Trail Nerds' Present:
Run Toto Run
50K, 20-Mile, & 10-Mile Trail Run
Saturday, July 13,
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).
2013 Snail-Mail Entry Form
|Photo Credit: Rick Mayo
"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:
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
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.
Bird Entry Fees, (until May 31, 2013):50-Kilometer Ultra (Three Loops) - $75.00
20-Mile Course (Two Loops) -
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.
race day) will be: $90 for 50K, $80 for 20-miler, and $70 for the 10-miler.
P.M. to 9 P.M., on Friday, July 12th
In the conference room at the Official Race Hotel - Comfort Suites
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.
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.
short-sleeve technical t-shirts for all participants that enter prior to June 15, 2013. No guarantee of a shirt or proper
size for later registrants.
All Entrants in all distances will receive a race logo mug!
Finishers' Medals: Finishers of the All distances will receive a large, heavy, finisher's
medal! 50K finishers will also receive a special 50K oval car sticker!
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.
and Restaurants: There are many lodging and dining opportunities within 5 miles from the race.
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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|Photo by Bry Gardner
|Photo by Bry Gardner
|This Park is Beautiful!
|A Greg Highberger Photo
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org , or call 913-206-4334.
Contact the Race Director:
Ben Holmes, 816-810-0440, email@example.comNote: 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.