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Road Races in Des Moines 2018

guide to road races and running in Des Moines

Summer is a great time to lace up your running shoes and start running! There are lots of road races around the city all summer long and into the fall. With distances ranging from 1 mile to a more ambitious 10K or even a full marathon, there are plenty of chances to hit the pavement. Many races are kid and family friendly, making them a great way to introduce your kids to running. 

Need more motivation to run than a medal or a free t-shirt? There’s a race for everything from ice cream to beer! 

Here’s a list of road races in and around Des Moines this summer and fall. 

June 7 | Ice Cream Run

Where: Fleet Feet Sports 521 E Locust St, Des Moines

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

What to know: Kick off summer with a run celebrating running and ice cream. 

June 9 | ChildServe’s Run, Walk and FUN 4 the Kids

Proceeds fund programming to help children with special health care needs have a great summer.

Where: ChildServe 5406 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston

When: 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Cost: $15 Register online

What to know: This family-friendly event features a self-timed 5K or 1-mile walk/run and free children’s races. Enjoy a free finish line festival including crafts, carnival games, spin art, pancake breakfast, face painting, prizes, and more.

June 15 | Des Moines Beer Mile

Where: el Bait Shop 200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: $20 Register here

What to Know: Kick off Des Moines Beer Week with 4 laps and 4 beers at el Bait Shop. 

June 16 | Run to Exile

Where: Exile Brewin Co. 1514 Walnut St, Des Moines

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: Starting at $45. Register here

What to Know: After running 5K or 10K don’t miss the post-race party including the famous stein holding contest!

July 4 | Des Moines Firecracker 5K

Where: Peace Tree 317 E Court Ave, Des Moines

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: Starting at $30. Register here

What to Know: Celebrate America’s birthday with a run and post-race fun at Peace Tree Des Moines. 

July 21 | Clive Running Festival

Where: Clive Aquatic Swimming Center 1801 NW 114th St, Clive

When: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Cost: Register here. Starting at $10.

What to know: This family-friendly race has a 5K, 10K, or mile route and the Tadpole Trot. The majority of the race takes place on the Clive Greenbelt Trail. 

July 21 | Polk City 4 Seasons Festival 5K and 8K

Where: 3rd and Broadway, Polk City

When: 7:30 a.m.

Cost: Register here. Starting at $25.

What to know: An affordable, family-friendly event for all ages. Kids Fun Run is free. 

August 4 | Diva Dash 5K

Celebrate being women and girls!

Where: 5th Street between East Locust and East Walnut, Des Moines

When: 8 a.m.

Cost: Starting at $10. Register here

What to know: Embrace your inner Diva at this fun event! Participants in the 5K receive a race shirt, custom bib number, and large finisher’s medal. Lil’ Princess participants receive a shirt, tiara, and princess medal. 

August 11 | Adel Sweet Corn Festival 5K

Where: ADM Administration Building

When: 8 a.m.

Cost: Register here. Starting at $25. 

What to know: The race takes place on the scenic brick streets in Adel. Strollers and wheelchairs are permitted. 

August 25 | Gigi’s Playhouse Superhero 5K & Walk

Run, walk and dash for Down syndrome–it matters!

Where: DMACC Ankeny Campus, 2006 S Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: Starting at $15. Register on or before July 31st and pick up early for guaranteed t-shirt sizes.

What to know: Dress up as your favorite superhero and help raise funds for Gigi’s Playhouse. After running or walking, enjoy brats and hotdogs on buns donated by Rotella’s Italian Bakery, and chips, cookies, and water donated by MetaBank. The event also includes a Kids Zone with bounce houses, face painting, and jumbo games; Dancing with DJ DAS; silent auction and raffle, and more. 

September 8 | Wicked Wine Run

Where: Des Moines Water Works 2201 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines

When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: Starting at $40. Register here.  

What to Know: Runners and all attendees must be 21 or older. 5K Run/1K Walk + LIVE Concert + WINE= Epic Night Out!

September 15 | Waukee 10 Mile and 5K Road Race

Where: Waukee Stadium 555 SE University Ave, Waukee

When: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.  

Cost: Starting at $35. Register here

What to Know: The 2nd annual Waukee 10 features fast flats, tough climbs, and a great stadium finish.

September 20 | IMT Des Moines Monument Mile

Where: Cowles Commons313 Walnut Street, Des Moines

When: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: Starting at $23. Register here

What to know: Raise awareness and funds for the State of Iowa Monument Conservation Fund, which has set aside funds to repair the more than 40 monuments on the Iowa State Capitol grounds.

October 21 | IMT Des Moines Marathon

Where: 300 Court Ave, Des Moines

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Starting at $27. Register here

What to know: Not up for a full or half marathon? Opt for the Mercy Live Up Loop 5-mile run or 1-mile walk on October 20. Enjoy live music and entertainment on Court Avenue following the 17th Annual IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon, Principal 5K Road Race and Bankers Trust Marathon Relay.

Happy running! 

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*We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information before heading to an event or activity, since it may change.

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