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Saturday, July 23, 2016
Mile 90 Photography

Trail Nerds' Present:

"Psycho Psummer" Run Toto Run
50K, 20-Mile, & 10-Mile Trail Run
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Shelter #2, Kansas City, Kansas
10th Annual
A beautiful but challenging run on hilly single-track and bridle trails.
This course is very different in many ways from the February "Run Toto Run" Race.
Multiple well-stocked aid stations on the course. 10th Annual.
The 50K is a three-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 10.3 miles long. The course is (slightly) hilly, with 1700 feet of elevation change per loop.  Map
The course is run through hardwood forest and is 85 percent shaded, with all of it on dirt trails, except for when you cross the dam.  There will be lots of well-stocked aid stations (with ice) on the course.
All participants will receive a nicely-designed gender-specific t-shirt. (No guarantee of a shirt, if entered after July 20).

A race-logo glass.

Free, Downloadable Photos by Mile 90 photography for all participants.
Craft beer & other beverages & food included after event.
Distance-specific oval finisher stickers for all finishers.

Unique, distance-specific finisher medals.

And a "Psycho Psummer 50K Finisher" trucker cap for all 50K finishers!
Online Registration 

This race is also a TrailRunner Magazine Trophy series race, and the 50K is a RRCA State Championship Race!

2016 Photos

By Mile 90 Photography 


2016 Results

For any results issues contact this email



2016 Online Registration

2016 Entry Fees and Registration:


Early Bird Price

Price on or after May 1, 2016

Price  on or after  June 20, 2016

Price On Race Day
















Canine (10-miles only)





Pacer (Last 10-mile loop of 50K only)





Packet Pickup Locations:

On Friday, July 22, 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 start. 
And: On Saturday, July 23 (Race Day) at the Race Location, starting one-hour prior to start of your race.

From I-435 
Take exit 15 for KS-Highway 5 S (Leavenworth Rd East). Merge onto KS-Highway 5 S/ (Leavenworth Rd.). Left on N 91st Street, take a left when entering the park.  Go about one mile north and look for a yellow "Event Parking" sign.


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:


On Friday, July 22, 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 west of the race start. 


And: On Saturday, July 23 (Race Day) at the Race Location, starting one-hour prior to start of your race.

Race location: Shelter 2, Wyandotte County Lake Park.

Take Exit 15, I-435

Head east on Leavenworth Rd.

Take a left on N 91st St

Follow the big yellow “TRAIL RACE” signs.

Set your GPS device for this address: 3438 West Drive, Kansas City, KS 66109


The Course

Trail conditions on the course are very good.  The mud on the east side of the lake is avoidable.  Course Map


WEATHER: The forecast for Saturday's event: 100 degrees F by 1 PM, with 46% humidity. 


Advise for conquering the heat:

Please remember to hydrate well leading up to the race, limiting caffeine if possible. Also remember to eat some salty foods prior to, and at the aid stations. The staffed aid stations will also 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. Gatorade is our hydration sponsor for this race, and we’ll have lots of water and ice for you at the aid stations, as well.


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 UnStaffed Aid Stations on the course.

Our Staffed Aid Stations will have real food, in addition to Gatorade and some Gels, Endurolytes, Succeed brand S-caps (electrolytes). 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.

There will be no cups at two unstaffed aid stations along the course, and so you will need to have something (other than your hands or mouth) to put the water into.  Also, while the longest distance between water is usually about 2 miles, we are expecting a heat-index of over 107-degrees F (>40C).  Given the hills and terrain, it could take you up to 45 minutes between water breaks.  Please take advantage of the ice and electrolytes at the staffed aid stations.







Race Day PARKING for everybody will be in the lot by the race start, but please PARK CLOSE AND SMARTLY, so we can fit everybody in the lot.  Please carpool!  Please do not park on the side of the road or block any driveways...the park will have your car towed away.






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.


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. 


The course is run through hardwood forest and is 85 percent shaded, with all of it on dirt trails, except when you cross the dam.  


