Pony Express 5k Your Way

Thu September 1 - Fri October 7 Saint Joseph, MO 64503 US Directions

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://ponyexpressrun.org.


914 Penn Street
Saint Joseph, MO US 64503


Giddy-Up Cowfolk! It's time to "kick off" your boots and put on your running shoes! The Junior League of St. Joseph invites you to run, walk, swim, gallop, bike, hike, rock climb... it is totally up to you!  You can do your 5k over multiple days or all in one; at home or at our in-person event on Saturday, September 24th at 9:00 AM at the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph Missouri! You can also participate at home through our virtual 5k your way sign-up. This event offers many opportunities to be the boots on the ground benefiting our community. Kids, friends, and family are all encouraged to help us all move toward our goals.

In 2012, we have established a partnership with the United Way of Greater St. Joseph, who is a major charitable partner of the race. Because of this partnership, the Junior League is able to further its mission of positively impacting the lives of women and children in our community. All proceeds raised by the Pony Express Run benefit the Junior League of St. Joseph and are used to support our community through programs like Cinderella's Closet and Hope Totes and the ongoing effort to engage volunteers and develop empathy through partnership.

In 2012, the Junior League of St. Joseph worked to bring the St. Joseph community the Pony Express 5K and 10K Run. In 2014, we expanded the race by changing the 10K to a half marathon, which brought a mix of people from both inside and outside of our community. Since then, we have had roughly 250 runners participate in the Pony Express Run each year. This year we are moving with the times! We are updating our race to a 5k in-person or virtual do it your way option- whatever you choose (or you can do both!) helps to better the St. Joseph community. 

We would like to thank each of the sponsors that have helped us make this a successful race throughout the years. If you would like to become a sponsor please contact us through our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ponyexpressrun. We are seeking sponsors at all levels. 

Packet Pickup

Packet and t-shirt (if registered on/before September 8th) pickup will be held on Friday, September 23rd from 4:00PM-8:00PM at River Bluff Brewery. The address is 1224 Frederick Ave, St Joseph, MO 64501. 

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All in-person participants will receive a really cool finisher medal! In-person runners can compete for the following awards (typically given out by really cute kids): 

  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Male 
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Female 

Virtual participants can in-put their times and send us their finisher photos! We will announce our virtual winners online. Since you can bike, swim, rock climb, yoga, run, etc. your way to your 5k- we will feature virtual participants on Facebook (facebook.com/ponyexpressrun) to highlight their achievements! 

5k Route

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Virtual 5k Your Way Route: 

UP TO YOU! Swim, bike, hike, run, rock-climb... do what you do. Google has tons of conversion charts for whatever activity suits you! Just be safe and follow your local safety guidelines. Don't forget to send us your pictures via Facebook Messenger! https://www.facebook.com/ponyexpressrun

T-Shirts- Available if you signup on or before September 8th!

  • Signup by September 8th in order to get a t-shirt for the in-person 5k race on September 24th.
  • Signup for the virtual event by September 8th in order to get your virtual Pony Express 5k Your Way t-shirt. 
  • Kids fun run in-person participants will receive a race medal. T-shirts can be purchased for an additional charge. 


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