Final Preparations…

To all 2010 Dirty Kanza 200 Participants,

Greetings from all of us here at Heartland Sports Promotions. It is hard to believe we are only five weeks away from race day. We hope your training is going well. Here are a couple of reminders to assist you (and us) in your final preparations…

Friday’s Pre-Race Pasta Feed:
If you have not yet responded with your plans for the pasta feed, we need to hear from you right away. If you are not going to dine with us, please let us know. If you are going to join us, give us a head count to include yourself and any others in your party. This will greatly assist us in planning how much food to prepare. The pasta feed will be at the Best Western Inn… same place as the pre-race riders meeting and raffle… 3021 West US Hwy 50, Emporia, KS. (620-342-7587)

Area Hotels:
Our host hotel is The Best Western. Reminder… this is NOT the same hotel we have used in the past as our host facility. That was the Guest House Inn at 2700 W. 18th Ave. If you go there, you will be at the wrong place.

If you have not yet made your hotel reservations, The Best Western is sold out. Other options offering special DK rates include…
Fairfield Inn, 2940 Eaglecrest Drive, 620-342-4445
Holiday Inn, 2921 W. 18th Ave., 620-341-9393
Candlewood Suites, 2602 Candlewood Drive, 620-343-7756

Start / Finish:
Will be in front of the Granada Theater, 807 Commercial Street, in downtown Emporia, Kansas. The city of Emporia has reserved a public parking lot, located in the 700 block of Mechanic Street, which will be reserved for all-day Dirty Kanza parking. This lot is located one block east and one block south of the Granada Theater. Please use this lot and refrain from using other public parking spaces, if possible, as we need to leave those for regular shopping and business activities by the citizens of Emporia.

DK racers will have access to free showers and changing rooms inside the Granada Theater. Bring your gear bags to the start, then plan on sticking around after you finish the race so you can cheer on the remaining finishers. (Special Note… Beer sales cease at Midnight. So finish early.)

Friday, June 4, 2010:
All Friday activities will take place at the Best Western Hotel, 3021 US Hwy 50, Emporia, KS 66801, 620-342-7587.
5:00 to 7:30 pm: Rider Sign-In / Packet Pickup.
6:00 to 7:30 pm: Pasta Feed. Cost is $11 per person, all-you-can-eat. Pasta, Salad, Veggie, Bread, Coffee/Tea/Water.
8:00 pm: Riders Meeting, Prize Raffle & Give-Aways.

Saturday, June 5, 2010:
All Saturday activities will take place in front of the Granada Theater, 807 Commercial Street, in downtown Emporia.
6:00 am: Race start with controlled roll-out through town.
3:00 pm: Special family-friendly movie inside the historic Granda Theater, for family and support crew members. NOTE: Each rider packet will contain TWO FREE MOVIE PASSES. An $8 value, courtesy of the Granada Theater.
4:00 pm to Midnight: The 800 and 900 blocks of Commercial Street will be blocked off from vehicular traffic, to accommodate all Dirty Kanza event activities. We’ll have food and beer vendors, an inflatable Super Slide for kids, massage therapists for sore racers’ muscles, live music, and more.

Weather Contingency Plan:
Our friends at Trans Iowa recently endured some horrific weather conditions. While our abilities and options in dealing with bad weather are limited, we are doing what we can to prepare. Should the need arise, we do have plans for re-routes… and possibly even a shortened course (as an absolute last resort). Please trust we are doing all we can to ensure you have a great Dirty Kanza experience, and one that is worthy of all your hard work in training and preparation for this event.

That’s it for now. On behalf of our great sponsors, Salsa Cycles, Swiftwick International, Epic Ride Research, Routine Leg Works, The Adventure Monkey, High Gear Cyclery, BikeSource and Michelob, thank you and good luck in your final preparations for the 2010 running of The Dirty Kanza 200. We will see you soon.

Jim Cummins & Joel Dyke,
Co-Event Directors of The Dirty Kanza 200

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