The Big Chill

Saturday 1st December 2018

Emporia: 618 Commercial Street, Emporia, United States

Running, Distance running, 5K, 10K, Half marathon


  • Running-5K - Individual Age group/open
  • Running-10K - Individual Age group/open
  • Running-Half marathon - Individual Age group/open


The Big Chill is the inaugural fundraising race benefiting Communities In Schools of Mid-America (CIS of Mid-America). This event features one of Emporia's two half-marathons, as well as a 5K and a 10K route. The course takes runners past two Emporia schools currently hosting the CIS of Mid-America program, Logan Avenue Elementary and Walnut Elementary, before ending back at the starting line, which is located at 618 Commercial Street. During the course, runners will enjoy the beautiful scenery of downtown Emporia (and ESU for the 10K and half-marathon). In addition, Mile Marker Sponsors will be cheering on runners and offering water/support throughout the course. 

Watch the runners come in at our Finish Line Party, located in downtown Emporia!

*We are proud to partner with Thomas Felts Photography to offer runners professional photography both before and during the race.

The Big Chill is the final race offered in the 2018 Emporia Super Series. Don't miss out on your chance to get one last race in before the winter season hits!

This fundraising race benefits the CIS of Mid-America program in Central Kansas. This program is currently providing support services to more than 1,000 students in Emporia and El Dorado. 

*All runners in the 2018 race will receive our signature ear warmer as a participant gift!

For more information on Communities In Schools of Mid-America, please visit our website at

Event details and schedule


The inaugural Big Chill 5K, 10K, and Half-Marathon takes place on a challenging course through Emporia. It starts on the east side of the Communities In Schools of Mid-America office, and guides runners past our two CIS of Mid-America sites in Emporia, Logan Avenue Elementary, and Walnut Elementary. The 5K route goes south on Mechanic St. and loops around Logan Avenue Elementary. On the 10K and Half-Marathon route, there is on major hill and a few curves as the course goes through neighborhoods and Emporia State University's campus. All groups will return to the starting line to finish their race. 

*Click through the photo gallery below to see maps of the courses.*


Packets can be picked up on Friday, Nov 30 between the hours of 8AM-5PM or Saturday, Dec 1 starting at 7:15AM at the CIS of Mid-America office in Emporia, located at 618 Commercial Street. Group packet pick-up is available. Course route, bib, and chip will be included in packet. 

- Please wear bib on front of top.

- Please follow included directions for chip placement.


All runners will receive a participant gift: our custom ear warmer! Medals will be given out to top three runners in each race. All finishers of the half-marathon will receive a finishers medal. 

--> NEW: We are excited to partner with Oriental Massage (13 E. 6th Ave, Emporia) to offer all runners a post-race massage. This perk is included as part of your registration, but they do welcome tips!


  • The race start, end, and Finish Line Party will take place in the parking lot behind 618 Commercial Street. Indoor space available inside 618 Commercial in case of inclement weather.
  • All races are electronically chip timed.
  • Free parking is available. Please arrive early enough to find a parking space.
  • Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather. We will provide ear warmers for all runners.
  • Water stations will be available throughout the course.
  • A $10 fee will be charged for changing races. All changes must be made by October 1, 2018.


  • 7:15AM - Day of Packet Pick-Up begins.
  • 7:30AM - Runners begin arriving.
  • 8:00AM - Race begins for 5K, 10K, and half-marathon.
  • 8:30AM - Finish line party begins. Some 5K runners may begin arriving.
  • 11:00AM - Finish line party ends. Most runners have completed race. 

Organised by

Communities In Schools of Mid-America

1919 Delaware Street, Lawrence

Phone: 620-481-1839

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