With only a week left before this year’s South Central Kansas Medical Center Landrush, the race planning committee is completing the final details for a new event.

2016 SCKMC Landrush
Photo by CLAYTON PAPPAN

Participants in SCKMC Landrush’s 2016 Kids 2K race slide up and down the mud mounds obstacle. Several new obstacles and an additional cycling race have been added for the 2017 event.

The third annual SCKMC Landrush will take place on Aug. 26 at the hospital grounds in Patterson Park Subdivision.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:45 a.m., with the first event beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding with the cycling event at 11 a.m. There will be a free spectator area, which includes food trucks, local vendors, a children’s play area with two bounce houses and more.

The hospital fundraiser began in 2015 with a 5K, 12-obstacle race and expanded in 2016 to include a kids 2K with six obstacles.

For 2017, the event is expanding once again to include a 10-mile cycling race, which includes the original 12 obstacles.

“The idea for the cycling race was brought up by a member of the committee after seeing someone ride their bicycle along the trail following last year’s event,” said Clayton Pappan, SCKMC’s marketing director.

Cycling race participants will begin at the bicycle trail entrance located on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Sixth Street, beside the soccer complex in Arkansas City.

The race route follows the bike trail to Chestnut Avenue and then north on Eighth Street, past Skyline Road and connecting to 61st Road, which leads to the back entrance of the hospital.

Once at the hospital, cyclists will ride the final 5K section, completing each obstacle along the way.

“We’ve worked closely with the team at Spoke-N-Things (the local cycling shop in Ark City) to get an understanding of what riders are looking for,” Pappan said.

“We want to make this both a fun and challenging event for cyclists of all skill levels.”

New Landrush obstacles

In addition to the new race, there are several new obstacles that will be featured in the SCKMC Landrush events. The spiderweb shower, mudslide and over/under hurdles are all new for 2017.

Scott Stevens is SCKMC’s maintenance director and serves as chairman of obstacle design for the event’s planning committee.

“We are going to make the mudslide about 50 feet long, with water running down the slide and into a mud pool at the bottom,” Stevens said.

The spiderweb shower is a 10-foot-long entanglement of ropes, combined with 10 shower heads.

“Runners will have to crawl through the web while water is getting them drenched. It should be lots of fun,” said Darci Sampson, race committee member.

Both the mudslide and spiderweb shower are part of all three races, including the kids 2K.

“I think we did a good job this year of including the kids in some of the funner obstacles,” Sampson said.

“I know my daughter enjoyed (the race) last year, along with my niece and nephew. They really enjoyed the mud mounds, getting to jump into the water. They keep asking what the obstacles are for this year, and I think they will really enjoy the new mudslide.”

“It’s nice to see people coming to the event and supporting the hospital,” Sampson added. “This is a family event (and) everybody is welcome.”

More information, including a link to online registration, can be found at www.sckrmc.org/sckmc-landrush.

This information was provided by South Central Kansas Medical Center Marketing Director Clayton Pappan.

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