In conjunction with Veterans Day, the Leavenworth wrestling team will host the first annual Pioneer 5K Off-Road Challenge on Nov. 11.

What is the Pioneer 5K Off-Road Challenge?
It is a fun race, mostly off-road, on the trails behind the high school and includes some of the obstacles on the JROTC trail. There is also a one-mile, on-road run for those who don't want the trails. The entire event is a fundraiser for the Leavenworth High School wrestling team.

When and where is the event?
The race starts 10 a.m. Sunday at Leavenworth High School. The slogan for the race is, "Come get messy this Veteran's Day." We have a special recognition and raffle planned for our veteran and active duty runners as well.

Why is this race different from others?
Runners will jump over logs, run up two steep hills, navigate Army-style obstacles, run on trails, gravel and concrete, making sure no one should finish this race clean. We anticipate that mud will also be a part of the fun.
The one mile is around the track and strollers are welcome. Leavenworth cheerleaders will also be doing free face painting.

How hard is the course and can everyone complete it?
Yes, this race is not about one's 'time' on a clock, but about the "fun-time" on the course. So take it as fast or slow as you like.
There will be wrestlers and JROTC Raiders along the route to help runners. The steep hills have ropes to assist and the obstacles are relatively simple.

How do people sign up?
Either go to and sign-up or come to the high school between 8-9:45 a.m. for race day registration. The cost is $30 for the 5K and $10 for the one-mile run.