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Prairie Fire & Girls on the Run Partnership

Posted on April 4, 2024

Wichita Sports Commission and Girls on the Run announce partnership for two of their biggest events

Wichita Sports Commission and Girls on the Run Girls on the Run will run its Spring 5k during the Prairie Fire Spring Race and will run its GOTR Fall 5k during the 49th Annual Honeysuckle White Wichita Turkey Trot. This just announced new partnership will span multiple years.

Kevin Jenks, President/CEO of Wichita Sports Commission, stated “We couldn’t be more pleased to strengthen our relationship with Girls on the Run. We worked together three years ago and now coming back together with a plan and forward collaboration gives us the ability to help elevate both races at the same time. Girls on the Run has such an amazing purpose in our community. It’s an honor to support their mission.”

The Spring Prairie Fire race will take place on Sunday, May 5th, 2024. The race will have a Half-Marathon, 5k Run, Friendly 5k and now the GOTR Spring 5k. The start/finish line will be located at Century II Plaza on the North side of Century II at 225 W. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202. The 48th Annual Honeysuckle White Wichita Turkey Trot will be held on November 23, 2024 and will host a 10-mile, 2-mile and Tiny Trot on race day in addition to the GOTR Fall 5k.

Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas Council Director, Christy Thomas said, “Girls on the Run Hear of Kansas is excited for this partnership! It will help us grow our program to more girls across South Central Kansas and give our girls a one-of-a-kind race experience.” 2024 is the 12th year of the Prairie Fire Spring Race featuring both a half-marathon and a 5k run. The Prairie Fire Spring Race is part of the Prairie Fire Race Series presented by Davis-Moore. “We’re excited about the partnership between Girls on the Run and the Wichita Sports Commission. Girls on the Run plays a crucial role in empowering girls during a pivotal stage, boosting their confidence. I believe this collaboration will not only continue to provide support during this stage, but also for many years to come, with the girls actively participating in these community focused events,” stated Renee Encerti – Marketing Director, Davis-Moore Automotive Group.

About Wichita Sports Commission:
The Wichita Sports Commission (WSC) has worked to promote, acquire and support a diversity of youth, amateur and professional sports programs and events thereby enhancing the Wichita area economy and quality of life for more than 20 years. WSC works to showcase the Wichita area as a Midwestern hub through the planning and promoting of sporting events or activities and has had an economic impact of over $544 million. In addition to the Prairie Fire Race Series, which also includes a Fall Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5k, and the Wichita Turkey Trot , WSC also manages the Wichita Corporate Challenge, Youth Events and the National Baseball Congress NBC World Series. WSC also hosts the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet and the Buster Posey Award for National Collegiate Catcher of the Year.

About Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas:
Founded in 1996, Girls on the Run International is a nonprofit that has served 2 million + girls across North America. Girls on the Run (GOTR) Heart of Kansas serves Sedwick, Pratt, Kingman, Butler, Harvey, Reno, Sumner, Ellis, Saline, McPherson and Marion counties. The cornerstone of the Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas programs are teaching essential life skills. Trained volunteer coaches facilitate lessons that blend physical activity with life skill development, including managing emotions, fostering friendships and expressing empathy.


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