34th Annual Prairie Run Will Be Held July 27 at Fort Riley


Fort Riley’s 34th annual 10-5-2 Prairie Run will be held July 27, starting at King Field House. The event provides runners options of three different courses: a 10-mile, 5-mile or 2-mile race. Discount registration is available through July 9.

For active-duty Soldiers, the 10-mile race acts as a qualifier for Fort Riley’s team that will compete at the Army 10-Miler in Washington, D.C., in October.

Races of all distances are open to both military and civilian runners. For the two-mile run only, strollers will be permitted on the course. No pets or bicycles will be allowed on the course.

Registration is available online at and costs $20 through July 9. After July 9, registration will cost $25. Active-duty Soldiers registering for the 10-mile race do not have to pay the registration fee. Runners 17 and under can also register for any of the three races for free. Soldiers in the 10-miler and all runners with paid registration will receive a race t-shirt. Shirt sizes can only be guaranteed for those registering by July 9.

Runners who don’t register online before July 27 can sign up on race day at King Field House, between 6 and 6:45 a.m. Races begin at 7 a.m.

For those participants without a DoD ID card, please use Henry Gate (Marshal Army Airfield, Exit 301 off of I-70) to enter the installation. As you approach the gate, stay in the far right lane. You will see a guard in a safety vest and you will tell him that you are coming on Ft. Riley for the 10-5-2 race. Please ensure that all persons in your vehicle have a driver’s license or government issued identification ready. Youth 15 years old or younger will not be required to present an ID.

For more information about the event, call 785-239-2573.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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