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Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center
Topeka, Kansas
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January 15, 2005 will mark the 23rd edition of the Topeka to Auburn Half-Marathon. The event has been staged the third Saturday of January during this time and has featured either a late-morning or early-afternoon start time. This race is one of the most challenging half-marathons around considering the course and the uncertainty of mid-January weather.

The race course is point-to-point, starting on the streets in and around the capital city of Kansas and proceeding onto rural roads to the finish in the village of Auburn. Auburn is southwest of Topeka and the course runs primarily south and west from Topeka. Over the lifetime of the race the start has taken place at a number of different locations in Topeka and the finish in Auburn, which has always been near the same location, has encountered changes in the way the finish line was reached. The course has stayed nearly the same the last several years and 2005 will mark the third year the event will have been run on a certified course.

The first eight miles of the course are on paved asphalt streets and roads; the next four miles are on country roads and the last mile plus is back on asphalt. The course start is at an elevation of 1013 feet and it finishes at 1084 feet. The low point is near 1 ˝ miles at 956 feet and the highest point at 1190 feet is near 6 ˝ miles. There are several steep inclines along the race course, with at least three gaining over 100 feet in elevation.

If the course is not daunting enough, the conditions the day of the race may be. The unpredictability of Kansas's weather is a certainty, even during the middle of winter. With the course traversing mainly north to south and a predominately north or northwesterly wind, there is usually a tail or side wind. That usually means colder temperatures. Race day has featured temperatures as low as the single digits and readings well below zero with the wind chill factored in. Conversely, there has been occasion when the sky has been clear and coupled with a southerly breeze, mid-day temperatures reached into the 50s or 60s and shorts and singlets were the apparel norm. Snow, sleet, or even rain before or during the event is also a possibility and that means more often than not there will be some footing issues to consider. Paved roads are generally manageable, but the country roads can often become a sloppy mess.

So, why does someone run this race? It could be because of the challenge and the feeling of accomplishment when completed. It's a good way to begin each new year and a great way to start preparations for other spring long-distance events. It is the only event of its kind in the area during the middle of the winter season. The participant numbers have steadily grown throughout the years and the majority of those who have run the race keep coming back year after year.
 
 

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Results
Year: 2005               
 Winner Race Division  Time  Pace Speed
 Dave Halferty   Half Marathon Men 1:14:27 5:41  10.56 mph 
 Christy Nielson-Crotts   Half Marathon Women 1:26:57 6:38  9.04 mph 
 Tony Estes   Half Marathon Masters Men 1:26:20 6:35  9.1 mph 
 Marla Rhoden   Half Marathon  Masters Women  1:42:02 7:47  7.7 mph 
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Clubs and Groups
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 Club or Team Name   City  State   More Info 
 Thunderbolt Track Association  Topeka KS club info
 Emporia Track Club  Emporia KS club info
 Garden City Track Club  Holcomb KS club info
 Gardner Track Club  Gardner KS club info
 Heartland Racewalkers  Overland Park KS club info
 Kansas Flyer Track Team  Delphos KS club info
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 Northeast Kansas Track Club  Silver Lake KS club info
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 Phillipsburg Track Club  Phillipsburg KS club info
 Plainville Track Club  Plainville KS club info
 Seneca Stingers Track & Field Club  Seneca KS club info
 Sterling Striders  Sterling KS club info
 Team Wichita  Wichita KS club info
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