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Lunar Kanza expects to "light up" Emporia Saturday Featured

By Gary Woods II July 11, 2019 744

Riders of all levels will "chase the moon" in the annual Lunar Kanza bike ride this weekend.  

The Lunar Kanza is a nighttime bike ride through the flint hills with a similar format to the very popular Dirty Kanza 200 with some subtle changes.

What makes this bike ride so special is that it isn't a race. The Lunar Kanza is a fun, 50-mile leisure night-time bike ride under a full moon. With already more than 500 registered participants, the Lunar Kanza gives riders a chance to experience the same ride as those in the DK but in a non-competitive light. Dirty Kanza Operations Manager Lelan Dains says the event is perfect for riders of all skill levels.

Along with a leisurely experience, the Lunar Kanza staff set up a token treasure hunt. Those tokens are redeemable at the starting line and can win prizes including riding gear, bike racks, and potentially a voucher that allows riders to bypass the DK lottery for automatic entry into the 2020 race.

The bike ride is set to start Saturday at 6 pm paired with a block party that begins at 7 pm in Downtown Emporia and ends at midnight. For more information, visit

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