Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2
SCENERY
2.7
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.7
The Prairie Spirit Trail is a beautiful rails-to-trails course that runs through numerous quaint little towns in mid-eastern Kansas. Starting at Celebration Hall in Ottawa, Kansas, runners will travel a short (2-4 mile approx.) northbound out-and-back at the start, then pass back by Celebration Hall to do a primarily southbound … MORE
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    bioprofsd REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This is the second time I have run this race. To be honest, the reason that I signed up was the dirt cheap early registration fee. I think it was … MORE

    This is the second time I have run this race. To be honest, the reason that I signed up was the dirt cheap early registration fee. I think it was only $45 when I signed up over a year ago. I had to defer to this year though due to the Covid pandemic. We weren’t able to stage inside the Celebration Hall like they usually do, but the weather was nicer this year, and the wait before the start wasn’t bad at all. I was lucky in that the weather was much nicer this year than during the last time I ran in 2019. I started out wearing a light wind jacket, but had to stop and take it off after only a few miles as I was sweating too much. It never really warmed up that much though, as there was a still breeze coming out of the north. I had a good run even though my training wasn’t that great during the prior week, and also having run a 100-mile race just a couple of weeks before. I ended up with the fastest time that I have run in the last several years, even though I didn’t feel like I was racing.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5
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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '19

    Race headquarters for this run was at the fairgrounds in Ottawa, KS, so you could go inside the Celebration Hall and stay warm and socialize with other runners. The trail … MORE

    Race headquarters for this run was at the fairgrounds in Ottawa, KS, so you could go inside the Celebration Hall and stay warm and socialize with other runners. The trail is flat and straight, and the one turn that you had to make to go under the freeway was well marked. Nice soft crushed limestone surface was easy on the feet. Belt buckles were given for all distances, and they had breakfast food at the finish including coffee, pancakes, sausage, and bacon. The volunteers were very helpful and the race had a community vibe. I very much recommend it.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4
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    Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '18

    Overall Rating: I would rate this one above average. Course Difficulty: Easy-squeezy. Rail trail with low grade hills and crushed limestone surface that was really soft on the feet. It … MORE

    Overall Rating: I would rate this one above average.

    Course Difficulty: Easy-squeezy. Rail trail with low grade hills and crushed limestone surface that was really soft on the feet. It was an out and back and the 15 miles back in gave us 20mph sustained headwinds (ouch).

    Course Scenery: Not really. It would probably be prettier in the late spring early summer, or if the sun was out, or if the wind wasn’t screaming (lol). I’m sure there are prettier places in Kansas.

    Race Production: Race production was outstanding; no surprises at all-everything was exactly as it was supposed to be. Manned and unbelievably well stocked aid stations every 4-5 miles, unmanned with water in between. Super friendly volunteers who had obviously run before. Tons of good food at the pre-race and post-race meals. Free pics. Really good production!

    Race Swag: Awesome Kansas shaped buckle (even for the 50k) and a sweet cotton poly blend shirt.

    My Performance: I got to ring the PR bell on this one. I could have finished a little quicker than I did, but I came across a young guy (17) who was struggling a little, and turned out to be great company. He pushed me on my speed walking, and I kept him going for about the last 9 miles (for me the camaraderie is worth much more than a better finish time).

    I wanted to complete another 50k before my 50 miler in April, and was previewing this course for a 100miler later in the year. It was a very good race with good people. If you’re into no frills and no surprises, this is your race. If you like big crowds, busy expo’s, and tons of epic scenery, you should prob look somewhere else. I personally loved this race!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    5
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