Hosted by: Ranchland Trust of Kansas

Run for the brand! In the romantic days of the Wild West cowboys were loyal to the brand. Riding for the brand meant you were a dedicated member of the ranch and part of the payroll. This year’s Beef Fest will feature a 5K run/walk, 1 mile run/walk, a free stick horse race for little cowhands and a free orchard tour for non-runners on the morning of August 24.  Check-in is at 7:00 a.m. with the events beginning at 8:00 a.m. The event is open to serious runners and those who simply want to have fun.

The race will take place at The Orchard north of Emporia on Highway 99.  The course will include unconventional ranch obstacles that will be fun for all. Runners will have the opportunity to buck a few hay bales, and perform some cowboy tasks along the trail.

Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age group.  Age groups for the 5K are 16 and under, 17-29, 30-44, 45-59 and 60+.  Age groups for the 1 mile are 10 and under, 11-16, 17-29, 30-44, 45-59 and 60+.  Cowhands ages 6 and under and 7-12 may enter the stick horse race. 

If you would like to participate in any of these races, the registration fee is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the race.  Run with ranch hands you know or meet new cowhands along the trail. Little cowpokes are welcome. Non-runners who want to learn more about the land may participate in the native plant tour around the orchard beginning at the same location.

For more information contact Samantha at Ranchland Trust of Kansas 785.273.5115 or email 

5K Flyer

Registration Form


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