Sunday, October 6, 2019


6th Annual Cow Run 10 Miler poster

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Race Time

7:30am– Registration opens
9:00am– Race start

Free Bus Transportation to the start line will be provided

Entry Info

Registration coming soon!

Entry fee
Cow Run - $35 pre-registration, $45 after noon on October 4

Calf Run - $25 pre-registration, $35 afternoon on October 4

Start Line is at the Cowtown Rodeo 780 US Highway 40.

Bus Pickup and Finish Line Location
115 Market Street
Salem NJ 08079

NOTICE: You may WALK with strollers. No dogs allowed due to insurance liability. Bibs are non-transferable.  Please reference our policies page for more details.

Benefits Salem Youth Recreation and Stand Up For Salem

10 miles of mostly rural farmland in scenic Salem County NJ.

Course Map


  • High Tech Cow T-Shirt
  • Cow Medals for finishers
  • Bus to start
  • Beer Garden for those 21 years of age and older
  • Snack Bag (even if you don't finish)


  • Awards to overall male/female winners and overall male/female masters
  • Awards to top 3 male/female in 10 year age groups 13 & under through 70 & over

NOVA Timing Systems will chip time using the MYLAPS BibTag Timing System

View race results here. They will be posted online during the race and complete results will be posted once the race is complete.

For more information, contact Chris Davenport This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This race retraces the original 10 miles of the 1778 cow run or “Great Cow Chase” of cattle “foraged” from Salem County by American soldiers led by Anthony “Mad Anthony” Wayne. Wayne gathered about 150 Salem County cows in Salem City and headed toward Valley Forge and the starving soldiers on February 23 of that year. We thought about having our race in February but then we thought it might be cold. Anyway the cows were run up Old Kings Highway (which is most of our run) all the way up to the Ben Franklin Bridge, which they couldn’t use yet so they kept on going up to somewhere they could cross the river . . . for a better description try this .

We think it’s a great story which doesn’t get enough attention, so in honor of those cows who took that one way trip and the great Americans who stole them, we run in a herd . . . back to where they started!

2018 Race Results 2018 Photos

2017 Race Results  2017 photos

2016 Race Results

More 2016 Photos by B.J. Ayars


2015 Race Results

So . . . yes there was a cow incident in 2015 . . . but everyone was ok. The herd of people did scare the cow however, but he received treatment from an expert in the field, and is mooving around just fine now.

A whole lot more great pics by BJ Ayars here!


God for sparing us the hurricane and beautiful scenery · New Jersey Department of Transportation · New Jersey State Police, Woodstown Barracks · Salem County Freeholders · Salem County Engineers Office · Salem County Road & Bridge Department · Pilesgrove Township · Mannington Township · Salem City · Salem City Police Department · Salem City Street Department · Salem City Fire Department · Washington Fire Company · Woodstown Ambulance Squad · Fenwick Ambulance Squad · Races2Run · Nova Time Systems · Cowtown Rodeo · Sharptown United Methodist Church · Salem County Health and Wellness Foundation · PSEG · TD Bank · Crossroads of the American Revolution · First Presbyterian Church of Salem · B.R. Williams Company · Henry D. Young Insurance Company · South Jersey Times · The Cumberland and Salem Guide · English Sewage Disposal · The Delaware Running Company · Elaine Finn Designs · Eagle Awards · Parker Jewelers · Bravo’s Pizza & Pasta · Salem City Community United · Wayne Kursh · Barbara Kursh · Doug White · Matt Cutrona · Gail Slaughter · Debbie Gralley · BJ Ayars · Fred Ayars · Karen Ayars · Probably some other Ayars · John Pelura III · Matt Hassler · Britney Lillya · Grant Harris · Jackie Bobbitt · Crystal Walker · Helene Pierson · Jody Veler · Daryl Casper ·Beth Davenport · Elise Davenport · McCallister Family · Additional Hasslers and helpers to be named · Suzanne and Sammy Cooke · Sherry Mauer · Stand Up For Salem Board of Directors · Salem Main Street Promotion Committee · Brenda Goins · Dave Bailey Jr. · James Turk · Julie Acton · Bill Miller · Steve Schalick · Paul Ledford · Kathleen Keen · Patti Davis · Maureen Abdill · Second Annual Cow Run Runners · Cows, some of whom seriously misbehaved · Lambs · Geese, Heron and Egrets · That one dog barking at us. Actually no thanks to you dog, the herd will be back!


2014 Pics

More Pictures by BJ Ayars.

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