Kansas > Buffalo Bell Stampede Half Marathon & 10K
Leavenworth, KS • Sunday, May 4, 2014 • Course Map
Known as the "first city of Kansas" and the "post that opened the West" thanks to its historic Fort Leavenworth, the oldest Army post west of the Mississippi, the city of Leavenworth hosts the 5th annual running of the Buffalo Bell Stampede Half Marathon (formerly known as the Five Trails Half Marathon) in 2014, along an out-and-back loop course that starts and finishes at the city's Warren Middle School, located right next door to 10th Avenue Park just south of downtown.
Five historic trails criss-cross through the Leavenworth area -- including the Pike's Peak Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, the Mormon Trail and the Oregon and California trails -- and the race begins at 8:00 AM at the middle school, which is located along the city's New Lawrence Road.
From there, runners head first southward along New Lawrence Road and past 10th Avenue Park for the first mile, climbing an estimated 130 feet in elevation and then heading downhill towards the second mile marker.
The race's biggest hill occurs just after the mile 3 marker, at the place known as the "Pike's Peak of Leavenworth," where runners will climb about 155 feet in elevation on their way up the hill. There's an equally big downhill on the backside of the "Peak" as runners make their way toward the mile 4 marker, just as runners are nearing Spruce Street.
The rest of the course features a mix of hills and brief flat stretches, but nothing quite as challenging as the hill between the third and fourth miles. Runners continue along 20th Street toward Shawnee Street, where they turn right and head along the northernmost edge of the half marathon route, and then turn again on Broadway and head south, just as their completing the first half of the race.
Runners keep heading southward along Broadway to Thornton Street, where they turn left and then turn again onto Shrine Park Road, which they stay on for roughly the next two miles as the road takes them through Shrine Park and Buffalo Bill Park, through some uphill and downhill stretches. The course turns again on Eisenhower Road, and then takes them back toward the finish at the middle school.
About 400 runners cross the finish line each year, which also serves as a fundraiser for the locally-based Leavenworth County Historical Society. The "Buffalo Bell Stampede" concept, they add, helps to emphasize the city's history and the race's connection to the historical society, which hopes for a well-attended race, especially given the tough budget climate in today's economic times.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the winding Missouri River in northeastern Kansas, roughly 30 miles northwest of Kansas City, Mo., Leavenworth typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather conditions in the mid-spring season.
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To reserve your spot in the late spring 2014 running of Leavenworth's Buffalo Bell Stampede Half Marathon, register online at the event website.
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