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Saturday, July 12, 2014 



Trail Nerds' Present:

"Psycho Psummer" Run Toto Run
50K, 20-Mile, & 10-Mile Trail Run
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Shelter #2, Kansas City, Kansas
8th Annual
A beautiful but challenging run on hilly single-track trails.
This course is very different in many ways from the February "Run Toto Run" Race. 

50K Run, 10-Mile Run, and 20-miler. All on bridle trails and single-track trails. This is a rocky and hilly UNPAVED loop course. 9-hour time limit. 

All early entrants will receive a technical fabric" short-sleeve shirt and mug, with an original Jason Crosby design. (No guarantee for post-June 24 entrants).

2014 Online Entry is Open...HERE 

2014 Snail Mail entry form

2013 Results,
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

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

"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

Location: In beautiful Wyandotte County Lake Park, shelter 2. This park is a gem; it's like a piece of the Ozarks, right here in Kansas City, Kansas.

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2013

Estimated Participants:450.

Course: A challenging loop course on rocky, rooty, and hilly bridle trails & single-track trails. "But it's Kansas, how tough could it be?" The 50K course consists of three loops, at 10+ miles per loop. The 20-Mile course is two loops. You can drop to a lower loop and still "medal".  The 10-mile course is one loop.This course is run on very different trails than the Winter race, taking advantage of some new (and beautiful) singletrack trails. Amenities: Unique finisher's medal, commemorative mug, technical tee-shirt.Also: Many well-staffed aid stations. Post-race food (regular and vegan).
The shirts are nicely-designed, high quality, "technical" event shirts.

Early Bird Entry Fees, (until May 31, 2013):50-Kilometer Ultra (Three Loops) - $75.00
20-Mile Course (Two Loops) - $70.00
10-Mile Course (One Loop) - $60.00 $5 increase for all events, on June 1, 2013
$5 additional increase for all events, after June 15, and again after June 30.
No assurance of a shirt or proper shirt size, after June 15, 2013.
There will be late registration at packet pickup AND on race day, if the race hasn't filled-up.
Prices (on race day) will be: $90 for 50K, $80 for 20-miler, and $70 for the 10-miler. 
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.

Shirts: Well-designed short-sleeve technical t-shirts for all participants that enter prior to raceday. You will get a shirt if you enter in advance of the race. Shirts/and shirt sizes not guaranteed if you enter on race day.

Mugs: All Entrants in all distances will receive a race logo mug!

For 2013, the Aid Stations are at approximate mileages, as follows:
FinisherUnstaffed Water-only Station  Mile 1.2
Staffed Full Aid (Road Crossing) Mile 2.9
Unstaffed Water-only Station  Mile 4.0
Staffed Full Aid  Mile 6.0
Staffed Full Aid (Shelter 14) Mile 7.9
Staffed Full Aid (Shelter 10) Mile 8.5
Unstaffed Water-only Station  Mile 9.0
Staffed Full Aid (Start/Finish) Mile 10.5

Despite all of these aid stations, you still HAVE TO carry a hydration device or water bottle. The unstaffed stations WILL NOT have cups.
Failure to carry a hydration device will cause immediate disqualification and removal from race and results.

The course is 95% shaded, and remember: there's no radiant heat (from paved surfaces), so it'll feel cooler than it would, otherwise.  The staffed aid stations will have lots of ice, too.

Food: We will have food and drinks for all participants, after your race, regular and vegan.

Airport: Fly in to Kansas City International airport, (
MCI). The race Start/Finish is just 25 minutes from the airport.

Lodging and Restaurants: There are many
lodging and dining opportunities within 5 miles from the race.

Questions? Email Ben:
Phone: 816-810-0440

Pacers are allowed on the course for the last loop of the 50K race, only. Pacers are not allowed to be a "pack mule" for their runner, and should be fairly self-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: We are a dog-friendly bunch, within reason. 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 runner. Register your dog for any race (online, for $10). It 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, and receive a finisher's medal, if appropriate for that distance/race. 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 AND YOUR DOG to pull out of the race and seek out immediate veterinary help. Please provide water and food for your dog. You can refill your dog's water at the aid stations.

