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2020 Virtual Hog Day Stampede

Please share your race results and photo to the Chamber Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Kewanee-Chamber-of-Commerce-183055881734134/. Submissions will be recived through Sunday, 9/20/20 at midnight.



44th Annual Virtual Stampede Course Marked!!

While there will not be a Hog Day Stampede in the sense of hundreds of people participating on site Saturday morning September 5th. To help add a little sense of normalcy in this very abnormal year the Hog Day and Hog Jog course has been marked.

Hog Day Stampede Founder Nelson Lay and his able assistant Jay Cone’ marked the course for the 44th time on Friday. This will give people an opportunity to train and run the course if they wish even though this year it can be done anywhere in the world.

Runners and walkers are encouraged to enter the 4 mile virtual event.

Online registration is closed.

A special $25.00 Virtual price will get you a high quality tech shirt and a special 2020 medal and a chance at door prizes. Participants are encouraged to post pictures etc on the Hog Day Stampede Facebook page. Details are available on the Get Me Registered Site.

The 2020 Hog Day Stampede is presented by Breedlove’s Sporting Goods, Galva-Kewanee-Stark County Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists, Community State Bank, OSF Healthcare St. Luke Medical Center and the Star Courier.


Going Virtual

The 2020 Hog Day Stampede will be a virtual event this year. As much as we would like to see the 100’s of participants and spectators on site, in the name of caution, we are going to make this an event everyone can enjoy safely and at their own timing.

As part of the run, you will run/walk your own 4 mile course anytime during traditional Hog Day Festival (September 4-7). There will be no official course to run and no set time to start – you get to choose! You’ll be able to submit your race results and pictures to us and we will post them on our Virtual Stampede site.

Stampede founder Nelson Lay and volunteer Jay Cone’ will mark the traditional Stampede course in mid August to help local participants with their training. Also, perennial Hog Days fixture Matt Michalik will be at the starting line at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning September 5th to lead any participants that would like to take on the traditional course. Please note that no traffic control or water stops will be available so please plan accordingly if you decide to do this.

While this is not the event we pictured for the 2020 Festival, we are excited to create a fun version that allows for everyone to remain safe and still get out and train. Our race has always been focused on bringing people together and having fun – it will simply need to look a bit different this year. Where other events have had to cancel entirely, we wanted to create something enjoyable where we can all continue to support our local community by participating in our own way.

Your reduced entry fee will include a special Virtual tech shirt design and a matching participation medal. We will release a sneak peek soon!

If you have additional questions, please check the FAQ’s posted below.

Stay happy, hopeful, and healthy. We’ll “kinda see” you in September!

Hog Day Stampede 2020
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What is a virtual event?
It’s your own event in your own way anywhere in the world! Run or walk on roads, trails, tracks, treadmills, or even around your backyard.

Do I need to complete my run by a specific date?
Yes, carrying the spirit of the event, complete your run/walk during the four day span of Hog Days September 4th - 7th.

Am I required to run the official route to get credit?
This year will not have an official route. We encourage you to create your own course wherever you are located. Be creative! Just be sure to obey all traffic laws and be aware of others, vehicles, and your surroundings at all times. Safety first! We understand some may desire to run the “historical” route for tradition’s sake, but there is no course support, traffic control, or any form of escort, so please be cautious no matter where you run.

Is there a requirement on how I complete my run?
You can complete your distance by running or walking on roads, trails, tracks, or treadmills.

How do I submit my race results and race photos?
Please share your race results and photo to the Chamber Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Kewanee-Chamber-of-Commerce-183055881734134/. Submissions will be recived through Sunday, 9/20/20 at midnight.

Will there be a competitive race? Will there be awards for top overall or age group finishers?
Not this year. Due to the nature of a virtual event we will not be giving out awards this year for top finishers. But keep an eye on your email you may win one of our special door prizes...

When will I receive my swag?
Your t-shirt and medal will be mailed to you if you live outside of Kewanee. Kewanee participants will have a special pick up location that will be announced soon.

Will there be a finisher’s medal this year?
There will be a finisher’s medal available this year along with a custom design tech shirt.

Is there a 1 mile and Kids Fun Run?
Sorry, Not this year but 1 mile participants can do the Stampede in phases and submit that time.

What if I have additional questions?
Please send any questions to: chamber@kewanee.com