Bill Jansen Road Race 2019

The legacy of Bill Jansen continues to live on in and around Valley City, most prominently through the annual event renamed in his honor. The annual Bill Jansen Road Race/Walk has been a community favorite for decades. Sponsored by the Valley city Optimist Club, it was organized by Jansen himself, who was a long-time Hi-Liner Cross Country and Track & Field Coach, and a Charter Member of the Optimist Club. He developed the Road Race/Walk in 1981 and served as its manager until his passing in 2003. The race was renamed to commemorate Jansen’s life and legacy.

The 39th Annual Bill Jansen Road Race/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 19th, 2021, with Registration/Check-In beginning at 7 a.m. at Hi-Liner Park (just east of Charlie Brown Field) and race action begins at 8 a.m. There are age divisions for those participating in the 1 mile race (ages 12 and under) and 5K race (ages 13-66+), and the 5K Walk and 10K race are open. Online registration is available at until Friday, June 18th. Entry Fees are as follows:

Before Race Day – $5.00 Miler, $20 Individual, $50.00 Family Maximum, or $10.00 Walker; On Race Day – $25.00 for 5/10K individuals.

Medals will be presented to the top three finishers in each division (excluding the walking division). A T-Shirt will be provided for all finishers and refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the race. There will also be a first aid station to monitor participants during the entire race/walk.

Questions? Email Mike Watterson at

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