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Pony Hollow Trail 5K & 15K

The Pony Hollow Trail races, hosted by Clayton County Conservation is a run to raise funds for the future Pony Hollow Trail expansion which will connect the two trail-heads creating a continuous loop.

Autumn Leaves

5th Annual PHT 5K&15K

October 28, 2023

The Race


New this year is a 5K run/walk as well as a slightly changed 15k course.

Race Details:

Clayton County Conservation invites you to the Annual Pony Hollow Trail 15k & 5k on October 28, 2023. The 15k race will wind you around the Elkader City Park before taking you out and back on the scenic, flat, lime-chipped Pony Hollow Trail (PHT) and finally ending on a grass mowed firebreak trail. You will appreciate the fall beauty of this lime-chip trail as it meanders in the trees along the Turkey River and Robert’s Creek. The 5k will be a simple out and back on the PHT for runners or walkers. 


Race swag is only guaranteed to all those that pre-register before October 23rd. All online registrations close at 1 pm on October 27th. Mailed in registrations must also be received by Oct. 27th. 

5k: $20 thru Oct. 23, $30 race day
 Adult: $35 thru Oct. 23, $45 race day

15k Child (17 & under): $25 thru Oct. 23, $35 race day

15k for runners only, 5k for runners and walkers.

Packet pickup will be from 7:30-8:45am on race day at the Floral Hall shelter house located in the Elkader City Park. There is also parking and bathrooms located in this area for your convenience.    

Race will start promptly at 9 AM near the south trailhead. No parking will be allowed at the start/finish on High Street. Please use the city park and pool parking lot.  


The funds raised from this race will be used for future trail expansion efforts to join the two Pony Hollow trail heads into a continuous loop. Part of the funds have been secured through grant dollars (Wellmark Large Match Grant $100,000, Upper Mississippi Gaming Grant $48,375, TAP $192,000) but we need matching dollars to complete the project. Not a runner but still want to support this project? Donations can be accepted at Clayton County Conservation.


We are also looking for volunteers to help on race day. Email Molly to volunteer. 

New route for 15k


5k route

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2023 Race Sponsors

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Marathon Runners
Runner Crossing Finish Line



Kyle Wagner




Olivia Dietzel


The Welcome Center/Osborne Nature Center & Native Wildlife Exhibit is open
Mon-Sat. 8:00 AM-4:00 PM & Sun. Noon-4:00 PM. 

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