Missouri State Parks is unveiling its inaugural season of the “Missouri State Parks Racing Series” this fall. Trail races of various types and distances of will take place at Finger Lakes, Johnson Shut-Ins, Stockton and Katy Trail state parks.
The series begins with the Adventure Challenge at Finger Lakes State Park on Sept. 6. A combination race of paddling and running, participants will start by kayaking the new 4.5-mile water trail that winds through the length of the park. They will then return back to the start and take off on foot to the 2.75 mile Kelley Branch Mountain Bike Trail. Participants can enter into kayaking, running or both races.
On Oct. 5, Johnson Shut-Ins State Park will host the Rocktober Run. The 5K race will take racers from the day-use area main parking lot through the park along the new Black River Trail. There will also be a 1 mile fun run/walk.
At Stockton State Park, the Haulin’ Bass race will test participants’ endurance on 8K and 15K race courses. The event will take place on the park’s brand new Lakeview Trail on Nov. 15.
Rounding out the year’s racing series will be the Katy Trail State Parks Tunnel Trot on Dec. 6. This family-friendly event offers a 5K run and a more challenging 12K run. Both races start at the Rocheport trailhead and head west on the Katy Trail to the halfway point before coming back. Runners will experience the historic 243-foot long tunnel at Rocheport.
Pre-registration is recommended, and will guarantee that racers receive a race-specific, moisture-wicking t-shirt. All races will be professionally timed, and medals will be awarded to the top finishers in their respective age division. To register go to MoStateParks.com/race.
For more information about the racing series, call 1-800-334-6946. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.