Run for Raptors- Hybrid Race

Sat July 31 - Sat August 7 Kansas City, MO 64132 US Directions
Camp Lake of the Woods in Swope Park
Kansas City, MO US 64132


Saturday, August 7th 2021

10K & 15K run: 7:30 AM start time

5K walk/run: 8 AM start time

We are so excited to host our 5th annual trail run benefiting Friends of Lakeside Nature Center!  Below you will find all of the information you need to know about packet pickup and race day activities. 

Please email with any questions!

PACKET PICKUP:  Early packet pickup will be held at Lakeside Nature Center (4701 E Gregory Blvd, KCMO 64132) on Friday, 8/6 from 10 AM – 4 PM.  To pick up your packet, please enter the main doors and there will be volunteers to assist you in the lobby.  Race day pickup will be held at Lake Lodge from 6:30 AM – 7:45 AM Saturday morning. *If you plan to pick-up your packet morning of, please arrive early to allow yourself time in case of lines! *

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 for reference on the RunSignUp page. The run will take place on the Swope Trails. The entrance to the Lodge is located off of Oldham Rd just SE of Hillcrest Rd.  Signs will be in place to help navigate you to the right place. A map will be 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 carpooling is always encouraged.  Lakeside Nature Center's parking lot will be available to park at if you want to meet others there and ride together to the race start.

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 most runners have crossed the finish line, 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 1 ticket at the event as part of their registration. Additional tickets can be purchased on race day (cash, check AND credit) from 6:30 AM up until the raffle officially begins. Tickets will be $1. If buying with credit card, there will be a $10 minimum. Winners DO HAVE to be present to claim prizes, so if you think you may not be done by this time or plan to leave right after the race, hand your tickets off to a friend. Raffle tickets are placed in the cup of your choosing to try and win the raffle item, there is no limit on how many tickets can be placed in one cup. 

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. Unmanned, cupless water stations will be located along the trails for all races. We highly recommend those running the 10K and 15K bring their own hydration unit for the race! There will also be one water station 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 any of the race distances.

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 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 10K and 15K runs have more rocky stretches than the 5K. And keep an eye open for wildlife, we have lots of cool critters up there!

TRAIL ETIQUETTE: This year, the newly added 15K racers will be lapping the 5K racers, so please be considerate and aware of runners coming up behind you.  Those that are passing, please yell "ON YOUR LEFT" on approach. Slower racers, please step off the trail to your right and let people pass. Because of this communication need, earbuds are NOT recommended. If you do need music, please only wear one ear bud to allow for full hearing in the other ear. 

RAIN DATE:  Hopefully, this won't be an issue this year. However, if a storm crops up making the trails too wet to run on, our rain date is set for 8/14. All the above information will be the same, except for early packet pickup.  You can just come by the center anytime we are open the week prior.  We will watch the weather and inform everyone if there is the slightest chance the race will be postponed. 

Please be sure to check your email, Facebook, and the Registration Page for any cancellations the evening before or morning of the race. Remember that storms can be isolated, so clear skies in your area does not necessarily mean clear skies at Swope Park!

This year, we will be offering a few different race types including a "virtual" race. Runners will be able to choose to either participate by running the selected distance of the course by themselves within a one-week time window (7/31/21-8/6/21) and submitting their time, or they can run with a (socially distanced) group during an in-person event on August 7th.

For virtual runners, the trails will be marked at Swope Park, and we will post maps of the different courses on our website. While most "virtual" races allow participants to run wherever they want as long as it is the right distance, because this is a trail run and the specific course is a large part of the experience, we are having everyone run the same trails in Swope Park. Prices for the virtual race are slightly cheaper as Lakeside will provide timing for runners at the in-person event and some snack grab-bags, entertainment, and other services. We have added a 15K race distance option new this year as well! 

Early Bird Prices for Registration between 3/5/21 and 6/24/21. Prices will go up on 6/25/21. 

Packet Pickup for the in-person race will be at Lakeside Nature Center on Friday, August 6th from 10am-4pm.  Packets not picked up before the race will be brought to the race for early race-day pickup on 8/7. (If you plan to pickup your packet on race day, remember to arrive earlier!) 

First Place runners in each distance (excluding walkers) for the *in-person* race will receive free race entry next year!

***IMPORTANT*** This year, we will be having a "cupless" race. In order to be more sustainable, we will not be offering disposable cups at any rehydration stations. Instead, runners must bring their own bottles/reusable cups or purchase some of the reusable silicon cups we will have for sale for $6 at the event. Learn more about why we're going cupless here

*Due to the heat and that there will be live birds present, we are not allowing dogs on the race. They can, however, come and cheer you on from the side lines as long as they are leashed. 

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