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Race Info

Leman Rec Complex

Time and Location

  •  Saturday, July 2, 2011
  •  8am start (rain or shine)*
  •  Sabetha, Kansas
    •  Start and finish at Leman Rec Complex (city swimming pool and
      Sabetha Middle School) (map)
    •  Parking available in the Middle School and High School parking lots — please use High School entrance to access BlueJay Boulevard

Registration and Packet Pickup


  •  pre-register online or by mail (click here)
  •  race day registration (6:30am to 7:30am)
    •  after 7:30am - not guaranteed to be in results

Entry fees:

  •  $15 (before June 11)
  •  $20 (after June 11)
  •  $25 (day of race)
  •  Note: Young children are welcome to walk along or ride in a stroller. Only those paying entry fees will receive a t-shirt and be included in the final results. Additional t-shirts are available for purchase ($10).

Packet pickup:

  •  early
    •  Friday, July 1 — 3pm to 6pm
    •  Sabetha Community Hospital (map)
  •  day of race
    •  6:30am to 7:30am
    •  Leman Recreation Complex (map)

Schedule of Events


  •  early registration (before June 11)
  •  race day registration (6:30am to 7:30am)
  •  early packet pickup and registration
    •  Friday, July 1 — 3pm to 6pm
    •  Sabetha Community Hospital (map)

Race Day:

  •  6:30am to 7:30am
    •  packet pickup and registration (after 7:30am - not guaranteed to be in results)
    •  Leman Recreation Complex (map)
  •  8am
    •  race starts with a bang (rain or shine)*
  •  8:15am
    •  post-race celebration begins
  •  9:15am
    •  race course officially closes (traffic support no longer provided)
  •  ASAP following race
    •  Firecracker Kid's Run (free to kids of all ages)
    •  awards presentation
    •  drawing and prizes
  •  Morning of the race
    •  Playground Partners Pancake Feed
      •  free-will donation 
  •  Weather permitting, the City of Sabetha will open the swimming pool following the race for those looking for a refreshing way to cool off. (city swimming pool)

Firecracker Kid's Run

Following the finish of the 5k, kids of all ages are invited to run in the Morrill & Janes Bank and Trust Co. Firecracker Kid's Run. Held at the start line of the 5k race, the Kid's Run splits kids into age groupings for short races of a few hundred yards, varied in distance according to age.

There is no entry fee or need to register for the Kid's Run...just show up when it is announced. All entrants will earn a finisher's ribbon for participating.

Note: Participation is unlimited. Some older kids (of boundless energy) run both the 5k Run/Walk (requires official entry) and the Kid's Run.

Pancake Feed

Sabetha Fitness Partners — an organization devoted to purchasing and installing health and fitness equipment in Sabetha — will be holding a Pancake Feed fundraiser the morning of the race. The Fitness Partners is an evolution of the Playground Partners, who dedicated approximately 10 years to replacing the antiquated playground equipment and installing new, safe playgrounds throughout Sabetha's parks and recreation areas.

Any extra proceeds from the race will go to the Fitness Partners. (Taking into account past donations, plus the Pancake Feed, RunSabetha has donated nearly $14,000 to the Playground Partners/Fitness Partners organization.)

Note: The Sabetha Fitness Partners Pancake Feed is not directly affiliated with the 5k run/walk. Please support this group by contributing to the free-will donation.

The Course

The event will start and finish at Leman Recreation Complex (city swimming pool). The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) course winds through the streets of Sabetha, running through residential areas and past local landmarks, including the Sabetha Hospital addition and the Veteran’s Memorial and Fountain.

Water will be available on the course.


For safety reasons, rollerblades, skateboards, bicycles, scooters, etc. will not be allowed on the course. Strollers are allowed and encouraged — please start in the back to avoid the congestion at the beginning of the race.

Note: Young children are welcome to walk along or ride in a stroller. Only those paying entry fees will receive a t-shirt and be included in the final results. Additional t-shirts are available for purchase ($10).


Every participant registered by the early entry deadline is guaranteed to receive a t-shirt. Also, additional t-shirts are available for purchase and can be ordered when registering.

Post-Race Celebration and Awards

All participants are invited to enjoy post-race snacks and beverages, provided by our sponsors.

An awards ceremony will be held after the event to recognize the top finishers in the race.

Hang around for random prize drawings, courtesy of local sponsors.


Official results will be available on this site in the days following the race.


The average temperature for July in Sabetha in 77 degrees F, though it can get a lot warmer over the Independence Day Weekend.

Extreme heat and humidity can pose a risk to your health. If conditions are hot, be prepared to scale back your race goals and make sure to consume plenty of fluids.

Travel Planning

Maps and Driving Directions:

Sabetha is located in Northeast Kansas, approximately 60 miles north of Topeka, 60 miles west of St. Joseph, and 7 miles south of the Nebraska border. It is about 100 miles from the Kansas City International Airport. It sits on Highway 75, about 4-5 miles north of Highway 36.

The race will start and finish at Leman Recreation Complex (near the city swimming pool and Sabetha Middle School on BlueJay Boulevard). Parking will be available in the Middle School and High School parking lots. For safety reasons, please enter at the High School entrance gate.

  •  Race site at Leman Recreation Complex (map)
  •  Early packet pickup at Sabetha Community Hospital (map)
  •  City of Sabetha (map)
  •  Race course (map)


  •  Buzz Cafe
  •  Garrett Country Mart


This event cannot be successful without the help and dedication of so many awesome volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us (see info below).

Each volunteer will receive a complimentary t-shirt and is welcome to join in the post-race festivities and refreshments.

Contact Information

Sabetha Firecracker 5k Run/Walk
presented by Sabetha Community Hospital

Rick Smith, Race Director
1317 Lakeview Drive
Sabetha, KS 66534
785.284.2303 h
785.285.1497 m

* Race Director reserves right to postpone/cancel event, if necessary. Should that happen, there will be no refunds.

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