Flights of Fancy Run/Walk to benefit LS Symphony

April 20 event is prelude to popular kite festival

April 10, 2013 

The Lee’s Summit Symphony will be among non-profit organizations benefiting from the inaugural Flights of Fancy Run/Walk, scheduled at 9 a.m. April 20 at New Longview.

The Run/Walk is a prelude to one of the largest kite festivals in the country, and Run/Walk participants are encouraged to finish the race and stay for the MCC-Longview Flights of Fancy Kite Festival, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MCC-Longview, 500 S.W. Longview Road in Lee’s Summit.

The Run/Walk offers three courses – a 5 kilometer, an 8 kilometer and a 1.5 mile distance. The course begins south of Third Street, runs down the valley ridge of Longview Road through the forests of Longview Lake Park with a view of the lake at the turn. The route then circles through R.A. Long’s country estate, in front of Longview Mansion on Longview Park Drive, returning north to the finish across from MCC-Longview.

Walkers and runners will finish the race just as the colorful kites rise into the sky for the Kite Festival. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest overall in men’s and women’s 5K and 8K with $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third.

Other beneficiaries of the walk/run are Kids with Courage Foundation and the New Longview Foundation. Major sponsors for the run/walk include Jackson County Parks and Rec, MCC-Longview, Arvest Bank, Gale Communities, Cutrera Law Office and Paradise Asphalt.

Individuals who want to support Flights of Fancy Run/Walk but sleep in on race day may sign up to become a “sleep walker”. Sleep walkers will receive a Run/Walk T-shirt to celebrate the event.

For more information or to register online, visit

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