Archive for Thursday, June 7, 2007

DAZE holdovers to be this weekend

June 7, 2007

Come this weekend last year, Lansing residents would be gearing up for the annual Lansing DAZE festival. But this year, in a return to tradition, the city decided to push the event forward to the first weekend of May.

The festival has now come and gone but four events remain and have held true, for one reason or another, to this weekend's dates to put on their activities.

The 5K Run, put on by the Lansing Historical Society, will be Sunday, June 10. Linda Lockwood, president of the Lansing Historical Society, said that by the time event coordinators found out the new dates of Lansing DAZE, fliers with the old dates had already been printed.

"We already had some of the work done, which we didn't feel like could be changed," she said. "They just decided at the last minute and we couldn't change that quickly."

Lockwood said the historical society was surprised by the change but that she didn't think it would affect the number of people who will come out and show support.

The 5K run will start at 7:30 a.m. at the Lansing Museum, 115 E. Kansas Ave. The route of the run/walk will cover 3.2 miles of the scenic grounds of the Lansing Correctional Facility. Lockwood said the route was challenging but not terribly difficult.

Those wishing to participate can get forms to register at the museum or at City Hall. The cost of registering early is $20. Those who wait until the morning of the race to register will pay $25. All proceeds will go to the Kansas Regional Prisons Museum.

For the Lansing Kiwanis Club's annual pancake breakfast, it was a matter of manpower that held coordinators strong to keep their event this weekend.

Jon Wendel, board member of the Kiwanis Club, said the club didn't have enough people who would have been available to work the weekend of Lansing DAZE.

"Things have to be that way," he said. "They had their reasons and we certainly respect that, but we just didn't have to manpower to do our job effectively."

The breakfast will be from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Lansing High School cafeteria, 220 Lion Lane.

Tickets for the breakfast can be bought in advance for $5 from any Kiwanis member. Tickets for children under 12-years-old will cost $3. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $6. Proceeds will go toward several children's education-related programs supported by the Kiwanis Club.

"We just look forward to the support so we can help kids with this endeavor," Wendel said.

The 5th Annual Lansing Golf Tournament has taken the break from Lansing DAZE one step further. Coordinators have decided to make the event a separate activity permanently.

Lorraine Gluch, economic development/ convention and visitors bureau assistant, said organizers liked having the golf tournament at this time of the year. She said it had nothing to do with the move of Lansing DAZE itself, but more about when everyone liked to golf.

"Just this time of the year seems to work better for most people, and we have a pretty good turnout," she said.

This year's tournament will be Friday, June 8 at the Leavenworth Country Club. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and the first tee-off will be at 1 p.m.

Those who want to play in the tournament should contact the economic development/ convention and visitors bureau at 727-3233 before Friday.

A new event added to the usual lineup of traditionally Lansing DAZE activities is the first-ever Women's Criterium, taking place Sunday, June 10.

Roger Harrison, promoter of the event, said the bike race had been planned to be part of Lansing DAZE festival but the permits, licenses and insurance for the race had already been secured for this weekend's date long before the festival was moved up.

Harrison said the importance of this race was more than just giving Lansing residents another event to attend. He said it was about equality and giving women's cycling the attention it deserved but rarely saw.

"I just want to see women's bicycling get the same recognition men's do," he said. "If you don't have the venue you aren't going to get young women involved."

Harrison stressed the idea that, like many other sports such as soccer that were traditionally reserved for men, women's cycling needed more publicity for younger people to get interested. Through Sunday's race, Harrison said he wanted to demonstrate that cycling was a lifetime sport that could be enjoyed by all ages.

Registration for the race starts at 9 a.m. Sunday on Second Street next to the Lansing High football field. There is a registration fee that varies from each race classification, but everyone is required to have a USCF license or to purchase one for the day. All junior cyclists are also required to wear safety helmets.

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