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Sunflower Striders Running Club

The Topeka Sunflower Striders Running Club is a non-profit organization committed to the overall health and well-being of all who engage in physical activity. The Sunflower Striders Running Club encourages running, walking, or any other form of physical activity with the focus being the mental, physical and social well-being of its members.


We offer weekly get-togethers where runners or walkers can offer or receive motivation to or from others to continue in their pursuit of physical and mental fitness.  In recent years, the club has sponsored several annual fun runs including the Labor Your Legs on Labor Day Event and the Thanksgiving Day run around Lake Sherwood, and spring picnics.  One of our largest events is hosting the annual Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon each January which provides funding for local charities.  The Club has also provided funding for water fountains along the Shunga Trail and Lake Shawnee in addition to contributing to many other community service projects and activities.

If you would like to be a part of the Topeka Sunflower Striders Running Club, you can sign up today at .  Annual individual memberships are only $20 and Family memberships are $25.  Membership includes a discount at Garry Gribble's Running Sports, discounts on many local race entries, fun runs, and more!  Consider signing up today!

Group Long Run on October 1, 2016

Join us for a group long run Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 6:30am.  This weeks long run will begin at the YMCA-North Kuehne Branch located at 1936 NW Tyler Street in Topeka.  We will be running about 10 miles.  All paces are welcome!

Thanksgiving Day Run

Mark your calendar's for the Annual Striders' Thanksgiving Day Run at Lake Sherwood.  The event will be held at the Lake Sherwood Clubhouse on Thursday, November 24th at 8:00 am.  This is a FREE fun run open to both runners and walkers.  We will be holding a charity Can Drive at the event so please consider bringing a canned food item. 

35th Annual Topeka To Auburn Half Marathon - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

The T2A Half Marathon will be Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10AM.  This race is one of the most challenging half marathons in the area due to the hills and the unpredictable weather.  The T2A course is a point to point that starts at Indian Hills Elementary School, passes through the residential area of Lake Sherwood, then south and west on both paved and unpaved country roads until you reach the finish 13.1 miles later in lovely Auburn, KS.  NEW THIS YEAR: 2 PERSON RELAY!!!!! Find a friend and conquer the Hills of the T2A together!

Register online at
or mail-in entries can be located under the 'Topeka to Auburn' tab.  Early registration deadline ends September 30th so register today before the price increases!


Sunflower Strider Gear Available

Sunflower Strider singlets and shorts are now available for purchase.  Singlet's are available for $30 and Shorts are $20. The front and back images of the singlet are pictured below.  If interested in purchasing, please email


Searching For Your Next Race? Check Out This New App!

Run America is a new running application available on the Apple iOS and Google Android Markets for phones and tablets. It's free to download and no ads, for now! The app is a race finder and review site with over 300,000+ races and events that are pulled from API's which means they are constantly updating daily. More than 1,000 races are added per night. Once downloaded, you immediately can tap a race and it pulls them up near your current location. Also, you can filter them out based on the parameters provided. You can read reviews from other runners to get an idea of the area, city, hotels, medals, course and difficulty or write your own review. Download the app on

Interested in Hosting a Race?

Planning a race is a monumental task.  We know!  Check out this helpful guide on how to plan a race and keep you on track.  This guide will give you tips applicable to any type of race, of any distance.  You can find a link to the guide under the "Resources" tab or simply download the guide HERE

Team United Stars Track Club

Last spring the Striders shared the track with the Team United Stars Track Club on Tuesday nights. Their mission is to provide a structured environment for youth to develop confidence, increase their understanding of hard work, dedication, unity and academic success. The Team's vision is to unite every youth regardless of culture, ethnicity, origin, or socio-economic status and foster a foundation that is comprised of faith, academics and athleticism while impacting families and communities positively.

Coaches: Aaron Gardiner, Sasha Wallace, Ron Moore, Chris Brown, and Phong Nugyen

If you have any questions for the track club in terms of participation or sponsorship please contact Coach Gardiner
at (785-845-0440).


