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Capital Pursuit Results

Congratulations and huge thank you to everyone who came out and ran Capital Pursuit.  It was a beautiful day for a race, and we had a great turnout, with a record number of 10-mile runners. Thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers; we couldn’t have done it without you.  We’re already looking forward to next year!  Find your results here.



Capital Pursuit 30th Anniversary

Capital Pursuit is just two weeks away – don’t miss out on the early bird pricing!  The 10-mile race is the State RRCA Championship event and begins at 8 a.m. at 8th and Locust.  There also is a 5K run/walk, which also begins at 8 a.m.  With two different distances, there is something for everyone at Capital Pursuit! All 10-mile runners who finish under two hours will receive medals. In addition, the first 850 registrants receive beautiful, long sleeve technical T-shirts.  A portion of race proceeds will be donated to Iowa Kidstrong, Inc., as we welcome the See-Us Run Des Moines students to the 10-mile race again in 2012.

Check out the Capital Pursuit page for more race information and don’t forget to sign up by this Friday, Sept. 14 to take advantage of our early bird discount registration prices.



Location of Saturday Training Run Moving Due to Hy-Vee Triathlon

The Capital Striders will be moving the location of the Saturday training run this Saturday, Sept. 1 for ONE WEEK ONLY to accommodate the Hy-Vee Iron Kid's Triathlon, which will be using Gray's Lake Park at that time.  We will relocate to Fitness Sports, 7230 University Ave. in Windsor Heights for this one time only, and will still meet at 7 a.m. This is ONE WEEK ONLY and is only happening ONCE.  We are only doing this because Gray's Lake is being utilized by the Hy-Vee Triathlon.  We will return to the southwest corner of Gray's Lake on Saturday, Sept. 8.



Loop the Lake Recap

The 12th annual Loop the Lake was held Saturday, April 14, at the scenic new venue of Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines. Three hundred and twenty five runners registered for this flat, fast 10k on a mix of paved and crushed gravel trails circling Blue Heron Lake. It was a damp and cool morning, but perfect for running, as evidenced by the times for Men’s Open winner, Scottie Cross (35:52), and Women’s Open winner, Sara Hendrickson (42:22).  All participants were treated to great post-race food and beverages and cool technical running shirts.  Age group winners were rewarded with gift cards to Scheels and Fitness Sports – allowing them to buy more racing gear.  Other place winners received Polar insulated water bottles for those upcoming sweltering summer runs.

We also invited eager young runners ages three to 10 to enjoy our Little Lakers Race, and race they did!  Every Little Laker was given a winner’s medal for participating. 

Many thanks to our sponsors, including Prairie Pella, Fitness Sports, Prairie Life Health and Fitness, Scheels and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.  Capital Striders could not host great events, such as Loop the Lake, for the Des Moines running community without supportive business partners such as these. 

And, we cannot forget to thank all those great volunteers who woke up early and gave freely of their time and energy to make it all possible. They provided course support and traffic control, manned the finish chute, put out all of that great food and water, handled the set up and clean up, and much, much more.  It takes a lot of wonderful people to pull off a good race! 

Thank you runners, sponsors and volunteers for making Loop the Lake 2012 another successful event!

Curtis Downs Race Director

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Congratulations Contest Winners!!!

We had tremendous response to our "Sign Up for Membership Before January 15th" Contest, and we're happy to announce our winners. Congratulations to Jeremy Arickx, he is the winner of our Grand Prize, which is free entry into both Loop the Lake and Capital Pursuit.

Our Second Place winners were Alvin Ravenscroft, Connie Robinson, Robin Weiler and Bill Lawless.  Each won free entry into their choice of Loop the Lake or Capital Pursuit.



Pork, Prizes and Solar Energy Made for a Great Annual Dinner

The Capital Striders Annual Dinner felt a bit like a family reunion ~ a very big family reunion. Eighty-four members filled the tables at the Iowa Machine Shed restaurant where the overall clad wait staff served up a family-style meal of chicken, pork, homemade bread and delicious side dishes.  Topped off with a cookie, it was a meal Grandma would've been proud to serve. President Mike McGinn presided over the business portion of the evening. Guest speakers included Abby Fellingham of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Korrie Hoskins of See-Us Run Des Moines, Todd Schemper, Chairman of the Capital Striders Scholarship Committee and Tim Dwight, football and track standout and head of the Tim Dwight Foundation.

