WHEN IS THE RUN?  Sunday April 8, 2018

WHAT CHARITY IS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS RUN?   The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  By entering this run you are helping to defeat this dreaded disease.  Last year we raised over $30,000. Most of this came from the extra donations from the runners. Each runner is required to donate $10. and you also have an opportunity to donate more and become a “Generous Team”. If you would like to donate more or create a fundraising team, go to https://enter2run.com/Fundraising/?event=7041

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?   The Track Club will give $10,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation whether we break even or not.  There is an opportunity for runners to give additional dollars. The total to Cystic was over $30,000 last year.  Volunteers from the Foundation will be working several of the aid stations.  We also buy dinner and give a free sweatshirt to eighty  volunteers.

WHAT DOES THE $12 DOLLARS FOR FOOD AND BEVERAGE GET YOU?  A bowl of chicken and crayfish gumbo or vegetarian lentil stew, bread, fruit, and two mugs of beer or softdrink, an excellent value since the gumbo is $9.95 by itself on the Free State menu. If you need a gluten free option, you can combine the rice from the gumbo with the lentils for a tasty meal and FreeState offers one gluten free beer option. Serving hours are 12 noon to 5pm.

WHAT IS THE SURFACE LIKE?  18 miles of the 44.4 miles are dirt or gravel, the rest is the shoulder of the road, part pavement, part gravel.

TRAFFIC CONTROL   Team cars are our biggest problem and the biggest threat to the continuation of the race. Only one vehicle is allowed in the exchange point. If you need an additional vehicle to carry your team make sure it stays off the course and doesn’t enter an aid station.  Please no buses or very large vehicles. Do not stop in odd places. Do not try to follow  or lead your runner in the car, solos included. Obey the volunteers. Cross the RR tracks only if you can get completely over them. You must follow traffic laws.

WHAT IS A TEAM? Teams can be from 2-10 runners, but ONLY ONE TEAM VEHICLE is allowed. If you have more than 10 runners that want to run, create 2 teams.  Once again there will be two slightly different courses with alternate exchange points. This is to relieve the traffic at certain exchange points. You will have to check your map set to see if you are on course A or course B. If your driver enters the wrong exchange point your team could be disqualified. Leg 7 crosses Stranger Creek in a rubber boat.  You may elect to run on K32 instead but it is an extra mile long. Total length is now 43.5 miles as measured with a Garmin GPS using the boat. There is also the “Six Leg Special”, where teams of two to six can just run 6 legs.  Teams of 2 to 6 runners choosing the Six Leg option, will run only legs 1,2,3,5,6,7 (omit leg 4 – drive it) for a total of 27.4 miles.  Six Leg Teams must start at 9:30 am.  You must specifiy that you are running the Six Leg Special when you register.

I AM RUNNING LEG X FOR MY TEAM, HOW DO I GET THERE?   Each team should have only one vehicle which carries all the members and their supplies to the exchange point. The car parks responsibly near  the exchange point and sends out two runners: one to run and the other to lead the finished runner back to the car.

CAN YOU CHANGE RUNNERS IN THE MIDDLE OF A LEG?  You can split a leg, you can have two runners run together, or pretty much anything you wish as long as you are not competing for first place in one of the performance divisions: first scratch team, first ladies team, first mixed team.

CAN WE SUBSTITUTE A RUNNER ON THE DAY OF THE RACE IF A RUNNER BACKS OUT?   Yes, but you must let us know the team name, number, the name of the runner not running, and the name, age, and sex of the runner being substituted. You can also figure the difference in the handicap for us to save time doing the results.

CAN TWO PEOPLE SPLIT A LEG?  And CAN A WHEELCHAIR  PARTICIPATE?  Yes to both, except for elite teams. Legs three, four five and ten are suitable for splitting or for a wheelchair.

I AM RUNNING SOLO, HOW WILL I GET BACK TO THE START?   Solo runners should come to the Liberty Hall banquet even if they are not eating, and let the DJ know that they need a ride back to the start. The DJ will make an announcement. We have never had a problem finding rides.

