By David Markham
Want to get out in nature, explore places you’ve never been, and have a fun adventure with family or friends? The TimberRidge Adventure Race, now back for its second year, could be your answer.
“Anyone can do this event and have fun – our youngest participants have been under 3 years old,” said Special Events Coordinator Katy Renner. “You don’t have to know how to use a map and compass, but it helps. Wandering around in the woods and finding new things is always a good time!
This year’s TimberRidge Adventure Race will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, and will include activities at Kill Creek Park, Kill Creek Streamway Park, and on portions of the adventure course at TimberRidge Adventure Center. Last year’s first time event at TimberRidge drew 130 participants, and organizers anticipate nearly 200 racers this year.
“We are excited to showcase the ‘hidden gem of Johnson County, Kill Creek Park,’” Renner said. “This park boasts many amenities that people have no idea are there. From beautiful mountain bike trails to the lengthy paved trails and manicured green spaces, there’s something for everyone. The TimberRidge Adventure Race will take people into new spaces within the parks and perhaps offer some new challenges that we haven’t yet done at our other adventure races.“
As with last year’s event, the TimberRidge Adventure Race will offer two- and six-hour options, and will go on as planned, rain or shine.
The two-hour race will be entirely on foot and open to solos and teams. This course is designed for the beginner, but two-hour racers may encounter a few difficult challenges along the way. Racers need to be prepared for trekking on paved trails as well as through brush, trees, and maybe even water.
The six-hour course will have the following divisions: solo, two-person team, three-person team, and four-person team, while the two-hour course will have the following divisions: solo and team.
Officials anticipate those on the two-hour course will expend six to eight miles of trekking (both hiking and running), while those on the six-hour course will expend ten miles of trekking, plus 20-plus miles of mountain biking, and one to two miles of paddling (canoe for teams and kayaks for individuals). There may also be surprise challenges along the way.
It is also important to note that during the event, athletes will have access only to the gear, food, and drink that they carry on their bike or in their pack.
For the two-hour course, solo registration is $40, while registration for a team or family (up to four) is $80, additional team members are $20 each. For the six-hour course, the cost is $65 for solo athletes, $130 for teams of two, $195 for teams of three, and $260 for teams of four. Registrations for both the two- and six-hour courses will end at midnight on Friday, Sept. 16, which is the day before race day. To register, go to runsignup.com/Race/KS/Olathe/TimberRidgeAdventureRace.
For more information, contact Renner at [email protected] or by calling 913-826-2964. Volunteers are also being sought for this event. If you’d like to volunteer or learn more, go to runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/KS/Olathe/TimberRidgeAdventureRace.
Packet pickup for this race will be onsite at TimberRidge on the morning of the event beginning at 7 am.