Healthy Outlook: Fall runners’ guide 2018

photo by: Journal-World File Photo

In this Nov. 2, 2014 file photo, runners in the Kansas Half Marathon pass the Eldridge Hotel, 701 Massachusetts St.

It’s almost fall, if you can believe that, which means here in Lawrence we can eventually expect a nice week or so between the 90-degree days and the first freeze.

Hopefully, some of these events fall within that week. There are a lot of runs and races planned in the coming months — some longtime annual traditions and some much newer.

A key to the events with repeat sponsors:

AAR = event sponsored by Ad Astra Running (more information at;

GG = event sponsored by Garry Gribble’s Running Sports Lawrence (more information at;

LTH = Lawrence Trail Hawks event (more information at


• Eighth Annual Hawk Hundred (LTH) — 100-mile, 50-mile and marathon trail races beginning at 6, 7 and 8 a.m., respectively, on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Clinton State Park.

• Kansas Half Marathon/5K Kickoff Party (GG) — In celebration ahead of the run itself (listed below, in November), there will be food, prizes and a fun run/walk from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Garry Gribble’s Running Sports Lawrence, 839 Massachusetts St.

• Training Techniques for Busy Runners (AAR) — Coach James Wilson will share techniques to make the most of the training time your schedule allows in this free clinic from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Ad Astra Running, 734 Massachusetts St.

• Shamrock Shuffle Pop-Up Run at Mass Street Milers (AAR) — A free group fun run/walk, from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at Ad Astra, to help prepare for the next springtime Shamrock Shuffle.

• 13th Annual North Shore Trail Run — The half-marathon, 10K and 5K runs begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Clinton Lake State Park. More information is available at

• Keeping Legends Alive — This 2-mile fun run/walk is free to enter and no registration is required. It’s one of several Haskell Indian Nations University events celebrating the centennial of the end of World War I, as well as the dedication of Haskell Stadium and Memorial Arch. The run/walk begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Haskell Cross-Country Course, and more information about all the events is available at

RWC 5K Superhero Run/Walk The third annual event of its kind will fund Reece Wright-Conklin Hero Scholarships, which help young Lawrence athletes cover participation fees and tournament entries. It starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at 5100 W. 27th St.

• NoLaw5K Series Race No. 5 (AAR) — The last run of this year’s series begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in front of the Levee Cafe, 239 Elm St. in North Lawrence.


• Stronger Today 5K — Set your schedule and go at your own pace to complete a 5K anytime during the month of October to benefit the Willow Domestic Violence Center. More information is available online; visit and search for “Stronger Today 5K.”

Jorabelus 5K The inaugural run will benefit the Jorabelus Foundation, which aims to support survivors of domestic violence with retainer fees and legal support. It will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Find more information at

• Lake Perry Rocks! — The eighth annual 50K and half-marathon trail runs begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at Branded B Ranch on the west side of Perry Lake. More information and directions are available at

• Catch A Break Run (GG) — Gribble’s is teaming up with LMH Health for this fundraiser to “help with the cost of survivorship.” Proceeds from the 5K and 10K — which begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at Woody Park, near Second and Maine streets, behind the hospital — will benefit cancer survivors struggling with the financial aftermath of the illness.

• Dr. Bob Run 5K — Runners, joggers and walkers are welcome to the ninth annual event in support of student scholarships at the University of Kansas at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at Rim Rock Farm, 2276 Burnett Lane. A 1-mile kids run starts at 9:45.

• Cooper’s Cause 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run — Costumes are encouraged for the 10th annual fundraiser. Money collected will help families that have health insurance but do not qualify for programs “designed to aid in the unexpected and substantial financial burden related to pediatric heart conditions,” according to, and the event starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at Rock Chalk Park, 6100 Rock Chalk Drive.

• Halloween Prowl, Howl and Growl (LTH)– No registration is necessary for this social gathering, potluck and group fun run, but howling at the moon is essential to the event and costumes are strongly encouraged. It will run from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at Shelter 1 at Clinton State Park, 798 North 1415 Road.

• Maple Leaf 5K — Part of Baldwin City’s annual Maple Leaf Festival, the 5K begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the golf course, 1102 Main St. in Baldwin City.


• Billy Mills 10K (AAR) — Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills and his wife, Pat, will hand out medals for the third annual run in his name from 8-10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at Haskell Indian Nations University, 155 Indian Ave. It’s a 6.2-mile fun run/walk on Mills’ namesake trail.

Kansas Half Marathon/5K The event that benefited longtime safety net clinic Health Care Access will now raise money for Heartland Community Health Center, since the two organizations merged back in February. It will start at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at Watson Park, 727 Kentucky St.

• Sanders Saunter (LTH) — The 50K, 25K and 10K race options will start at 7, 8 and 9 a.m., respectively, on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Shelter 1. This year, the Lawrence Trail Hawks’ charity run will benefit the United Way of Douglas County.

• KU Vets Day 5K — This annual run to honor veterans will also commemorate the centennial of the WWI armistice this year. It will start and end at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at Memorial Stadium, 1017 W. 11th St., and the course will pass each of the five war memorials on campus. More information is available at

• TJ5K and Family Fun Run — The annual event in memory and celebration of Thomas John Giffin, who died at 21 months old from undetermined causes, will benefit tiny-k Early Intervention. The 5K trail run, 1-mile run/walk and tiny-k fun run will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1470 North 1000 Road, and there will also be a bounce house, balloon artist and face painters. More information can be found at

RunLawrence Thanksgiving Day 5K This year’s event is also the Road Runners Club of America Kansas state 5K championship. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. in front of Woodlawn Elementary School, 508 Elm St., and a 1-mile fun run will follow at 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22.

About Healthy Outlook

Healthy Outlook is a column written by Journal-World reporter and Health section editor Mackenzie Clark, in hopes of helping readers make their lives a little bit happier, healthier and more active.

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