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Photo by Rick Mayo, Mile 90 Photography

Veteran's Day Fantastic 4-Mile Trail Run
11/09/2013 (Sun)
9:00 a.m.
Shelter 9, Wyandotte County Lake Park
Kansas City, KS

by Mile 90 Photography

One of the nicest 4-milers you'll ever run.
This scenic race has a lot of up and down, and some very fast sections.  The course is on new singletrack trails, built by the Trail Masons.

This is a race to honor the veterans among us.  If you are a veteran, or current or former member of the armed forces, police, fire department, park ranger, or EMT emergency services, your entry is FREE.  Just show up on race day and fill-out & sign the waiver.  Just an $10 entry fee for "regular folks."
  Some race proceeds to go to the Trail Masons, toward trail maintenance & building in Wyco Park.

All finishers receive Unique Oval Finisher Stickers.

Registration is on the day of the event ONLY and opens at 7:45 a.m. (at the race, shelter # 9 ).
We accept cash, credit, debit, or checks. 

Please check-out the Korean and Vietnam War Veterans Memorial at the main gate of the park.
Contact: Ben Holmes 816-810-0440

See all of our events HERE.

A Greg Highberger Photo

A Greg Highberger Photo

Photo by Dick Ross

Photo credit to Frank Mance,
The Marines (and Sophia) have landed!

Photo credit to Frank Mance,

Photo credit to Frank Mance,
Sophia gives direction to the troops.

Photo credit to Frank Mance,

Photo credit to Frank Mance,
Playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Photo credit to Frank Mance,
Pre-race stretch

Photo credit to Frank Mance,
Raven & Kristi

Photo credit to Frank Mance,

Photo credit: Rick Mayo

Photo credit to Frank Mance,
Travis rocks the rocks!

Photo credit to Frank Mance,
Mona "from Arizona" Latimer, runs another Nerd event

Photo credit to Frank Mance,
Mona's daughter Nicole wins the female event in record time!

Photo credit to Frank Mance,

Photo credit to Frank Mance,
Ben & Sophia, race-directing.

Photo credit to Frank Mance,
Juraj Trubiroha wins another one.

Photo credit to Frank Mance,
Jen Bower & dog (Lucy) give the Marines a run for their money!

Photo credit to Frank Mance,

Photo credit to Frank Mance,
Maddie...12 y.o.

Photo credit to Frank Mance,
Lettie Ebbs, 2nd Pl Female, and last year's winner.

2012 Photos
(sorry, most were blurred).

2012 Results

2011 Results

2010 Race:
This year's race course had to be changed to a southern-route out-and-back, because of a "controlled burn" by the park.  It went-off without a hitch, due to the many wonderful volunteers and with the help of the Marines and the Army.
We had a record turnout of 107 runners, with additional canine runners, as well.  Thanks to everyone who participated or volunteered.
- Ben & Sophia
Race Reports

Vet's Day Run Haiku's and Limericks:
Chilly, Breezy Morn
Crunchy leaves hide rocks, roots, mud
Oh-Eight Vets Day Run
                (by Bryan Hay)
It was the vet race of o-eight
In the chill we tempted our fate
We ran in the cold
Breaking the mold
To all the volenteers I think that you're great!!!!!
               (by Nick Lang)
They trod the trails for Vets Day
Though skies were cold and so gray
But rocks, roots and miles
produced nothing but smiles
As a Vet, I was honored, I'll say!
               (by Gary Henry)
A man ran WyCo in a trance,
The hills stepped on him like ants,
But it didn't matter,
He lost control of his bladder,
And on the finish line he Uta Pippiged his tight pants.
              (by Ben Holmes)

Photo by Bad Ben

Juraj (pronounced "yuro") kicks some hills' butts, and wins the 2007 Vet's Day Run.

In 2007, we raised funds for the Nathan Jones Recovery Fund:
Nathan Jones, a third grader from Gardner, KS had extensive surgery recently after his optometrist discovered a large white mass that was later determined to be a brain tumor.  Nathan is presently experiencing paralysis on the right side of his body and his prognosis remains unknown.  Nathan continues to make improvements but it could be a very long and expensive process during his stay in the hospital.  His father is taking an unpaid leave from his job to be with Nathan but still needs to pay his monthly insurance premiums.
Proceeds from this race will go toward off-setting the cost of the insurance premiums.
TRAIL RUNNERS ARE GENEROUS! We raised $609 dollars for Nathan's cause.  One female runner wrote a $100 check on the spot.  Thank Kyle Amos for his hard work organizing the fund (and trail marking, results, etcetera).


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