volunteers that can take you there, after that.
Friends and families are allowed on the
bus, too. The shuttle will run continuously during the event. Parking in the ranger station lot will be reserved for 50K entrants
and 20-mile entrants and volunteers, only...NO EXCEPTIONS!
The shuttle only has to go 1-1/2 miles, so don’t
worry about it taking a long time. There will be a shuttle leaving the lot, every 10 minutes or so. *******************************************************
Course Conditions Trail conditions on the course are very good and mud-free, due to the hot
and dry weather. Of course, this can change. :-)
We've put a lot of work into making this course as
runnable as possible. A lot of individuals have helped weed-whack, lop, and take out fallen trees.
WEATHER: The forecast for Saturday's
event: A mainly sunny sky. High 91F by 4 PM. UV index will be very high, but luckily the course is 85% shaded.
This is from our
race physician, Dr. Gay Siriwangchai Purcell:
I'll be there volunteering as race
physician, again. Please remember to hydrate well leading up to the race, limiting caffeine if possible. Also remember to
eat some salty foods and even consider taking a little salt packet the day before the race. The staffed aid stations will
have S-caps & Endurolytes (electrolyte capsules), etc, which will be great during the race as well. Consider bringing
a bandana that you can fill with ice and wrap around your neck during the race. For the women, don't forget you can fill
your sports bra with ice too! (AKA "boob ice") All of these things will help you keep your core body temperature
down. Remember to pace yourself in the heat. We'll have the usual ace wraps, bandages, moleskin, Biofreeze, etc. with
me as well. RUN HAPPY!
Bad Ben will add to that: you will need
to carry a hydration device or water bottle with you if you want to be included in the results. This is
for your own safety.
We will have Staffed and Aid Stations on the course. Our Staffed Aid Stations will have
real food, in addition to these products: Hammer Gel, Endurolytes, and HEED sports-drink. In addition to Endurolytes
(electrolytes), we will also have Succeed brand S-caps (electrolytes) available. Our aid station personnel are
experienced trail and ultra-runners; they are there to help you complete your race.
Mandatory Use of Hydration Device or Water Bottle: There will be plenty of aid along the course, but we must insist (for your own safety) that you carry a water bottle
or hydration system with you. You will be disqualified for not carrying such. Again: if you start or finish this
race without a water bottle or hydration device, you will be stricken from the results. The longest distance
between water is usually about 2 to 3 miles; we are expecting a heat-index of 91-degrees F. Given the hills and terrain,
it could take you up to 45 minutes between water breaks. Please take advantage of the ice, oranges, watermelon and
electrolytes at the staffed aid stations.
Race Start Times - 8:00 AM: 50K
and 20-miler start. 9:00 AM: 10-miler start. To avoid disqualification, please
start with your appointed group.
Bib Numbers: Please pin your bib number to the
FRONT of you somewhere, so that it is VISIBLE. This race is chip-timed, but we will still need to see your bib number, to
have an accounting of you during the race and in the results. The chip is part of your bib. Do not fold your bib,
if you want your electronic chip to work.
Course: The 50K is a 3-loop course.
The 20-mile is a two-loop course, and the 10-mile is a one-loop course. Each loop is a little over 10.4 miles long.
Your GPS device will measure it shorter, due to the twists & turns, tree cover, and normal 4-second interval data collection
points. Here is a map of the course from my marking day last year. I was walking, so my Garmin got
a lot of data points and measured the course at 10.33 miles.
The course is run through hardwood forest and is
85 percent shaded, with all of it on dirt trails, except when you cross pavement and when you cross the dam.
Course Markings: The course will be marked with bright pink ground flags. All
trail intersections and important diversions will be marked with directional arrow signs, and “Wrong Way” warning
signs. There will also be an attempt made to mark all overhead obstructions with bright pink tape. Road crossings
will not be staffed. Please watch for automobiles at all road crossings.
Stations & Toilets: You will encounter aid stations at these locations, per loop:
on the trail: At the start of each race, there will be a "conga line" of runners as you enter the
trail. Be patient when you are part of this crowd of runners, as it will disperse soon enough. Don't follow
the runner in front of you too closely, since you won't have time to see obstacles, and may trip.
pass a runner on a narrow, single-track trail: Let them know you are approaching. Yell out, “On your left.” If
it is unsafe to pass, be patient, a space will open-up, soon enough. If you are the slower runner, find a spot to step to
the right to make it easier for the faster runner to pass you.
Faster Runners: Be
courteous but assertive, consistent, and loud, when passing.
Headphones/earbuds: Personal Music WILL BE ALLOWED in this race, but the use of two earbuds or headphones is NOT, for safety reasons.
