Race Details

We will again be both a LIVE and a VIRTUAL event for 2021, and will be bringing back the one mile kids fun run this year.  

The LIVE event will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Palmetto Bone & Joint, beginning at 7 AM.  The route will start and end at PB& J (104 Ellett Road, Chapin) and run through the Chapin Business and Technology Park at Brighton. The Justin Pepper 5K kicks off the Chapin Labor Day Festival weekend.

The VIRTUAL event will run from Saturday September 4th through Labor Day (September 6th). It may be run anywhere, anytime....even on a treadmill. We have contracted with RaceJoy to enhance your virtual run experience.  (Just to note, this is a GPS tracked app that will unfortunately not work when running on a treadmill.) The virtual event is mainly for fun and times will not be incorporated into the competitive in-person event on Saturday, September 4th.  

For information on safety precautions should they be needed, due to covid extensions, this page will be updated by August 13th 2021.

Click  HERE for details. 

This is a charity event.  Proceeds support The Justin Pepper Foundation. Established in 2007, the foundation provides awards and scholarships to youth that excel in community service activities.  In the past eight years, the foundation has provided $40,000 in scholarships, assisting students with educational opportunities beyond high school.



  • Ladies, race shirts are universal sizing so you may want to go down one size.

  • Baby strollers/joggers are permitted but must participate at the rear of the race.

  • NO bicycles, in-line skates, roller skates, scooters, and/or other wheeled vehicles except wheelchairs.   

  • You will be allowed to bring a dog with you.  In fact we have several ways your dog can participate in fun activities.  If you plan to bring a dog, you need to note that on your race registration.  We ask that you pick up after your dog and keep the dog under control at all ensure the safety of all our participants. Especially those children that may have a fear of dogs. 

  • T-shirts are not guaranteed if registered after FRIDAY AUGUST 13, 2021.

Packet Pick Up Information

For the 2021 event we are offering 3 packet pick up opportunities:

DRIVE THRU*: Wednesday, September 1, 11 AM - 2 PM, Drayer Physical Therapy 7585 St Andrews Road, Irmo (behind Lizzard Thicket). 

Thursday, September 2, 4 PM - 7 PM, Strictly Running, 2515 Devine Street, Columbia.

DRIVE THRU*:  Friday, September 3, 4 PM - 8 PM, Palmetto Bone & Joint, 104 Ellett Road, Chapin.

Route Map....

The route was certified on July 26, 2019. You may also take a virtual run on the route using this link: YouTube JP5K Race Route
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Ruck Details

We consider ourselves an 'introduction to ruck' event and therefore have some more lenient rules.  We want to encourage new ruckers to test the waters, so to speak, in our event.  If you choose to participate in the ruck division your backpack must be at least 15 pounds (most events are 20 pounds).  Your backpack may contain actual weights OR you are encouraged to stuff your backpack with donations for charity. 

You can register as a ruck team.  There will be a team ruck award given.  The fastest team award will be based on the following rules.  (1) You must have at least 4 people on your team to qualify.  (2) The fastest team will be determined by averaging the times of the top four fastest finishers on your team.  (3) The four fastest team finishers must not be disqualified at the Finish Line weigh in.  (4) Ruck teams are limited to six members.  Note:  If ruckers are team registered with less than four members they will become individual ruck participants for the event.   

We will have a drop table at the half way point in the course, if your pack becomes too cumbersome and you wish to empty your donation and finish the race a little lighter, you may leave your donations at this point.... PLEASE NOTE:  Your backpack will be weighed at the Finish Line and if it is less than 15 pounds, you may not qualify for race awards. 

All ruck participants will have the choice between two shirts offered..... the standard race shirt and a special ruck shirt.  Ruck participants will also receive a patch for their backpacks, if they complete the course, as they cross the Finish Line. 

It is our goal to encourage our Walk/Run participants to strive for Ruck participation in future Justin Pepper 5K races. 

YOUTH RUCK PARTICIPANTS:  Those under the age of 16 that wish to participate in the ruck are allowed (and encouraged) to only carry the minimum weight of 10% of their body weight instead of the required 15 pounds.  Again, we pride ourselves in being a beginning ruck event and want to encourage all to participate.  However, we do not want youth to over extend their abilities and hurt themselves.  


The Awards Ceremony for the 2021 event will begin at 8:30 AM, and Medals and Prizes not distributed on race day will be mailed.   

Finisher medals will be sent to all participants in the Virtual Run, along with a race shirt. You may download a Unique digit bib from the race registration site. 

The following Prizes and Medals will be awarded in the Walk, Run, Ruck!

  • Prizes and Medals for Top Three 5K Male and Female finishers in the Walk/Run

  • Prizes and Medals for Top Three 5K Male and Female finishers in the Ruck!

  • Medals for Top Three in each age category both male and female in the Walk/Run

  • Medals for Top Three Ruck Teams

        NOTE:  Overall winners in the walk/run are not eligible for age-category awards

Age Categories:  10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & Over.

Volunteer Info


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Bibs and Shirts...

We know your bib and race shirt are an important part of your race experience.  We shop for a good quality comfortable shirt that you will enjoy wearing.


Bibs are another thing we take pride in.  We strive to offer a unique bib that you are proud to hold on to after the race as a reminder of the great race experience you had.  If you are registered by FRIDAY AUGUST 13th your name will be printed on your bib.  Just one more awesome thing we do for our participants.