Fellingham spoke of the importance of the Tour De Lights and Jolly Holiday Lights. This past year proceeds from these two events helped fund more than 35 wishes, with each wish having an average cost of $8,300.00. Member Carl Voss told how the Tour De Lights started with the Striders as a small event, but has grown through the years, this year attracting more than 1,000 participants.

Hoskins discussed See-Us Run Des Moines ~ a mentoring program through the Des Moines Public Schools that pairs local runners with at risk students to help them train for the Des Moines Marathon. In its third year of operation, the program has seen very positive results in the teens utilizing the program. Hoskins encouraged members to apply to be mentors at:

In club business, Schemper relayed that there were 23 applicants for last year's three $1,000.00 scholarships.  Out of the many qualified students, the committee chose Tanelle Berard of Dowling Catholic High School, Drew Prescott of Urbandale High School and Kelsey McDougal of Roosevelt High School. The deadline for submitting applications for this year's scholarships is April 6.

The "Golden Shoe Sponsor of the Year" award went to Fitness Sports for their continued support of the Capital Striders. Their most visible contribution is in their sponsorship of our Winter/Spring Training Runs. Our Board and runners are very grateful for the weekly maps and water support they provide every Saturday morning January through May!

This year's "Volunteer of the Year" is Brad Dains. Brad served as our Saturday morning training group coordinator for our Summer/Fall training runs, ensuring our volunteers had the equipment necessary to keep our runners well- hydrated ~ a very important task!

Four new members were voted onto the Board of Directors: Brad Dains, Ellen Wade, Steve Halstead and Kristy Feldman. All four will serve two-year terms.

Tim Dwight was the Guest Speaker and gave a very energetic presentation. He spoke briefly of his sporting accomplishments, his Tim Dwight Football Camp and his Tim Dwight Foundation, but the majority of his time was spent discussing his passion for, and belief in, solar energy. Dwight is invested in solar energy not only as a businessman, but also as a true believer in its importance for the future of the United States and the world.

The evening ended with great door prizes going to some lucky members. Many thanks go to our Sponsors who generously donated gifts and services for this drawing:

Byron's Best Massage Compass Chiropractic Fitness Sports Iowa Health Out patient Therapy Kyle's Bikes and Fitness Peggi Taylor Personal Best Massage Scheels All Sports The Body Project Wade Wearmouth WCM Metalworks Work Systems Rehab Aspen Athletic Clubs Prairie Life Fitness



Red Flannel Run 2012 coming up

It's that time of year again, for the Red Flannel Run!View the printable registration brochure or choose to register online now.

The Riverfront YMCA Red Flannel Run will take place February 11, 2012 at 9 a.m. at the Riverfront YMCA in downtown Des Moines. This run is the unofficial start of the running season. And you've got options—a 3-mile and 5-mile route.  Bring your friends, family, dogs and of course your best red flannel to this fun-filled event.




2012 Annual Dinner Details

February 3rd is shaping up to be a great night in Striderland! We've reserved the big room at The Machine Shed restaurant to accommodate plenty of runners and are bringing in guest speaker Tim Dwight. You might know Tim from his college running days (three Big Ten Championships in 1999), or for his record-breaking punt return yardage and punts returned for touchdowns while at Iowa, or even for his 94-yard touchdown return in Super Bowl XXXIII (yes, the man has serious sports credentials!) But he's not a man to sit back and rest on his laurels.

He has now taken up endurance sports ~ competing in triathlons and marathons. He is also founder of The Tim Dwight Foundation ~ a non-profit organization that strives to help children and young people. More than $100,000 has been raised to date, benefitting both the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and the Tim Dwight Foundation Scholarship. A multi-faceted man, to be sure. So what will he be talking about? Well, it's billed as "An Evening of Great Strides". Want to know more? Then join us for fun, food and some motivation from Tim Dwight.

