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Hornet Hustle

Saturday October 9th, 2021

Valley Center, KS

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Abilene’s annual Hornet Hustle is back and better than ever!! 

Join us Saturday, October 9th at Abilene Elementary as we kick-off a 5k loop around Valley Center! Returning as an in-person race for its 11th year, (and 1st year with a virtual or 'couch potato' option), this school tradition has become a favorite for our families, friends and running enthusiasts alike!

This family friendly event is hosted by the Abilene Elementary PTO to benefit Abilene Elementary students and staff. The Hornet Hustle was founded in 2009 by the Abilene Elementary PTO to replace traditional sales fundraisers. It’s a fun event for the students and families encouraging physical activity and competition. Hornet Hustle is completely organized by volunteers and 100% of the proceeds go back to the school.


Early Packet Pick-ups: 

Friday, October 8th 3:45pm-6:00pm at Abilene Elementary 

Saturday, October 9th 8:30am-10:00am at Abilene Elementary 


Event Date:

Saturday, October 9th


Event Times:

Event Check-in: Saturday, October 9th 3:30pm

5K Run/Walk: 4:30pm

1 Mile Run/Walk: 5:30pm

Pre-K Dash: 6:00pm


Registration Fees

5K, 1 Mile, Virtual No Hustle:

Before Sept 21st: $25 (includes shirt)

After Sept 22nd: $25 (includes shirt while supplies last)


Pre-K Dash (for our friends 5 & under):

Before Sept 21st: $10 (includes youth shirt)

After Sept. 21st: $10 (includes youth shirt while supplies last)


5K Road Race Run/Walk

The 5K Road Run/Walk will start in front of Abilene Elementary, on Abilene Ave and make loop around town.  Runners will head south on Abilene Ave towards Lions Park and continue to around to Dexter Ave. Participants will be directed to turn left on Dexter Ave for approximately a block to Valley Park Drive and then turn right where they will proceed east toward Butler St. Once on Butler St, runners turn left and head north until they reach Miles Ave, where they will turn right to continue running north. Miles Ave will curve west into Third St and once participants reach Third St and Emporia, they will turn left and head south on Emporia Ave to Main St. At Main St, participants will turn right and head west back to Abilene Ave and then north again on Abilene Ave, back towards the school.

The 5k race is a timed event. Participants must be over 12 or accompanied by an adult (18+) during the course. Strollers, families and four-legged friends are welcome along this course! 

5K Run/Walk Course Map


1 mile Run/Walk:

The 1 Mile Run/Walk will be held at Abilene Elementary around the playground. A flat, grassy, open-wide course for all ages! Strollers and families are welcome on this course. No pups please!


Pre-K 50 yard Dash:

We didn't forget about the littles! The Pre-K 50 yard dash is for our friends preferably 5 and under. Everyone registered and participating will receive an award! This event will not be timed. 


Virtual 'No Hustle' Hornet:

Can't make it on the 9th? Would you rather run or walk on your own time? Or maybe you just feel like hanging out at the Food Trucks? We got you covered with our Virtual 'No Hustle' Hornet option. Register and enter your distance before October 9th or take the couch potato alternative and just wear the shirt!



5k and 1 mile are competitive races with top finisher awards for children 12 and under, ages 12-18, and 19 and older. There is a male and female category for each age division.


Food Trucks:

New this year - FOOD TRUCKS!! Stay for dinner and join us for an after run bite!

SmokeHouse ICT


The Rolling Greek Food Truck Menu


The Bread Sled Cafe Menu


Breezy's Snow Shack

Race Distances

Price Register
Abilene Students : Pre-K Fun Run Click to Find Out Register »
Abilene Students : 1 Mile Click to Find Out Register »
Abilene Students : 5k Road Race Click to Find Out Register »
No Hustle Hornet Click to Find Out Register »
Pre-K Fun Run Click to Find Out Register »
1 Mile Click to Find Out Register »
5k Road Race Click to Find Out Register »

Places to Stay

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Start Location

522 N Abilene Ave, Valley Center, KS

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