The third annual SCKMC Landrush race is open for registration now.

The race will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 26.

Landrush is a fundraiser that benefits South Central Kansas Medical Center.

The money raised is used as the foundation for growth and development of the services SCKMC provides, such as equipment purchases, physician recruitment and program enhancement.

This will be the third annual Landrush race. The first two years have seen an average of 135 participants and 300 spectators.

The event was fashioned after popular “extreme” races such as Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder and Spartan Race, according to SKCMC Marketing Director Clayton Pappan.

This year, races will include multiple heats of a 5K (3.1-mile) track with 12 obstacles spread throughout, a 2K track with six obstacles for kids aged 8 to 14 and a new, 10-mile on-road/off-road obstacle course for cyclists, spanning Arkansas City.

Obstacles include:

  1. an 8-foot wall climb;
  2. a large-scale mud slide;
  3. mud pits with mounds of mud in between;
  4. bales of hay that runners must climb, and then jump from bale to bale;
  5. a horizontally climbed “rock wall” obstacle;
  6. a tangle of ropes that each participant must climb through from one side to the other;
  7. a series of hurdles that must be climbed over or crawled under
  8. a mud pit “on the rocks” — which is colder than other water on the run;
  9. a trench or tunnel that must be crawled through.
  10. an “A-frame” that must be climbed up and back down;
  11. a telephone pole test of balance;
  12. a shallow pond that must be crossed.

In addition to the races, SCKMC Landrush also will include an area for music and entertainment, food vendors, spectator seating, and entertainment for family members of all ages.

Safety and security will be at the forefront of this event. In addition to the full medical services provided on site through SCKMC’s emergency room, there also will be a first aid station located within the event itself, said Pappan.

SKCMC is located at 6401 Patterson Pkwy., 2 miles north of town. The course itself meanders throughout Patterson Park Subdivision.