Sunday, October 8, 2017 • Wichita, KS • Course Map
Kansas’s largest city welcomes thousands of runners each year for this run along a fast, flat course that unfolds through the heart of its residential neighborhoods as well as its new, up-and-coming entertainment districts and local parks, and even features a crossing over the Arkansas River.
The race follows an out-and-back 13.1-mile route that starts and finishes just across the river from Wichita’s Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, the home of the city’s Wichita Wingnuts American Association pro baseball team.
From there, runners follow a route that takes them first eastward through the city, across the river over the Lewis Street bridge, up McLean Boulevard for a brief stretch and then back over the river at Douglas Avenue, which runners then remain on for the next three miles.
Runners encounter the first of the race’s only mild, rolling hills just after passing the mile 3 marker, as they’re entering the College Hill and Crown Heights neighborhoods. The next three miles take runners around a loop that passes College Hill Park and the Robert Dole V.A. Medical Center, and then brings them back around to Douglas Avenue via turns on 2nd Street, Oliver and English Street.
Those running in the half marathon are half-way done with the race by the time they head back onto Douglas, where they’ll see the mile 7 marker shortly and then stay on Douglas for about the next mile and a half.
The last four miles of the course are nearly all pancake flat as they take runners through several turns around the city’s central business and government district, where runners will run past Wichita’s City Hall on their way to the next-to-last crossing over the Arkansas River, just south of Riverside Park.
The final mile of the race takes runners southward along McLean for a nice, flat stretch along the bend in the river as they make their way in to the finish line, just across the river from the baseball stadium.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in southeastern Kansas, roughly 200 miles southwest of Missouri’s Kansas City, the city of Wichita typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather in the mid-fall. In October, record temperatures here have reached as low as 14°F (in 1917) and as high as 97°F (in 2006).
On race day (Oct. 8), the average low is 50ºF and the average high is 74ºF.
- 2016 Fall Prairie Fire Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Fall Prairie Fire Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Fall Prairie Fire Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Fall Prairie Fire Half Marathon Results
- 7:30 AM – half marathon, full marathon
- 7:50 AM – 5K
- $60 – $75 for the half marathon
- $80 – $95 for the full marathon
- $35 – $50 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Wichita’s Prairie Fire Fall Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K or Fun Run, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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