Your Packet Pickup Location(s) will be:
On Friday, July 22, 3PM to 8PM, in the conference room at the Official Race Hotel –
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.
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
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:
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
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.
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.
You will encounter aid stations at these locations, per loop:
Entrance BS Trails (near Triangle)
Shelter 14 (Mud Babes)
Main Aid (Start/Finish)
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.
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
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.
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).
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 email@example.com.
You can also check for results and photos on the Trail Nerds’ Facebook site.
Have a SAFE event!