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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FLATS Phase 1 Founding Donor Sign Installed

We’re excited to announce that we’ve installed the sign thanking the Founding Donors of the Forest Lake Area Trail System at the FLATS Phase 1 Trail Head by the Thousand Hills Dining Lodge and it’s beautiful!

Thanks to the incredible craftsmanship and generosity of Mike Schmitter at Jamco Awards (who made the name plates) and Joe Story (who crafted the sign) we were able to put up a sign that truly reflects the amazing contributions of our founding donors.

Head out to the trail today to see it yourself!

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FLATS Phase 3.1 Capital Campaign Launch

FLATS will launch our Phase 3.1 Capital Campaign Friday, April 21 at Maxwell’s Restaurant in Kirksville, Missouri. Our goal is to raise $75,000 as matching funds for the $147,000 Recreational Trails Program Grant we were awarded in Fall 2016 by July 4.

Join us starting at 5:00 pm for complimentary appetizers, conversation, updates, and celebration of this huge step forward for public health and economic development in northeast Missouri!

Please RSVP on Facebook and share the event with your “friends.”

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Run the 7th Annual FLATS Trail Half Marathon

Now in its seventh year, the FLATS Trail Half Marathon is  a 13.1 mile celebration of the outdoors that starts while the mist is still rising off beautiful Forest Lake and ends at West Winery at Jackson Stables with festivities aplenty.

Come out to run, volunteer, or cheer on your friends Saturday, October 28. The race starts at 8:30 am by the flagpole besides the Thousand Hills Marina and run the unpaved Thousand Hills Trail all the way around Forest Lake finishing at Jackson Stables.

This event bring scores of hikers, bikers, and runners to the beautiful Thousand Hills Trail, motivating volunteers to keep the trail in amazing shape, and has raised more money than any other event for the construction of the Forest Lake Area Trail System.

If you’re ready to run, volunteer, or just want to learn more about this great race “like” the FLATS Trail Half Marathon Facebook page or just head over to active.com to register now!

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FLATS Awarded $147,000 Recreational Trails Program Grant

Following the successful completion of FLATS Phase 1 – a beautiful 8 foot wide section of the trail that runs along Forest Lake from the dining lodge, to the petroglyph site, and campground #2 that was funded by the Recreational Trails Program – FLATS was awarded a second Recreational Trails Program grant to construct a .7 mile section of trail starting at the corner of Osteopathy and Missouri Street in Kirksville, and heading west through a beautiful wooded area along the south side of Missouri Street.

This section of the trail will bring us a step closer to our goal of building a trail that connects Kirksville and Thousand Hills State Park, making the park accessible to all users and bringing the beautiful outdoors a little closer to us all. Stay tuned to this page for updates as we raise matching funds for this section of FLATS and get ready to break ground.

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Run the 6th Annual FLATS Trail Half Marathon!

The 6th Annual FLATS Trail Half Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, October 9th at 8:30 a.m. Upwards of 100 runners will start at the flagpole besides the Thousand Hills Marina and run the unpaved Thousand Hills Trail all the way around Forest Lake finishing at Jackson Stables.

This has been a huge event for the Forest Lake Area Trail System, bringing tons of hikers, bikers, and runners to the beautiful Thousand Hills Trail, motivating volunteers to keep the trail in amazing shape, and raising more money than any other event for the successful construction of the first phase of the Forest Lake Area Trail System. This race really embodies the spirit of trails!

If you’re ready to run, volunteer, or just want to learn more about this great race “like” the FLATS Trail Half Marathon Facebook page or just head over to active.com to register now!

Crossing the Stream in 2014 575 x 370

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Run the 5th Annual FLATS Trail Half Marathon!

Crossing the Stream in 2014 575 x 370

The 5th Annual FLATS Trail Half Marathon is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th at 8:30 a.m. Upwards of 100 runners will start at the flagpole besides the Thousand Hills Marina and run the unpaved Thousand Hills Trail all the way around Forest Lake finishing at Jackson Stables.

This has been a huge event for the Forest Lake Area Trail System, bringing tons of hikers, bikers, and runners to the beautiful Thousand Hills Trail, motivating volunteers to keep the trail in amazing shape, and raising more money than any other event for the successful construction of the first phase of the Forest Lake Area Trail System. This race really embodies the spirit of trails!

If you’re ready to run, volunteer, or just want to learn more about this great race “like” the FLATS Trail Half Marathon Facebook page or just head over to active.com to register now! Paper entry forms are available at the Thompson Campus Center (210 S. Osteopathy, Kirksville, MO 63501) or click here for a printable entry form.

Last but not least a big shout out to our incredible 2015 race sponsors, the Northeast Regional Medical Center Hospitalist Group, Kirksville Tourism, Golden Eagle Distributing, The Scotland Clark Project, Missouri State Parks, the Missouri Department of Conservation, KTVO, West Winery at Jackson Stables, Kirksville Multisport, Bellacino’s, and the Thousand Hills Concessionaire.

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FLATS Work Day on the Thousand Hills Trail

We’re getting a big group together on Saturday, August 22nd at 9:00 a.m. to groom as much of the Thousand Hills Trail as we can in preparation for the 5th Annual F*L*A*T*S Trail Half Marathon.

We’ll have some extra tools for volunteers. Bring loppers, weed-eaters, brush cutters, and any other equipment that’ll help us get the trail into perfect condition! Bug spray, gloves, and long sleeves aren’t a bad idea either.

Please RSVP on the Facebook Event page so we can get people to the locations where they can get the most done and check there for meeting locations (probably the two trail heads -marked by a red and a green dot – on the map).Thousand Hills Map Mile Markers andTH

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