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City Announces Partnership for Endurance Events on Flint Hills Trail


Osawatomie, Kansas – The City of Osawatomie is pleased to announce a new event partnership with Midwest Endurance Race Co., a group that organizes and sponsors bike and running ultra events across the region. Midwest Endurance Race Co. will debut its first endurance event on April 16th, 2022, at the newly completed Mile Zero trailhead of the Flint Hills Trail in Osawatomie.

Midwest Endurance Race Co. is the brainchild of friends Samantha Green and Jennie Terflinger. Green, who lives in Paola with her husband and two daughters, is President of Kansas City’s “Crawl for Cancer” fundraising program and has extensive event planning and coordination experience. Terflinger, who lives in Paola with her husband and two sons, is an Executive Performance Coach and Financial Advisor. She trains for and competes in regional and national ultra-marathons throughout the year, and is a two-time 1st Place finisher for the 100K Kansas Rails to Trails ultra-event.

When asked why they chose Osawatomie’s trailhead as their event kickoff location, Terflinger said, “These events create amazing adventures and experiences for others to be part of and allows a community to reach untapped potential.” Green added, “The Flint Hills Trail is the perfect location to host endurance events. We wanted to create a race that would be enticing to runners and non-runners, elites and novices, and give them a goal-worthy opportunity. The Flint Hills Trail accomplishes this.”

Samantha Green (left) and Jennie Terflinger of Midwest Endurance Race Co.

Midwest Endurance Race Co. is already promoting its spring event, the Mile 0 Flint Hills Trail Race, and has successfully registered well over 50 participants out of their 150+ registrant goal. The race offers a 50k, 20-Mile, 10-Mile, and Fun Run option. The 50k, 20-Mile, and 10-Mile entries include unisex tri-blend race shirts, fully stocked aid stations, pre- and post-race food, complimentary race photos, sponsor swag, finisher medals, and the opportunity to support the Ronald McDonald House Charity. Fun Run runners and walkers will receive a limited-edition lapel pin. It is expected that this and future events will each draw hundreds of people to the community, and the City is eager to watch their progress over the next year.

The City of Osawatomie has been working closely with Midwest Endurance Race Co. to prepare both the event coordinators and the City for what resources will be required for events of this magnitude at the new FHT trailhead. Several partner organizations are assisting as well, such as the Osawatomie Chamber of Commerce, Osawatomie School District, and Kansas
Department of Wildlife and Parks.

As Midwest Endurance Co. is one of the first organizers to utilize extended portions of the Flint Hills Trail during single events, coordination between city and county organizations as well as the State of Kansas is of high priority. Osawatomie is thrilled to be on the leading edge of these cooperative events and looks forward to a continued, successful partnership with the dedicated professionals at Midwest Endurance Race Co.

For Race Information, or to Register:

Midwest Endurance Race Co.
706 North Pearl
Paola, Kansas 66071
[email protected]
Samantha Green – 913-707-9521
Jennie Terflinger – 913-963-0292


Midwest Endurance Race Co. is already promoting two events at the Mile Zero trailhead in Osawatomie.