Biking Across Kansas
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The first Biking Across Kansas took place in June 1975 and has been held annually each year since. The route varies and has traversed all 105 counties of the state. More than 800 bicyclists from Kansas and other states participate each year. The event was founded and organized by Larry and Norma Christie from 1975 through 2001. Charlie Summers served as organizer in 2002 through 2012. In 2013, Biking Across Kansas became a 501c3 non-profit organization, overseen by a board of directors working with an executive director. Stefanie Weaver currently serves as executive director.
The 2011 BAK: June 3–11, 2011 with a 474-mile, eight-day route from Tribune to La Cynge, with overnight stops in Scott City, Ness City, Hoisington, McPherson, Cottonwood Falls, Burlington, and Garnett.
The 2009 BAK: June 5–12, 2010 with a 494-mile, eight-day route from Goodland in Western Kansas to Leavenworth, with overnight stops in Colby, Hill City, Osborne, Minneapolis, Herington, Osage City, and Eudora.
The 2008 BAK: June 7–14, 2008 with a 466-mile, eight-day route from St. Francis in Western Kansas to Atchison, with night stops in Atwood, Norton, Smith Center, Beloit, Washington, Sabetha, and Horton.
The 2007 BAK: June 9–16, 2007 with a 495-mile, eight-day route from Tribune in Western Kansas to Elwood, with night stops in Scott City, Ness City, Hoisington, Lincoln, Clay Center, Centralia, and Troy.
The 2006 BAK was organized with a single 485-mile, eight-day route from Johnson City in Western Kansas to Mulberry, with night stops in Satanta, Ashland, Medicine Lodge, Clearwater, Burden, Neodesha, and Girard.
The 2005 BAK was organized with a single 530-mile, eight-day route from Elkhart in the southwest corner of Kansas to White Cloud in the northeast, with night stops in Sublette, Spearville, Ellinwood, Lindsborg, Chapman, Onaga, and Hiawatha.