Justin Pepper 5K: Walk, Run, Ruck!


The Justin Pepper Foundation hosted their first 5K in 2018...with a twist! It's a WALK.  It's a RUN. It's a RUCK!  

To Ruck is to add weight to a backpack (ruck sack) in an effort to intensify your workout.   
We provide opportunities throughout the year to prepare for all components of the race.  Walks, runs, strength training exercises, aerobic classes, yoga, and a couple social gatherings for registered participants. 
We have a private Facebook Group to discuss and encourage healthy eating and exercise.  The sooner you register, the sooner you can join in on all the fun!

Make a commitment now to prepare for and participate in the second annual Justin Pepper 5K. However you register..... Walk, Run, or Ruck... we are dedicated to making this an exciting time for everyone!  Won't you join us on Saturday, August 31, 2019? 


The Justin Pepper 5K has three components.  A one mile kids fun run (ages 5-12), a 5K for walkers and runners, and the 5K Ruck. 

​This is a charity run.  One hundred percent of the participant entry fees support The Justin Pepper Foundation. Established in 2007, the foundation encourages volunteerism and philanthropy in today's youth.  In the past five years, the foundation has provided $22,000 in scholarships, assisting students with educational opportunities beyond high school.

 The Justin Pepper 5K: Walk, Run, Ruck! will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at Chapin High School, beginning at 7:30 AM.  The mostly paved race route (race finishes across the Chapin High School football field) being used was originally certified for the Jack Enright 5K in 2015.  The JP5K kicks off the Chapin Labor Day Festival weekend.  

We hope you find time to attend several activities during the Labor Day Festival Weekend. 


  • Ladies, race shirts are universal sizing so you may want to go down one size.
  • ​​Baby strollers/joggers are permitted but must participate at the rear of the race.
  • ​​NO bicycles, in-line skates, roller skates, scooters, and/or other wheeled vehicles except wheelchairs.
  • ​We love doggies, but sadly no dogs will be allowed at the race.  Our insurance will not cover this and the school district will not allow.  
  • ​​By law, SERVICE DOGS ARE ALLOWED, and should be leashed appropriately.  
  • ​​T-shirts are not guaranteed for those registered after August 15th

We consider ourselves an 'introduction to ruck' event and therefore have some more lenient rules.  We want to encourage new ruckers to test the waters, so to speak, in our event.  If you choose to participate in the ruck division your backpack must be at least 15 pounds (most events are 20 pounds).  Your backpack may contain actual weights OR you are encouraged to stuff your backpack with donations for charity.  We have partnered with We Care in Chapin, and are working to partner with a couple more organizations to collect non perishable goods at the conclusion of the event.        

You can register as a ruck team.  There will be a team ruck award given.  The fastest team award will be based on the following rules.  (1) You must have at least 4 people on your team to qualify.  (2) The fastest team will be determined by averaging the times of the top four fastest finishers on your team.  (3) The four fastest team finishers must not be disqualified at the Finish Line weigh in.  (4) Ruck teams are limited to six members.  Note:  If ruckers are team registered with less than four members they will become individual ruck participants for the event.   

We will have a drop table at the half way point in the course, if your pack becomes too cumbersome and you wish to empty your donation and finish the race a little lighter, you may leave your donations at this point.... PLEASE NOTE:  Your backpack will be weighed at the Finish Line and if it is less than 15 pounds, you may not qualify for race awards. 

All ruck participants will have the choice between two shirts offered..... the standard race shirt and a special ruck shirt.  Ruck participants will also receive a patch for their backpacks, if they complete the course, as they cross the Finish Line.

It is our goal to encourage our Walk/Run participants to strive for Ruck participation in future Justin Pepper 5K races. 

We know your race shirt is an important part of your race experience.  We shop for a good quality, comfortable shirt that you will enjoy wearing.  If you have issues with your shirt, please do not hesitate to contract us. If you have suggesting for race or training apparel we would welcome your suggestions. 

PLEASE NOTE:  It is our goal to have ample quality on shirts for all participants, however we must place our order in time to arrive by race day and therefore must state that we cannot guarantee a shirt if you are not registered before August 15th.  

The Awards Ceremony will begin at 8:30 AM.  If you do not wish to stay, we will mail your medals/prizes to you. 


Finisher medals will be presented to all participants in the kid's Fun Run. 


The following Prizes and Medals will be awarded in the Walk, Run, Ruck!

  • Prizes and Medals for Top Three 5K Male and Female finishers in the Walk/Run
  • Prizes and Medals for Top Three 5K Male and Female finishers in the Ruck!
  • Medals for Top Three in each age category both male and female in the Walk/Run
  • Medals for Top Three Ruck Teams
  • Patches will be presented to all ruck participants

        NOTE:  Overall winners in the walk/run are not eligible for age-category awards

Age Categories:  10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & Over.

As with any good event, volunteers are a very important part of making the day a success.  We would like to encourage schools and organizations to register as volunteer teams.  The team with the most volunteers, one school and one organization, will receive a travel trophy to display proudly for one year until the next Justin Pepper 5K; Walk, Run, Ruck! when they will have to 'defend their title'.  

​There is a special volunteer sign up for school and organization volunteers where limited information is required (name, school/organization, and t-shirt size).  This is for student/youth security purposes.  Those volunteers may register on the Justin Pepper Foundation website.  

​Volunteers that are not registering as part of a school or organization, may use the race registration site using the volunteer link.  Volunteers that register on the race site will receive have the opportunity to receive reminder notifications by email and/or text. 

We are also offering free race entries to the first twenty-five registered volunteers who sign up to assist with the following jobs:

Friday evening.... Packet Pick Up Assistance (10)

Day of.....  Early Morning Race Route Markings, Cone Placements, and Signs (10)

Day of....  Late Registration and Packet Pick Up (5)


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