Wild Bill Cowboy Gallop run scheduled for this Saturday


Last year’s Cowboy Gallop was run in cool conditions. The temperature for this year’s Gallop is predicted to be in the 70s. PLEASANTON EXPRESS FILE PHOTO

Last year’s Cowboy Gallop was run in cool conditions. The temperature for this year’s Gallop is predicted to be in the 70s. PLEASANTON EXPRESS FILE PHOTO

The Wild Bill Christmas Cowboy Gallop 5K and two-mile Fun Walk is held in conjunction with Merry on Main Saturday, Dec. 4 at 8 a.m. at the Pleasanton River Park. This race benefits CASA of South Texas. All participants (even those in Two-Mile Fun Walk) receive a finishers medal, T-shirt, taco, tamales, adult or unleaded beverage and a guaranteed great time.

At the after-party awards ceremony, winner medals are awarded from youth to senior categories with plaques for overall winners. Winners will be featured in the Pleasanton Express.

Early signup will be available until Friday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. There will also be day-of registration on Saturday. To register before Friday, visit pleasantonexpress. com and click on the Cowboy Gallop button.

This will be the second year in a row that the Cowboy Gallop is run as part of the Merry on Main Christmas celebration. For its first 40 years the Cowboy Gallop was part of the Cowboy Homecoming. Last year’s cancelation of Cowboy Homecoming due to the COVID-19 pandemic led to the Cowboy Gallop moving to the first Saturday of December from its traditional date in October.

Thank you to the generous sponsors who made this race possible – Security State Bank, Wigington Rumley Dunn & Blair LLP, Ramos Tire & Auto Service Inc., Price Chevrolet, Hurley Funeral Homes, Inc. Chile Bandera BesTees’ and Pleasanton Express.

Last year’s overall winner in the women’s division was Nichole Brauchle. Brauchle won with a time of 20:47. It was the fourth consecutive win for Brauchle in the women’s division.

The men’s overall winner was Zander Zamora who finished with a time of 20:22. The record time for the men’s division is 15:24 and was set by Efrain Velasquez in 2005. Andrea Jarzombek holds the record for the women’s division with 17:45 set back in 1998.

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