Great Kaw Adventure Race – Event Update

Hey adventurers! How’s it going out there? Good! It’s soggy here.

We have been working closely with the Friends of the Kaw River Keeper and local authorities to determine what our event looks like for 2019. And truth be told, between a massive tornado and a flooded rivershed, we’ve reached the point of no return.

We have decided to postpone the GKAR for 2019. The event will now take place on September 26th, 2020. We feel this is the best decision for your safety and enjoyment of the race. We worked on several alternate plans to explore the area, some that didn’t even involve our waterways. However, because our event has come to revolve around the Kansas River (our Kaw!), the race would just not be the same without the ability to explore the beauty of the Kaw. I’m passionate about this event because I want you to experience what makes Eudora and the Kaw so amazing. Anything less feels dishonest to your effort.

If you haven’t registered yet, no worries. Our Instagram page and website will be churning through updates about our progress and a new idea we have.

For those of you who have registered, I have three options.

1. Full refund.

2. Defer to 2020’s event

3. Donate your registration directly to the Friends of the Kaw and provide you a receipt.

Course information

Solo and Team Adventurers should expect around a 5-7 mile run, 10.5 miles on the Kaw River, and 15 to 20 miles on the bike leg. Challenges will be place appropriately.

Orienteers should expect a run length between 3 and 5 miles. Challenges will be focused inside the city limits of Eudora.

The 2019 Great Kaw Adventure Race begins September 28th at 9 A.M.

Hello adventurers! It’s time to kick this thing off! I’m working on updating everything, but here’s what we’re looking at for this years race.

THIRTY TWO Adventure Race teams are going to have an all new route this year that will take you all over and back! You know it and love it, running, paddling, cycling, puzzles, orienteering, and physical challenges. I suggest bringing extra shoes.

TWENTY Orienteering teams are going to be kept to a 3-5 mile course, also all new. Should be a great mix of running, puzzles, and challenges.

New for this year, we’re going to open FIVE solo entries for the adventure race. Participants can bring a Kayak or a Canoe, equipment is your choice, in addition to their own bicycle. This class is going to be limited for this year so I can make sure I give you a great experience and figure out how this is going to scale. Trying to get additional details nailed down right now.

Registration opens FRIDAY at 2PM.

This year, in addition to benefiting our Friends of the Kaw, our event will unveil a larger project to improve water access and recreation in the city of Eudora. Stay tuned for details on that, because it’s going to be awesome.

Schedule for Saturday, September 29th

7:00 AM Bicycle Dropoff begins at Riverfest Park in DeSoto, Kansas

7:30 AM Registration and Packet Pickup begins

8:00 AM Mateo Chiropractic will be on site offering stretching and warmups

8:30 AM Mandatory Race Briefing Adventure and Orienteering

9:00 AM Adventure Race begins

9:15 AM Orienteering 5K begins


Announcing the First Place Female Prize

We’ve got about a week left to sign up for the Great Kaw Adventure race, so let’s start talking about prizes!

This year we have a very special prize put together by the ladies of Twill TradeQuilting Bits & Pieces, and Frontier Bikes. They are giving the first place Adventure Race female team $150 in cash and certificates!

And just to keep you rolling, we’re getting you an pair of entries into the Lap the Lakes Gravel Race in Emporia, KS!

So ladies, who’s gonna throw down and take the prize!?!!