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Location: Union, MO US 63084 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk
Event Time Price Details
8:00AM CDT
Price increases September 4, 2017 at 11:59pm CDT
8:00AM CDT
Price increases September 4, 2017 at 11:59pm CDT
1 Mile Fun Run
8:05AM CDT
Price increases September 4, 2017 at 11:59pm CDT
Autumn Hill Drive
Union, MO US 63084

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

Join us for the first annual 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 timed events and medals will be awarded. The 1 mile fun run/walk 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: Now through 9/4/17
Late registration: 9/5/17 - Race Day
Registrations submitted after 9/4/17 are not guaranteed a shirt

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, 9/21/17 - Location and hours TBD
Friday, 9/22/17 - Location and hours TBD
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+. The overall male and female winners in the 10K will also receive a $50 gift card to the Daily Run Company in Washington, MO.

Sponsorship Packages

If interested in being a sponsor please email All proceeds from the race will go towards The Lance Purschke Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Union R-XI Foundation which is a 501(c)3 organization. Contributions are tax-deductible. Thank you in advance for your consideration on becoming a sponsor for the Piggyback Dash. Download sponsorship form below.

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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 will 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 Clark-Vitt Elementary School.


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