We all know that the world we are living in at this very moment is nothing we expected when we turned the page to 2020. Nonetheless, we are in a time where we all have to consider the implications of big crowds gathering together.
From all of us in Emporia, it’s important to relay just how very much we love the Garmin Dirty Kanza and the community that gathers around this event. With all things considered, we are postponing this year’s event to the weekend of September 10 – 13, 2020. And while we were hopeful our traditional date would work, we are also excited to have a September date to plan for – it will be an amazing way to come back together and celebrate.
“These last few weeks have proven that the work we are doing to flatten the curve is having an impact. And while we will be closer to all coming together to ride bikes and celebrate the human spirit, May 30 just seems too risky. It is with the health and well being of our athletes, staff, volunteers, and the community of Emporia that we have decided to postpone the 2020 race date to the weekend of September 10 – 13, 2020.”
– Jim Cummins
With this change,there are three options for regarding 2020 Garmin Dirty Kanza entries:
• Option 1 – Keep your current entry and we will move you to the September 2020 event. You don’t need to do anything but keep training.
• Option 2 – Defer your current entry to our 2021 event. We will waive our deferral fee if you complete this by May 15.
• Option 3 – Receive a refund for your 2020 entry.
“The Dirty Kanza is one of a kind event that brings thousands of visitors from throughout the country and world to our community. Emporia residents embrace the event and volunteer their time to help make it a success. The finish line and downtown block party are unique and enjoyed by all of the participants and spectators. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it would be unwise to host the event on May 30. A few asymptomatic participants could transmit the virus to other people. With current projections forcasting the coronavirus to worsen during the next 30 days, the City of Emporia wholeheartedly supports the postponement of the event until September 12, 2020. We look forward to partnering with the DK then and are very hopeful the event can take place at that time.”
– Emporia Mayor Danny Giefer