The Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run For Your Life is a unique 5K run/3K walk that draws hundreds of runners and walkers from throughout the Midwest to Iola, Kansas each July.
The event commemorates the 1905 dynamite bombing of three saloons just after midnight by a local prohibitionist, Charley Melvin. This event brought national attention to the then-lawless boomtown of Iola, Kansas … and broke a whole lot of bottles! We’ve taken a destructive event and turned it into something positive for our community, and we have a whole lot of fun doing it.
Come join us for an event you’ll never forget. In addition to the run/walk, starting Friday afternoon we’ll have a carnival, old time games and the Mad Bomber “drag race” — Iola’s mostly-dignified community members sprinting in drag. Forgive the pun, but it’s a blast, folks.
For 2016, the Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run For Your Life is July 9-10.