42nd Annual Klondike Rush
Wyoming’s oldest and finest 10k race.
In 1978, the Inaugural Klondike Rush set out on the now historic 10K course. In the years since the Klondike Rush has grown to include the 5K course and the Klondike Volks. Back for its 4th Annual ‘running’, the Klondike Volks is an event for those that are looking for less Rush and more stroll, giving them to chance to experience the historic 10K course at their own pace.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 42nd Annual Klondike Rush is limited to pre-race day registration. Participants are required to register online by July 31st. No day-of registrations will be taken in order to ease the process of adhering to Public Health Orders.
Social distancing practices will be in effect and participants are encouraged to wear masks or face shields before and after the race. The start of the race will be stagged to allow for additional social distancing. Participants are required to start with the division they registered for.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles if they feel they will need water. The 5k will not have a water station. The 10k will have a single water station with single-use water bottles.
The Y facility will be closed during the race. Portable bathrooms and handwashing stations will be available for use in the parking lot.
When & Where
Join The Fun
When & Where
- Saturday, August 1st
- Johnson County Family YMCA – 101 Klondike Drive – Buffalo, WY 82834
- Youth: $25.00
- Adult (18+): $35.00
- Additional shirt(s): $10.00 each
Order of Events
Friday, July 31st
- 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Check-in and packet pick-up at the YMCA
- Registration closes at 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 1st
- 6:30 am – Packet pick-up open – Pre-registration required
- 6:30 am – Start of the Klondike Volks 10K
- 7:10 am – Check-in and packet pick-up closes
- 7:20 am – Pre-Race instruction and singing of the National Anthem
- 7:25 am – 10K Race Start
- 7:30 am – 5K Competitive (I’m looking to place)
- 7:35 am – 5K Non-Competitive (I’m looking to enjoy myself, though I could still place)
- 8:45 am – Awards
Join The Fun
4th Annual Klondike Volksmarch
For those wanting less rush and more stroll, sign up for the 10K walk. The Y has partnered with our local chapter of the American Volkssport Association: The Buffalo Pathfinders. The route is the same as the historic 10K running route. This is an un-timed event, so we invite you to enjoy the natural beauty of Wyoming at your own pace. This event has a prompt start at 6:30 am with late starts not permitted.
You Have Questions, We Have Answers
Good luck to all runners. We will see you at the starting line!
Stay & Play
While in Buffalo enjoy some of our other activities such as:
- The largest FREE outdoor pool
- 4 Star Golf Course
- Our local lakes and creeks
- Great hiking and biking trails
- The scenic Bighorn Mountains
Food & Lodging
The Klondike Rush was the brainchild of three “young” men who got together to run a couple of days a week in the late 1970s. Those young men were The Reverend Dr. Bob Miller (Pastor of the local Union Congregational Church), Paul G. Jarvis a new attorney in town working for the Kirven Law Firm, and Dave Harness, the local Undertaker. One of their runs took them out Klondike Drive to a point in the country where they could slip over a ridge to the west and come out on Upper Clear Creek Road. They reckoned it was about 6 miles, so they thought why not host a race that made that loop? Sure enough, they found an old cattle trail and a two-track road that connected over the ridge, so the marked it out and the rest is history.
The first race had 47 runners and was called the Klondike Rush 10,000 meters. The Sports Lure of Buffalo completely sponsored the entire event under the direction of Dave Harness, who continued to be the race director for the next 20 years. The 40 plus year history of the Klondike Rush makes this the oldest existing 10K run in Wyoming and surrounding states.
There have been many quality runners that have ventured to Buffalo to run the Rush. Ron Smith an excellent runner from Sheridan won the first Klondike with a time of 32:57. Deane Bjerke a local banker and former member of the Army Track Team won the event several times with times running in the 32-minute range. The Klondike Rush record was set by a runner from Eugene Oregon, who was running for Nike Shoes, named Ken Hunter. In the early 80’s we had two members of the Italian Olympic team compete in the event and both were beaten by Hunter. His winning time of 30 minutes and 30 seconds is a record that stands to this day! The women’s record was set by Benda Graham with a time of 37:30.
Since its inception, the Klondike Rush has added the family-friendly 5K, as well as collaboration with the Buffalo Pathfinders and the American Volkssport Association in the addition of the Klondike Volksmarch; for those that want a little more stroll and less Rush. The popularity of this event continues to this day and is always held in conjunction with the Johnson County Fair and Rodeo Parade.
We can’t wait to make you a part of this evolving history, see you at the Rush!