The Lagerhead Marathon and Half

Sat November 21, 2020 Ottawa, KS 66067 US Directions
5th and Walnut
Ottawa, KS US 66067

This new event features a flat out and back course along the Prairie Spirit Trail, a compressed crushed limestone rails to trail course starting and ending in Ottawa, Kansas.  The course is a certified out and back course heading southeast from Ottawa and will have water stations every two miles or so along the way.  Registrations will be very limited for this new event and we will ask participants to observe social distancing before and after they complete the race. We ask all marathon and half marathon finishers to complete their race in 4:30:00.  The top three male and female finishers in each event will receive awards along with the top male and female masters finishers in each event. All participants will receive a custom finishers medal.  Custom participant shirts are also included in the registration fee, or they can be waived by registrants who select No Shirt when signing up for a small reduction in the registration fee. All participants 21 and over will also have a craft beer from local brewery Not Lost Brewing waiting for them at the finish line after the race and local barbecue from Smoked Creations will also be made available at a discount to participants! Join us for what may be the last area marathon/half marathon of the year!

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be held at KC Running Company, 200 E. 135th Street, Kansas City, MO from 2-6pm on Friday, November 20 and on race morning at the race site at 5th and Walnut in Ottawa, from 7:00-7:45am.

Race Contact Info

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Finishers Medal

The inaugural finishers medal for this event is crafted in wood with the Lagerhead event logo.

Course Map

The course certification for the half and full marathon is nearly complete but a map can be found at


Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers, the Fastest Masters Male Finishers and the Fastest Masters Female Finishers in each event.

Race day info


November 21st, 2020 @ 8:30 AM

5th & Walnut, Ottawa, KS

Race day is almost here, and I find it hard to believe. Frankly, if you had told me at the beginning of the year we would be hosting an event like this, I’d have questioned your sanity. Then, of course, 2020 happened. Like so many of you, our carefully crafted race calendar was decimated by cancelations and deferments. Rather than concede defeat, we became determined to defy the circumstances. I guess you could say we were looking for a moral victory. I approached our favorite race company about the potential for putting on a half marathon, and I was told I needed to dream a little bigger. Apparently, there were several local marathoners who were desperate for a race to justify all the painful training miles they had put in, and while 26.2 miles no longer holds much allure for me, I know the work that goes into it. How could we say no?

Next, what to call this new race of ours? We kicked around a few ideas, but I couldn’t help but be drawn back to our running roots. The Lagerheads came into being many years ago, as we teamed with several of our friends to compete in our first Brew 2 Brew Relay (yet another event that fell victim to the pandemic). As people who love running (but never take it too seriously) and the occasional post-race libation (or five), preferably on a beach somewhere (Key West was awesome!), the name has stuck. Over the last decade, we have initiated people from across the country into our little community. All anyone had to do was share a run with us, maintain a sense of humor, and perhaps tip a beer at days end. When we are done this Saturday, all of you will be part of our family. Welcome to The Lagerhead!


Packet Pick-up: Your race materials can be picked up at the KC Running Company Store on Friday, November 20th from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM: 200 E 135th St, Kansas City, MO. This will be handled via their drive-through to limit contact as much as possible. You can also handle this on race morning at the start/ finish location from 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM. That said, we are trying very hard to maintain social distancing, so we would appreciate as many of you as possible handling this in advance.

Parking: Given the small size of our field, ample curbside parking should be available in the area of the start/ finish. Please be respectful of the area residents and businesses when choosing your parking spot.

Bag Drop: There won’t be one. Between the mild temps predicted and the ability to park relatively close to the start line, it shouldn’t be necessary.

Race Start: The marathon participants will begin at 8:30 AM, and the half marathon participants will then begin in waves afterward. All runners will be on the course by 8:45 AM.

Turn-around Token: Upon reaching the turn-around for their respective distances, all runners will be given a distance-specific race token by a volunteer stationed there. This token will be exchanged at the finish line for a finishers medal. No token = no medal, so keep them secure.

Time Limit: All runners must cross the finish line no more than four hours and thirty minutes after their start time.

Awards: Awards will be given to the top three runners of each gender at each distance. The overall male and female masters winners (forty years and older) will also receive an award. Because this year’s race is so small, there will be no age group awards given. Maybe next year!

For those who are inclined to receive their award on Saturday, we will have an informal award presentation at Not Lost Brewing at 11:30 AM for the half marathon and a similar presentation at Smoked Creations BBQ at 1:00 PM for the marathon. If you are unable to wait for your award, it will be shipped to you after verification of your mailing address.

On-course Hydration & Nutrition: Self-service water stations will be placed along the course as regularly as possible (see course map). Most of these aid stations will be un-manned There will be small bottles of water available at each. At several aid stations there will also be coolers of Gatorade and cups. There will be volunteers at the half turn-around and at the Princeton trail-head (just before the full turn-around). At those two aid stations, there will be cups of Gatorade prepared for you upon your arrival, as well as the bottles of water. Gu energy gels will be available at the same two aid stations. If these things do not meet your needs, we encourage you to bring what you require.

Portable Toilets: In addition to the two located at the start/ finish, there will be one portable toilet at each of two points where the trail intersects roadways: Haskell Rd (the half turn-around) and Cloud Rd (immediately before the full turn-around). The restrooms at the Princeton trail-head may also be open for those running the marathon.

Weather: As this is being written, it looks very good, but it could certainly change. I am 100% sure the weather will not prevent us from racing. Be aware much of the course is on a crushed-lime surface (typical of rail-trails). It can get a little soft if it rains heavily. This is unlikely but worth preparing for.

Course Safety: There will be volunteers monitoring the roadway crossings for the first several miles (until you are south of the interstate). They will make every effort to ensure traffic is aware of you and (preferably) yields to you. Nonetheless, each runner is ultimately responsible for their own safety, so please use caution. Once you are south of the highway, there will be no monitors at the crossings, so please be very careful. When you return, it is likely all crossings will be unmanned. Traffic should be very light, but don’t get complacent.

Medical: We will have a registered nurse/ certified EMT at the finish line, and there will be law enforcement presence at various points. That said, much of the course is rather remote. Runners are encouraged to carry their phones with them. My number is provided below, and you are welcome to program it into your device. 

Litter: Please, please, please don’t drop anything on the ground. The trail is a State Park, and we are very fortunate to have its use for our event. There will be waste receptacles provided. If you can’t time the trash drop before you pass one, please carry it with you to the next. I understand this is not ideal, but if these were ideal times, this race would likely never have happened.

Post-race Food: We will have water and bananas for you at the finish line. I know this isn’t much, but at our price point, that’s all we could afford. If you think you’ll need more, please bring something for yourself. You will be given a BBQ token at packet pick-up. The token can be exchanged for 18% off your meal at Smoked Creations BBQ, 222 E Logan St, Ottawa, KS (great food in a great environment). The token is valid on the day of the race only.

Post-race Beer: The folks at Not Lost Brewing Company, 229 S Main, Ottawa, KS, will be opening early for us on race morning. Not lost is a very short walk from the finish line. You will receive a beer token at packet pick-up. This token can be exchanged in their taproom, by any person of lawful age, for a single serving of the beer of your choice. Additional purchases will be available at your own expense. Not Lost does an incredible job with creating a variety of tantalizing brews. If you’re not a big fan of craft beer (what’s wrong with you?) they almost always have their “Regular Beer” on tap. Please note: the beer token must be redeemed no later than 2:00 PM on the day of the race.

See you all very soon!



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