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Pony Express Half Marathon & 5K

Join us for the 2nd annual Pony Express Half Marathon & 5K on September 12, 2020! It will be held in conjunction with the annual Pony Express 120 Gravel Dash (120 mile bike race) that begins and ends in historic downtown Marysville.

This race offers runners an opportunity to run through the paved and brick streets of Marysville as well as portions of the beautiful Blue River Rail Trail. This scenic trail begins in downtown Marysville and is located on a retired railroad bed alongside the Big Blue River. As the trail navigates through varying landscapes, runners will cross multiple bridges and have beautiful views of limestone outcrops, grass-covered bluffs and open farm fields. Periodic water stations and aid stations will be located along the route. This is a great race for those preparing to do a fall marathon!

Book Signing with Jim DeFelice

Jim DeFelice, co-author of the best-selling book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.” will speak at Marysville’s Pony Express Museum on Saturday, June 30th at 10:00 am.

This summer, DeFelice is following the annual Pony Express Re-Ride from Sacramento, Calif., to St. Joseph, Mo., to promote his new book about the Pony Express, “West Like Lightning.” He is scheduled to give presentations in Sacramento, Folsom, Calif., Reno, Salt Lake City and Marysville.

The event will include a short program, a question-and-answer session and a brief reading from his new book followed by a book signing. Books will be for sale at the event and refreshments will be served.

DeFelice mentions former museum curator Jill Schmidt in his new book. He wrote that Schmidt opened some of the darkened corners of the museum for him early one morning while he was working on the book and retracing the route of the Pony Express during the summer of 2016.