2017 Lunar Kanza – Saturday, August 12th
Lunar Kanza is not a race… it is a fun, leisure night-time bike ride and run, conducted under a full moon on the gravel roads surrounding Emporia, Kansas. Aid stations will be provided at approximately mile 13 and mile 25, allowing for riders to have two turn around options. Folks can tailor their ride to be either 25 miles or 50 miles. The run is 13.3 miles long, but utilizes a lollipop format and has multiple aid stations that can allow runners to shorten their run if they so choose (3.5 and 9.2 mile options if one turns around at aid station 1 or 2). Again, this is about having fun under a Flint Hills full moon! Ride or run all or some of the course, however much you like!
The Lunar Kanza Ride or Run will begin and end in beautiful downtown Emporia, Kansas, in the parking lot behind Gravel City Adventure & Supply Co (716 Commercial). The Ride will utilize a “floating” start time. Participants are encouraged to begin their ride anytime between 6:00pm and 8:00pm, with the intent of finishing between the hours of 10:00pm and 11:00pm. (Don’t begin too early, or you will miss riding under the full moon. Begin your ride too late, and you’ll miss the post-ride block party.) All runners will begin at 8:30 PM so as to ensure a night time run for all abilities.
The course will take participants from downtown Emporia, out onto the gravel roads of the Flint Hills region of east-central Kansas. Once home to the great Kanza Nation, the Flint Hills have been called the “eastern-most part of the Great Far West”. Come out and experience these Flint Hills in a brand new way… under the light of the full moon. Afterwards, hang out and enjoy the Lunar Kanza Block Party.
Each participant will receive one meal voucher and two drink vouchers. The meal will be provided by local food vendors. Drinks will be provided by Mulready’s Pub, and will include various craft beers, and assorted soft drinks. Additional meals and drinks will be available for purchase. There will also be games and live music throughout the evening as you return to Emporia.
New for this year, your event entry fee will gain you a Lunar Kanza Celebration button. In addition to entry into the Lunar Kanza celebration, your button will also get you perks at participating downtown Emporia merchants! The celebration and merchant perks are open to folks from the community and all are encouraged to join in the fun! Simply purchase a button and be sure to wear it proudly to gain entry to the Celebration and to receive your merchant perks. Discounts and promos will run from August 5th – August 19th. Buttons will go on sale in conjunction with Midnight Madness on Thursday, July 20th.
- Minors 17 and younger can attend the celebration for free, but will need to purchase a button to receive the perks from local businesses. Adults 18 and older must have purchased a button to enter the Lunar Kanza celebration and to receive the business perks.
Please bring your own lawn chair to enjoy the music!