Basic Race Info
Shelter #2, Wyandotte County Lake Park, Kansas City, KS
10-Miles: one 10.4-mile loop.
20-Miles: two 10.4-mile loops.
The 50K course consists of three 10.4 mile loops of technical single track and Bridle Trail. Each loop has 1300 feet of elevation gain, with three of the biggest Hills coming in the last 2 miles. Sometimes the course is muddy; sometimes it is frozen solid; but usually it is dry, firm and fast.
This race is very popular and has a party atmosphere, replete with a DJ! 50K finishers receive an awesome spinning-tornado medal, an oval distance sticker, and a "Psycho Wyco 50K Finisher" Ouray trucker cap. Swag for the race includes a very nice zip hoodie, a backpack that doubles as a future drop bag, and a logo beer glass. Keeping with the party atmosphere, we always have three or four different craft beers on tap (and/or the race director's own homebrew on tap), award-winning regular and vegan chili by (local) Muttley's Barbecue, and incredible pre-paid-for and downloadable race photos by Mile 90 Photography. There are also nice cash premiums for first through third place.
Winter Trail Race Series
The 50K distance will be part of the 2018 Trail Runner Magazine Winter Warrior Series!
Please watch Todd Chandler’s Video Race Report for 2016’s race, or read Mid Pack Zach’s UR Mag race report. This is the race that launched Kaci Lickteig’s Ultra Trail Running career!
This Race Includes
A well-marked course with lots of aid, with experienced volunteers.
Chili: regular (meaty) & gluten-free vegan, by Muttley’s BBQ.
Beer: on-tap craft beer and cheap beer. Other beverages.
The famous nice-fitting zip hoodie, downloadable Photos by Mile 90 Photography, race logo glass, and event-specific race bibs.
A great D.J.!
Extra for the 50K: a backpack that doubles as a drop bag.
Free weekend training runs (on the course), leading up to the event.
The Zip-Hoodies are true-to-size, with a "hug" fit and non-shrinking. Sizes XS to 2XL. No guarantee of shirt or proper size if you sign up after Feb 1, 2018.
Spinning-tornado distance-specific finishers’ medals.
Finishers’ distance-specific oval sticker.
50K “Finisher’s” Trucker hat.
Unique, finisher awards for 1st through 3rd M/F in each distance.
Cash premiums for course record, and for 1st – 3rd Pl in each distance.
A challenging loop course on rocky, root-bound, and hilly bridle trails & single-track trails. "But it's Kansas, how tough could it be?" Each loop is a wheel-measured 10.35 miles long. So, 2 loops for 20 miles, and 3 loops for 50-kilometers.
an active map
of the course.
For an "overview" map of the aid station placement on the course, click here.
Friday packet pickup at Comfort Suites conference room, 3 PM till 8 PM.
Exit 15 of I-435,
3000 N 103rd Terrace, Kansas City, KS 66109.
Race Day Packet Pickup at the race location, 1 hour prior to your event.
Mile 90 Photography, a Kansas City area company, focusing on race event
photography, especially ultrarunning photography. Photos are paid for by the
Trail Nerds and are free to download for personal use! See 2017’s race photos, here.
Pacers are allowed for 50-K entrants, but they cannot "mule" for you, and can only run your last 10-mile loop with you. Pacers don't pay an entry fee, but they must sign a race waiver at packet pickup, either the day prior or on race day...there is no pre-signup for pacers. 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). Please buy a $5 meal for your pacer (to help with race costs)...put it in our donation box. We reserve the right to pull any pacer who we deem as "burdensome" either to us, or burdensome to their runner, or if they mistreat our volunteers.
Parking and Race Day Transportation
Race Day PARKING for the 10-Miler and the 20-Miler will be off-site, due to the size of the races (and the small size of the main parking lot). But, if you are car-pooling / riding with a 50K entrant, you can tag along with them for the ride. ONLY 50K entrants and pre-signed-up volunteers can park in the lot by the race start. Please carpool!
10-Miler & 20-Miler Race Day parking will have a shuttle service starting at 6:30 AM, and will be leaving from this lot:
The BACK PARKING LOT of:
Open Door Baptist Church
3033 N. 103rd Terr.
Kansas City, KS 66109
This church is right behind the Comfort Suites motel, near Leavenworth Rd & I-435.
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.
The shuttles will run until 3 PM. We have volunteers that can take you there, after that.
Friends and 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...NO EXCEPTIONS!
The shuttles only have to go 1-1/2 miles, so don’t worry about it taking a long time. There will be a shuttle leaving the lot, every 10 minutes or so.
50K runners: you must leave the start/finish area on your final (3rd) loop by 1:59 PM.
20-milers must leave on their final (2nd) loop by 11:59 AM.
Drop bags are only allowed for the 20M and 50K distances.
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 I am very good at preparing for, and race-directing races, I 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!
Running with your Canine
$10 for Canine Pacers (dog entry). Enter your canine on race day, only.
Human owner must be a registered entrant and have dog on leash.
You must keep your dog on a leash at all times while in the park; (Wyco Park's rules).
You must carry water for your dog during the entire run.
You will need to offer water to your dog periodically.
You will need to conduct regular physical checks on your dog periodically (e.g., check for limping, check paw pads, etc.).
You must be considerate of other runners and not hinder or interfere with their progress.
Frequently Asked Questions
Local time: 5:00 AM