Sunday’s long run notched two firsts

The trail I’d hoped to run with Kate Sunday after Tom’s soccer game at Tiffany Springs Park is still on the drawing board. Beyond that, several scheduling challenges would have made it tough to hang around in Platte County after the match.

Not to worry, though. We returned to the ‘hood and ran a new 11-mile route that proved to be fun and challenging.

You can check it out at The course offered several firsts.

After running the Rock Creek Trail from Rotary to Country Club parks, we continued east to Santa Fe Park at 2731 S. Santa Fe Road and ran the half-mile Thomas J. Lipton Conservation Area trail. I’ve always wanted to include the Missouri Department of Conservation loop in a run but had never done so before Sunday.

We continued north from Santa Fe Park and, after crossing 23rd Street, headed up Pleasant Street toward the Independence Square. On the way, we notched our second first of the day.

The 1/4-mile Bingham-Waggoner Estate trail is on the southern edge of the historic property. It’s accessible from Linden Street and crisscrosses swales created in the 1830s when wagon trains traversed the area.

In addition to hitting two new trails, we got in some good hill work Sunday. Santa Fe Road from the park to 23rd Street is almost entirely uphill, and Pleasant Street from 23rd Street to Walnut Street offered a second, even steeper climb. Both were challenging.

I’m looking forward to getting in at least one more run this week and hope to log two this weekend. I hope you’re enjoying the great fall running weather.

Happy running!

Kansas City Runner

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