2017 Race Info:
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  • image description Classic Rock 5K

    Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 5 PM - 6 PM

    Run for the Rocks Half Marathon

    Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 7 AM

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    Adam Richter, Director of Community Events
    Email: arichter@hutchrec.com
    Phone: (620) 663-6179

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2017 Event Information


2017 Classic Rock 5K & Run for the Rocks Half Marathon. Hutchinson’s premiere half-marathon, featuring a certified fast and flat course and race-worthy finish inside Gowans Stadium!

2017 Registration Dates:
  • Early Bird Registration OPEN NOW: Online Only! (Ends Jan. 2nd)
  • Standard registration opens: Jan 4, 2017
  • Last day for standard registration: Sep 20, 2017 11:59pm
  • Internet registration opens: Oct 24, 2016
  • Last day for Internet registration: Sep 20, 2017
  • Register for Judy’s Mile by September 20th by clicking here!

For registration prices & to register, please follow the link below:

Register Online Today!


2017 Run for the Rocks Sponsors: Cox Communications, Allen Samuels Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Mazda and The Summit

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Run For The Rocks Half Marathon & 5K

About the 2017 Races

7th annual Run for the Rocks Half-marathon:

This event is a regional favorite! When you participate you’ll discover the spectacular course and the wonderful volunteers/community support.

Held in the gorgeous autumn season, the 7th annual Run for the Rocks Half-marathon, on Sept. 24, 2017, is perfect for those who have set a goal to run or walk their first 13.1-miler as well as seasoned pros. We feature a fast and flat certified course as well as professional chip timing.

Our race starts in Carey Park and goes along most of the Jim Martinez Trail. The route then winds throughout the beautiful neighborhoods of Whispering Meadows, Old Farm Estates and Countryside before hopping onto the section of trail on the northeast end of Hutchinson. It is a race-worthy finish on the track at Gowans Stadium, where spectators will be cheering you to the finish line.

Participants will receive quality tech-shirts, and all those who cross the finish line will receive finisher medals, as well as complimentary food, drink, and massage/chiropractic services from area businesses.

Proceeds from this event go to Hutchinson Recreation Commission and the Boys and Girls Club of Hutchinson as both organizations work to provide quality-of-life services for the youth in our community.

Same day packet pick-up and onsite registration will be in the parking lot of McQueen Baseball Fields on the east end of Carey Park. Participants begin their 13.1 journey at 7:30 a.m. in Hutchinson’s Carey Park. For those walking the entire distance, you have the option of beginning at 7 a.m. The actual starting line is a short walk from the registration site down Emerson Loop. Please note, we encourage you to park you car at the finish line (Gowans Stadium) and use our provided shuttle to the start line (Carey Park).

Classic Rock 5K:

And, don’t forget the Classic Rock 5K that is also set to be held on race weekend. This event is on Saturday evening, Sept. 23rd in beautiful Carey Park. Take on the “Rock It Out Challenge” by participating in both the Classic Rock 5K on Saturday and the Run for the Rocks Half-marathon on Sunday. You will receive a commemorative medal showing your amazing feat! Register in the Run for the Rocks CHALLENGE to enroll in both the half-marathon and 5K at a discount. You can encourage your family members to join you by signing them up individually for the Classic Rock 5K. All participants receive a t-shirt AND all who finish the 5K will receive a finisher medal!

