Racers will compete on the Iowa State Fairgrounds with the race starting in the southwest corner at the 4-H Building. Race is run in memory of Joy Niklasen, former Polk County 4-H Youth Coordinator.
Running Events in Des Moines
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Get Your Giddy Up going! Grab your boots, well maybe not your boots, spurs & cowboys hats and sign up for the Giddy Up 5K on Sunday July 14th. The 5K Run will Giddy through the trails at Prairie Ridge Sports Complex. The 5K Race is in conjunction with Ankenys SummerFest celebration. After the race you can continue to get your Giddy Up at the post race party across the street on the patio at Peak Performance. Post race refreshments will include adult beverages and non-adult beverages.
Every year on the morning of the 4th of July we host the largest annual fundraiser for Troop 178. We use this money to provide all of the exciting events. Camping, summer camp, merit badges, scout supplies, fun activities, and more!
Cruisin' 4 Carter 5k is a charity run with proceeds to benefit the JDRF. We will run until we turn Type 1 into Type None!
Walk (stroller friendly) or run the 5K through the beautiful Clive Country Club neighborhood. Or, for more challenge, run the 10K through the beautiful neighborhoods of Clive and Waukee. And bring the kids along for the Kids Fun Run, featuring an obstacle course
Capital Pursuit is a premier late summer race that takes participants through the vibrant streets of downtown Des Moines, down the beautifully tree lined streets near Drake University campus and ending at the amazing Western Gateway Park downtown. Make sure not to miss one of Des Moines' longest running traditions.
Join us for the Royal Family Kids 5K!
The IMT Des Moines Monument Mile benefits the State of Iowa Capitol Monument Conservation Fund.
Run for a cure Join us for the Annual Beaverdale Beaverdash in Des Moines, IA. Form your team or register as an individual to take part in the Timed 5K, Untimed 1 Mile Frolic, and the Beaver Trot.
The Kids Fun Run (1,000-meter) around the lake will begin at 8:00 am. The 5K run/walk will begin at 8:15 a.m. The 5K run/walk will be chip timed. The 1,000-meter fun run participants will receive medals once they cross the finish line.
ZERO is proud to partner with The Iowa Clinic to end prostate cancer.
The ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - Des Moines features a 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, Kids' Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. Stick around for the family-friendly post-race celebration. Run/walk participants will receive shirts, free food and prizes, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer.
Race through the trails of the beautiful Des Moines Water Works Park in Des Moines, IA. The start time for the 5K Wicked Run begins at 4:00pm and the 1K Wicked Tasting Walk begins at 5:30pm. 5K participants are required to finish in one hour or less. Waves of runners will be released on the course with 2-3 minute intervals. Runners and ALL attendees must be 21 or older to participate.
The Peace Day 5K run/walk is part of the IRIS International Festival in recognition of the UN International Day of Peace. In additional to the "Peace Day 5K" run/walk, the day will include a number of cultural display booths by different international organizations and international exchange students in the Central Iowa area.
Join us for three days of activities, two days of races and one-life changing experience on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20.
The Iowa Dog Jog is a 5K and 2K run/walk (heck, you can even dance your way along the route) that has been created for dog-lovers and their favorite dog friends!
PurpleStride walks are among the largest sources of funding for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride, you join a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers and advocates committed to rewriting the future of this deadly disease.
Remember Iowa's Fallen!
The conclusion to the Iowa Trail Run Series in Iowa's capitol with a single 4 mile loop on some of the best trails around. For those that only did the 5K distances before, this is the perfect culmination of all that training!
Join the Thanksgiving tradition at the Des Moines Hungry Turkey Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk. Everyone gets cinnamon roll at the finish line!
Join is for the Iowa Trail Runs to take a break from pavement and enjoy some good old fashioned dirt!
The 2 mile run is in town with slight hills and a lot of shade. A great starting run for youngsters and a great event for those that don't like the longer events.
The 5 mile has a couple big hills on the way out of town then hits the High Trestle Trail on the way back into town.
