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Labor Day offers chance to run before relaxation begins

5K runs are a great way to start your Labor Day holiday.
5K runs are a great way to start your Labor Day holiday. File photo

For fitness freaks, Labor Day is full of 5K runs to help get your cardio in before lazing the rest of the day away.

Most 5K runs feature afterparties complete with food and drinks.

Here are three 5K runs you can participate in on Monday to kickstart your day off:

Labor Run 5K

If you’re a fan of breakfast (specifically pancakes), this run in Sedgwick County Park is sure to please.

Who it benefits: The Treehouse, a Christian-based nonprofit that provides parenting education, one-time free distribution of basic infant necessities, and other assistance to mothers in need.

Run route: The 5K, measured by Trevor Darmstetter of Go Race Timing, winds through Sedgwick County Park, 6501 W. 21st. The start/finish line is by the large playground at the corner of North Shore Boulevard and Horseshoe Lake Drive.

When: Run starts at 8:30 a.m. Monday. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Registration cost: Registration that morning, which includes breakfast and a T-shirt, is $35 for adults 13 and older, and $25 for children 6 to 12 years old. If you’re going to support friends or family in the 5K, you can also register just for the Chris Cakes pancake feed, which is $6. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. You can also register from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at the Treehouse, 151 N. Volutsia.

Prizes: A medal will be given for first place in the 8-and-under category as well as the 9-to-12-year-old category. For the following categories, a medal will be given to the top male and female finishers: 13-17, 18-25, 26-34, 35-45, and 46-and-up. The top overall male and female finishers will receive another medal as well as a $50 gift card to First Gear.

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Kidzcope Good Grief 5K

The Kidzcope Good Grief 5K returns for a fifth year on Monday at the Waterfront, 13th and Webb. For people who might want a little more stout beverages after their Labor Day run, this is the run. After the Good Grief 5K, there will be live music, food from Whole Foods, and beer.

Who it benefits: Kidzcope, which provides free grief assistance to children or families mourning a loss.

Run route: The run begins in the parking lot of Whole Foods, 1423 N. Webb, and goes up Webb to Waterfront Parkway, where it then wends through Waterfront proper, eventually going to 13th and Webb, where you’ll (agonizingly) see the finish line but will still be about a mile from finishing. You then run up Webb to Waterfront Parkway, cross Webb and run back down to the Whole Foods parking lot, where the race ends.

When: Kids run at 8:30 a.m. Regular 5K begins at 9 a.m. Awards ceremony at 10 a.m.

Registration cost: Registration that morning, which includes a T-shirt, is $35 for adults and $20 for youth. Registration can also be completed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Whole Foods, 1423 N. Webb.

Prizes: In the main 5K, medals will be given to the top three male and female finishers in the following categories: 12 and younger, 13-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 and older. Additionally, the top three youth finishers, male and female, in the Kids Run will be recognized in the following age groups: 6 and younger, 7-9 and 10-12.

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Run for Their Lives, Augusta

If you live in Butler County (and are a fan of bounce houses, face-painting and balloons), this could be the Labor Day Run for you. The third annual Run for Their Lives 5K will be start at 9 a.m. in Augusta’s Robert Shryock Park.

Who it benefits: Pregnancy and Family Resource Centers, a confidential service in El Dorado and Augusta that provides free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests and pregnancy counseling to mothers in need.

Run route: The race begins at Augusta’s Robert Shryock Park, 2829 N. Ohio Street in Augusta.

When: One-mile family fun walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Regular 5K begins at 9 a.m. Registration on-site begins at 7:45 a.m.

Registration cost: Registration that morning is $30 for the 5K, $25 for the one-mile fun run.

More information:

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt

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