The 2020 Hog Day Stampede goes virtual this year!

As part of the run, participants will run/walk their 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’ marked 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 pictured for the 2020 Festival, Hog Days Stampede organizers are excited to create a fun version that allows for everyone to remain safe and still get out and train. This 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, organizers 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!

To register for the 2020 Hog Days Stampede, please visit

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Tess Abney was born and raised in the Quad Cities. Her passion for writing and entertainment was apparent at a very young age. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.