Author Archives: Jim

Backcountry Research Returns to DK200 in 2012…

Great News… We are pleased to announce that Backcountry Research will return once again in 2012 as one of our great sponsors. Owners, Richard and Kendra Clark, are as good as they come, and they design and produce “Awesome” products. Check out their website.   And while you are there, let them know you appreciate their support of DK200. Continue Reading

Dirty Kanza 200, The Ultimate Gravel Road Endurance Adventure partners with Chamois Butt’r, The Ultimate Skin Lubricant & Chamois Cream!

We are thrilled to introduce Chamois Butt’r as the “Official Chamois Cream Sponsor” of Dirty Kanza 200 in 2012. The most popular choice for cyclists who use a skin lubricant or chamois cream, Chamois Butt’r is our choice as well for improving riding comfort during our ultra-long ventures out in the Flint Hills. And we think you will agree. Chamois Butt’r has long been a supporter of Dirty Kanza… Continue Reading

Dirty Kanza 200 Video Contest… We have a Winner!!!

The viewers have spoken, and they have selected their favorite. Congratulations to Ben Thornton, winner of the 2011 Dirty Kanza 200 Video Contest. Thanks to each of our entrants, Chris Burger, Craig Nadel, Michael Ruder, Keith Walberg and Ben Thornton. You all did a great job with your video’s. For his winning entry, Ben will not only receive a free entry into the 2012 Dirty Kanza 200… he will… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Race Date is Set for 2011

OK boys and girls… Race Date is set for the 2011 running of The Dirty Kanza 200. Mark your calendars, and start making your travel plans now to be in Emporia, Kansas the first weekend in June. Rider sign-in and packet pick-up will be on Friday, June 3, 2011. The race will take place on Saturday, June 4. Full details will be coming soon, so keep checking back. But… Continue Reading

Adventure Monkey, The Magazine

The first edition of Adventure Monkey, The Magazine was unveiled last night at a special gathering in Emporia, Kansas. Sorry I don’t have any pictures to share. But you can go to get all the details. The Adventure Monkey is one of our Dirty Kanza sponsors. He is an incredible photographer and, as mentioned in another post below, will provide us with a special gift to award to one… Continue Reading

DK Lodging Options…

Kristi Mohn has been hard at work negotiating some special lodging rates for our DK participants. Your options are listed below. Be sure to mention Dirty Kanza in order to receive these special rates. Best Western 3021 US 50 Emporia, KS 66801 620-342-7587 35 rooms blocked until 05/13/10 $75.00 / night Fairfield Inn 2940 Eaglecrest Drive Emporia, KS 66801 620-342-4445 25 rooms blocked until 05/05/10 $79.00 / night Candlewood… Continue Reading

Registration is FULL. Here is our Waiting List Procedure…

First of all, everyone here at Heartland Sports Promotions wants to thank you for your overwhelming response to our recent registration process. Registration opened last Sunday morning at 12:01 am ET. Based on past years, we expected it would take approximately four weeks to fill all 150 slots. As it turned out, we sold out in less than 14 hours. Boy, were we surprised!!! No sooner than the registration… Continue Reading

Announcing The Dirty Kanza 200 Video Contest

Win a free entry into the 2011 running of the Dirty Kanza 200. Create a video (or digital slideshow) documenting your preparation for, your participation in, and your recovery from the 2010 running of the Dirty Kanza 200. Post your video online. (On your personal blog, YouTube, etc.) Then send us a link to your creation at We will post that link on the Dirty Kanza 200 website.… Continue Reading

Our Newest Sponsor… Routine Leg Works

We are thrilled to announce the newest Sponsor of The Dirty Kanza 200… Routine Leg Works. Do you suffer from sore legs after a workout? Would you like to shorten your recovery time and be prepared for your next workout sooner, with legs that are stronger and fresher? (Who wouldn’t.) Then you need to check out the RLW website. (Click on the RLW logo under “Event Sponsors”.) Not only… Continue Reading

minor rule addendum from the dk headquarters

rule # 8 sentence #2 . ” these checkpoints will be the only locations along the entire course where participants may receive assistance from their support crew.” this is the addendum , “assistance will be limited to minor mechanical support to help riders complete the race. you must finish the race on the bike you started will not be allowed road race style handups of food & water.”… Continue Reading

Jim gets interviewed by

I was recently the guest of Jeff Ernst of, via a PodCast interview, where Jeff and I visited about the Dirty Kanza 200. Go to and check it out. Thanks, Jeff for having me on. Continue Reading

Official Results

Just a brief update to share with you the official results of the 2010 Dirty Kanza 200.  You can see the scores here: DK200 – 2010 – Results More detailed information about special prizes, individual recognition, and photos will be coming soon, so check back in with us! Once again, thanks to all of you who raced, volunteered, supported, and/or spectated.  Everyone involved helped make the event what it… Continue Reading

David Neidinger Wins Dirty Kanza Video Contest

Folks, we have a Winner. David Neidinger is the Winner of the first ever Dirty Kanza 200 Video Contest. David’s recount of his 2010 DK experience can be found in two parts… Click HERE to view the first half of David’s DK experience. And HERE for the second half of his ride to the finish. Thanks, David for your contribution. Now you get one FREE entry into the 2011… Continue Reading

Information Update…

To all 2010 Dirty Kanza 200 Participants, Greetings from Jim and Joel, your Co-Race Directors for The Dirty Kanza 200, and from the entire crew at Heartland Sports Promotions. We have some new updates to share with each of you. Hopefully this information will assist you with your event planning. Friday, June 4, 2010: All Friday activities will take place at the Best Western Hotel, 3021 US Hwy 50,… Continue Reading

Reminder: Registration Opens Soon…

Registration is now less than one week away.  Mark your calendars and set your alarms.  Registration will open promptly at 12:01 am EST, on Sunday, January 10th, and will be conducted online at  Don’t wait too long.  Last year we filled up in four days.  Even though we have increased our field limit to 150 participants (up from 100 in 2009), we still expect to fill up quickly. … Continue Reading

registration opens! soon.

jim our gravel guru has been getting lots of questions from our gravel addicted brethren. when is registration opening! well the dirty duo put our heads together & flipped a coin & JANUARY 10TH was the answer. we are pretty sure it will be at midnight. but we will see if the online reg. guys will do a kinder time. on other gravel news we are revamping our website.… Continue Reading

All Dirty Kanza 200 finishers will receive one of these.  It ain’t no belt buckle.  But this is something you can really use.  (The beer glass, that is.) Continue Reading

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