The 15 mile has some big hills with a lot of country highways on the way out then hits the High Trestle Trail in Woodward, goes over the High Trestle bridge then back into town.
Run the West Des Moines Hot Cider Hustle 5k on Oct. 27th. All participants get hot cider, caramel apple and a finisher mug.
The Arthritis Foundations Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity. Its where you can strut your stuff in your favorite holiday costume and FEEL GOOD about DOING GOOD. Together, well jingle all the way to a cure and have a fantastic time every step we take! Bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk. Get your jingle on and spread the Spirit of Yes: Yes to having fun and celebrating what you love. Yes to living life to the fullest. Yes to conquering arthritis for good. 100% of your registration fee and fundraising go to a great cause!
Our annual Half Marathon & 10k races are a fundraiser for the Indianola Christian Union church Mission Team. Between our three races we anticipate 700 finishers. Three start lines, one finish line, all three races start at 8am. We offer chip timing, super soft ring spun shirts, custom die cast medals to all, trophies to top finishers, plus age division awards. The half marathon and 10k are point to point races and we provide the bus transportation. We added a Greubel Memorial 5k two years ago to fundraise for three kids in our church and community who tragically lost their parents.
Who knew so many trail runners just wanted an additional level of difficulty?! We're going night running again, this time through the beautiful Annett Nature Center just as the leaves turn and Sasquatch come out! Round two of disobeying your parents and playing in the woods at night!
This hidden gem takes place the first weekend in December and combines single track dirt trail with a hint of paved bike path as you wind down the Sycamore Trail along the Des Moines River. Unpredictable winter weather in Iowa has brought rain, snow, and negative temps but has also brought picturesque 50 degree days and some of the fastest dirt trails in the state.
Join us for the St Paddy's day Half Marathon!
Join 6, 7, or 8 of your closest pals, hop in a van, run, rest and repeat. The race sells out months in advance ever year. Dont delay. Register now to secure a spot in the running road trip. Space is limited to only 350 teams.
The Iowa Heart Center Foundation has hosted an annual Run for Your Life event for over 10 years. Our goal with this event has been to raise awareness of heart disease and fund placements of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in Iowa communities.
Blood Sweat & Beers has quickly become Iowas premier 5k run/walk event and something not to be missed. Great event, great beer, and Iowas best people coming together to help those Iowa families battling blood cancer.
Race will begin at 8:00 AM at the corner of 2200 State Street outside the WG Early Learning Center. Packet Pick up will be available the morning of the race from 7:30 to 7:45 AM.
Join us for the annual Halloween Hit Chocolate Race and pick up some awesome race swag!
NAMED AS ONE OF THE BEST TURKEY TROTS IN THE COUNTRY AND THE TOP TROT IN IOWA BY RUNNERS WORLD MAGAZINE 3 YEARS IN A ROW, THE DES MOINES TURKEY TROT IS THE LARGEST THANKSGIVING TRADITION IN IOWA.
Paws in the Park 5K Walk/Run raises money to help local and national canine organizations. This year proceeds will benefit Muncie Care and Animal Services, Ernie's Heart Pet Food Pantry and the Pets healing Vets program.
What you need to know about Running Events
Running is the world’s most accessible sport. Park runs, colour runs, 5k, 10k, half marathons, marathons and ultras — all you need is a pair of trainers and off you go. Running events are hugely popular on Let’s Do This and it’s a sociable sport, so get some friends involved and achieve something extraordinary.
If you’re starting small, the 5k and 10k events are great fun and definitely worth doing even if you’re training for a bigger challenge further down the line. Getting used to the atmosphere of an event is important. You’re so much more likely to hit a better time if there’s a crowd cheering you on, people in fancy dress and a big celebration at the finish line.
Find local Running races
Today, with international organisations, local clubs and national events to choose from, there are thousands of races to discover, and we want to help you find them quickly and easily. Below you’ll find selections by running type, running location and some exceptional events to take part in.