Be a part of the Miracle On Kansas Avenue by joining other elite runners in the Inaugual MKA Invitational 5K at 4:20 PM, or by running and/or walking in the traditional Rescue Run on the actual parade route starting at 5 PM; one hour before the parade begins. The 2012 Rescue Run is the RRCA Midwest Regional 5K Championship event for the states of ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, MI, IN, and OH. Team competition returns for 2012 in Corporate and Church Member categories. Announcing a tremendous addition to the Rescue Run in 2012! The MKA Invitational 5K is open to the fastest 100 male and the fastest 100 female runners who meet the qualifying standards: Male 23:59 or faster - Female 29:59 or faster. The qualifying race must be run on a USATF certified 5K race course in 2012 or at the 2011 Rescue Run. Qualifying time, event, event date, and event results listing must accompany the runners registration and must be easily verifiable. The MKA Invitational allows the faster runners less congestion in order to encourage more runners to set state records and honor roll qualifiers for their respective age groups. This will also allow the original Rescue Run more room for the non-competitive runners and walkers who want to enjoy the event without having to worry about being in the path of the faster runners. Runners in both the MKA Invitational and the traditional Rescue Run will be vying for the same awards so award winners could come from either event. The MKA Invitational starts at 4:20 PM and the traditional Rescue Run starts at 5 PM, just as it always has. Both races start and finish at the same locations.Enjoy the cheers and support of hundreds of spectators as they line the parade route, eagerly awaiting the annual Downtown Topeka kickoff of the Christmas holiday season - the 18th Annual Miracle On Kansas Avenue Parade. Holiday lights and decorations will provide an especially festive atmosphere as you wind your way along Kansas Avenue.Competition runners will do two loops of the parade route (3.1 miles total) from the start line located in front of the Bank of America building at 534 S Kansas Ave, to the finish line located north of the start line at 500 S Kansas Ave. Recreational Runners and Walkers may do one loop of the parade route (1.5 miles total), or two loops (3.1 miles total), starting at the same time and location. Recreational runners and walkers will also finish at 500 S Kansas.All preregistered participant's will receive a technical T-shirt with their entry fee. Late entrants cannot be guaranteed T-shirt availability. All participant's are eligible to win any of the fabulous door prizes that have been provided by generous area merchants. Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female finishers, to the first male and female Masters finishers (age 40-49), to the first male and female Grand Masters finishers (age 50-59), and to the first male and female Senior Grand Masters finishers (over 60). Age group awards will be presented to the first three male and female finishers in the following age group categories: 10 & under, 11-12, 13-15, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & upTeam competiton returns to the Rescue Run in 2012. Traveling trophies will be awarded to the 1st place team in Corporate and Church Member categories. Teams must consist of at least five team members and the fastest combined finished time of the three fastest members of each team will determine the winner in both categories. Team members are also eligible to receive any applicable overall or age group award that they may receive as a result of their performance.For insurance purposes and the safety of all involved, runner's are not allowed to push strollers. Walkers may do so as long as they start at the rear of the pack and do not block the progress of runner's at any time during the event. ALL participant's are required to wear their race number, visible on their front side at all times during the event. ALL participant's are instructed to position themselves in the proper area of the pack at the start line so as to not impede the progress of faster participant's behind them. NO participant may wear headsets, earphones, or Ipod's, skates or rollerblades, or bring animals or bikes on the race course at any time during the event. The race course will be closed to all vehicle traffic until the parade start at 6:00 PM but please be aware of, and alert for spectators who may get in the way as they attempt to travel to their preferred position along the parade route. All participants must sign and date the waiver and correctly complete the attached registration form. Free parking will be available in the area north and west of the start line which is located in the 500 block of S Kansas Avenue. Early arrival is recommended as many parade goers will be seeking those same parking spots.Post-race snacks and beverages will be provided courtesy of area merchants. The Awards Ceremony will be presented in the Bank of America building at approximately 7:00 pm.Early registrant's may pick their packets up and late registrations will be accepted on Friday, November 23rd from 1:00 to 6:00 PM at the Bank of America building.Race day Registrations will be accepted at the packet pickup inside the Bank of America building, 534 S Kansas Avenue from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday November 24, 2012. T-shirt availability is NOT guaranteed for late registrant's.