The Flatlander Half Marathon, which started as a grassroots effort in 2015 to promote healthy and active lifestyles in the community, has quickly become a popular well-attended race with a regional draw and significant local impact. The event features a certified half marathon course and 5K and 10K options.
Organized by Barton County Young Professionals (BCYP), the first race paid for 20 bike racks installed in Hoisington, Ellinwood, Claflin and Great Bend. The group spent some time evaluating where funds raised from the 2016 and 2017 races could make the biggest impact. Members of BCYP’s Fitness & Steering Committees determined that Be Well Barton County had the structure and momentum to produce tangible results in the community, and a check for $7,400 was presented in April.
As national Bike Safety Month approaches in May, BCYP will provide funds to Be Well Barton County with the intended projects of solar-powered speed limit signs at key crosswalks, school zones and community entry points across Barton County.
“The health and wellness of our community is supported by infrastructure and safety measures,” said Brandon Steinert, chairman of the Flatlander Committee. “Safe crosswalks, marked bike and pedestrian paths and other amenities are key elements needed to accomplish our mission to get people outdoors and moving.”
“Be Well Barton County really appreciates this contribution and it will go a long way to improving pedestrian infrastructure. We’ve been around since 2014 and I think we’re making great strides in improving our bicycle and walking friendly pathways, and this is an opportunity to do even more!” said Dale Hogg, Be Well Barton County chairman.
The 4th Annual Flatlander Half Marathon is schedule for Saturday, Oct. 20, in downtown Great Bend. Enthusiasts of all levels are encouraged to learn more about the race and BCYP’s efforts to promote wellness in the community at www.bartonyp.com or on Facebook.