2011 UltraRunning Magazine Article

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Gregg Buehler
Photo by Bry Gardner

Mindy Coolman
Photo by Bry Gardner

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

More Race Information:

DIRECTIONS to start of race:

Get onto I-435 N on the west side of KC Metro  
Take exit 15A for KS-5 S/Leavenworth Rd E  
Head East onto KS-5 S/Leavenworth Rd  
Turn left at N 91 St/N 91st St  
Turn left as you enter the park...look for parking lot by ranger station.
Garmin, Magellan, and Tom Tom users, please set your GPS device to find: West Dr & N 91st St, Kansas City, KS 66109.

Drop Bags (for 20-milers and 50K, only): There is only one location for staging drop the Main Aid Station (which is the start/finish area).  There will be a row of long tables set-up to put your drop bag on, and you will pass these tables on your way to the aid area of the Main Aid station.  It is a very convenient location, so you won't be held-up looking for your bag.  Special Note: Please take your schtuff home!  While Sophia and I are very good at preparing for, and race-directing races, we really suck at getting heavy, mud & sweat-soaked crap back to its rightful owner(s).  Any drop bags left at the race will probably be donated to "broke-as-heck" local trail-runners.  They thank-you in advance!

Dropping-down (or up) to another Distance:
  You can change your distance before the race (and up to July 6th), by
emailing Bad Ben.  If you want to bump-up to the 50K, you can work out a deal with Ben.  And during the race, if you've bit-off more than you can chew, you can always drop down a loop (or two), and still get a finisher's medal (appropriate to the new distance). 

Dropping-out of the Race:
Please personally let Bad Ben, or our timing person know, if you're dropping out of the race.  We don't want to muster a search party for you!

Post Race Food:
  There will be post-race food for you for after the event.

Shoes...should I wear trail-running shoes?
  In a word: YES.  Because of the rocky terrain and various course oddities, Bad Ben highly recommends a running shoe with rock-plate protection, that is low-profile, and has great traction.  And there are trail-running shoes (like the Mizuno Wave Ascend) that might work for you.  Try some shoes on at your local specialty running store or outdoor store. 

Eating During the Race:
  If you want to finish this hilly race without bonking bigtime, you should fuel your body during the race. Our aid stations will be well-stocked with different kinds of carb-filled goodies and a few salty foods, too, along with offering water & SUCCEED brand sports drink. Many non-ultra-runners would never think of eating "real food," during a race.  Now is the time to try-out this concept.  For GU Fanatics: there will be a limited amount of gels available at the Aid Stations.  If you need gels elsewhere along the course, please buy and carry your own with you.  And Ten-Milers...please leave the gels for the multi-loop runners!

Course Marking:
   This is not a road race, so there won't be folks standing on some street corner pointing and saying: "this-way." But our Trail Nerd races are very-well marked, as far as trail races go.  The course route will be marked with pink flags and signs that say, "Straight Ahead, Right Turn, Left Turn, and Wrong Way."  There will be very few "mileage" signs on the course.  If you're an anal mileage person, please buy local...purchase and use a Garmin product.  And you can cuss at it, while being freaked-out for only moving at a 12-minute/mile pace through the hills.

Time Limit:
On the multiple-loop course, you will not be allowed to leave the start/finish Main Aid station to start your final loop after 1:59 p.m.  There will be an additional time limit for reaching the middle aid station: If you arrive after 3:45 p.m. at that station, you will be driven back to the finish area. 

Free Race Photos:
  Dick Ross will be taking hundreds of race photos on the course and near the finish area.  The photos will be available for viewing or downloading after the race at , probably very late that night.

Race Timing:
  Raul Flores is in charge of race timing.  Please send your post-race timing questions to him, at , or call 913-206-4334.

To Contact the Race Director:

Ben Holmes, 816-810-0440,
Note: I will NOT be answering texts or calls on Feb 8th or 9th.  I'll be busy preparing for the big event.

Ultrarunning Magazine article about the 2009 event.

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Photo Credit: Rick Mayo
RD's Grandson

Photos by Dick Ross & Ben Holmes


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