Sunflower Striders Running Club
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! b
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!
Please note we will be banning earbuds and headphones again this year due to runner safety concerns as this course is open to traffic.
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SAVE THE DATE! Topeka to Auburn Kick-Off Party!
Join us Thursday, December 1, 2016 for the Topeka to Auburn Kick-Off Party at Gary Gribbles Running Store next to Target from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. There will be fun, food, freebies and fantastic savings!
- 5:00-6:00PM Events for participants
- Sock Swap - come in and trade your old pair of socks for a new pair
- 10 Minute chair massages: provided by "Massage Envy" (From 5:00-6:00)
- Saucony try on event: Come meet Kerry Schmittling and try on some of their wonderful product and sample it for the fun run
- Extra $10 off for anyone who registers for the Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon or Relay that night!
- Specials store wide! Goodies will be provided to share and enjoy
- 6:00-7:00PM Fun Run and walk and more!
- 7:00PM-8:00PM Gather to stretch and review the race
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Tuesday Night Hill Workouts
Spring track season is over but hill workouts are just beginning! Join the Striders every Tuesday night at 6p at Kaw Valley State Park off 6th street to run Hills. Warm-up will begin 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 Thursdays
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 Active.com
Topeka-to-Auburn half marathon is hand-picked and featured on Active.com as a good early-season race in the Midwest!