The Gardner Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers for the ninth annual Prairie Punisher Duathlon and 5k on July 24. The duathlon and 5K will be held at Celebration Park.

The duathlon includes a 5K run, followed by a 34.5K bike ride and concludes with second 5K run. There will be separate 5K walk and run in conjunction with the event, which benefits the Special Olympics program.

Volunteers help direct competitors on the course and cheer them on. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and breakfast before and after the race. Volunteer check-in starts at 6:15 a.m. on July 24 with the event expected to conclude around 10 a.m.

Those interested in volunteering can call Jason Bruce, Recreation Supervisor, at (913)856-0936,