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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!

T2A Race Information

The race will begin January 21st at 10:00am at Indian Hills Elementary School and finish in Auburn near the Auburn Fire station.  Please review the parking information below to avoid any confusion. This course is open to traffic thus, for the safety of our runners, we ask that you refrain from wearing headphones!


Please park in designated parking lots in Auburn prior to the race.  Free Shuttles will be available to transport runners from Auburn to the starting line in Topeka.  Shuttles will begin loading near Auburn Community Center at 8:30am and will continue until 9:30am.  A parking map can be found under the Topeka to Auburn tab at the top of this page.  Shuttles will NOT be available to transport runners back to Topeka after the race so please utilize them prior to the race. If you are a relay runner, a bus transport will transport you to Auburn after the first leg of the race.

Packet Pick-Up

Packet pick-up will be Friday, January 20th from 12-7pm at Garry Gribbles Running Sports in Topeka located next to Target.  There will be a race day packet pick-up available at Indian Hills Elementary prior to the race for those runners unable to pick-up on Friday.  Volunteers will need to check in at one of the packet pick-ups.

Race Day Registration

You may still register for the race on the day of the race or Friday, January 20th at packet pick-up located at Garry Gribbles Running Sports in Topeka. 

New Year's Day Run and Potluck

Thanks to everyone that came out for the New Year's Day Run and Potluck.


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. 

Register online at or mail-in entries can be located under the 'Topeka to Auburn' tab. 



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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

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


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