The Sunflower Striders Board wishes all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.
Topeka to Auburn Kick off Event:
Gary Gribble’s is hosting a T2A kick off event on Thursday, November 18 at 6 PM. Saucony shoe rep will be there and refreshment will be available. Discounts on merchandise will be offered. Also will have fun run along the usual Thursday night route.
Check Gary Gribble’s Facebook page for more details.
Great opportunity to do some shopping, enjoy a fun run and sign up for the Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon.
Concerned about stores running out of stuff before you do your Christmas shopping? Having trouble deciding what to give your favorite Sunflower Strider?
Well we have the answer! How about giving an entry into the Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon or membership to the Striders? Or both? Access to both is listed later in this newsletter. So these gifts will be about out running, not running out!
And now a plug for Gary Gribble’s. Mark and the crew have been big supporters of us Striders, so drop by the store( next to Target) and load up on gifts for your favorite Strider, even if that is yourself !
The organizers of the Winter Wonderland 5K being held this Saturday have reached out to the Striders asking for volunteers. So if you aren’t doing this 5K ,please contact Lindsay Ransom-Engelken at
Walk with a Doc:
There are two upcoming Stormont Vail Health “Walk with a Doc” events. The dates are November 20 and December 4. The events will start at the East side of Lee Arena on the Washburn Campus. Starting time is 9 AM. Each walk will be about 60 minutes in duration.
The walks will be doctor led, safe, fun, and FREE! There will also be a brief presentation on an important health topic.
Mask are required, participants must be vaccinated, and social distancing should be observed. Walks are outside and may be cancelled due to weather.
Topeka to Auburn 2022;
Registration for the 2022 Topeka to Auburn is now open at runsignup.com Both in person and virtual race options are available. Current plans are for a point to point race. However COVID-19 protocols may require changes to the route and other aspects of the run. A special 40th Anniversary finishers medal will be awarded. Also a Striders Hoodie will be for sale .
An important aspect of the event is having enough volunteers. Sharon Wenger has graciously volunteered to recruit/coordinate the volunteers for the T2A. So please agree to help when Sharon contacts you. And you still can contact Paul or myself about volunteering.
A T2A practice run is scheduled on the morning of January 1, 2022. Great way to start the New Year. Also a good opportunity to do your virtual T2A Half.
Another aspect of staging the T2A is seeking sponsorship/donations. We have received some already and are working with several entities to receive sponsorship/donations. If you think your employer or favorite business would want to sponsor or donate please feel free to contact Les Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Paul Wagner at paul.wagner@ washburn.edu.
Thank you all who have renewed your memberships. If you would like to join the Striders and receive a club shirt as well as our discounts you can click on the button below and fill in the necessary information.