Here’s an unusual race route: Begin at one water tower and end at another.
That’s the one chosen to recognize National Drinking Water Week by organizers of the third annual Tower 2 Tower 5K to be held the morning of May 5.
The route is a loop along Renner Boulevard from WaterOne’s water tower in Lenexa to Olathe’s north water tower. Parking is available at WaterOne,10747 Renner Blvd., and nearby businesses. The area can be reached from College Boulevard and Eicher Drive.
The 5K starts at 8 a.m., followed by a one-mile kids run, for ages 5 to 12, at 8:45 a.m. A free kids run begins at 9 a.m.
Runners may register at Tower2Tower5K.org. Proceeds benefit Water for People, a non-profit that provides clean drinking water for countries in need of it.
Bike route being marked in Leawood
Starting this month, crews are marking a recreational bicycle route in northern Leawood, which will guide riders riders from the northern city limits to Interstate 435 and back. An extension will go to Leawood Park across I-435.
The work includes sign installation and traffic control. Completion is expected in early June, weather permitting. Completion is expected in early June.
A map of the route can be found by clicking on the news release is at leawood.org.
‘Taste of Shawnee’ postponed to May 12
Because of nasty weather forecast for April 7, “Taste of Shawnee” has been postponed to May 12.
Featuring food from more than 20 Shawnee restaurants and food trucks, the event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. at Shawnee Town 1929. A $10 gate pass buys five taste tickets. Details are at www.tasteofshawnee.wix.com/2018.
A rare peek at adventure park
Unless someone reserves the Challenge Course or attends a special event there, Johnson County’s TimberRidge Adventure Center is generally off off limits to the general public.
But that will change on April 28, when the Johnson County Park & Recreation District will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the property, 12300 S. Homestead Lane in Olathe. It’s adjacent to the county-operated Kill Creek Park.
The Center’s 40-foot-tall Hawk’s Nest Climbing Tower also is conducting an open house from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For those 12 and over who register in advance, there will be a free opportunity to experience the tower’s two climbing walls.
Participants must complete medical and liability releases, and those under 18 will need the signature of a parent or guardian. To register, call Lysa Holladay Dvorak at 913-856-8849.
Other activities will include kayaking, canoeing and pedal boating, and use of the archery and BB gun ranges for ages 8 and older. Cops-n-Bobbers, a local non-profit that brings kids, police and the community together for events, will have a mobile station with rods, reels, and bait, or you can bring your own.
The center’s trails will be open for hiking, and fishing will be allowed for those who meet Kansas licensing requirements.
Grace Chisholm, a Shawnee Mission East High School senior awarded a $20,000 scholarship as a Coca-Cola Scholar, has proved to be a master of time management.
Coca-Cola Scholars are selected for their strong academic record, demonstration of leadership, and commitment to contributing to their communities. Chisholm is among only 150 students nationwide in the 30th class of scholars.
At East, she is the editor-in-chief for the school newspaper, a member of student government and a National Merit finalist. Chisholm participates in soccer, tennis, the choir and chamber choir and has appeared in the school musicals all four years at East.
Having been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 5, Chisholm is a youth ambassador for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation and serves on the teen advisory board for Children’s Mercy Hospital.
New event is Superhero Saturday
Children — and adults — are invited to dress in costume to celebrate National Superhero Day during a new event April 28 at Shelter No. 2 in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road.
Superhero Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. and include superhero training, a scavenger hunt, art activities and a party favor. Advanced registration is required, and sessions may be added if there is sufficient demand.
The cost for one 90-minute session is $12 for each Johnson County child 16 and under, or $13 for nonresident children. To register call 913-831-3359 or visit www.jcprd.com, click on “Activity Registration,” create or sign into an account, and search for barcode 41709.
In the event of bad weather, the event will be moved to the Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Drive.