Unfortunately, given the present circumstances, we do not feel like we will be able to deliver a quality race for everyone and still keep all involved safe. Because of this we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s race.
We plan on coming back in full force to celebrate our 5th year in 2021! The race is set for August 7th with the rain date the following Saturday, the 14th.
We are so excited to offer to the community once again the Run For Raptors. This race is held in one of the nicest trail systems in the greater KC area, Swope Park Trails. Thanks to all the past participation, this has become the largest annual fundraiser for Friends of Lakeside Nature Center. The funds raised go towards the wildlife rehabilitation efforts of Lakeside Nature Center. Initially, the event was started to help build a new housing facility for our amazing Raptor Ambassadors. Due to its continued success, we all are hoping to break ground this fall!
This year we will have the return of Chris Cakes, yoga and our raffle. But we have added, a 15K, finishing medals, DJ and top finishing prizes. And as always, we will have our education birds of prey there for you to see up close!
Now, for those new to the trail system…this is a trail race that will have a “rain date”. We have to use this if the trails receive too much precipitation making them soft and easily damaged. This protects all the hard work done by the trail builders and maintains pristine tread that stands up year after year. That date is set for the following Saturday. And since this is a fundraiser, we do not offer refunds.
*Due to the heat and that there will be live birds present, we are not allowing dogs on the race. They can, however, come and cheer you on from the side lines as long as they are leashed.