Run For The Rocks Half Marathon & 5K

2017 Event Details

  • 2017 Schedule of Events
    Weekend Information
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    SATURDAY, SEPT. 23, 2017:
    • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Packet Pick-Up & Race Registration at Harley’s Bicycles – 629 N. Main in Hutchinson.
    • 3:30-4:45 p.m.: Packet Pick-Up & Race Registration for both events prior to the Classic Rock 5K at McQueen Fields in Carey Park
    • 5:00 p.m.: Classic Rock 5K at McQueen Fields in Carey Park
    SUNDAY, SEPT. 24, 2017:
    • 5:00-7:00 am: Parking Shuttle will be offered BEFORE the race only! Park in the HCC parking lot between the Stringer Fine Arts Building and the Sports Arena. Two school buses will shuttle participants from the pick-up point (just east of the Stringer Fine Arts Building – look for shuttle signage!), and they will drop you off near the registration/packet pick-up and the starting line in Carey Park near McQueen Fields. Round trips will take place until 7 a.m. Restrooms and port-a-potties are available at the McQueen ball diamonds near the start line.
    • 5:30-7:00 am: Registration and Packet Pick-up available at McQueen Fields in Carey Park. Please note: Race-day registration ends at 7 a.m. when the walkers start!
    • 7:00 am: Early START for walkers (walkers and slow run-walkers only) This early start is ONLY for those who average a 13:00 min/mile pace and slower. NO ONE will be allowed to proceed at a pace faster than 13:00 min/miles.
    • 7:30 am: START of the Half Marathon near McQueen Fields (in Carey Park)
    • 10:00 am: Awards Ceremony begins at Gowans Stadium
    • 10:30 am: Annual Judy’s Mile fun run/walk (sponsored by Boys & Girls Club) starts on HCC campus near 14th & Plum (Registration details can be found here)
    • 10:30 am: Course closes and finish line closes. If you think you will not be able to finish the course in 3 hours, we strongly suggest you use the 7 a.m. start. If you haven’t marked it on your registration form, please confirm or contact Adam Richter at arichter@hutchrec.com or (620) 663-6179.
  • 2016 Course Maps & Info
    5k & Half Marathon Details
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    Run for the Rocks Half Marathon
    Classic Rock 5K

    Please note: Walkers and run-walkers who average a 13:00 min/mile pace and slower are encouraged to start at 7 a.m. ALL participants faster than a 13:00 min/mile pace MUST start at 7:30 a.m.!!

    • START/CAREY PARK (Mile 1): The race will begin in Hutchinson’s Carey Park near McQueen Field. Packet pick-up and registration will take place in the McQueen Field parking lots and will be unavailable for parking. Staging will be just to the South of McQueen Field on the beautifully tree lined Emerson Loop with the golf course to your right and the pond to your left.
    • MARTINEZ TRAIL TO RICE PARK (Miles 1-5): After a fast and flat jaunt down Emerson Loop in Carey Park, the course will follow the scenic Jim P. Martinez Trail for the next 4 miles to Rice Park. The Jim P. Martinez Trail is all paved, mostly flat  and follows alongside the Arkansas River and Cow Creek for much of its path. The fun and family friendly Rice Park will be the half-way point and a great place for spectators to cheer on runners. Runners will run along Swearens before entering the Old Farm Estates neighborhood.
    • NEIGHBORHOODS (Miles 6-8): From Rice Park you will enter the residential neighborhoods of Old Farm Estates and meander your way through the Countryside and Kisiwa neighborhoods.  Runners will enjoy the quaint old neighborhoods and giant shade trees that line the streets until reaching the newly finished northwest Hutchinson Trail near 43rd and Plum.
    • NORTHWEST HUTCHINSON TRAIL (Miles 9-11): Runners will enter the newly completed Northwest Hutchinson Trail on a nice and straight paved path with a few gentle turns. Scenic farm and landscape make this portion of the run and time to focus on your goals! After crossing 30th street you will likely be greeted by the unique and friendly “barks” of the dozens of prairie dogs that have taken up residence all along the trail before reaching 23rd and Lorraine. After exiting the trail runners will run on the wide sidwalk until reaching 14th Street.
    • HCC/FINISH LINE (Miles 11.5-Finish): The last sections of the course will take runners down 14th Street and then past Hutchinson High School and the Sports Arena to end in Gowans Stadium – nothing like a little Chariots of Fire-style lap around the track to finish your 13.1 mile adventure!
  • 2016 Run for the Rocks Sponsors & Donors
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    2016 List of Event Sponsors & Donors
    Special thanks to our 2016 Run for the Rocks Sponsors:
    • PRA
    • Dillons
    • Hutchinson News
    • Summit
    • Pizza Ranch
    • Nex-Tech Wireless
    • Kwik Shop
    • First National Bank of Hutchinson
    • Ad Astra radio stations
    • Harley’s Bicycles
    • Brown’s Shoe Fit
    • Hutchinson Community College
    • Nisly Brothers, Inc.
    • Prairieland Partners
    • Fairfield Inn & Suites of Hutchinson
    And to our finish line donors:
    • Dr. Kiley Willis – Lackey & Nielson Chiropractic
    • Dr. Brandon Ward – Ward Chiropractic
    • Dr. Jack Stanfield – Cohoon Kinesiology
    • Dr. Stephan Moore – Moore Family Chiropractic
    • Advanced Physical Therapy of Hutchinson/Sterling
    • City Beverage
    • Smith’s Market
    • Jackson’s Dairy

