Are we Nuts? Maybe.
Are we Nerds? Definitely.
Are we Geeks? It appears so!
- This race will have three or more courses, but start and finish at
the same place and time.
- All courses will be approximately 3.1 miles in distance.
- You will not know the courses in advance.
- You will download one of the course's instructions in MP3
format (from our web site) the night before or the morning of the race. It's your choice which course you pick,
and it will be the "luck of the draw" as to which course is more difficult.
- All entrants will wear IPods (or other brand MP3 players)
and follow the instructions given, to complete their selected course. (Runners
will have to provide their own IPods or MP3 players).
- You can follow someone else, but who knows...they may not be
able to follow the instructions worth a darn, and may be going absolutely the wrong way.
- You will be required to pick-up "Trail Tokens" along the way to prove you completed the correct
This race will have some fun categories and awards for:
- Trail Savant: 1st place M/F for each different course
- Special Idiot
- Blind as a Cave-dwelling Fish
- Instuctionally Hearing-impaired
- Rock-banging Neo-Luddite
- Lost beyond all Possible Reason
Race Day Entry or Packet Pickup entry, only.
$10 entry fee if you register on day of race.
$8 entry fee if you register at Packet Pickup.
If you want a technical (moisture-wicking) short-sleeve
shirt with the awesome Pod Trod logo design, it's an additional $15. (These shirts are very nice, and there is a limited
Exact race location and course instructions will be available the evening
prior to the race, no later than 9 p.m., on this web page.
The PodTrod, as you probably know, is a "mystery race" of
miles or so on and/or near the North Shore Trails at Clinton Lake in
Runners won't know the course in advance. Instead, they will
section-by-section course directions from Bad Ben's Trail Running Site.
You'll follow the directions on your
I-Pod or MP-3 player to complete the
course. And, you can choose from 3 different courses, which will all run
The 3 courses vary in difficulty, though not in length.
They include easy,
moderate, and hard. The only problem is that you won't know which
level the course you've chosen
is -- until you're on it.
You can try to figure out which course is which hardness level
course names and descriptions that follow. Good luck, and let me know how
that works for you. The courses you'll
be able to choose from -- which
will be posted for download the night before the race -- are:
This course proves the
old saying -- "If you're gonna be stupid, you
better be tough."
Mud Babes' Revenge
Mud makes you beautiful,
so this course will offer runners a drip or drop
of mud here and there. May also make you want to take revenge on someone
probably the person who designed the course.
Clinton Confusion Course
I can neither
confirm nor deny that the course designers got disoriented
and turned around several times while trying to figure out this
Still, the name is what it is, eh?
Whichever course you choose, a fabulous (but possibly messy)
WATERMELON FEAST awaits you at the finish. Also, awards for first-place finish on each course, as well as specialty awards,
like the "Lost beyond all
possible reason" award; the "Semi-TrailTarded Award," and the "Blind as a
award. And more. Also, Ben says there's a possibility
of a watermelon seed-spitting contest. Just watch where you spit.
. . you
could put out someone's eye!
And I hope to see you all at the start. . . if not at the
Gary "The Luddite" Henry
|Pod Trod shirt is spotted at Free State Brewing, and a crowd of admirers gathers!
Disclaimer about headphone use during normal outside running activities:
Kansas City Trail Nerds and Kansas City Track Club normally takes the USATF view on headphone use during races (or any running-related activity, including training
runs). In a normal race that is either on city streets or not in a controlled environment, headphones should not be
We Postponed the Race until Sep 21:
The Pod Trod race crew is ready to
go, the t-shirts are here (and beautiful), but Mother Nature had her own ideas on this fine Friday the thirteenth.
has been too much rain on the North Shore trail in the past 24 hours, and it is totally mudded-out and could sustain damage
if there is a lot of traffic on it, therefore....
The Pod Trod MP3-Mile Challenge has been POSTPONED.
aren't making this decision lightly; this was a well thought-out decision.
We are trail runners and we
have a great passion for the outdoors and the trails. We are not only trail runners, but we are also trail advocates
and trail stewards. We will always try to make decisions that are environmentally sound and correct for the trails that
we love so much. The long and the short of it is, we have to think of the health of the trails that we are trying to
fund with this race.
We'll post more details about about the next date for the Pod Trod, soon (on this page).
you for your understanding.
Ben Holmes & Gary Henry
New Lawrence Gribbles is Packet Pickup HQ