Buck Knob 5k Hill Climb Challenge 

Join us for this "heck of a hill" 5K challenge! You will race from St. Pius X High School to the cross at the top of Buck Knob Hill and back!You will gain 300+ foot elevation in the roughly 1.5 miles on your way up! The downhill is the best and FASTEST in town! Enjoy plenty refreshments when you hit the finish!!!  All proceeds benefit St. Pius Project Prom. Must be 10 years of age to enter. Cape Road Runners will be timing the event.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 • 9 a.m.

Registration NOW open!


Online registration until midnight - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Must register online by Wednesday, March 7, 2018, for t-shirt (after March 7 - not guaranteed a shirt/sizes)

$25 per person - $30/race day registration - CASH/CHECK ONLY (not guaranteed shirt/sizes)

Packet pick up: Race day 7:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Event location:

St. Pius X High School, 1030 St. Pius Dr., Festus, MO 63028

Check out the flyer!  

Important note for participants: 

In the event of hazardous weather conditions, there could be a delay of the race start – please check the Buck Knob FaceBook web page for updates.


Couse details:

  • This is not a closed course due to the nature of the route.
  • The course is out and back and runs on a dead end road, however, there are homes by which (the route) Buck Knob Road/VFW Drive are the residents’ only access.
  • There will be a lead vehicle and sweep vehicle to help ensure the safety of all participants. Volunteers will also be stationed along the course to alert any vehicles of runners on the road. 

Local area police and EMS will be present for the event as well.


Parking is available in the large school parking lot just past the school on the left.

Runners area:

Located in front of the school – just beyond circle drive.


Located in the school/ first-floor hallway.

Please follow signs.

Registration/Packet Pick-up:

7:30 – 8:45 am

Located in runners area in front of the school. 

Race Timing:

PLEASE NOTE: After you have crossed the finish line, there will be volunteers to hand you a time stick. This allows for recording of your race time.

Welcome/Course Details:

8:45 a.m. 

Race Begins:

9 a.m.

Awards Ceremony Begins:

9:45 a.m.


Overall Male & Female: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards 

Male and Female age groups: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place Ages: 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49,50-59, 60-69, 70+

Race timing: Cape Road Runners


Plenty refreshments will be available post-race in the runners' area.

Weather Cancellation Policy: When weather conditions or other physical conditions present a danger to participants, The Buck Knob Challenge/St. Pius X High School officials maintain the right to cancel the event. The Buck Knob Challenge may be canceled or delayed if any of the following weather conditions exist: Tornado Warning, Tornado Watch, Thunderstorm, “Heavy” Rain, other major weather condition...or a Zombie Apocalypse – you never know. We will notify all participants by email. If threatening weather conditions force cancellation of the event, no refunds can be provided, since funds were already spent in preparation for race day. In the event of cancellation, all participants will receive an email with information on how they can still receive their t-shirt/race packet.