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SCKMC Ready for Landrush

August 20, 2015

On August 29th Patterson Parkway will be invaded with dozens of people ready to test their strength and endurance during the first annual “SCKMC Landrush.” The Landrush is a 5K, 3.1 mile, race that includes twelve physical obstacles.

Arkansas City, KS – On August 29th Patterson Parkway will be invaded with dozens of people ready to test their strength and endurance during the first annual “SCKMC Landrush.” The Landrush is a 5K, 3.1 mile, race that includes twelve physical obstacles. The event is being held as a fundraiser for South Central Kansas Medical Center.

     “(Funds raised) will be used for the development of the hospital, such as recruiting physicians into our community, and provide for equipment purchases,” said Darci Sampson, SCKMC’s staff accountant and member of the Landrush planning committee.

     To date over 130 runners have registered for one of the eight race heats. Runners will be divided into groups of approximately 25 and will start at 9:00 a.m., with additional groups starting every 15 minutes. Racers will make their way across much of the land surrounding the hospital while tackling obstacles such as scaling walls and ladders, wading through a pond and an ice pit, and crawling over and through mounds of dirt.

     “You can go run anywhere, but the Landrush is unique,” said Clayton Pappan, SCKMC’s Chief Marketing Officer. “It offers a challenge for those extreme athletes who love to push themselves, but also can just be a fun activity to do with your friends.”

     There will also be plenty to do that day for those not quite ready to tackle the course including food vendors, a flag ceremony with the American Legion Riders, booths from area businesses, a live radio remote from KSOK, a performance by members of the ACHS band, and a “splash zone” where spectators can squirt runners with water cannons as they run.

     Other than timing the individual racers, which will be completed through a partnership with Oz Endurance a professional race timing company, the entire event has been planned and constructed by the hospital committee and the local event sponsors.

     “We have been incredibly fortunate to be able to work with some very generous sponsors. Through their donations of funds, supplies, and manpower our in-house team has been able to put together what we believe to be a really great event,” Pappan said.

     Sponsors for the obstacles include Best Western Plus, Community National Bank, Cowley College, Pro Bank Forms, RCB Bank, Rogers Family Dentistry, Rubbermaid, Stock Exchange Bank, T and T Land and Cattle LLC, Tamara Niles Attorney at Law, Union State Bank, Vector Tooling Technologies, and Westar Energy.

     Additional sponsors include Fuentes Construction, Reedy Ford, South Central Kansas Clinic, A.C. Ice, CornerBank, Creekstone Farms, DiVall Liquor, KSOK, Wick Buildings, American Legion Riders Post 10, Becker Tire, College Hill Coffee, Graves Drug, L G Pike Construction, The Rental Station, the City of Arkansas City, and the Ark City Fire Department/EMS.

     Runners can register through the day of the event, and will receive a registration packet that includes a Rubbermaid 24-can soft side cooler, t-shirt, and other goodies. For more information or to register online visit www.sckmc.org.

(Pictured): Scott Stevens of the SCKMC Maintenance Department, places the finishing touches on “The Stock Exchange Bank Wall Climb,” one of twelve obstacles that runners must face on August 29th during the SCKMC Landrush. The Landrush is a 5K fundraiser race for the medical center.