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Each year, the Steff Strong Run donates funds to a cause that empowers others to live "Steff Strong". Steff was proud to be a part of the Paola community and was passionate about finding ways to make it and the world a better place. The Steff Strong Run includes a 5K Run/Walk and a 10K Run. There will also be a Kids Fun Run for kids ages 8 and under.
This year’s proceeds will go to Cops for Tots. Cops for Tots is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Christmas gifts and assistance with school, clothing, food, or other emergency needs to the children of Miami County, Kansas.
5K Run/Walk: $25
10K Run: $40
Kids Fun Run: $15
Packet pickup will be at Sunflower Elementary, 1401 E. 303rd St. in Paola, from 4:00-6:00pm on Friday, Sept. 11th.
Late packet pickup will be at the race location from 7:30-8:30am the morning of the race.
Commemorative Race Shirt
Not running or walking but still want to support the event? Purchase one of our commemorative race shirts by clicking the "Store" tab on the left.
All participants will receive a unique finisher medal upon completion. The top three male and female finishers in the following age groups will have their names announced after the race:
10 and Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89.
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Course heads south from Start/Finish in parking lot, crosses the road and makes a clockwise loop of the full South Woods trail. (NOTE: 5K will complete the full South Woods loop while 10K participants will split to the left at the bottom of the hill to continue toward the spillway. 5K participants should stay right and continue the loop, eventually going back uphill). Course returns to the Start/Finish (do not go through arch) then proceeds to the West Miola Trailhead (by the road) before heading north then east to the turnaround in the parking lot past the swimming beach. Participants may encounter others going the opposite direction in this area. Stay to the left. Return to the finish via the east segment of the loop. The last mile of the course will be shared with 10K participants. Walkers are encouraged to stay to the left to allow runners to pass on the right.
Course heads south from Start/Finish in parking lot, crosses the road and goes left down the hill of the South Woods trail. (NOTE: The course splits at the bottom of the hill with the 10K participants going left toward the dam to continue to the new spillway segment while the 5K participants will stay right and continue the loop). 10K course continues counterclockwise around the Lake on the trail. The last mile of the course will coincide with the 5K course.
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