Join us for the 11th Annual FLATS Trail Half Marathon


The FLATS Trail Half Marathon is firmly in its second decade and has become a destination race for runners from across the country with folks from over 23 states coming to Adair County to experience our trails!

This year features a $500 prize for a new male or female course record, live music, soft-tissue massage, FLATS Trail Pale Ale (courtesy of the Kirksville Guild of Brewers), and most of all the chance to enjoy the beautiful Thousand Hills Trail and then, after the race, the chance to kick back and celebrate your run at Jackson Stables.

Register now (and learn more about the race) at UltraSignup.com or contact us if you’d like to volunteer!

As always, we couldn’t do it without our incredible sponsors, Northeast Regional Medical Center, KTVO, Kirksville Motor Company, Visit Kirksville, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, New Concepts Open MRI, West Winery at Jackson Stables, Lakeside Dining Marina & Cabins, The DuKum Inn, Golden Eagle Distributing, Missouri State Parks, Missouri Department of Conservation, Smoothie King, Running Wild, Gordon-Motter Construction, Bellacino’s, Hy-Vee, and the Kirksville Guild of Brewers.

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Register Today for the Royal Oaks Sunrise Trail Race

After a break in 2020, the Royal Oaks Sunrise Trail Race 10k run and 3 mile walk is back on Saturday, August 28 with a 6:30 am sharp start!

We created this race to help get folks out on our beautiful trails in Big Creek Conservation Area and Thousand Hills State Park, and with its rock bottom $10 entry fee you might as well register now at ultrasignup.com (remember to set your alarm too).

The 10k starts at the Royal Oaks Trail Head on the south end of Big Creek Conservation Area, runs north along Royal Oaks Ridge for about 1.5 miles, then takes the Rainbow Basin Loop counter-clockwise before returning to the Royal Oaks Trail Head while the 3 mile course runs south 1.5 miles on Royal Oaks Ridge then returns back.

And this year you also have a chance to purchase a FLATS Trucker Hat when you register thanks to the incredible support of official race hotel Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

As always many thanks to all the volunteers, to the Missouri Department of Conservation, and Missouri State Parks for maintaining these trails so we can all enjoy them.

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Kirksville Rotary Clubs Team Up to Create Nature Playscape

Kirksville Rotary, which has supported FLATS in countless ways over the years, has done it again. All three of the local clubs teamed up to receive the largest Rotary District 6040 Statewide Grant ever awarded making it possible to build a beautiful nature playscape at the FLATS-Theta Psi Trail Head on the southwest corner of Osteopathy and Missouri.

Not only did Rotary secure funds to pay for construction and purchase a massive play log, dozens of amazing boulders quarried in northeast Missouri, and some huge local tree trunks with this grant, they also brought volunteers armed with heavy equipment, truckloads of rock, and tools to plan, clear, grade, and build much of the playscape. Thanks to their hundreds of hours of service local kids (and adults) now have access to an incredible, unique, and fun resource.

The nature playscape anchors Phase 3.1 of the Forest Lake Area Trail System, a .7 mile paved ADA-accessible path, providing a natural play area where kids can get outside, climb to their hearts’ content, and play in as many ways to play as their imaginations can come up with. The playscape, designed by Alta Planning and Design, Inc., was developed to provide a comparable experience and access for people of all ages and abilities.

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F*L*A*T*S Trail Half Marathon

F*L*A*T*S Trail Half Marathon

Saturday October 17, 2020 @ 8:30am

Thousand Hills State Park

Register Here!

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FLATS Uncle Sam 5K Run & 1.2 Mile Walk

Support the Forest Lake Area Trail System by running the FLATS Uncle Sam 5k (map) or walking the 1.2 mile course! Or run on your own route, VIRTUALLY.

Register at ACTIVE.COM

For more info on the All-American Red, White and Blue Festival 2020 visit http://www.visitkirksville.com/redwhiteandblue/

Online registration closes at 9:00 am Thursday, July 2, 2020. 

Event details and schedule

Race and walk start at 9:00 am on Friday, July 3 at the DuKum Inn with a staggered 5k start to allow social distancing. All walkers will start separately from runners at 9:00 am.

Watch your email for start instructions and your individual runner start time. Runners who are not present at their assigned start time will not be allowed to run. 

Drive by packet pick-up Thursday, July 2 from noon to 6:00 pm at the Dukum Inn. There will be no race day packet pick-up or registration! 

It could be hot so please plan accordingly! 

All entrants receive a half buff, which can be worn as a face cover, and a handteen. Please bring a hydration device or fill your handteen before the race as we will be unable to provide hydration before the race or on the course. 

Age Groups (5K only): 18 & under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. Results will be posted at the-pack.org and on the Forest Lake Area Trail System Facebook page

Complimentary post-race beverages outside the DuKum if possible.

Thanks to our incredible sponsors Northeast Regional Medical Center, DuKum Inn, AT Still University, the City of Kirksville, and Visit Kirksville. 

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Adair County SB40 Donation Supports Inclusive Trail Design

FLATS board members Debi Boughton, Randy Smith, and Dan Martin were honored to accept a generous $30,000 donation from the Adair County SB40 Developmental Disability Board.

These funds made it possible to begin construction of Phase 3.1 of the Forest Lake Trail System and develop a range of inclusive features at the FLATS-Theta Psi Trailhead at the corner of Missouri and Osteopathy.

These features include an .7 mile paved ADA-accessible trail and an innovative nature playscape that Alta Planning and Design, LLC, developed to provide a comparable outdoor play opportunity for people of all ages and abilities.

