Three southeast Kansas runners will be able to make one more race before the school year starts.

Three southeast Kansas runners will be able to make one more race before the school year starts.
Northeast’s Todd Brennon, Southeast’s Aaron Ward and Andy Hill from Humboldt will all represent the East in this year’s Road Race for Charity which will feature 60 of the state’s best cross-country runners will provide a beginning to the 36th Kansas Shrine Bowl in Wichita on July 25.
The running will begin at 6:25 p.m., just over half an hour before the scheduled 7 p.m. football game kickoff at Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University. 
The runners will cross the finish line during the statewide televised Shrine Bowl pre-game show on the track at Cessna Stadium.
This will be the second year for the combination Charity Run and Cross Country Race, and is being staged as both a fundraiser for the Kansas Shrine Bowl and as a way of getting more young Kansas athletes involved in Shrine Bowl Activities.  
“It’s a great way for runners who want to be involved in a special way with the Shrine Bowl to use their talents to help us raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children”, said Kansas Shrine Bowl Executive Director Dave Mize. “And it’s a way or the student athletes running in the cross country event to showcase their talents in front of a stadium full of people and on television, giving them some recognition that the sport deserves but does not usually get.”
The Road Race portion of the event is open to men, women, and children of all ages.  First, Second, and Third place trophies will be handed out to winners in 13 age-based categories for both men and women.  
Advance registration is $20, and will include an  T-shirt (if registered by July 13), water, and refreshments provide by Wal-Mart. Registration on race day will be $30. 
High school and college cross-country team members that wish to compete can register for $10 per person in advanced, or $20 per person on race day.
The All-Star Cross Country run, which will be held concurrently with the Road Race and over the same two-mile course, will feature 15 of the state’s best high school men and 15 of the best women harriers from the East, and 15 of the best men and women from the West (60 in all). Trophies for the All-Star Cross Country event will be awarded separately from the Road Race.
Mize said the cross-country meet mirrors the Shrine Bowl in that it provides an opportunity for outstanding young Kansas athletes to showcase their talents in a special way and in a more public venue that runners generally compete. 
“We love and appreciate the talents of our football players”, he said, “but we also recognize that there at many other fine young athletes in Kansas that practice and compete just as hard, and we want to give them the opportunity to compete on a statewide stage as well.”
Both the East and the West had winners in last year’s inaugural Cross Country event.  The East men captured the men’s title, and the West women won the women’s event. Both were held in Emporia in conjunction with last year’s Shrine Bowl football game.
The Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Game is an annual event featuring two football teams composed of 68 of the best graduated high school players from the East and West.  Kickoff for this year's game at Cessna Stadium in Wichita is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 25.  Proceeds from all Shrine Bowl events support the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 hospitals that provide expert, no-cost orthopedic, burn, and spinal care to children under 18.  Children are admitted free to Shriners Hospitals for Children without regard for race, religion, nationality, creed, or relationship to a Shriner.