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
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.”
stationed at Fort Riley can also use the run as a qualifier for the Army
10-Miler in October.
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
“Runners can expect to see course
personnel throughout the entire course,” Scott said, adding, “We have water
points at every mile marker.”
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.
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.