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Race through inflatable obstacles at new Air It Up event on June 23
POSTED: 05/31/2013
A new athletic event for both youth and adults features a course of giant inflatable obstacles as part of a late June adventure run at Shawnee Mission Park.

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District has teamed with the KC Running Company to present this new event called the Air It Up Fun Run on Sunday, June 23.

“This event was created for both runners and walkers and targets individuals, friends, families and corporations” said Special Events Coordinator Kyle Stegeman. "It is an event that follows the off-road model of running events, while targeting a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.”

The event’s Colossal Course is 2.5 miles long and features eight inflatables along the way. A separate Mini Course, aimed at children, offers a 0.5-mile loop with four smaller inflatables. Both courses will take place in the Bluegrass Field just east of The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park. Participants for this untimed event will begin the race in waves of 30-minute timeslots starting beginning at 7:30 a.m. and with a final wave set to start at 1 p.m. This schedule is intended to allow participants to sign-up for a time which best fits their schedule.

To find this program in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “adventure.”

Air it Up participants will receive an official T-shirt, a finisher’s medal, and access to post-race fun including a DJ, face painting, photos, and more inflatables.

Through June 1, the cost for the Colossal Course for ages 10 and older is $30 per team member and $35 for individual competitors. From June 2 through June 20, this increases to $35 per team member and $40 for individual competitors. For those who sign up during packet pickup or on race day, the cost is $40 per team member, or $45 for individuals.

For the Mini Course for ages nine and under, the cost is $12 per person through June 1, $15 per person through June 20, and $18 per person at packet pickup or on race day.

To register for either event, go to To register for either event, go to Packet pick-up will take place Friday, June 21 at the Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee from 3 to 7 p.m.

The Theatre in the Park is located within Shawnee Mission Park, Shawnee and Lenexa, with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner, Shawnee.

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