You are not the only runner in this race...tuning-out everybody around you is just RUDE, for the reasons above (of passing
on narrow trails). There are multiple race distances happening in this event, and there will be some VERY FAST RUNNERS
approaching from behind you at certain points on the trail. Please don't inhibit both of your ears by using both
earbuds or headphones to cover your ears, unless you want to be pulled from the race. (And I WILL pull you from the
race and results).
Littering on the course will not be tolerated and
will result in removal from the race and the results. This is a park, after all.
A "drop bag" is a bag of custom items you might need during the race; special food, powders, etc. Drop bags are only allowed for the 50-Kilometer and 20-mile race. At the morning check-in you will be given
the opportunity to leave your drop bag at the Main Aid Station start/finish area on tables. Write your name, and bib number
onto each bag. This location will give you access to your bag once per 10.4 mile loop, which should be about perfect. Please
pick-up your drop bag after the race, or it will be donated to a needy local runner or tossed into the trash.
Special Weather-related Safety Information Your safety is our primary concern. In the event of severe
weather (lightning, flooding, high winds, or tornado), we will shut the race down. In the event of a tornado siren sounding,
please find your way to a substantial shelter and wait for the sirens and danger to subside. Or, if severe winds suddenly
hit your location, lay down in a ditch or low spot (that hasn’t yet filled with water), and put your hands over your
head. After the danger has passed, make your way to a paved road crossing or to a staffed aid station, so that we can get
you back to your car or civilization.
Injury Reporting: If you sustain any type of
serious injury while on the course, you must report it to the next aid station. We will have trained Doctors & EMT’s
on staff to assess and/or treat minor injuries. If you sustain an injury that is deemed by the EMT staff to need further medical
attention, you will not be allowed to continue in the race, and will be taken to a local hospital by ambulance.
Dropping-down to another Distance or dropping-out of the race: During the race, if you've
bit-off more than you can chew, you can always drop down to a lower distance at the main aid station (by running
through the finish line), but you will also need to notify the results team, so we know you are dropping to a lower distance.
You will get a generic finisher medal, but will be listed in the results as “Dropped to 10-miles or 20-miles”.
You will not be eligible for placement awards in the distance you’ve dropped down to. If you drop out of the race for any reason, please let Ben, Coco, or our timer know at the finish line that you've
dropped. (Otherwise, we will be calling you and your emergency contact incessantly).
Cut-off Times: There are cut-off times for those in the 20-miler and 50K for
leaving the main aid station for your final loop. You will not be allowed onto the course after: 11:59 AM for the 20-miler and 1:59 PM for the 50K.
Post-Race Food and Beverages:
Upon completion of the race, participants can enjoy post-race food near the start/finish area. Note: The aid station table
food is for those running in the race, only…it is not post-race food. There will be water, soft drinks, and Beer for
the beverage selection. Please imbibe responsibly.
Race Photos and Results
Photos taken during the race can be found afterward, at Mile 90 Photography. The photos are already prepaid for, and are free to you to download.
Mile 90 is a business started by Rick and Kristi Mayo, themselves very accomplished UltraRunners (and accomplished photographers).
Results will be available as soon as possible…potentially by the night of the race, at RaceDay Timing Solutions. If you have any concerns about your finish time, please contact Raul
Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also check for results and photos on the Trail Nerds’ Facebook site.
Do not run every up-hill; hike the
steeper hills with intensity.
Run all of the flat stuff and most of the down-hills.
On down-hills, start slow and then speed
up as the hill unfolds before you.
If a down-hill is too steep for your taste, make your way down it carefully.
If you are strictly a roadrunner, your per mile pace time will typically be
2-3 mins/mile slower. Don't obsess about this!
Take advantage of the 2000 pounds of ice we use at this race!
If you feel hot…SLOW DOWN!
If you are doing the 20-miler or 50K,
EAT SOMETHING on your first loop, or you will bonk on subsequent loops.
Keep hydrated with cold water and HEED sportsdrink.
If your calves start to cramp and your hands are swelling, that can be a sign
of a lack of electrolytes in your system. We will have salty foods and electrolytes at all aid stations.
Be courteous of your fellow runners.
Have a SAFE and fun event!
Ben Holmes & Coco Tieghi and the Trail Nerds
Pacers: sufficient. Pacers need not pay, but must sign a waiver at race registration. Pacers can enjoy all of the
food/hydration/service of the aid stations, but must not be an "overbearing burden" upon the race organization (or
their assigned runner). We reserve the right to pull any pacer who we deem as "burdensome" either to us or to their
as Pacers: No dogs, this race. It will be too hot.