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Southwind Rail Trail

The Southwind Rail Trail is a free public walking and biking trail that stretches between Iola and Humboldt, created by Thrive, trail volunteers, and Allen County.

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Mad Bomber Run

The Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run For Your Life is a unique 5K run/3K walk that draws hundreds of runners and walkers to Iola from throughout the Midwest to Iola each July. Join the fun!

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Allen County Farmer’s Market

The Allen County Farmer’s Market is a weekly open air fresh food market that takes place on the southwest corner of the historic downtown square in Iola, Kansas. The market is open Thursdays from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, from April through October.

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Economic Development

Thrive helps to encourage, develop, and recruit businesses that improve the vitality and resilience of the Allen County economy.


Thrive assists businesses and individuals in navigating the sometimes complex and intimidating healthcare system.

Healthy Lifestyles

Thrive encourages people to improve their lives through healthy choices and daily activity.


Thrive works to educate the public about nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and the difficult choices we make every day to improve our lives.

Come Home

Come home and help to make Allen County the healthiest and economically robust county in the state of Kansas.

Get Involved

Thrive works by engaging the passion, vision, and energy of individuals, organizations, and businesses to improve the quality of life in Allen County.


Walk Scores in Allen County

Walk Score is a web site that attempts to provide guidance about how walkable a community is, by calculating a score for a given address, based on its proximity to amenities such as grocery stores, schools, shopping, professional services, churches, entertainment, and recreation. The walk score for an overall community is based on a average […]