Run for the Rocks Race Weekend

Participant Information & Details

  • Why a Half-Marathon?
    Why should YOU run in this year’s Run for the Rocks?
    • First – It goes to two great organizations in Hutchinson: the Hutchinson Recreation Commission and Boys & Girls Club of Hutchinson. These two organizations work hard and spend countless hours making sure this race is the best it can possibly be to its participants. Proceeds from this event go to these organizations, who provide recreational and quality of life opportunities for thousands of youth in our community each year.
    • Second – The half-marathon is the new 10K! Take a look around and you’ll see that the half-marathon trend is sweeping the nation. A half-marathon is a great challenge – it takes you to a distance you may have never considered before, yet isn’t as daunting or time consuming as a full marathon. Join the craze of this popular distance!
    • Third – We have a certified flat and fast course! We’ve heard countless stories of runners crushing their PR’s on our beautiful, scenic course. We love it so much WE wish we could run it with you! Our course features Hutch’s great trail system, beautiful neighborhoods including Old Farm Estates and Kisiwa, and a race-worthy finish on the track inside Gowans Stadium.
    • Fourth – Our event is also open to walkers! We include a 7 a.m. start specifically for walkers and even have a pacer to assist.
    These are just a few of the reasons why we love Run for the Rocks….feel free to peruse this site and find more reasons why this is THE year you should take on Hutchinson’s premiere half-marathon!
  • Race Coordinator Information

    Race Coordinator Information

    Salt City Run for the Rocks Half-Marathon weekend is sponsored by Hutchinson Recreation Commission and the Boys & Girls Club of Hutchinson.

    Each year, thousands of youth in Hutchinson benefit from the services and activities provided by both organizations. Both Hutchinson Recreation Commission and Boys & Girls Club strive to provide quality-of-life services to help keep youth active and vibrant in our community. Funds from the race will go toward these services.
    Feel free to contact one of the race coordinators below for more information about the race:
    Adam Richter
    Director of Community Events – Hutch Rec
    Ryan Corwin
    Resource Development Coordinator – Boys and Girls Club 
  • Finish Line & Award Information
    • Once you cross the finish line, it’s time to treat yourself! Enjoy water, chocolate milk, and bottled beverages as well as fruit, pizza, and other refreshments. Ease your aches and pains away with our certified ART specialist and chiropractors on-hand.
    • Please note: Finish line refreshments and services are for participants only. We ask that family members and spectators respect our participants and sponsors and do not take the refreshments. 
    • Our Awards Ceremony will take place around 10 a.m. inside beautiful Gowans Stadium.
    • We will award our Overall Male Finisher and Overall Female Finisher, as well as 1st-3rd place awards for both males and females in the following age categories: 19 & Under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65 & Older.
    • Please note: Awards will not be mailed out. If you cannot make the Awards Ceremony and were a winner, you may pick up your award at Hutch Rec’s Downtown Office, 17 E. 1st.
  • Race Hotel / Travel Information
    Hutchinson’s Fairfield Inn & Suites, will be the official race hotel once again in 2016!
    Race weekend hotel rates will be $94/night. Click on the link below to go directly to the Marriott website and reserve your room. Reserve by Sept. 3 to receive this special rate!
    You can also call Fairfield Inn at (620) 259-8787 and mention Run for the Rocks Weekend in your hotel reservation.
  • Volunteer Information
    Interested in Volunteering?

