On today’s show, my guest and I will delve into the ins and outs about what makes one particular race so unique.
In addition to being a runner herself, Lacy Jaye Hansen is also a part of the team behind the Prairie Fire Marathon.
We will go a few easy miles as I get to know her better as well as talking about all things Prairie Fire.
Spanning The Generations
Many of Lacy’s childhood memories revolved around races because most of the men in her family were runners.
So it may come as a surprise given Lacy’s background that she didn’t fall in love with running until after she had her first child in her 20’s.
For her, running began as a way to lose pregnancy weight and get some time to herself.
It quickly evolved into a love affair with the marathon.
She worked her way down to become a 3:15 marathoner and learned many lessons along the way.
Her current PR came after recovering from an injury.
Backing off training due to injury taught her that the miles were more about quality, not quantity.
It was in the midst of a marathon that her eyes were really opened to the many levels of running and what a lifetime of running could look like.
Lacy is a part of the team that works to make The Prairie Fire Marathon a must-run race.
Fast and flat are welcoming words to runners and Prairie Fire, located in Kansas, is just that.
The inaugural year was 2010 so this race is still in its infancy and growing rapidly.
The course will not disappoint and has a lot of character.
Runners will go past every notable element of the city, including East High School where Jim Ryan broke the high school 4-minute mile record.
Convenience is not lacking either, with hotels located right at the start line.
The weather is similar to other fall races where it can range from cold to bordering on hot.
About 2000 people participate yearly which makes the race large enough that you’re never alone, but small enough that it doesn’t feel overcrowded.
Something For Everyone
While the race itself is about the runners, the family and friends that travel with them will find plenty to do as well.
Kansas is a great family destination which includes:
- A Zoo
- Locally brewed craft beer
- Variety of restaurants
- Local musicians
Prairie Fire also offers plenty of pre and post race events including children’s events after the main race starts.
The expo will not disappoint with its large size and variety of vendors.
A crew of dedicated top-notch volunteers also help make Prairie Fire such a special race.
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