The Capital Striders organize and host several races:
5 & 10 Trail Race
However, we assist with and/or sponsor several other key races in the Des Moines area. Whether it be through funding, volunteerism, or other race services, the Striders support these races and encourage our members to participate in these events.
Hy-Vee Road Races at the Drake Relays
New name and new distances in 2013. Runners can choose from 6K, 10K and half marathon distances. The runs will still take place the Saturday morning of the famous Drake Relays. In past year, this fast half-marathon distance has been a spring training favorite. Striders’ members receive a $5 discount when using the discount code: bulldogs.
Capital Striders’ newest event; an 8-mile trail run held in Johnston on the Sycamore Trail.
Dam to Dam
One of the Midwest’s premier running events. One of the largest 20K road races in the country and a flat/fast 5K make this a destination race. One of the best post-race parties around too!
Clive Running Festival
This mainstay in Central Iowa boasts of fast and fairly flat 10K and 5K races and especially pleasant for those who enjoy braving the warm temperatures of late June. In addition, a 1-mile run and tot trot truly make this a family event.
The Des Moines IMT Marathon & Half-Marathon
The Des Moines IMT Marathon & Half Marathon are becoming a tradition for bringing people together. It has earned well deserved praise as one of the best venues for running 26.2 miles.
Living History Farms Off-Road Race
30+ years and still going strong. The Farms Race (as the locals call it) is the largest off road running race in the country – and getting bigger. Runners from all over the country flock to Central Iowa for the unique race through creeks and over fences.
Steve Bobenhouse – 800.529.7684
Market to Market Relay
Jefferson to Des Moines: 75 miles. A premier day-long team running relay race starting in Jefferson and ending in Downtown Des Moines and covers 75 miles. Starting at sun up, seven runners and a van take on diverse and scenic courses as they make their way to the downtown finish shindig before sun down. Combine running in beautiful landscapes, outrageous costumes and memorable van rides with your friends and it all adds up to one unforgettable day. Limited to 250 teams, so sign up today!
Leprechaun Chase 10K
A St. Patrick’s Day run with a twist, where ladies get a head start and the guys chase them at Principal Park and Gray’s Lake. Striders’ members receive a $5 discount when selecting the “Capital Striders Running Club” team and using the password “LUCKYSTRIDERS.”
The Run to Exile
The Run to Exile is a one of a kind excuse to drink delicious craft beer disguised cunningly as 3 course, 3 distance run, including a half marathon, 10K and 5K. All roads lead to Exile Brewery on June 8, 2013 at 3 p.m. Striders’ members receive a $5 discount when using the code: “capstriders.”
Blank Park Zoo Rhino Rampage
Get ready for a revamped Blank Park Zoo 5K Race & Obstacle Challenge plus an all new Kids Dash! In celebration of the new African exhibit, this event will honor the zoo’s black rhinos. Participants will have the option of enjoying a 5K run/walk or participating in an action packed obstacle course that will start and finish on Zoo grounds. The run is on June 15 and Striders’ members receive a $5 discount when using the code: RHINO13.