Overall Rating
Overall Rating (8 Reviews)
4
(8 Ratings)(8 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.5
SCENERY
3
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
3.6
The Prairie Fire Marathon is a USATF Certified Race and a Boston Marathon Qualifier (Certification #KS13034TR). It is the RRCA State of Kansas Championship Marathon. The Prairie Fire Marathon promises a fast and exciting course taking runners through the heart of Wichita. While on the course, runners are able to … MORE
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    usamhall REPEAT RUNNER '20

    No expo due to Covid19, Start was planned as a trickle start however everyone was standing on top of one another. The first half was fast for me but of … MORE

    No expo due to Covid19, Start was planned as a trickle start however everyone was standing on top of one another. The first half was fast for me but of course it was hot on the second… my fault back of the pack runner. But I pushed myself and finished. If it had been cooler I would have done better. The race is well arranged for spectators not so much for runners. When running down the main street (Douglas) runners are in the middle of two lanes of traffic very well marked. But not so good if you are looking for shade from the sun. So I liked the new start venue however there weren’t as many neighborhood streets once again no shelter from the sun.

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    5
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    4
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    3

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    shilpa REPEAT RUNNER '20

    the best sign on the course "RUNNING ON COFFEE & COVID ANARCHY" i think the race organizers did an excellent job in this covid environment. packet pick up was outside, … MORE

    the best sign on the course “RUNNING ON COFFEE & COVID ANARCHY”

    i think the race organizers did an excellent job in this covid environment.
    packet pick up was outside, no expo, you got the medal at the packet pick up to reduce congestion at finish line. Volunteers at water stations were less than normal. Course was different than previous years to make it a 2 loop for the full. Pretty course – through some nice neighborhoods and then by the river front.

    They had a blue mile to honor fallen and missing military. Was very emotional.

    Logistics –
    stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott Old Town which was 2 blocks from start and finish. Excellent meals at
    Sabor Latin Bar & Grill – simply outstanding pre race dinner – lots of vegeteraian options,
    Dempseys Burger – post race burgers (yummy portabello mushroom burger option)
    Pumphouse – saturday lunch option

    We also spendt a couple of hours at the Sedgwick County Historical Museum – very informative about the settling in the midwest, and the start of Wichita.

    Overall a great weekend.

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    M_Sohaskey Oct 22, 2020 at 7:38pm

    Well, dang it! Wish I'd known you had this one in your sights, I'd have joined you rather than running the Kansas Rails to Trails 50K in Ottawa this coming… MORE

    Well, dang it! Wish I'd known you had this one in your sights, I'd have joined you rather than running the Kansas Rails to Trails 50K in Ottawa this coming weekend. We need to coordinate our travels soon. But glad you had a great weekend in Wichita, and here's hoping more and more races open up in the coming months thanks to safe, effective covid plans like Prairie Fire's. 🤞 LESS

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    coweyeslee FIRST-TIMER '20

    It was windy 25-35 mph and sunny 65F start & 85 finish. I did horrible w heat so it wasn't a pleasant run for me, but nice view, nice city … MORE

    It was windy 25-35 mph and sunny 65F start & 85 finish. I did horrible w heat so it wasn’t a pleasant run for me, but nice view, nice city and people, awesome race crews.

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    5
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    5
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    5
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    4

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    raispuro REPEAT RUNNER '15

    This was the second race of the “back to back”. The host hotel was literally at the start/finish line. The hotel staff was amazing. The course itself wasn’t anything memorable, … MORE

    This was the second race of the “back to back”. The host hotel was literally at the start/finish line. The hotel staff was amazing. The course itself wasn’t anything memorable, so nothing horrible or amazing. It was a different course from the May race. The post race food and crowd is amazing! Definitely a great race! I would recommend this one to anyone! Especially if you are close to Wichita, this is great because their “back to back” is a May and October race.

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    5
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    2
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    5

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    dwhitehorse FIRST-TIMER '19

    This course is very flat and fast, two-loop with a long out and back through town. Once the marathon starts the second lap, the course is pretty devoid of spectators...and … MORE

    This course is very flat and fast, two-loop with a long out and back through town. Once the marathon starts the second lap, the course is pretty devoid of spectators…and other participants. The race itself was well run. They moved the start to an area downtown that was a little hard to get to due to road closures and construction, but the nightclub at the start line was warm and had indoor bathrooms.

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    usamhall REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I had run the half my first year and enjoyed it. I had even gotten a PR on the flat half course. The Marathon expo is huge and the race … MORE

    I had run the half my first year and enjoyed it. I had even gotten a PR on the flat half course. The Marathon expo is huge and the race flat and well organized. Why then was it such a killer? We had just started when it started the rain. The temperature dropped from 40 to 33 for the finish. There were only 26 miles of pouring freezing rain. I feel sorry for the RD, he can’t control the weather. No one dared to stay for the after party this year. When getting my medal they asked me if I wanted to step into the medical tent to warm up. I was shaking and my teeth were clattering. So happy the hotel was just steps away. Since I had done it once and enjoyed I may go back. I would tell you it was my second worst experience in running.

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    5
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    5
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    3
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    5

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    msteele7 FIRST-TIMER '17

    The water stations were sparse but great race, good support and since I was super slow and last I had my own golf cart for support. I choose this race … MORE

    The water stations were sparse but great race, good support and since I was super slow and last I had my own golf cart for support. I choose this race as my first half because it is a fast and flat course. I felt it was flat.

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    4
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    2
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    2

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    mjenn66 FIRST-TIMER '15

    Great course. Go for a PR! Flat and fast. Great for new runners who don't want a difficult challenge, beyond the distance. I loved the race logo and finisher medal, … MORE

    Great course. Go for a PR! Flat and fast. Great for new runners who don’t want a difficult challenge, beyond the distance. I loved the race logo and finisher medal, one reason I chose to run it. Smaller size race, but well run and made to feel like a bigger event. And a bonus of a smaller race is: 1st place age group award!

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