Overall Rating
Overall Rating (9 Reviews)
4.7
(9 Ratings)(9 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.1
SCENERY
3.3
PRODUCTION
4.9
SWAG
4.7
Running With the Cows consists of an annual 5k and Half Marathon. These races are normally held on the second Saturday in May. Running with the Cows attracts runners from all over Kansas & around the country! An event for the whole family! Rural, rolling hills, serene asphalt course, fresh … MORE
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    starlingk2003 FIRST-TIMER '14

    This half marathon benefits a local catholic school and the post race food is like a gigantic church picnic!!! Food for days, even for the slower finishers! I signed up … MORE

    This half marathon benefits a local catholic school and the post race food is like a gigantic church picnic!!! Food for days, even for the slower finishers! I signed up for this as part 3 of the heartland 39.3 series. Both my knees hurt during this race! I don’t remember the course being especially difficult. Swag: shirt was cute!! You get a cowbell when you finish (with your medal). By the time I limped in (bad knees) they had run out of medals and bells?! But they gave me a prior year medal and promised to mail me the correct medal and the bell. Which they did do.

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    mgriffith FIRST-TIMER '18

    Very well supported race... abundant well-stocked aid stations, cheerful volunteers, amazing food, great medal. This would be great for beginners... but Kansas isn’t as flat as you think! Rolling hills … MORE

    Very well supported race… abundant well-stocked aid stations, cheerful volunteers, amazing food, great medal. This would be great for beginners… but Kansas isn’t as flat as you think! Rolling hills on this course.

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    runningnavyvet REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Great course and awesomely supported race complete with cookies and milk at mile 10. Great post run potluck buffet and supports of church school and always a great medal and … MORE

    Great course and awesomely supported race complete with cookies and milk at mile 10. Great post run potluck buffet and supports of church school and always a great medal and fun volunteers at the finish line

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    klucht FIRST-TIMER '16

    This race is thru the country on rolling country roads. What sets this race apart is the amazing atmosphere and post race smorgasbord. Anything you could possibly crave post race … MORE

    This race is thru the country on rolling country roads. What sets this race apart is the amazing atmosphere and post race smorgasbord. Anything you could possibly crave post race is there!! Such a fun race!! I highly recommend it.

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    3
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    5
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    3
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    5

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    thegreatmdunn FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race was FUN and everyone around seemed to be enjoying themselves thoroughly. The course was well-marked and safe from traffic, and featured rolling hills through the middle miles. One … MORE

    This race was FUN and everyone around seemed to be enjoying themselves thoroughly. The course was well-marked and safe from traffic, and featured rolling hills through the middle miles. One big disadvantage is that it’s nearly all in full sun – so on a warm day, there’s no escaping heat buildup.

    The post-race food was phenomenal and there was some of about everything you could imagine, thanks to a lot of fantastic and culinary talented volunteers! There was space to rest, lounge, and hang around; part of the very welcoming feel of the whole event.

    I also participated in the Udder Grit Challenge – a farm-themed obstacle course – which was a blast. There were a few moments of confusion that I think will be remedied in the future; I believe this was the first year of the UGC, and there’s always a learning curve. Some of the race organizers spoke with me about ideas and suggestions (I’ve done a few handfuls of OCRs). Again, everyone volunteering was enthusiastic, supportive, and welcoming.

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    troll2069 FIRST-TIMER '17

    I went to see a fellow runner in our 50 state group reach half #100, and I had not yet run Kansas. The run was well staffed and the activities … MORE

    I went to see a fellow runner in our 50 state group reach half #100, and I had not yet run Kansas. The run was well staffed and the activities around the race were excellent. The day was more humid than I expected and the course a little more rolling hills than I expected. I also saw less cows than I thought – but it was nice to be there, nice to see all of the 50 state runners out there, and my wife and I had a nice few days in the area. The medal was fantastic.

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    KateBrummel FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race is run by so many friendly people. I expected the course to be flatter than it was, so I started out probably faster than I should have. I … MORE

    This race is run by so many friendly people. I expected the course to be flatter than it was, so I started out probably faster than I should have. I was hoping to PR but didn’t finish nearly as well as I’d hoped. There’s always next year! The after race festivities had more food than I could have ever imagined! No runner should ever go home hungry after running with the cows! 🙂

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    MadelynMarino FIRST-TIMER '15

    I stumbled upon this race via a youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anLa-AzW2bI. The race was in the town of Bucyrus, which is about an hour south from Kansas City. The expo was … MORE

    I stumbled upon this race via a youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anLa-AzW2bI.

    The race was in the town of Bucyrus, which is about an hour south from Kansas City.

    The expo was tiny with limited merchandise. What the expo lacked in merchandise was made up in the personalized cow bibs and t-shirt. The t-shirt was blue with a cow on it, probably the coolest tech t-shirt I own.

    There were a lot of interesting things to keep us busy at the race including tractors, a cow painted car, and lots of livestock. There was also breakfast they were serving inside of the church.

    The course was through the farm town of Bucyrus. The course was very challenging with rolling hills throughout. They weren’t necessarily steep hills, but there were many of them. It was also a pretty monotonous course. It was an out and back race along numerous farms. There wasn’t much to break-up the scenery. Ironically, there weren’t many cows until the end of the race!

    There were many aid stations throughout the course. The volunteers were also extremely helpful and friendly. I don’t recall anything unique about the race, until mile 8. At mile 8 was a horrific hill that was extremely steep. At that point in the race the last thing I want is a steep hill. Fortunately there was a downhill on the other end of it. The last leg of the race was also tough. I could tell that I was nearing the end of the race but the hills continued.

    At the end of the race there was tons of food. The local community provided pizza, BBQ, sandwiches, and baked goods. It was amazing. I even had a nutella and peanut butter sandwich. That was delicious.

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    M_Sohaskey Feb 09, 2017 at 7:16pm

    If the tech shirt looks anything like the race logo, I'm sold! After all, who doesn't love cows? White cows, black cows, happy cows, mad cows (ok, maybe not the mad cows...). And I could be wrong, but I'm guessing you were the first person to sit atop that tractor while wearing a tutu. :) I always love low-key small-town races like this one, where you get to explore a region of the country you might not otherwise visit. And with nutella and peanut butter at the finish, clearly the organizers knew what they're doing, hills and all. Thanks for the awesome review, Madelyn!

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    slomojohn REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Put on by the local Catholic Diocese, Running with the Cows has fast become a regional favorite race. The Race Committee goes all out to make the day a welcoming … MORE

    Put on by the local Catholic Diocese, Running with the Cows has fast become a regional favorite race. The Race Committee goes all out to make the day a welcoming experience, and by the number of repeat racers, and folks drawn by word of mouth, they are doing quite well. The race has a great homegrown feel to it, and the post-race food is top notch. The Cow theme is carried out throughout the race and marketing, and the medals feature the cartoon mascot as well. You even get a cowbell for completing the half. 2016 was the seventh running of this race, and I see nothing but good things ahead. I look forward to the 2017 event already.

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