    We’d love to hear from you! Please contact Ryan Corwin or Adam Richter if you’re interested in being a volunteer for the Run for the Rocks Half-Marathon.

    Volunteer Areas of Interest:
    • Registration/Packet Pick-Up
    • Set-Up or Tear-Down
    • Course Volunteer
    • Water/Fuel Station
    • Finish Line
    Contact Information:
    • The best way to reach Ryan is by e-mail at rcorwin@bgchutch.com.
    • The best way to reach Adam is by e-mail at arichter@hutchrec.com.
  • Judy's Mile Family Fun Run
    About Judy’s Mile

    The Judy’s Mile Family Fun Run is a 1-mile event sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Hutchinson, in honor of long-time Boys & Girls Club board member Judy McCool.

    This event is open to youth of all ages, as well as adults and families. It will take place on Sunday, Sept. 25th starting near the HCC campus and will finish with the Run for the Rocks finishers inside Gowans Stadium. Youth runners will start at 10:30 a.m., while the Memorial Mile adult and family participants start at 10:40 a.m. The Start Line is at 14th & Plum near the HCC campus.

    For more information, visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hutchinson

    Contact Information:
    • Boys & Girls Club, swilson@bgchutch.com or (620) 665-7171.

Run for the Rocks Race Weekend

2017 Pace Teams

2017 Pace Teams now forming!

Contact Adam Richter if you’re interested in leading a pace group: arichter@hutchrec.com

Check out the 2016 pace team leaders:
  • 2016 - 3:00 Pace Leader: April Calhoun

    Meet Our 3:00 Pace Leader, April Calhoun

    (13:30-13:45 min/mile pace)

    April is back in 2016 and is ready to help walkers/runners pace their way to a strong 3:00 finish!
    Please note: April’s pace team is the ONLY one starting at the 7 a.m. early start. We encourage you to walk/run with Jeremy and start early if you plan on averaging 13:00 min/mile pace or longer.

    About April

    Where are you from?

    How did you get into running/walking?
    I started training for my first half just to see if I could. My dad, Rod Calhoun, and sister, Amy Calhoun, had both done 1/2 and Full Marathons and I just wanted to see if it was something I could accomplish as well. My first 1/2 was in April 2010. It got into my blood then and I haven’t stopped.

    Have you served a pacer in other races?
    I’ve paced Run for the Rocks four times.

    How many half-marathons, marathons have you participated in?
    So far I’ve done 12 half-marathons.

    What is your favorite post-race meal or treat?
    Chocolate milk right after the race, then once I get home I enjoy a nice, cold glass of tea.

    Describe your ideal time to run and the type of weather you enjoy running in.
    I like to do my training walks in the morning. Not only to get them out of the way, but I feel like I have more energy then.

  • 2016 - 2:00 Pace Leader: Mike Pfannenstiel

    Meet Our 2:00 Pace Leader, Mike Pfannenstiel

    (9:00 min/mile pace)

    Mike is back in 2015 to pace for Run for the Rocks – celebrating his 50th birthday weekend! Make sure to wish Mike a very Happy Birthday come race morning!

    About Mike

    How long have you been running?
    I’ve been running since I was in high school, but started going for longer distances in 2007.

    What’s your favorite distance to race and train for?
    I enjoy the marathon distances because I like the physical and mental challenge.

    What do you enjoy about running?
    I like it because it allows me to clear my mind and it’s a great stress reliever.

