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Kansas Rails-to-Trails Extravaganza
October 28, 2023
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About The Kansas Rails-to-Trails Extravaganza
The Kansas Rails-to-Trails Extravaganza half marathon in Ottawa, Kansas is a great way to experience the beauty of this part of the country. The course winds its way along the scenic historic rail trail that follows the Marais des Cygnes River. It’s an out and back route with about a 200 foot elevation gain, so it’s challenging enough for experienced runners but not too daunting for those new to running longer distances.
Running through fields and rolling hills, you will get to take in all of nature’s beauty as well as some interesting historical structures such as old railroad bridges and trestles that were once used by pioneers traveling across the area. Along with beautiful views, there are also areas where you can stop to watch wildlife or simply rest before continuing your journey on this unique path.
October is usually a pleasant time of year in Ottawa and weather conditions tend to be mild; temperatures typically range from 40–60 degrees Fahrenheit (4–15 Celsius). You may even catch glimpses of fall foliage if you’re lucky! There won’t be large crowds at this race since it isn’t widely advertised, so most participants will be local or regional runners who enjoy taking part in smaller events like these.
This event has been going on since 1989 and looks set to continue annually due its popularity amongst active locals. It’s also very family friendly; there are shorter races available for kids who want to join in on all the fun! Special awards are given out after each race depending on age category, making it extra exciting for everyone involved. So if you’re looking for a different kind of half marathon experience then why not give Kansas Rails-to-Trails Extravaganza a go?