Saturday, May 27, 2023
Since 1982, Little River has leveraged its natural resources and entrepreneurial spirt to challenge thousands of participants for the annual Suicide Hill Trail Run. Held the last week of May, this 10k reveals the harsh realities of the Kansas terrain deceptively cloaked in the natural beauty of the prairie. The trail run begins innocently enough on Main Street, winds through lush native grassland complete with cowboys and cattle, and crosses two creeks. Then it’s up famed Suicide Hill. What is the top prize for the man and woman who win the grueling run? A cow chip.
For those not competing for the coveted “chip,” the event attracts outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes offering a 10k fun walk, 5k run and the only three-person Pony Express Relay. Special thanks to the Little River Lions Club and local businesses and friends for their continued sponsorship.
TRAIL RUN EVENTS
10K RUN The Original “Suicide Hill Trail Run”, a 10K loop running west of town. The run includes two creek crossings with rolling native hills with cowboys and cattle.
5K RUN It includes the famed “Suicide Hill”, an out and back 5K. The run includes an up and over route of Suicide Hill.
PONY EXPRESS RELAY As far as we know, it is the only one of its kind in Trail Runs. It will cover the 10K course. Three runners must compete as a team. Each runner will cover approximately one third of the course. Batons will be furnished. Get yourself a three man team and compete!
10K FUN WALK For the recreational walker.
One of Kansas’ original Trail Runs that began in 1982. The course includes roadways, rolling native grassland, cowboys, the famed Suicide Hill and start/finish on Main Street. This course is as beautiful as it is demanding and it brings out the best in runners each year.
10K Walkers –– 7:30 a.m.
10K Runners and Pony Express Relay –– 8:00 a.m.
5K Runners –– 8:00 a.m.
Awards –– 9:30 a.m.
Registration ends 30 minutes before each event.
ALL EVENT REGISTRATION, INFORMATION AND STARTS TAKE PLACE ON MAIN STREET
SPONSORED BY: Little River Lions Club, Local Businesses and Friends
SUICIDE HILL COURSE RECORDS
0-12 Jeffery Baily (Hutchinson, KS)……..42:17-1990
13-19 Ted Hurst (Sylvia, KS)……………. 34:07-1984
20-29 Tim Gundy (Lenexa, KS)………….32:26-1987
30-39 Terry Drake (Overland Park, KS)…32:13-1989
40-49 Mike Shrlock (Augusta, KS)………36:50-1997
50-59 Wes Goertzen (Buhler, KS)………40:00-1993
60-Over Gerald Witten (Emporia, KS)…..45:55-1991
0-12 Nicky Ramage (Little River, KS)….54:55-1989
13-19 Annette G. Berry (Buhler, KS)… 48:03-1987
20-29 Sandi Oltjen (Salina, KS)…………40:58-1985
30-39 Mary A. Johnson (Topeka, KS)…..40:30-1987
40-49 Sheryl Drevo (Goddard, KS)………45:54-1989
50-59 Teresa Perky (Overland Park, KS)…45:54-2011
60-Over Charlene Jones (Barnard, KS)…58:58-1997
0-12 Robby Turnbow (Geneseo, KS)……21:47-1987
13-19 Bobby Smith (Augusta, KS)……….17:10-1984
20-29 Byron Flick (Hutchinson, KS)……. 16:30-1987
30-39 Larry Chestnut (Wichita, KS)…….. 18:04-1987
40-49 Steve Hanson (McPherson, KS)… 18:09-1986
50-59 Mike Welch (McPherson, KS)…….20:27-1992
60-Over Gerald Witten (Emporia, KS)…..20:48-1989
0-12 Brenna German (McComb, IL)…….23:19-2008
13-19 Nicky Ramage (Little River, KS)….23:12-1991
20-29 Gretchen Gundy (Lenexa, KS)……21:09-1987
30-39 Tammy S. Gilpin (Wichita, KS)……19:43-1994
40-49 Trudy Calloway (Wichita, KS)…….22:10-1989
50-59 Nancy Barber (Hutchinson,KS)…..26:47-2013
60-Over JoAnn Galyon (Little River,KS)…..28:17-2017
PONY EXPRESS RELAY
David Larson, Mike Miller, Mark German (Lyons, KS)….33:42-1984