Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pony Express Runners Wanted!

Pony Express Run

We did this Fun Run as a family a few years ago, and it’s in our top five favorite things we’ve ever done! We didn’t train at all beforehand, and walked most of the way, and did just fine. Read our review of the Pony Express Fun Run.

Pony Express Fun RunFairfield –  Pony Express runners wanted!  Come experience the life of a pony express rider and reenact the ride in your running shoes from Camp Floyd to St. Joseph, Missouri and back on April 11, 2015 at 10am.  Deliver the mail in your own haversack, take an oath for the pony express, visit the paymaster, and more!

Total length of the fun run is 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles.  The race starts and ends at Camp Floyd / Stagecoach Inn State Park and Museum which was once a stop on the Pony Express.  Each participant receives a Quest for the Pony Express t-shirt, haversack to carry the mail, letter to a solider at Camp Floyd, toy horse, and more.

Pony Express Fun Run 2The run will be timed this year, though participants are still welcome to walk the course.  Families are encouraged to attend as well.  Bring a picnic lunch for after the race to enjoy in the park's beautiful picnic areas.  Early registration starts now and is $20 per participant.  On March 27, 2015 the price is $25 per person.  Register on the following website:

Established in 1858, Camp Floyd housed the largest concentration of U.S. troops then in the United States and a stop on the pony express.  The troops were sent to Utah to suppress a rumored Mormon rebellion, which never took place.  The army was recalled back east in 1861 for the Civil War emergency.

Camp Floyd State Park is located in the town of Fairfield, 22 miles southwest of Lehi on State Highway 73.  For more information please contact the park at:  801-768-8932.

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