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The Capital Striders Running Club


Promoting and encouraging running through the education of the community on the benefits of physical fitness and amateur sport

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The Capital Striders Running Club


Promoting and encouraging running through the education of the community on the benefits of physical fitness and amateur sport

Off To The Races

Capital Pursuit

Wrap up your summer in late September with the Capital Striders' premiere race through the heart of downtown Des Moines.  

Loop the Lake

Start your race season right with a fast and flat 8k around Grays Lake in West Des Moines.

Maffitt Lake

Enjoy nature on 5mi and 10mi trail courses around Maffitt lake and the surrounding woods

Sycamore 8

Brave the Iowa cold in this 8mi trail run that snakes along the Des Moines river.

Other Events

The Capital Striders have events nearly every week of the year.  Check out our Events page for more info.

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Striders Train Together


Events, discounts, training runs and more!

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Striders Train Together


Events, discounts, training runs and more!

Become a member!

Being a Capital Striders member entitles you to many benefits.

Training Programs

The CS group offers comprehensive training and nutrition programs on a weekly and monthly basis.  Their plans intensity range from jump starting the beginner to squeezing the best out of the elite.


Discounts on Races and Merchandise

CS members receive discounts on CS races as well as their affiliate races like Dam to Dam, The HyVee Drake Relays and the Living History Farms race.  Likewise members receive discounts at local merchants including: running and fitness stores, massage therapists, chiropractors, and many, many more!

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Training Groups and Runs

The Capital Striders offer groups dedicated to increasingly popular style of running.  The CS Turkeys enjoy weekly runs through trails (marked and unmarked) through out central Iowa.  And the Run with the Animals group offer weekly runs for beginners and those getting back into shape.


Capital Striders Events

In addition to road and trail races through out the year, The Capital Striders put on an annual awards dinner with a prominent speaker and a New Year's day potluck and run.  

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Scholarships

Since 1999, the Capital Striders group as awarded up to three $1000 scholarships to students in Polk County who are leaders and letter winners on their High School cross country team and have been accepted at a college or university.  Apply Now!


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The Capital Striders Leadership team operates under a set of ByLaws and maintains a proper Code of Conduct.