Run for Raptors

Sat August 10, 2019 Kansas City, MO US 64132 Directions
Camp Lake of the Woods in Swope Park
Kansas City, MO US 64132


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Saturday 8/10

10K run: 7:30 AM start time

5K walk/run: 8 AM start time

PACKET PICKUP: Race day pickup will be held at Lake Lodge from 6:30 AM – 7:45 AM Saturday morning.

LOCATION: The race does not take place at Lakeside Nature Center! The race start is located at Lake Lodge at Camp Lake of the Woods in Swope Park (38.991269, -94.518709). There is a google map on the Runsignup page. The run will take place on the Swope Trails. The entrance to the Lodge is located off Oldham Rd just SE of Hillcrest Rd. Signs will be in place to help navigate you to the right place. A map will present at packet pickup if you need further directions to the race location.

PARKING: Parking attendants will be on hand to assist you with parking, starting at 6:30 AM. We do have limited parking around the lodge, so car pooling is always encouraged. Lakeside Nature Center's parking lot will be available to park at if you want to meet peeps there and ride together to the race start.

YOGA: So excited to offer this to our racers! Jess Hogan will be teaching a 45 minute yoga session starting at 6:30 am. This will be located behind the lodge in the grass. Please bring your own yoga mat. For those running the 10K, you can pick up your race packet starting at 6:15. The start of the race will be just on the other side of the lodge. You can check your yoga items just behind the registration table.

CHRIS CAKES: Chris Cakes will be serving breakfast from 8:30 AM – 11 AM on race day. You are welcome to go through the line multiple times for unlimited pancakes. They just ask you use the same plate for seconds. Picnic tables will be setup outside behind the lodge under tree cover. There will be other fruit and drinks available as well.

RAPTOR SHOW: Lakeside Staff and volunteers will be on hand to handle several of our educational raptors (owls, falcons, hawk and vulture). We may have one or two walking around before the race, but by the time breakfast is served, they will all be out so you can view them up close and ask the naturalist questions. Pictures are welcome!

RAFFLE: The raffle will begin around 9:30 AM. All racers receive one ticket at the raffle table. Additional tickets can be purchased (cash, check AND credit) from 6:30 AM up until the raffle officially begins. We will be selling them for $1 a ticket. If buying with credit card, there will be a $10 minimum. Place Tickets in the cup of the item or items you are betting on. Winners DO HAVE to be present to claim prizes, so if you think you may not be done by this time, hand off to a friend. You can put as many tickets in the cup as you like to increase your chances of winning.

HYDRATING: Please be sure to drink plenty of fluids starting a few days before the race. We will have a water fountain on hand at the Lake Lodge. Manned water aide stations will be located at mile 1.5 and 2.5 for the 5K. For the 10K we will have a manned water station at mile 1.2 and 4.5 as well as an unmanned one at mile 3 where you can fill up your water bottle/pack. We highly recommend those running the 10K bring their own hydration unit for the race! There will also be one at the finish. The lodge is air conditioned and is a welcome refuge for anyone who is feeling overheated.

LATE STARTS: Due to the crossing of the race courses, there will be no late starts for the 10K.

BAG DROP: A secured area behind packet pickup will be available to leave any items while you are out on the trail.

BATHROOMS: Bathrooms are located in the Lake Lodge.

TRAIL TIPS: For those that may be new to trail running... you will love it! It's is much better on your joints and being surrounded by so much natural beauty makes the time just fly by. However, you do have to watch your footing. Twisted ankles are the most common injury. You will encounter many exposed roots, rocks and even fallen logs. Be sure to pay attention to the obstacles ahead and don't hesitate to slow your speed just a tad when going downhill. Most falls happen when fatigue sets in and your feet trip up on something sticking up on the trail. If there is any moisture that morning, the rocks will be slippery, so take heed. The 6.7 mile run has more rocky stretches than the 5K. And keep an eye open for wildlife, we have lots of cool critters up there!


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