    What’s your running style?
    My times are dependent on the weather conditions. It it’s hot, I like the mornings. I typically run five days a week and usually run by myself. Even though I’m more of a loner in my training runs, I really enjoy pacing because it allows me to help people achieve their goals. Lately I’ve been adding more strength training to help prevent injuries.

    What’s the best part of the race?
    The finish line because it provides a big sense of accomplishment.

    What’s your favorite post-run treat?
    Chocolate milk!

  • 2016 - 2:30 Pace Leader: John Crum

    Meet Our 2:30 Pace Leader, John Crum

    (11:25-11:30 min/mile pace)

    About John

    Where are you from?

    How did you get into running/walking?
    I used to weigh close to 300 pounds. In the summer of 2003, I started walking and watching what I ate and lost a lot of weight. In the spring of 2004, I started running. I have been running ever since.

    Have you served as a pacer in other races?
    I served as a pacer in last year’s Run for the Rocks.

    How many ½ Marathons, marathons, and/or ultras have you participated in?
    I have run 12 half marathons, 22 marathons in 22 states, and also have run two ultra-marathons. I’m currently training for two ultras this fall. I’m a member of the 50-State Marathon Club and the Marathon Maniacs Club.

    What is your favorite post-race meal or treat?
    My favorite post-race meal is a Bacon Hamburger with fries or onion rings with an ice cold beer.

    Describe your ideal time to run and the type of weather of you enjoying running in.
    My favorite time to run is Saturday mornings with my running group. My favorite season to run is the fall.

  • 2016 - 2:45 Pace Leader: Kelly Pfannenstiel

    Meet Our 2:45 Pace Leader, Kelly Pfannenstiel

    (12:35 min/mile pace)

    Kelly is back to pace RFR in 2016! She and her husband, Mike, are excited to come back to Hutchinson and meet up with our running community!

    About Kelly

    Where are you from?
    Olathe, Kansas

    How did you get into running/walking?
    Back in 2007, I wanted to keep some weight off and decided to run a 5K. I ended up running 4 miles for my 44th birthday and became hooked on races. It truly became a hobby when I joined a women’s running group in Kansas City that summer. The combination of Saturday mornings involving exercise, being outdoors, socializing, and coffee/breakfast afterward quickly make it a way of life.

    Have you served as a pacer in other races?
    Yes! I’ve paced 34 half-marathons and five marathons.

    How many half marathons and marathons have you participated in?
    I’ve raced in 60 half marathons as of Sept. 11, 2016. I’ve raced in 63 marathons as of Labor Day weekend, 2016.

    What is your favorite post-race meal or treat?
    A latte and later, a greasy burger!

    When is your ideal time to run and type of weather?
    Mornings are best; 40s-50s make ideal temps, but any runs with friends (new and old!) are always good!

  • 2016 - 1:50 Pace Leader: Josh Hoover

    Meet our 1:50 Pace Leader, Josh Hoover

    (8:20-8:25 min/mile)

    We’re excited to have the 1:50 pace team back in 2016 and to have first-time pacer, Josh Hoover, join us at Run for the Rocks!

    About Josh

    Where are you from?
    Sterling, KS

    How did you get into running/walking?
    I ran track in high school, but never enjoyed long distance running. Once I stopped playing college basketball at Sterling, I decided I needed to stay in shape. I started running consistently after I graduated from college this year and as I started increasing my mileage I started making running more of a hobby for me.

    Have you served as a pacer in other races?
    I’m a first time pacer!

    How many ½ Marathons have you participated in (as a pacer or regular participant)?
    First one, but have been training for the Prairie Fire Marathon this October.

    What is your favorite post-race meal or treat?
    My favorite post meal has definitely been a PowerAde and granola with Greek yogurt and peanut butter.

    Describe your ideal time to run and the type of weather of you enjoying running in.
    My favorite time to run is at 6:30 in the morning on a Saturday when it is long sleeve weather and the sun is rising.