Course Markings:

The course will be marked with bright pink ground flags.  All confusing 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.  


Aid Stations:

You will encounter aid stations at these locations, per loop:  

Shelter 1

1.25 Miles


Water Only


Entrance BS Trails (near Triangle)

2.9 Miles


Full Service


Dam (MooseJaw)

5.0 Miles


Full Service


Shelter 14 (Mud Babes)

7.0 Miles


Full Service


Shelter 10

8.1 Miles


Full Service



8.7 Miles


Water Only


Main Aid (Start/Finish)

10.4 Miles


Full Service









Passing runners 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.


To 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.  



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.


Drop Bag:  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. This is the only drop bag location.  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, hight 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 finisher medal for the distance you finish, but will be listed in the results as “Dropped to 10-miles or 20-miles”.

If you somehow drop out of the race at another aid station, please let the results staff know, so we aren't searching for you.


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 Meal 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, Gatorade, and Beer for the beverage selection.


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


You can also check for results and photos on the Trail Nerds’ Facebook site.


Have a SAFE event!


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 runner.

Dogs as Pacers: No dogs, this race.  It will be too hot.

2015 Results


2015 Photos

by Mile 90 Photography 



July 12, 2014:
By Rick & Kristi Mayo
Mile 90 Photography
For any discrepancies, contact Timing Company.

2014 Race Reports

If you have a race report you’d like to share, please email a link to

Zach Bitter (50K Male winner)

Kristen Weigand (50K Female 3rd Pl)

Terri (20-Miler)

Shannon (20-Miler)

Danny Loental (20-Miler course revenge!)

Jordan (20-Miler & First Trail Race)

Kim & Rachel (10-Miler)

Eric (10-Miles)

Corey…first trail run (10-Miler)

Photo by Mile 90 Photography
Kaci Lickteig, on her way to an overall victory in the 2013 50K.

Photo by Mile 90 Photography

Photo by Mile 90 Photography
Photo by Tyson Hofsommer
Gregg Buehler & Son run the 10-Miler.
Photo by Tyson Hofsommer
Photo by Tyson Hofsommer
Photo by Tyson Hofsommer
Kaci Lickteig

 2013 Results, here.
For any results issues, contact: Raul at 

Please feel free to download any photos...your race director pre-paid for them. 

Photos by Rick & Kristi Mayo, of Mile 90 Photography 

Photos by Tyson Hofsommer 

If you have any race reports, please submit them or (a link to them) to me at

"A major shout-out is due to the Kansas City Trail Nerds. They have done such a phenomenal job in organizing KC metro area trail races, and yesterday was no exception. Their volunteers are always gracious, the courses at races are well-marked, aid stations are stocked to the gills, and they just have their overall act together. Some race organizers should follow their lead and take logistics lessons from the KC Trail Nerds."
- NYC Native (
More Here)

"Your races are some of the best around in my eyes. You choose great trails to have the races on and the staff and volunteers that man the aid stations are always great and extremely helpful. I think you have some of the best aid station workers of any trail race I've participated in. The overall organization and feel of the race is superb."
- Jeremy Duncan, Trail Runner Magazine

Some entrants are serious about this race:
Gregor's Tattoo

2011 UltraRunning Magazine Article

Keep up with this Race on Facebook:

See all of our events HERE.

Gregg Buehler
Photo by Bry Gardner

Mindy Coolman
Photo by Bry Gardner

Photo by Rick Mayo
Andy Henshaw, Ivan Marsh, & Darin Schneidewind


Race Timing:  Raul Flores is in charge of race timing.  Please send your post-race timing questions to him, at 

To Contact the Race Director:

Ben Holmes, 816-810-0440,
Note: I will NOT be answering texts or calls the day prior to the event.  I'll be busy preparing for the big event.

Ultrarunning Magazine article about the 2009 event.

Our Sponsors:


Photo Credit: Rick Mayo
RD's Grandson

Photos by Dick Ross & Ben Holmes


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