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Redneck Run

CHERYL TEVIS 10/14/2013 @ 7:51pm Cheryl has been an editor at Successful Farming since 1979.

Fun runs and 5Ks are no longer rare in farm and rural areas. The upcoming Redneck Run offers a unique family fun experience with an unmistakable farm flavor.

This 5K+ obstacle race takes place Saturday, October 5, about 30 miles south of Topeka, off the Kansas Turnpike, near Osage City, Exit 147, in Admire.

The adventure includes crossing creeks, carrying feed bags, running through mud pits, jumping logs, tossing hay bales, and rafting in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas.

“Adventure runs are the latest big thing,” says race organizer Melissa Powelson, Baldwin City, Kansas. “All of the obstacles are natural, and the courses are developed by farmers.”

This is the first Redneck Run, a fund-raising effort of the Bushels of Love Foundation. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Bushels of Love Foundation.

The runs take place in heats beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing every 30 minutes until the last one at 5 p.m.

The two runners with the top race times qualify to go on to the next Redneck Run.

Admission to the race event includes a live band and food. “Country singer Travis Marvin has agreed to perform at some of our events,” Powelson says.

Obstacle runs are popular across the country. Here’s a list of future Redneck Runs:

• January 2014 in Texas

• March 2014 in California

• April 2014 in Arkansas

• July 2014 in Colorado

• September 2014 in Kansas

The Bushels of Love Foundation typically receives donations of grain through co-ops and elevators. The proceeds have been used to buy books, book bags, and clothes for homeless children in Kansas.

For details about making a gift of grain or a donation to this nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization, visit bushelsoflove.org.

It all started when Caleb Powelson, now 17, saw a brochure at church showing hungry children across the globe. His dad, Royce, a farmer, suggested gifts of grain to raise funds for children in need. Caleb’s mom, Melissa, and three others, along with Caleb, serve on the board of the nonprofit.

“Caleb and his friends have a team,” she says.

For more information, visit redneckrun.org

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