By Jackie Nelson
Excel Industries hosted their second annual Hustler Hustle on Saturday, Oct. 26. This year the race was hosted at Hesston Golf Park.
According to Keith Skidmore, Excel’s race coordinator, the event drew 69 runners.
“We were pleased with the attendance,” he said.
This year, runners faced a course more suited to cross country runners than pavement races.
“Some of the highlights of the event were the layout of the course. Most 5k runs are not a cross-country layout and the runners had commented that they really enjoyed the run because it was different,” said Mike Kellogg of Hesston Golf Park who assisted Skidmore in coordinating the race.
For race directors, the event was a first-of-its kind.
“This is the first time I’ve done an event like this for adults. I’ve done cross country races for high school kids on turf, but not adults,” said Clark Ensz, officer of Go Race Event Coordinators, the company responsible for timing the race.
When it came to the logistics of the race, Kellogg said timing was everything.
“The biggest challenge of hosting the race was the scheduling of an outside golf event around the race so that neither event had interfered with each other,” he said.
For the director, ensuring runners had clearly marked paths, rather than being able to rely on streets, was difficult.
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