The Mission of the Adair County SB40 is to engage in advocacy, promote inclusion, and provide essential resources to assist people with developmental disabilities to live self-determined lives.

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Join us for the 3rd Annual FLATS Uncle Sam 5k Run/1.2 Mile Walk

Help build the Forest Lake Area Trail System by running the FLATS Uncle Sam 5k (map) or walking the 1.2 mile course (map)!

Registration is live at Active.com and paper entry forms are available at ATSU’s Thompson Campus Center (210 S. Osteopathy, Kirksville, MO 63501).

Event details and schedule

Race and walk start at 9:00 am on Friday, July 3rd at the DuKum Inn (111 S. Elson). Packet pick-up will be held at Dukum Inn DRIVE BY! Noon-6pm Thursday July 2nd. Drive by Dukum Inn to pick up your packet.

All 1.2 mile walkers will start at 9:00am, separately from the 5K runners Please keep at least six feet apart from other walkers at the start and during the walk

NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. Results will be posted at the-pack.org and on the Forest Lake Area Trail System Facebook page.

All race entries receive a buff and a running canteen (Hanteen)

All proceeds to benefit Forest Lakes Area Trail System (FLATS)

Everyone is required to follow CDC and Show Me Strong Recovery Plan Guidelines

Top 5K male & female receive a trophy

NO POST RACE AWARDS

Age Groups (5K only): 18 & under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.

Post-race complimentary refreshments (if possible)

View race map on Active.com

July 3rd Run/Walk will have a staggered start, based on your predicted time

Entry Fee

$25 (maximum 150 entrants for live event to allow for social distancing) Runners who are not present for their assigned start time will not be allowed to run

Make checks payable to FLATS (Forest Lake Area Trail System)

Mail to: Thompson Campus Center-FLATS,                                                          210 S. Osteopathy, Kirksville, MO 63501

Thanks to our incredible sponsors Northeast Regional Medical Center, US Bank, DuKum Inn, JC Penney, AT Still University, Golden Eagle Distributing Company, Rotary, Northeast Missouri Foot Clinic,  Walgreens, Hy-Vee, VisitKirksville.com, Kirksville Downtown Improvement Committee, and the City of Kirksville.

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Run the 8th Annual FLATS Trail Half Marathon on October 6, 2018

Now in its 8th year, the FLATS Trail Half Marathon is quickly making Kirksville and Thousand Hills State Park a destination for adventurous runners from across the midwest. In 2017 we had our first sellout, raised over $6,000 for the Forest Lake Area Trail System, and had a blast.

This year features a $500 prize for a new male or female course record, live music, soft-tissue massage, FLATS Trail Pale Ale (courtesy of the Kirksville Guild of Brewers), and most of all the chance to enjoy the beautiful Thousand Hills Trail and then, after the race, the chance to kick back and celebrate your run at Jackson Stables.

Register now (and learn more about the race) at UltraSignup.com or contact us if you’d like to volunteer!

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FLATS Phase 3 Open House

On Wednesday, April 25th members of the Forest Lake Area Trail System (FLATS) will host an Open House between 5:00 and 7:00 pm at the Adair County Annex Building located at 300 N. Franklin.

FLATS organized this Open House, with guidance from the U.S. National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, to begin planning for the full four-plus mile paved trail that will connect Kirksville’s historic downtown directly to Thousand Hills State Park. A .6 mile section of this trail within Thousand Hills State Park was completed in 2015 and FLATS will soon begin construction of a .7 mile section of trail on the south side of Missouri Street heading west from Osteopathy.

At the Open House representatives of FLATS will share information about the project, answer any questions, and collect feedback and recommendations from residents and stakeholders on several possible connections to the park. Our goal is a route that will meet the needs of all residents, particularly those who live on or near a potential route. This is a public meeting and all are welcome to attend.

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FLATS Uncle Sam 5k/1.2 Mile Run/Walk

Help build Phase 3.1 of the Forest Lake Area Trail System by running the FLATS Uncle Sam 5k (map) or walking the 1.2 mile course (map)!

Registration is live at Active.com and paper entry forms are available at ATSU’s Thompson Campus Center (210 S. Osteopathy, Kirksville, MO 63501).

Phase 3.1 will start at the corner of Osteopathy and Missouri, running west seven-tenths of a mile through the woods on the south side of Missouri Street.

All funds raised will be used to meet the match we need to receive a $147,000 federal grant we received throught the Recreational Trails Program.

For more info on the All-American Red, White and Blue Festival 2017 visit http://www.visitkirksville.com/redwhiteandblue/.

Event details and schedule

Race and walk start at 9:00 am on Tuesday, July 4 at the DuKum Inn. Packet pick-up Monday, July 3 at the Thompson Campus Center (210 S. Osteopathy) and race morning at the DuKum Inn starting at 7:30 a.m.

It could be hot so please plan accordingly!

Trophies to first male and female 5k runners. Top three female and male finishers in each age group will receive medals. All participants receive an Uncle Sam t-shirt.

Age Groups (5K only): 18 & under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.

Cold post-race beverages at the DuKum Inn courtesy of Golden Eagle Distribution.

Thanks to our incredible sponsors Northeast Regional Medical Center, Kirksville Motors, KTVO, DuKum Inn, AT Still University, Golden Eagle Distributing Company, Rotary, Hy-Vee, VisitKirksville.com, and the City of Kirksville.

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