WHAT WILL SOLO RUNNERS FIND AT THE AID STATIONS?  Note that Aid Station food and drinks are only for the solo runners. Teams should pack food and drink in their cars and replenish in their cars.  There are 3000 Relay runners who will make it hard for solos to find the tiny card table with the water.  There will also be some sports drink, bananas, peanut and butter sandwich,  cookies, GU and Salt tablets.  Portable toilets will be available at the start, finish, and at all the aid stations.

CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE DROP BAGS FOR SOLO RUNNERS?  You should have no trouble running the race without drop bags. There are snacks and sports drink at each stop. The race director can carry your bag to the finish if you need one there.

ARE THERE SHOWER FACILITIES?  Take your own towel to the Lawrence Community Building, 115 W 11th Street, Lawrence, KS, six blocks from FreeState Brewery and Liberty Hall, 9:30 am to 5 pm.

IF THE WEATHER IS BAD, WILL THE RACE BE CANCELED?   It will not be canceled.  If you feel the conditions are dangerous, drive your car to Lawrence and enjoy the meal. Watch the weather before the race and pack adequate clothing.

WHAT HOTELS ARE NEAR THE START?   Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center  (816) 474-4400.  Rates are deluxe.  The Best Western, (1.5 miles from the start), is at 501 SW Blvd., 1-800-528-1234.  The American Inn (3 miles, $cheap) is at I-35 and Armour (North of the Missouri River).

WHO PROVIDES THE AWARDS?  Again this year, GARRY GRIBBLE’S RUNNING SPORTS will be providing many of  our awards with Mizuno Running. The permanent awards are made by Lou Joline. The shirts and posters are designed by Trudy Nepstad. Glassware and shirts are provided by the BOULEVARD BREWERY and the Kansas City Track Club.  Lou Joline made the solo medals.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE COMPLETE RESULTS? Division winners are announced from the stage of Liberty Hall as soon as we are certain of the winner after factoring in the handicaps. Summary Results will be published in the Kansas City Star and the Lawrence Journal on Monday or Tuesday after the race.  Complete results will be on these web sites: www.kctrack.org,  www.brewtobrew.com, and www.mararunning.org. The results will be in the next edition of the Track Club newsletter.

WHAT IF I HAVE TO DROP OUT?   If you cannot complete the course,  tell the Station Captain at an exchange station and we will get a ride for you.

ARE THERE RACE PICTURES?  Before the start your team can have a team picture taken near the door to the Boulevard Brewery. You
can buy these pictures from wwwthomasphotographic.com. Out on the course candid pictures are taken by Dick Ross. The Track Club hires Dick to take these pictures and you can download them free of charge by going to the web site www.seekcrun.com.

CAN I GET A RECEIPT TO DEDUCT MY FEES FROM MY TAXES?  Unless you do a significant donation ($50 or more) we do not provide receipts. Each runner donates a minimum of $10 and every dollar they donate is tax deductible.  Teams donating $200 or more compete in the Generous Division. For each $10 donation these Generous Division teams (but not solo runners)  get a minute extra handicap.   Last year we were able to raise over $30,000. This all came from the runners. We do not have any corporate cash sponsors.

I AM INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING.  WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO AND WHERE WILL VOLUNTEERS BE PLACED?    Volunteers can work the day before the run or the day of the run. The jobs include packet stuffing, packet pickup, marking the course, making awards, working the starting line in Kansas City, working the finish line in Lawrence, working one of the exchange points to control traffic, helping with the boat on leg 7 if you are young and healthy, and more. Volunteers can drive themselves to their post, or we can arrange for them to ride with someone else. Volunteers get a yellow fleece vest (value $18) or their choice of shirts.  And they get a free meal and drinks if they can find time to eat at the finish at Liberty Hall in Lawrence.   Sign up Online!  or email us at kctcrunner@gmail.com and include your name, address, email, phone, shirt size and preferred volunteer location/task.

HOW CAN I MAKE SUGGESTIONS AND COMMENTS? We appreciate your participation. Please make suggestions for next year. We have implemented many suggestions from past runs. We hope you enjoy the run. If you want to make a suggestion contact Lou Joline, Race Director at ljoline@aol.com