Trail Nerds' Present:
Psummer" Run Toto Run
50K, 20-Mile, & 10-Mile Trail Run
July 12, 2014
Shelter #2, Kansas City, Kansas
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).
By Rick & Kristi Mayo
Mile 90 Photograhy
|Photo by Mile 90 Photography
|Kaci Lickteig, on her way to an overall victory in the 50K.
This race is a hilly but beautiful run through the Ozark-like hills and woods of
Wyandotte County Lake Park.
Pickup Location(s) will be:
On Friday, July 11, 3PM to 9PM,
in the parking
lot at the big Trail Nerd truck, at the Official Race Hotel –
3000 N. 103rd Terrace, Kansas City, KS 66109
(I-435, exit 15, just slightly east on Leavenworth Rd).
is 1.5 miles from the race start.
And: On Saturday, July 12 (Race Day) at the Race Location,
starting one-hour prior to start of your race.
Race Day PARKING for the 20M & 10M, will be off-site,
due to the size of the race (and the small size of the parking lot). But, if you are car-pooling / riding with a 50K
person, you can tag along with them, for the ride. ONLY 50K entrants and volunteers
can park in the lot by the race start. Please carpool!
Race Day parking will have a shuttle service
starting at 7:00 AM, and will be leaving from this lot:
BACK PARKING LOT of:
Open Door Baptist Church
3033 N. 103rd Terr.
Kansas City, KS 66109
From I-435 South
Take exit 15A for KS-Highway 5 S (Leavenworth Rd East). Merge onto KS-Highway 5 S/ (Leavenworth
Rd.) Turn right on N. 103rd Terrace.
From I-435 North
Take exit 15A for KS-Highway 5 S (Leavenworth
Rd East). Merge onto KS-Highway 5 S / (Leavenworth Rd.) Turn right at N.103rd Terrace.
will run until 5 PM. We have volunteers that can take you there, after that.
families (and canines) are allowed on the buses, too. The shuttles will run continuously during the event. Parking in the
ranger station lot will be reserved for 50K entrants and volunteers, only.
Race Start - 8:00 AM: 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 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. Here’s a course map. I used an ancient Garmin 305 to measure it, and the map says
9.84 miles (15.8 Km), but it is easily over 10.3 miles (16.6 Km). A newer GPS device will measure longer, while a Cellphone
App will measure shorter. No complaints about the distance (either way), please! It is what it is. The course
is (slightly) hilly, with 2300 feet (701 meters) of elevation change per loop.
The course is run
through hardwood forest and is 85 percent shaded, with all of it on dirt trails, except for the 0.2 miles of pavement when
you cross the dam. I would still suggest the use of sunscreen for those of you that burn easily.
A number of us (Bob Hall, Keith Wurm, Cliff Jones, Shane Jones, myself, and others) have weed-whacked, cut rose bushes, removed
downed trees, etcetera, to make this a genuine running experience, instead of an obstacle course. But, since
it is a Real Trail Race, you will still encounter rocks, roots, and an occasional overhead obstruction. Please pick
up your feet and watch your noggin.
For those of you that have run the winter version of this race, the
summer course is quite different:
You do NOT run through the Wyco Triangle.
You do NOT run down Fall-down Hill.
You do NOT run up the side of the dam.
You do NOT run on Fester’s Wander.
You DO run for over 5 miles
of it on some wonderful, shaded single-track trails, instead of bridle trails.
The course will be marked with bright pink ground flags. All 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.
encounter aid stations at these locations, per loop:
Miles (2.0 Km)
Entrance to Singletrack
2.75 Miles (4.4 Km)
4.1 Miles (6.6 Km)
5.6 Miles (9.0 Km)
7.3 Miles (11.7 Km)
8.1 Miles (13.0 Km)
8.7 Miles (14.0 Km)
Main Aid (Start/Finish)
10.3 Miles (16.6 Km)
Our Staffed Aid Stations
will have real food, in addition to these Hammer Nutrition products: Hammer Gel, Endurolytes, and Heed sports-drink.
In addition to Endurolytes, we will also have Succeed brand S-caps available 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 the 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
100-degrees F (>38C). Given the hills and terrain, it could take you at least 30 minutes between water breaks.
Please take advantage of the ice at the staffed aid
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.
You know the drill. Be courteous but assertive, consistent, and
loud, when passing. And leave your machetes and cattle prods at home...those are only allowed in my night runs. ;-)
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. Write your name, and bib number onto each bag. This location will give you access to your bag
once per 10.3-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, winds above 35 MPH, 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.
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 driven to an area hospital by our staff or by ambulance.
Dropping-down to another Distance
or dropping-out of the race: During the 50K or 20-mile race, if you've bit-off more than you can chew, you can
always drop down to the a shorter distance finish 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 “Dropped to 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
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
AM for the 20-Miler and 1:59 PM for the 50K.
This is supposed
to be a running race, not a hike.
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, lemonade, Coke & Sprite, and
Beer for the beverage selection.
$$$ to the Trails: A significant portion of the this year’s
race net proceeds will go to the Trail Masons, exclusively for this hiking/biking/bridal trail. So, the actual trails that
you will be running on, will receive the funds from the race! Please contact the race director, if you are interested in volunteering
for trail-work days or for shelter-painting days.
Race Photos and Results
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also check for results and photos on the Trail
Nerds’ Facebook site, and later, on this webpage.
Here is a current list of participants for all three races.
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
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
|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
2013 Results, here.
For any results
issues, contact: Raul at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
"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
- NYC Native (More Here)
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:
2011 UltraRunning Magazine Article
|Keep up with this Race on Facebook:
See all of our events HERE.
|Photo by Bry Gardner
|Photo by Bry Gardner
|Photo by Rick Mayo
|Andy Henshaw, Ivan Marsh, & Darin Schneidewind
start of race:
Get onto I-435 N on the west side of
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
Drop Bags (for 20-milers and 50K, only): There is only one location for staging
drop bags...at 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
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
www.seekcrun.com , 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 email@example.com , or call 913-206-4334.
Contact the Race Director:
Ben Holmes, 816-810-0440, firstname.lastname@example.orgNote: 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.
|Photo Credit: Rick Mayo