Race Packet Pick-up & Late Registration
Thursday, January 16th from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM and Friday, January 17th from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM at Garry Gribble’s Running Sports, 2130 SW Wanamaker Rd. (next to Target) Topeka, Kansas and rrace day packet pick-up and registration will be at Fairlawn Plaza Mall, 2114 SW Chelsea Dr., Topeka KS, beginning at 9:00 AM.
Post-Race Pancake Feed
The post-race ceremony is at Auburn Elementary School at 251 W. 8th St. A free pancake feed will be provided to all participants and volunteers by the Auburn Elementary School PTO. Family and friends may also eat for a small monetary donation to the Auburn Elementary School PTO fundraiser.
The awards ceremony will begin at approximately 2:00 PM at Auburn Elementary School. Awards will be presented to the first three overall male and female finishers and the first three age-graded male and female masters finishers. Age group awards will be given accordingly in standard five year age groups. Masters age group awards will not be age graded. All times and awards will be based on chip times. Awards will not be mailed, so please make arrangements as necessary.
Chip timing and results provided by Heartland Timing. Chip times will determine all finish times. Printed individual results will be available immediately after finishing. Results will be posted at www.sunflowerstriders.org and at www.heartlandtiming.com.
"The Bridge of Topeka" is a Christian based mentoring program for at-risk youth which empowers children to become responsible, servant leaders of the 21st Century. For more information visit their website, www.bridgeoftopeka.org.
Volunteers are always wanted, needed and appreciated. You can't have a successful race without the expertise of many volunteers. At Topeka to Auburn many volunteers are stationed at various locations along the course providing direction and support for the runners and walkers. Please thank the volunteers along the route. If you would like to volunteer or know someone who would please contact Norma Weiser at 785-640-3102 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Marla Rhoden at 785-249-4705 or email@example.com.
A list of confirmed runners will be available online at www.sunflowerstriders.org
Near the west end of Fairlawn Plaza Mall on Chelsea Drive, Topeka KS.
11:00 AM, Saturday, January 18, 2014
On East Valley Springs Drive near Homestead Assisted Living upon entering Auburn. Open access along East Valley Springs Drive and Hanover Street east of Homestead Assisted Living must be maintained.
The race goes through the streets of southwest Topeka, into Clarion Woods subdivision, along the residential area of Lake Sherwood, then south and west on country roads to Auburn. Course map can be found at www.sunflowerstriders.org/topeka-toauburn. No vehicular traffic will be allowed on the rural sections of the course. Please take Auburn Road or an alternate route to the finish in Auburn. There will be a port-a-john on the course.
As the course is run entirely along city streets and country roads, please be aware there is live traffic and use caution as necessary. The use of headphones or headsets during the race is strictly prohibited. Strollers, skateboards, roller blades, bicycles and dogs are not allowed on the course.
Attention: Park at the finish in auburn! Participants should park at the finish in Auburn BEFORE the start of the race and ride the bus to the start in Topeka. Buses will begin loading near the Auburn Community Center (Harrison & Auburn Rd.) beginning at 8:30 AM and will continue until 10:00 AM. Parking is available south of the Community Center, along the north and east sides of the ball diamond and near the finish line just off 85th and Harrison Streets. Busing is provided for runners only.
Spectator Parking & Driving Instructions
At the start, all spectators are asked to park in the parking lot to the south of Eagle Car Wash. This is to leave ample parking for Fairlawn Plaza Mall patrons. Visit our website for more information on keeping our runners safe on the course, seeing your runner and getting to Auburn - www.sunflowerstriders.org.
Personal belonging bags may be dropped off at the start and will be taken to the finish at Auburn Elementary School. Bags may be checked in with the official TTA vehicles parked outside of the Fairlawn Plaza Mall west entrance. Please properly label your personal bag with your name and a contact phone number.
Bag Pick-up and Changing Rooms
Clothing bags may be picked up in the hallways of the elementary school. Changing rooms are available; there are no shower facilities.
There will be 4 aid stations along the course. Water and Gatorade will be at all aid stations.
Restroom Locations at the Start
Restrooms are located in Fairlawn Plaza Mall, McDonald’s (on 21st St, NW of the start) and port-a-johns near the start area. There also will be a port-a-john on the course.
Emergency Medical Support
Emergency personnel will be available at the finish. Please notify law enforcement or volunteers along the course of any medical/emergency situations.
The unpredictability of Kansas weather is a certainty, even during the middle of winter. With the course traversing mainly north to south and with a predominately north or northwesterly wind, there is usually a tail or side wind. That normally means colder temperatures. Race day has featured temperatures as low as the single digits and readings well below zero with the wind chill factored in. Conversely, there has been occasion when the sky has been clear and under bright sunshine mid-day temperatures reached into the 50s or 60s and shorts and singlets were the apparel norm. Snow, sleet, or even rain before or during the event is also a possibility. Be sure to check the weather the week of the race to be adequately prepared.
Contact race director, Brad Rhoden, at 785-224-5193 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the race section of our website, www.sunflowerstriders.org.