The Prairie Fire Marathon series is returning to downtown Wichita, as distance runners from 43 different states will converge this weekend for its ninth installment.
Here’s what runners to need to know before Sunday morning.
What kind of races are offered?
The Prairie Fire Marathon fall series includes both a full marathon and half marathon, as well as a 5-kilometer, a youth marathon and a fun run-walk. The event kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with the start of the full and half marathon, shortly followed by the 5K at 7:50 a.m. The youth marathon and fun run-walk both start at 11 a.m.
How much will it cost me?
The full marathon costs $110, the half marathon is $85, the 5K is $55 and the fun run-walk is $25. All runners will have access to RaceJoy, a phone app that sends GPS-based progress alerts at mile points to friends and family unable to attend. Runners will also receive a medallion and a finisher’s T-shirt following the race. There is also a Runners’ Village located at 455 S. Wichita that offers free massages, food, beer, water, Gatorade and fruit to go along with live music near the finish line.
What’s the weather looking like?
It’s going to be cool with a chance of brief showers on Sunday morning. Forecasts call for the temperature to be around 48 degrees for most of the race with a chance of rain throughout.
Can I still register?
Yes, but no longer online. The last chance to sign up for the race will be on Saturday at the Fit For Life Expo at Century II from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All runners must pick up a registration packet at the event. A runner may have someone else pick up their packet for them, but that person must have a copy of the runner’s photo ID. There are no packet pick ups allowed on Sunday.
What do the courses look like?
No major changes have been made from the 2017 marathon. The event website, prairiefiremarathon.com, also has course maps for the other races.
How can I volunteer?
The Prairie Fire Marathon is looking for volunteer help for both Saturday and Sunday. Sign up is through the website.
Who are the former champions?
Wichita native Raquel Stucky owns the women’s marathon record and also the state record with her 2014 victory in 2 hours, 44 minutes, 57 seconds. Stanley Boen set the men’s record in 2015 with a time of 2:20:47. In the half-marathon, WSU graduate Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton set the women’s record in 2013 in 1:14:35 and Hillary Too set the men’s record in 2016 in 1:03:28.