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Tour de Trail 2021

Registration Opens Dec 13th. 

You may register for any given event prior to two days before the race. 

Courses:

Hidden Valley: April 19-25*
Shawnee Mission South: June 21-27*- in person race June 26
Kill Creek: July 19-25 – in person race July 24
Swope: August 23-29*
Shawnee Mission Park Mtn Bike Trails: September 20-26* – in person race and awards September 25

*Open course format only

**Rain out dates: If there are significant course closure dates and/ or in person races are rained out, we will shift the dates forward a week and all people will run that location as an open course. 

Race Descriptions:

Tour De Trail is a series of trail races throughout the Kansas City Area ranging in distance from 5-6 miles each.  Run one, or run them all.  The series will be a mixture of in person and open course format races.  Wyco, Kill Creek, Shawnee Mission South, and Shawnee Mission Mountain Bike Trails will have both an in person and open course format to choose from.  Hidden Valley and Swope will be open course only (no in person races at these).

Open courses must be run exactly as the course marked.  There will be a one week window where the course will be lightly marked and gpx files will be provided to follow.  The course may be run anytime during that week, and results submitted to the Race Directors.

Jason Silvers 2019 Race Review of Tour de Trail Kill Creek

Registration:

You may register for the series as a whole, or you may register for individual races. Upon registering you will be required to select either in person or open course.  In person only applies to the events that have that option.

If you select in person, and circumstances arise where you cannot race on race day, you may run the course in the open course format and will need to submit your results to Runreg.com and switch to the open course format. If you select open course, you are tied to that option and may not run the course during the in person race window.

If you register for the series as a whole, registration is $160, $30 of which will be donated to Urban Trail Co.

Singular races are $30 each, $5 of which will be donated to Urban Trail Co. 

Canine runners may be registered for $5 on race day at bib pickup.

Trangender and Non-Binary Policy 

Athletes with Disabilities

Timing/results:
We will use clock timing. Results will be listed on RunReg.com and at www.teamsparklekc.com

Open Course Timing:
Athletes will submit one result per course via RunReg.com.  Instructions for uploading runs will be sent out to all registered runners.  Results must be uploaded via Strava.  The run must be marked as a race in Strava for accurate timing.  Runs submitted for results must be made public in Strava.  Athletes may run the course throughout the week as many times as they like, but may only submit one result.

Aid:

Due to Covid precautions, water will only be provided at the Start/Finish area.  We will have bottled water and sparkling water and bananas available at the finish.  We’re balancing our desire to be as green as possible with our desire to keep our runners safe so please bring your own water whenever possible.

We do not require participants to run with water, though we highly recommend it, particularly in the summer months.  You must provide your own hydration device such as a handheld or hydration vest. 

Race Rules:

  • Face masks/buffs must be worn (correctly over your mouth and nose) when not on the race course.  
  • Face masks/buffs must be worn in the starting coral.  We highly recommend keeping your mask/buff on for the first several minutes of the event while runners spread out. 
  • Runners will start in waves of a max of 20 people, spread 10 minutes apart.  The first wave will be female athletes only.  Waves 2 and on will be randomized.  Any concerns with wave assignments can be addressed with the RD’s after they are assigned.   
  • Face masks/buffs must be worn immediately after crossing the finish line. 
  • NO Littering!  Please be sure that you pack out any gu wrappers, tissues or bottles that you use on course.  Litterers will be subject to public flogging and humiliation (and disqualification).  
  • No poles allowed (contact RD’s if medical/extenuating circumstances)
  • No alcohol allowed in Kansas parks
  • Dogs allowed.  Dogs must be leashed and under control at all times and you must pick up after your dog.  Runners will be subject to disqualification if these rules are not adhered to.  Dogs must be registered, paid for and wear a number.   
  • This is a cupless event.  You are responsible for providing your own hydration device (see aid section). 
  • Course must be followed as marked.  If any portion of the course is cut, runners will be disqualified.  If you get off course you must backtrack and follow the proper course.  
  • Markings: Course will be marked using pink flagging and will be explained in the pre race briefing.
  • Road crossings: some of the races will have road crossings.  Volunteers will be stationed at crossings, but runners are responsible for their own safe crossing.  Please check carefully for cars and/or bikes.  Parks and roads will remain open during the races.
  • Personal music devices are allowed as long as headphones are used and you maintain a volume that allows you to hear other runners.  We recommend either one earbud or bone conducting headphones.  NO SPEAKERS.  These are single track courses and passing will be tight, please be courteous to other runners and stay alert.  
  • Passing: Allow runners in front of you to know that you would like to pass and then pass on the left when it is safe to do so.  On out and back sections, yield to the person returning to the start/finish area. 
  • Kids are welcome to register.  Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult for the entirety of the race course.  

Map & GPX Files:
Info will be sent out to registered runners via email prior to the race dates

Swag:

  • Runners will receive a sticker branded specifically for the trail system for that day’s course.  Runners participating in only open course formats, will receive all of the applicable stickers at the end of the race series.  
  • Shirts and neck gaiters are available for purchase upon registration.  You may select either race morning pickup or shipping. 

Awards:

First overall Male and Female will be awarded each race.  

First overall Male and Female will also be awarded for the “Tour”.  At the end of each race points will be awarded.  First place gets 100, second place 99, third 98, and so on down the list.  Points will be added together for all races in the Tour.  The Male and Female with the most points will receive an award.  Open course and In person races will be listed as separate events, so the open course and in person first place each gets 100 points on a given course.  In the event of a tie, the tie breaker is the overall fastest time.  

***New*** Additional points can be earned for trail work/ trail trimming.  Trail work must be approved by Urban Trail Co, and signed off by a UTC steward.  For each hour of trail work performed, runners will receive two additional points towards their overall total with a cap of 12 points.  Trail work must be sanctioned and signed off by UTC. 

Schedule:

  • 6:00-6:45 AM bib pickup starts.  Please maintain social distancing while picking up bibs.  
  • 7:00 AM race start-first wave
  • 7:10 AM wave two starts
  • 7:20 AM wave three starts
  • 7:30 AM wave four starts
  • 7:40 AM wave five starts
  • 11:00 AM cutoff.  We must be strict on this cutoff due to our permit from the park.  Please understand that if you come in beyond the 11AM mark, we will be taking down the finish line stuff because we have to, not because we are impatient to go home.  We will be there to cheer you on no matter what!