EMPORIA, Kan. (KSNT) - Thousands of bike riders from 28 countries are coming to Emporia in a little more than 2 weeks for the annual "Dirty Kanza 200" race.
Emporia Mainstreet will host a finish line celebration and race directors say the event gets people in the city excited.
"It's not just the business that benefits it really has boosted the pride of the citizens of Emporia and everyone loves to come out," said Race Director Lelan Dains. "Whether that's volunteering and helping out or just simply spectate and ring those cowbells when the riders depart and again when they come back downtown and finish in Emporia."
New this year, "Dirty Kanza" has partnered with a non-profit whose mission is to teach kids how to ride bikes.
"Despite Dirty Kanza's popularity and the number of people who participate we still have a long road to go to get our youth and our children more excited about bikes again and using those for transportation and recreation, said Dains.
The race's expanded expo will start on Thursday, May 30th this year.
There will be family activities along with more information about that kid's program.
The race itself will be June 1st.
For specific times and details about the race and expo, CLICK HERE.