Bikers are gearing up for one of Emporia’s biggest events of the year, The “Dirty Kanza 200″.
Nearly 2,000 mountain bikers will take off from Downtown Emporia at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.
The riders will endure a 2-hundred mile gravel race on the great plains.
After the trek, riders will be welcomed with a beer garden, music and plenty of food.
While the racers get a nice workout, Executive Director of Emporia Main Street, Casey Woods says, the city sees big benefits as well.
“We’re excited about the event it brings as much as 1.2 million dollars into the local economy on a yearly basis. It brings people in for an eco-tourism that last all year-long. We have people from all over the world that are now experiencing the flint hills on a bike which is what this race is all about.”Said Woods.
The 200 mile race is expected to take about 12 hours for the more experienced riders.
Others have the option of riding in the “Dirty Kanza Half Pint” which is a 100 mile ride.
There are so many visitors in Emporia that all the hotels are booked so Emporia State University has opened up their dorms for the riders.