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8:05AM CDT
310 Autumn Hill Drive
Union, MO US 63084

All proceeds from the race will benefit The Lance Purschke Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Join us for the 5th anniversary of the Piggyback Dash. Enjoy a beautiful, rolling course through the streets of Union with a challenging but rewarding finish at the top of Autumn Hill. The 10K and the 5K runners will start at the same time. The 5K is a single loop course. As the 5K runners make the last turn onto Autumn Hill Drive the 10K runners will continue straight and proceed to run an additional 3 miles through Union. Aid stations will be provided along the 5K and 10K routes. Post race refreshments will also be provided.

The 10K and 5K are chip timed events and medals will be awarded. Starting this year, the 1 Mile has been changed to a 2K (1.2 mile) fun run/walk and will not be officially timed and no medals will be provided.

As an added twist, once runners reach the bottom of Autumn Hill they have the opportunity to carry someone piggyback up the hill to the finish line. This is completely voluntary. In no way is the piggyback portion required in order to finish. It doesn't matter who the person on your back is. They do not have to be a registered participant. Runners who do choose to carry someone piggyback up Autumn Hill will receive an extra piece of finisher swag.

Early-bird registration: 3/5/21 through 8/31/21
Late registration: 9/1/21 - Race Day**
Online registration ends 9/21/21
**Registrations submitted after 8/31/21 are NOT GUARANTEED A SHIRT and add-on purchases will no longer be accepted.

Why The Name?

Throughout high school, Lance and friends would run almost everyday after dismissal. He routinely ran up Autumn Hill, sometimes more than once per run. Lance loved the hill and the challenge it presented. He never complained about it. Rather, his was the voice of encouragement for others to rise to the challenge. In fact, he is the first person we know of to carry someone piggyback up the hill. Hence the race name, The Piggyback Dash.

Packet Pick-Up

Thursday, 9/23/21 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Anytime Fitness
110 Union Plz Dr., Union, MO 63084

Friday, 9/24/21 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Red White & Brew Coffee Company
317 US Highway 50 W, Suite C, Union, MO 63084

Race Day - Start/Finish Area 6:30am - 7:30am

In-person registration will also be available at these times


Medals will be awarded to the top overall male and female in the 10K and 5K and the top 3 male and female in each age group for 10K & 5K. Age groups are 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

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There will be limited parking on race morning at Autumn Hill State School. Autumn Hill Drive will also close at 7:30am on race morning and not reopen until after the race. So if you park here you may not be able to leave until the road has opened back up. Additional parking will be available at Union High School across Independence Drive from the start/finish area and at the bottom of Autumn Hill Drive at Family Resource Center.

Special Thanks

We would also like to thank the following for their contributions to the event:

  • Dickey Bub Farm & Home - Union

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