Lunartic 5K returns to Sailboat Cove

Runners in the annual Lunartic 5K returns to Sailboat cove at Smithville Lake this year at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.

SMITHVILLE — The Lunartic 5K run and walk is a nighttime event on the eve of a full moon on trails along the shoreline of Smithville Lake. Drawing hundreds of distance runners each year, this year's event is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. The run begins at the Smoke and Davey trailhead and ends at Sailboat Cove.

Because the run takes placed under tree canopies and during nighttime hours, a headlamp, flashlight or other light and reflective wear are recommended for runners.

Parking will not be available at Smoke and Davey trailhead and all participants and spectators are asked to park in Sailboat Cove's parking lot.

Runners will be shuttled to the start via school bus. The last bus will leave for the starting line at 8:20 p.m.

Registration is $30 if runners are registered before midnight Thursday, Aug. 15. The fee is $35 at packet pickup. Proceeds benefit Smithville High School's cross country team, helping to fund another race during the season. Donations for the team will also be taken at registration.

Packet pick-up will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 17, at Smithville High School, 645 S. Commercial Ave. Packets can also be picked up before the race from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Sailboat Cove.

Those  preregistered will receive an email the week of the race confirming registration and providing additional details for race day.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at or 389-6606.​

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