Running Events in Des Moines

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JUL14
Giddy Up 5K
Ankeny, IA, United States

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.

$28
Giddy Up 5K
JUL4
Troop 178 4th of July 5K
Waukee, IA, United States

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!

$25
Troop 178 4th of July 5K
SEP15
Capital Pursuit

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.

$30
Capital Pursuit
AUG24
Mayor's Run For The Trails
Johnston, IA, United States

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.

$8 - $30
Mayor's Run For The Trails
SEP28
ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - Des Moines

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.

$10 - $30
ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - Des Moines
OCT5
Wicked Wine Run - Des Moines

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.

$35
Wicked Wine Run - Des Moines
SEP22
Peace Day 5K
West Des Moines, IA, United States

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.

$30
Peace Day 5K
SEP28
PurpleStride Iowa
West Des Moines, IA, United States

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.

$20 - $35
PurpleStride Iowa
AUG31
Madrid Milers Labor Day Run
Madrid, IA, United States

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.

$25
Madrid Milers Labor Day Run
DEC7
Jingle Bell Run - Des Moines

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!

$30
Jingle Bell Run - Des Moines
NOV2
Hillbilly Hike Half Marathon
Carlisle, IA, United States

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.

$30
Hillbilly Hike Half Marathon
OCT12
Iowa Trail Runs - Annett Nature Center
Indianola, IA, United States

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!

$30
Iowa Trail Runs - Annett Nature Center
DEC7
Sycamore 8 Trail Run
Johnston, IA, United States

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.

$30 - $35
Sycamore 8 Trail Run
SEP28
Paws in the Park 5K
Madrid, IA, United States

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.

Paws in the Park 5K

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.

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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.

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