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 Heartland Race Series

Heartland Sports Promotions [HSP] is a volunteer based 501(c)4, not-for-profit corporation with a mission to make the Kansas City region a better place to live, work, and ride through: 

                 promoting events appealing to all levels of skill and experience

                SUPPORTING forums on outdoor safety and education

                volunteering time for trail-development and maintenance

                investing in the growth of KC's active community and culture

                donating a % of our net income to charities and organizations with similar values

 

  OUR PERSONAL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

      1200+ hours annually of volunteer trail building and maintenance

      Trail Stewards of Landahl Park Reserve, Jackson County, Missouri 1997-2004

      Trail Stewards of Swope Park Trails, Jackson County, Missouri 2007-present

      Trail Steward of Crowder State Park, Trenton Missouri

      Trail Steward of Perry Lake State Park, Perry, Kansas

      Oversee and manage trail design and construction in the Kansas City metro area

      Founding partner in the creation of Earn Your Dirt.  A trail rewards program

      Volunteer Coordinator/Local Committee member: Tour of Missouri, Kansas City Stage

      2007 Cyclocross National Championships Organizing Committee

      Kansas Trails Council Board member

      Consultant to the Kansas State Parks Department

      2002 Jackson County Corporate Partner Award

      2000 and 2004 Jackson County Sports Service Award-individual

      Trailmaster for 2000 & 2001 American Red Cross Fat Tire Festival

      Trailmaster for 2001& 2002 Mountain Bike Madness Festival

      Founder for Jackson County Trailwatchers, a trail specific county volunteer program

ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT THROUGH OUR EVENT PROCEEDS

      Brain Injury Association of Kansas City

      Lance Armstrong Foundation

      Midwest Mountain Bike Patrol

      Earth Riders Trails Association

      Earth Riders Mountain Bike Club

      Earn Your Dirt

      Jackson County Missouri Parks and Recreation

      Kansas City Missouri Parks and Recreation

      Crowder State Park

      Perry Lake State Park

A huge thank you to the racers, spectators, sponsors and volunteers over the years-- we hope you've had as much fun as we have. Since 2000, HSP has earned a reputation for some of the best events in the Midwest and we will continue that tradition in the upcoming season with the following four premiere race events:  

The Dirty Kanza 200, a 200 mile gravel road grinder through the Flint Hills around Emporia, KS, May 30th  

The Kansas City Triathlon, the only Olympic Distance Triathlon in the KC region at Long View Lake, May 31st  

The 9th Annual Rapture In Misery, 6 and 12 hour mtn bike endurance race at Crowder State Park, Aug. 15th  

The 6th Annual Kansas City Cup XC Race & Festival, at Swope Park.  Sept. 19-20th

As we celebrate our 10th season, 2009 will be a transition year for HSP.  In addition to the four race events, we will be pouring our energy into building a brand new singletrack trail system and re-vamping the Dirt Lovin Good Times Tour.

The 2009 edition of Dirt Lovin' Good Times Tour, will consist of non-competitive rides to highlight the regional trails that we all love to ride. The rides will focus on skill building and will enable the riders to get comfortable with trail routes led by locals with intimate trail knowledge.  There will be different routes and mileages, and all skill levels are welcome.  Additionally, they will be a good excuse to hang out with your buddies, meet new people, ride, and enjoy telling post-ride stories and tall tales.  Announcements of when and where will be posted on our website.

Our race promoters are not only mountain bike racers and riders, but trail builders and/or trail stewards. As individuals we spent 9 years designing and building trails at Landahl Park Reserve, 11 years designing and building trails at Perry Lake State Park, and 13 years helping maintain trails at Crowder State Park.  Many individuals have put in time swinging a shovel to have great dirt to ride. And now we have the opportunity to build the next premiere mountain bike venue in the Midwest. In the coming years, we will be devoting a large part of our time to the creation of brand new singletrack at Swope Park in Kansas City, MO. You can check it out at http://www.swopetrails.com/.

There also has been some exciting news on the traditional cross country racing scene this past week with the announcement of the 2009 Midwest Fat Tire Series calendar.  The Missouri Mountain Bike Series (St. Louis Area) has joined forces with the Midwest Fat Tire Series. We encourage all our racers to check out these events.   In addition, check out the Psycowpath Series (Nebraska Mountain Bike Series) racing scene.  Both of these promotion groups have been huge supporters of HSP over the years and we encourage you all to check out their races.

Psycowpath Series:  http://www.nebraskacyclingnews.com/content/blogcategory/219/231/

Midwest Fat Tire Championship Series:  http://www.midwestfattireseries.com/

Bonebender 3/6 Hrs: http://bonebender.blogspot.com/

We look forward to seeing you in 2009.  Spread the Dirt

 
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