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ESU Senior Art Show: Yejung Park

Yejung Park Emporia State University Hello! I am Yejung Park, a senior graphic design student at Emporia State University. I brand identity of the fictional coffee shop, Wisdom Forest, for my senior show. Branding identity includes logos, typography, colors, packaging, and messaging to create a reputation of a brand. Wisdom Forest is a library-like cafe that offers books and coffee beverages for people. Whenever I designed a logo, the… Continue Reading

ESU Senior Art Show: Liam Kampsen

Liam Kampsen Emporia state university Senior Graphic Design Major Liam Kampsen (@lkcreates) gives us the run down on what he wanted to achieve with the series of work he created for his senior exhibition. Join us this week as he demonstrates the options of digital design aided by 3D printing. Layer One logo and 3D printed business cards created by Senior Graphic Design Major Liam Kampsen (@lkcreates). Logo and… Continue Reading

ESU Senior Art Show: Ran Gu

Ran Gu Emporia State University Hello everyone, I am Gu Ran, a graphic design student from ESU. This is my graduation design. Its main content is about travel in China. In this project, I chose 12 very popular tourist cities in China. This project includes the design of the city and the display of surrounding products. Although we cannot travel in this special period, I hope by browsing this… Continue Reading

ESU Senior Art Show: Nicole Gomric

Nicole Gomric Emporia State University When tackling new rebranding ideas for my business, I jumped right in with a revamped logo. A successful logo is like a strong foundation, it helps construct brand identity and present a narrative. Nicole Gomric Photography represents authenticity & timelessness, so I needed a logo that would say that for me. Pictured is my new & improved logo, fresh business cards, and an engraved… Continue Reading

An Open Letter from Life Time and the Kaw Nation to the Gravel Cycling Community

An Open Letter from Life Time and the Kaw Nation to the Gravel Cycling Community 04-20-2020 This open letter is in direct response to recent activities on social media and elsewhere, which are designed to bring discredit to the Dirty Kanza event and force a change to the event name. Statements recently shared by certain individuals and media outlets have been ill-informed at best, and outright untruthful at worst.… Continue Reading

Dirty Kanza Virtual Camp

We’ve all been right there with you in the craziness of COVID-19 and the changing landscape we all are in together. You may or may not know that our Garmin Dirty Kanza presented by Salsa Training Camps have been canceled. And while we made that tough decision for the safety of all of us, we here in E-town can tell you that we felt the wind come out of… Continue Reading

Journey(wo)man: A Beginner Rider’s 100 Mile Story – Finding Winter Motivation

Journey(wo)man: A Beginner Rider’s 100 Mile Story Finding Winter Motivation Real talk: I’d be lying if I started this off saying I’ve been training my very hardest in the lead up to my first 100 miler, now just 5 weeks away. This is my first winter being a “cyclist” and truthfully the colder-and-snowier-than-normal Colorado winter has affected my expected motivation to spend time on the bike outside.    When… Continue Reading

Stingers Up!

Stingers Up!

Want a life-changing experience? Try riding your bike in the rain, mud, on gravel roads — and doing it voluntarily. Emporia State University student Natasha Krause did just that — rode in the Dirty Kanza 200. The race provides opportunities for students, along with riders all over the world, to challenge themselves. By participating in the race through internships, the race provides high-impact learning for students. On race day, riders… Continue Reading

DK x ENVE Challenge Series

Dirty Kanza and ENVE Composites invite you to get out and ride one of the eight DK x ENVE Challenge routes on blackriver to earn a chance at winning an ENVE wheelset! We’ve partnered with some great shops and riders to offer some incredible routes in gravel destinations across the country. To be entered to win you must join one of the Challenges on blackriver, ride the route and… Continue Reading

Lunar Kanza Buttons

Lunar Kanza Buttons

Summer heat is in full effect and the Lunar Kanza is drawing near. That means riding and running at night with cooler temps and the moon and stars (as well as mandatory lights!) guiding your way! The Lunar Kanza celebration is a totally unique experience. Riding or running the Flint Hills at night, under a full moon, is a transformative experience. As always, Dirty Kanza Promotions works hard to… Continue Reading

Blood Road Premiere

Blood Road Premiere

We are excited to announce that the Granada Theatre is hosting the Midwest premiere of Red Bull’s, “Blood Road.” Blood Road features 3x Queen of Kanza, Rebecca Rusch, and follows her on an awe inspiring journey to find the final resting place of her father who was shot down in Vietnam. You will have two opportunities to see this film, once on Friday, June 2nd at 4pm and again on Sunday,… Continue Reading

That Coveted Finish

That Coveted Finish

200 miles. 200 miles of Flint Hills gravel roads to be precise. Dirty Kanza is quite the journey to say the least and to finish is without a doubt a huge accomplishment. It is the climax of months, sometimes years of planning, hard work and sacrifice (lot’s of sacrifice!). That is why nothing can replace, or duplicate, the emotions you will feel as you come down Commercial Street in… Continue Reading

Orange Mud

Orange Mud is very excited to be on board as a partner for the 2017 Dirty Kanza! Whether running or riding, dirt is in our blood and we focus on making gear that will not only stand up to your toughest races and adventures but exceed your expectations. Our Endurance Pack is a mountain biker and gravel grinder’s dream and our soon-to-be-released Adventure Pack, 12L is going to be… Continue Reading

There’s Still Time

There’s Still Time

With our DK Training Camp wrapping up, it’s a great time to re-visit some things that you should each be doing in order to be prepared for this arduous challenge. In no particular order of importance, here are some things to be considering… A mechanical mind – This is often a leading cause of anxiety for Dirty Kanza participants. Let us put your mind at ease, you will likely… Continue Reading

Help Needed

Help Needed

Dirty Kanza could not be the World Premiere event that it is without the extraordinary help from our volunteers. Thank you in advance for joining us, being a part of this wonderful event, and making a difference in your community! Continue Reading

New wheels, tires join Dirty Kanza for 2017

We are pleased to announce new partnerships in the wheel and tire categories. Enve Composites will be joining Dirty Kanza in 2017 as the “Official Wheel Sponsor,” while Maxxis Tires USA is coming on board as the “Official Tire Sponsor.” Riding gravel is often a rough affair. However, companies such as Enve Composites are making it possible to travel vast distances over rough terrain with relative ease and comfort. ENVE is… Continue Reading

Gravel City takes on Land Run 100

f you’ve been paying the least bit of attention to the Gravel scene, you have gathered that the 2017 Land Run 100 was of a particularly epic nature. Mud has come to be a given it seems, but sub-40 degree temps and an all day rain, coupled with biting North winds made this edition a gravel (mud) ride for the ages! Stats from Land Run’s own website have 165… Continue Reading

Rider Sign-In

Rider Sign-In

e’ve come a long way since the early days. Sign-In used to be in a hotel lobby! As Dirty Kanza has grown and evolved, so too, has the sign-in process. In a continued effort to keep you informed and successful in your entire Dirty Kanza experience, we have penned this “How to” list for Rider Sign-In. Rider Sign-In is MANDATORY for all riders! Rider Sign-In will be available on Friday,… Continue Reading

DK Training Challenge

DK Training Challenge

ooking for a little extra motivation to kick start your Dirty Kanza Training? We’ve got the kick in the pants you need! Starting now through the end of February we will be challenging you to complete the iconic Teapot Mound Loop. This 50 mile route takes you into the fabled open range of the Flint Hills. That’s right, you’ll be riding with the cows! Not to mention having an amazing… Continue Reading

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