Tuesday Night Interval Workouts at Washburn University

Spring Into Action and Improve Your Fitness!!!  Join the Striders every Tuesday night at 6p at Washburn University's track in Moore Bowl. Enter the track at the North East corner.  Warm-up at 5:45.  A workout will be provided.  However, what you do and the pace you do it at is up to you.  Bring a friend!  Walk, jog or run!  Just come with a positive attitude and a desire to improve!

Run Top City

Run Top City with the Striders every Thursday night at 6PM. Runners and walkers of all speeds are welcome and no prior experience is needed. Courses my vary but all will begin from Garry Gribble's Running Sports - Topeka.

Runners will be responsible for own well being. Please dress appropriately for weather including reflective gear for darker runs. We will practice road safety and stay to the left side of the road (no battling cars for the right of way - the car will always win!).

Topeka-to-Auburn Half Marathon Featured on

Topeka-to-Auburn half marathon is hand-picked and featured on as a good early-season race in the Midwest!


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2016 Members

Tom & Joleen Arnhold
Mike Baker
Stacie Baquero
John & Lila Bartel
Zach & Brianna Beach
George Bernheimer
Lana & Bob Best
Lynette Biehler
Ben Bradshaw
Kevin Brown
Nick Buek
Suzanne Burris
Michelle Carson
Dale Channel
Rudy Chavez
Scott & Rebecca Cole
Chris Cozadd
Cassie Criger
Kathleen Deeter
Heiko Detlefsen
Joshua Devlin
Mary Anne & Jared Durall
Jim & Ethel Edwards
Mark Elliott
Neal & Karen Farron
Dana Ferrell
Mimi Gardner
Larry & Elaine Gill
Artie Gonzales
James & Linda Griffin
Cheryl Haefele
Micah and Meagan Hawkinson
Kristen Hearrell
Marcia Henderson
Karla Huffman
Sarah Hunter
Jeff Huss
Doug & Dorthy IIiff
Steve Ingersoll
Matthew Ishkanian
Michael Jamison
Kenneth & Barbara Jessop
Jamie Kim
Kevin Kulm
Clay Lang
Dennis Lawlor
Matthew Ledell
Myron & Tandy Leinwetter
Jan W Leuenberger
Jason, Glenn & Glenn Lewis
Candi Meerpohl
Abby Moore
Justin and Vanessa Moss
Tracie Neill
Dave Newbery
LeTiffany Obozele
Tim & Meredith Owen
Nancy Perih
Carley Pert
Tamara Peterson (Miller)
Claire Phillips
Gary Pratt
Brad & Marla Rhoden
Bethany Richardson
Lesa and Rick Roberts/Beattie
Angela Roberson
Michael Robins
Ashley Robinson
Donna Romans
Brent, Luke, Isaiah, Rebekah, Gabe Roper
Jacob & Sheena Schmidtlein
Tim Schmitz
Peg Schultz
Tanya & Dave Scott
Debbie Simecka
Eric & Vicki Smith
Monica Smith
Rashawn Smith
Robert, Nici, Angelica Soria
Doug & Kathy Stacken
Lon Stanton
Charles & Christine Steinkuehler
Scott Steward
Liatris Studer
Steve Stumbaugh
Thad Sullivan
Michelle Terry
Barb, Leigha, Ron Thomas
Josh, Jacquelyn Thompson
Ken/Jan Tillery/Escola
Kelly Tosh
Kermit Trout
Scott Umsheide
Roger Underwood
Sarah Vincent
Vicki Vossler & Lynette Steuve
Bill, Brenda, Emily, Billy, Abby, and Sophie Wagemaker
Joe Wagenblast
Paul, Tracy & Marissa Wagner
Vicky Walters
Deanna Warner
Israel Wasserstein
Joshua and Skyler Watson
Les Watson
Monte Weathers
Jane Weiler
Frank Weinhold
Norma Weiser
Bob & Sharon Wenger
Becky Wessel
Kathi/Sue West/Hamlin

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