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Club History and Mission


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Club History and Mission


The Capital Striders were formed in the mid-1980's to promote running in Central Iowa. Things have changed a bit over the last 20+ years, but the Striders have always been there for the elite as well as the beginning runner. 

Officially incorporated in 2003, our main purpose as an organization is to, "Promote and encourage running through the education of the community on the benefits of physical fitness and amateur sport." 

"Running it Forward." we organize and host local running events so that we can put that money back into the local running community, whether that be through updating the trails, adding water fountains, educating the next generation of runners, providing time/space for runners to come together or just overall enhancing the Central Iowa running experience.

We proud members members of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and were proud to be a part of Des Moines receiving the 2012 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community.

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The Strider Leaders


The Strider Leaders


Brian Benjamin, President

Brian Benjamin, President

Kristin Adkins, Vice President

Kristin Adkins, Vice President

Amber Crews, Secretary

Amber Crews, Secretary

Tracy Daugherty, Treasurer

Tracy Daugherty, Treasurer

2016 Annual Dinner Board Member Candidates

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

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Community Involvement


Community Involvement


As a 501 (c)(3) organization we are proud of the donations and money that we put back into the community to encourage physical activity and running. The following is a short list of the 2013 organizations that the Capital Striders have helped support:

If your organization would like to be considered for donation or sponsorship, please fill out the form on our Resource Request page.