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10-5-2 Prairie Run set for July 19

By Julie Fiedler | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | July 16, 2014

Runners of all levels can pound the pavement at the 10-5-2 Prairie Run, a tradition at Fort Riley that features three separate events: 2-, 5- and 10- mile races.

“(It gives) people with varying degrees of ability and desire different options to run,” said Reed Scott, sports program coordinator, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

The 29th annual Prairie Run is set for July 19 beginning at King Field House.

The 5- and 10-mile races will start at 7 a.m. The two-mile race will start at 7:10 a.m.

The run is open to the public and has drawn diverse participants locally from organizations such as Kansas State University and states as far away as Ohio and Texas.

“We wanted to have something that the civilians and general public could participate in, as well as the military,” Scott said. “The best part, to me, is people come from out of state and K-State … There’s a nice intermixing. It’s not all Olympic athletes.”

Active-duty Soldiers stationed at Fort Riley can also use the run as a qualifier for the Army 10-Miler in October.

COURSE

The course will begin at King Field House with separate turnaround points on Dickman Avenue, Huebner Road and at Ogden Access Control Point marked for each race.

“It’s a challenging course, but it’s still a course that an average runner would be comfortable with,” Scott said, adding it is well-suited for newcomers and seasoned runners alike. “They should feel comfortable running in whatever race they choose.”

Safety is a priority. Police department personnel will escort runners in a lead car with a medical detail trailing the group. Additional personnel will assist with traffic control along the route.

“Runners can expect to see course personnel throughout the entire course,” Scott said, adding, “We have water points at every mile marker.”

REGISTRATION

There is a $12 entry fee for individuals registering through July 3. After July 3, the fee will be $15. T-shirts will not be available for those who register after July 3.

Registration closes at 4 p.m. July 18, and runners are encouraged to register early for the event.

“There’s no same-day registration,” Scott said.

Runners can register online at rileymwr.com or through manhattanrunningco.com. Pamphlets are also available around post and can be returned to the Sports Office at King Field House.

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Race packets can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 18. Scott encouraged runners to get their packets early, but added they would also be available the morning of the run.

A closing ceremony is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. immediately following the races with awards for the top three finishers of each age and gender category, for a total of 144 awards. The race will take place even in rain. However, if severe or dangerous conditions exist, the start time will be delayed until it is safe for runners.

Spectators are welcome at King Field House to see runners start and cross the finish line. However, the event does not include a fun run component, so strollers, dogs, roller skates, bicycles, headsets and motorized vehicles are not allowed on the race courses.

“The (races) will all be fun, but they’re not intended as a (fun run),” Scott said.

Feedback from runners has been extremely positive in the past and Scott said he’s anticipating another successful event this year.

“We’re looking forward to it and we encourage people to register as soon as possible,” he said.

For more information, call 785-239-3945.
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