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Psych Night Trail Run

10K and 5K Night Trail Race 

Friday Night, August 5, 2016 

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Friday Night, August 5, 2016
The 10th Annual
Psych Night Trail Run
10K & 5K
Start Time: Shortly after 8:30 p.m.
Wyandotte County Lake, Kansas City, Kansas
(Start/Finish is near the main park entrance)
Distances: 6.2-miles (10K) and a true 5K distance. 
Course: This is an out-and-back course, with a "lolipop" at the end of the out and back. 
5K course: There will be a water-only aid station at mile 1.5 and the finish line.
10K course: There will be a water-only aid station at mile 1.5, mile 3, mile 4, mile 5, and of the course, and at the finish line.
This is the oldest night trail race in the Midwest.
More information needed?
Contact Ben Holmes, 816-810-0440,

2016 Online Entry


2015 Results
If there are any issues, please contact our timer at this email address -

2015 Photos are pre-paid for and are free for you to download. 

Kristi & Rick Mayo took some awesome race photos.

Race Information:

Brief Description:A night trail run on the Psycho WyCo trails. This is a REAL TRAIL event. Yes, I said TRAIL event. If you want to run on a sissy, paved course, this isn't the race for you! Flashlight or Headlamp use is required for all race participants.  Read more about light sources, here.

Entry Fees:

5K Fun Run/Walk - $25  ($30 on race day)

10K Fun Run/Walk - $25   ($30 on race day)

Canine - $10

Finishers receive an oval distance sticker.

$100 cash award for first place male and female in the 10K.

Race Day Entry and Packet Pickup


Yes, there will be race day entry.  And registration & packet pickup will be at the race location starting at 7:00 PM.

The course consists of rocky, root-bound, and hilly bridle trails & single-track trails. It's an out-and-back course with a "lollipop loop" on the end...with the infamous (and scary) "Wyandotte Triangle" section of single-track trail for the 10K runners. You will be in the woods for most of the race. 

Special Instructions to Runners:

All runners must carry their own flashlight or head lamp. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS. This is for your own safety, and the safety of the ground and trees in the park, that you will smack (hard), without proper vision.  Read more about headlamps & flashlights here. If you want to be timed, you'll need to have your bib number on the front of your body.

No littering!  Litterers will be DQ'd. 

If you must wear music, you'll need to have ONE ear unblocked.  This is for your safety...people will be approaching quickly from the rear, and you'll need to move to the side or be knocked into the woods.

If it takes you more than one hour to reach the 10K Wyco Triangle aid station (2.5 miles into the course), you will have to wait there at the aid station, and be driven back.  Sorry, but the park closes at midnight, and the Sheriff will be locking the main gate at that time. If you think you'll have trouble traveling faster than 2.5-miles/hour on the trail (which is mall-shopping speed), please change to the 5K course, prior to the race and we will switch your bib number.

Directions to Wyandotte County Lake Park:From the west side of the I-435 loop, take the Leavenworth Rd exit. Head east, take a left at N 91st St; enter the park and follow the signs.


All entrants receive a sweat-wicking Trail Nerds' Trucker cap...with a choice of 5 colors!

As part of your entry fee: beautiful, downloadable photos from Mile 90 Photography.

Complimentary beer and soft beverages, after the run. 

Finishers receive a unique oval distance sticker.


2016 Online Entry  

Trucker Hat
Photo by Mile 90 Photography
Photo by Mile 90 Photography
Photo by Mile 90 Photography
Photo by Mile 90 Photography
Photo by Mile 90 Photography
Photo by Mile 90 Photography
Photo by Mile 90 Photography
Photo by Mile 90 Photography

See all of our events HERE.

More Comments:
I just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic event last night.  That was the most fun (and challenging) run I have done in a long time.  The night psych was the third trail event I have done and I must say- I am hooked.  Thanks again for all of your hard work, have a great weekend!
- Adam Clayton  


Dogs as Pacers:
We are a dog-friendly bunch, within reason.  After all, a dog designed one of the trails you run on in other events.  You can run with your (well-mannered) dog, but it must be on a leash, and you must not let it get entangled with another runnerYour dog will be issued a bib number that needs to be attached (with your name and cell # written on it with a sharpie).  Your dog will be included in the official results, if you sign it in at the starting line.  There is no additional cost to you.  Please keep in mind that we won't allow any cruelty to animals, so you must attest to your dog's "trail conditioning."  If it appears that your dog is heat-stressed or otherwise physically stressed or injured, we will ask you to pull out of the race and seek out veterinary help. Please provide water and food for your dog.  You can refill your dog's water at the aid stations.

Email  Ben Holmes, 816-810-0440, Race Director

Photo by Dick Ross,

Photo by Eric Viera


Photo by Dick Ross at

By Mile 90 Photography
Pre-paid by Trail Nerds, Free and Downloadable

2013 Results

2013 Photos
by Mile 90 Photography

2012 Results Here

2012 Photos Here
Paid for by Your Race Director

2011 Photos

2011 Results

2010 Photos (by Dick Ross)
2010 Race Reports:

2009 Race Reports:


2008 Event:
Short Race Director's Report for 2008 Event:
We had a lot of fun out at WyCo, once again.  78 hardy souls toed the line for our 3rd annual event.  The weather was cooler and drier than it had been for the past 2 years.  The course was perfect, except for some leftover muddy spots here and there, and it slowed the field by at least 5 minutes.  Nobody claimed the "Triangle Challenge" prize, (for running that .95 miles in less than 7 minutes), but Gregg Buehler (the winner) came close, with a 7:35 performance in the crazy Wyandotte Triangle.  Mike "CAboy" Prentice took 2nd Place honors, followed by Cody "Bodacious" Jones.  Allison Keegan kicked some muddy butt in the Female race, and was 14 full minutes ahead of the rest of the field.  Laurie "Nerdo" Euler took 2nd place, with Debbie "Hottie" Webster right behind her.
Everybody stayed safe.  Nobody was eaten by the Jumping Tree 'Gators, and there were only a couple of sightings of the Tiki Troll and a resident Whiner.  The Eastern Kansan Flying Monkeys, Wyco Mud Snipes, and Pernicious Knids all kept their distance from the runners, for none were sighted during the race.
Thanks to the volunteers (and a special Nerd Nod to Cheri Sutton, Jim Megerson, Shane Jones, and Kyle Amos), who helped make this race so much fun!
Happy trails,
Bad Ben

Photo by Dick Ross at

Photo by Dick Ross at

Photo by Dick Ross at

Photo by Dick Ross at

Photo by Dick Ross

2006 race report, click here.

2006 Photos by Dick Ross, click here.



Map to Start / Finish Area

Photo by Dick Ross at

Photo by Dick Ross at

All Photos by Dick Ross,
Wyco Park Resident
Cheri Sutton
Doin' the Dark Thang
A Gaggle of Trail Nerds

Running on trails after dark?  You bet!

Photo by Dick Ross at

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