Ever run behind a horse?

You can at a new free 5K race at Pioneer Farms on Oct. 17.

The lead runner will chase a horse through the historic farm at this family event, organized by Erik Stanley and his Trail Roots running group. Stanley worked as a ranch hand and field trip curriculum creator at the farm when he was a student at the University of TExas, and has wanted to put on a race there ever since.

“At Trail Roots, we are constantly looking for ways to share the joy of running with new folks and this local race is the perfect opportunity,” Stanley says. “We see the ways that running enhances our lives and want to see others share in that experience.

Pioneer Farms is a historic farm in East Austin.

And did we mention that it’s free?

“I want to develop a fun and friendly community race that everyone can afford and bring their friends and family along,” Stanley says. “Long-term, I envision more connection with other local businesses that could participate in and support the event.”

A kids’ mile starts at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8:30 a.m. Both courses are on dirt roads and jeep trails.

When you’re done running, you can explore the five themed historic areas at Pioneer Farms – a Tonkawa encampment, a German emigrant farm, a Texian farm, a cotton planter’s farm and a rural village called Sprinkle Corner. You can meet farm animals at the 90-acre farm’s Scarborough Barn.

Awards will be given for the top three overall, masters top 3, and grandmasters first place, plus the top three in the kids mile.

For more information or to register go here. http://www.trailroots.com/race.html

Pioneer Farms is located at 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive. Donations will benefit the Pioneer Farms school program. Food will be available after the race.