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Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon

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Distance Half marathon

About Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon

The annaul edition of the Topeka to Auburn Half-marathon will take place in late January. The race has been staged the third Saturday of January over the years and features a 10 AM start time in hopes of utilizing the mildest part the day. This race is one of the most challenging half-marathons around considering the course and the uncertainty of mid-January weather in Kansas.

The race course is point-to-point, starting at Indian Hills Elementary and finishing at the Auburn Fire Station on east 10th Street in Auburn.

If the course is not daunting enough, the conditions the day of the race may be. The unpredictability of Kansas weather is a certainty, even during the middle of winter. With the course traversing mainly north to south and with a predominately north or northwesterly wind, there is usually a tail or side wind. That normally means colder temperatures. Race day has featured temperatures as low as the single digits and readings well below zero with the wind chill factored in. Conversely, there has been occasion when the sky has been clear and under bright sunshine mid-day temperatures reached into the 50s or 60s and shorts and singlets were the apparel norm. Snow, sleet, or even rain before or during the event is also a possibility and that means there could be some footing issues to consider. Paved roads are generally manageable, but the country roads can often become a sloppy mess or may be mostly ice covered.

So, why does someone run this race? It could be because of the challenge and the feeling of accomplishment when completed. It’s a good way to begin each new year and a great way to start preparations for other spring long-distance events. The Topeka to Auburn half-marathon is the only event of its kind in the area during the middle of the winter season. The participant numbers have steadily grown throughout the years and the majority of those who have run the race keep coming back year after year.


Early Start Half Marathon (+13 min/mile Runners only)

  • 21.082354km


Aid Stations

Five aid stations with water and Gatorade will be spaced along the course. Aid station locations will be at the turnaround (3.0 miles), the top of Urish HIll (6.5 miles), Urish Road shortly past mile 8, at the corner of 69th Street and Indian Hills Road near mile 10 and shortly before turning onto 85th Street and mile 12.

Award Medals

The first three overall male and female runners, and the first three male and female age graded masters (40 or over) will receive cash awards provided by the Sunflower Striders Running Club. $100 cash bonuses will be awarded to the first male and or female finisher who establishes a new course record for their gender. The male course record is 1:13:43 and the female course record is 1:33:53. Age-grading will be used to determine the first three masters for both males and females. Age group awards will be given at least three deep in standard five year age groups beginning with ages 13 to 16 to ages 70 and over. Additional age groups may be added if participant numbers warrant. Masters age groups will not be age-graded to determine place and all finish places are determined by chip times. Finisher's medals will be given to all those who complete the 1/2 marathon within 3 hours.

Maximum Time

3 hour time limit


west of Indian Hills Elementary



near the Auburn Fire Station


The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.