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About Coach Yantis
After a 21-year battle and six encounters with cancer, Bradley Dean Yantis, 59, of Olathe, KS, was ultimately healed, meeting Jesus face-to-face on Saturday, July 18th, 2020. Brad’s life reflected the kindness, compassion, gentleness and love of his Maker. Brad’s family’s prayer is to keep sharing his stories, sense of humor and desire to encounter people as they are, and to celebrate Brad’s genuine passion for the Lord in the years ahead. Brad’s impact in this world is hard to measure, but perhaps the best way to quantify it is in the thousands of young people he impacted over the years through teaching, coaching, driver’s ed and youth group mentorship.
Do you want to read more about Coach Brad Yantis and the endowment established in his honor? Check out the article from MNU's alumni magazine, The Accent. https://www.mnu.edu/news/article/following-his-lead-family-establishes-endowment-honoring-influential-husband-father
The Coach Yantis 5K Run/Walk is held the Saturday morning before Thanksgiving in memoriam of Brad Yantis by contributing to his MNU endowment scholarship and The American Cancer Society-Hope Lodge KC.
Who: All are welcome to join in on the 5K Turkey Trot
When: Saturday, November 18th, 2023 @ 9 a.m.
Check-in and t-shirt pick-up will start at 8 a.m. on race day inside the foyer of Cunningham Center on the campus of MNU. An informational email will be sent to participants two weeks prior to the race with all specific updated details.
Participants are encouraged to bring 3-5 non-perishable food drive items to collect for the local Salvation Army Outpost food pantry. Please bring items with you the morning of the race and drop them off at the donations table.
The Yantis family started a scholarship endowment in 2020 for future athletes at Brad's alma mater; MidAmerica Nazarene University. The scholarship has been given to a current MNU student for the last three years. In 2023, the generosity continued as a percentage of the race funds will go towards the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge KC.
8am- Registration opens and can food drive drop begins
8:45am- Welcome, Thank You’s, Why We Race, Group Warm-up and Group Photo.
8:55am- Gather at starting line.
9am- Race starts
10am (roughly)- End of Race
10:15am- 50-Yard Tot Trot for ages 1-5
10:30am- Announce winners and awards
10:45am- Final Words
Race Day Itinerary is also posted on our social media outlets.
Prize money for the top winners in each category
Tot Trot for ages 1-5
Final Prizes and Running Categories will be posted here. This year there will be running prizes awarded to each top winner due to the generosity of our sponsor.
Overall Winner 18+
Male Over: 19-35
Male Over: 36-50
Female Over: 36-50
Male Over: 51+
Female Over: 51+
Final Race Map will be posted below. Starting line will be on the south side of the Cunningham building at MNU.
The official race t-shirt will have the Coach Yantis 5K logo on the front and sponsors on the back with a Heather Mellow Yellow color.
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