Get out and run like Toto did from the tornado

Are you Psycho? Answer the following questions to find out: Do you like running? Do you like running outside? Do you like running outside in winter? Do you like trailrunning outside in winter? If you muttered yes at any point, you are on some level a Psycho and should sign up for the Psycho Wyco Run Toto Run trail run!

The event takes place Saturday, February 9 at Wyandotte County Lake Park, Shelter 2, in Kansas City, Kansas. You’ve got a choice of distance: 10 miler (9am start), 20 miler (8am start) and 50k (31 miles and 8am start).This is no sissy course so if you haven’t done much hill training I’ve got one word for you – beware. Still interested? Sign up online now at Packet pickup can be done race morning or on Friday, February 8, 3-9pm, in the Comfort Suites, 3000 N. 103rd Terrace, KC, KS.

All participants receive a long sleeve technical shirt, mug and what can only be described as a truly “heavy medal”. Hot meals and drinks will be available post-race in addition to the aid stations along the course. Carrying your own hydration device is highly recommended as trail distances can feel (and actually take) much longer than on a road.

The course itself is single track, rocky, rooty and as mentioned, hilly. Be polite in passing or being passed by fellow runners. The course will be marked out with flags and various signs so if you pay attention, you shouldn’t get lost. Race Director Ben Holmes, however, has pointed out at many an event that it really wouldn’t be a trail race unless, “Someone got lost, someone got hurt and someone had to (expletive) in the woods.” Quite honestly, in my experience, he’s right. So be alert and you can avoid at least the first two. You’re on your own for that last one.

Photos will be taken this year by Dick Ross and staff with SeeKCrun. It’s great to have proof of your pain to show off to family and friends.

For more information and updates on the event see

One of many hills in the Run Toto Run event as seen in the heavy snow of 2011. Courtesy of Dick Ross and SeeKCrun.

One of many hills in the Run Toto Run event as seen in the heavy snow of 2011. Courtesy of Dick Ross and SeeKCrun. by Erika Gray

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