Join us on February 3rd! Machine Shed Restaurant, 11151 Hickman Rd., Urbandale Social Hour: 5:30-6:30 pm ~cash bar Dinner:  6:30 pm

Members: $25@person ($35 after 1/30) Non-members: $35@person ($45 after 1/30) Register online @

"Make your reservation today, only limited tickets available at the door"



Jolly Holiday Lights 2011

Jolly Holiday Lights is one of Des Moines' favorite holiday traditions. Open nightly from 5:30 to 10pm. Just $10 per carload with all proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. If you haven't been there yet, mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 28th as this is the evening that the Capital Striders will be volunteering at the gate. We would love to see you and you would be supporting a great cause. We still have room for a couple more volunteers, if you want to help and don't mind frigid temps and crazy board members send an email to



Capital Pursuit After Race Report

The 29th Annual Capital Pursuit Races were a huge success! 517 runners tackled the 10-mile course and 197 zipped through the 5K ~ all enjoying the crisp fall weather and the wonderful volunteer support. A bevy of young runners toddled, trotted and flew through the Pursuit Junior runs (keep an eye out ~ there’s a lot of talent coming up, folks!)

 Race Results

Finishing first in our 10-mile race were:

  • Marcus Murphy, 29 ~ 53:06 (Interesting side-note: Marcus was the first recipient of the Capital Striders’ Dave Hurd Scholarship back in 2000. Nice to see one of our ‘kids’ coming back to run AND WIN our race!)
  • Semehar Tesfaye, 20 ~ 58:52

Finishing first in our 5K race were:

  • Eric Cogdill, 30 ~ 16:06
  • Casey Owens, 28 ~ 17:47

Race director Bobbi Snodgrass and the Capital Striders Board would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the multitude of volunteers and supporters who made this race possible ~ too many to list them all. Some of those we’d like to thank:

Awards Table- Mike McGinn

Packet pickup and race registration - Gail Borman, Marcia Swinney-Shay, Mike McGinn, Jacob Johnson, Carrie Van Quathem, Curtis Downs, Chris Brooks, Teresa Brooks and Sheron Lininger

Course Marshalls - Brian Palmer and volunteers, Steve Halstead, Don Hostager and the Drake Men's Cross Country Team

Water Stop and Course set-up - Curtis Downs with great help from Lint Van Lines.

Start and Finish Line - Carrie Van Quathem and her crew, Steve Bobenhouse, Susan Kobliska, Linda Bergeson, Stan Smith and Cal Murdock

Pursuit Junior - Cindy Elsbernd

Announcer - Del Lasswell

Bike Support - Carl Voss & Tim Lane

Course Marking - Denny Wheeler and Scott Dennis

Water Stop support:

Greg Altmairer of Principal & friends - Water Stop #1

Dan Hostager & the Drake Men's Cross Country Team - Water Stop #2

Todd Schemper of Work Systems Rehab and his friends of Central Presbyterian Church - Water Stop #3

Chris Burch and friends of IMT Des Moines Marathon - Water Stop #4

Singer – Lori Ballard

Treasurer – Kent Altena

Additional thanks go to:

  • Larry Jablonski for providing the finish line scaffolding & set-up
  • The City of Des Moines and the DM Police Department for keeping our runners safe.
  • Prairie Life Fitness for allowing us space for packet pickup on Friday night.
  • The Suites of 800 Locust for helping us out with many last minute details, as well as providing an area for race day registrations.
  • Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) for making our 10-Mile and 5K race the State Championship events.
  • Tim Dwight for attending our race, running the 10-Mile and helping with race commencement.
  • Josh Klein and crew of JK Photography, for taking digital photos.  JK Photography is a new Merchant Sponsor, they are offering 15% discount off your purchases.  A link to the race day pictures will be posted on our Capital Strider Website on Friday.
  • Wade Wearmouth of WCM Metals for providing the special awards ~ beautiful medal hangers. Wade is another new Merchant Sponsor; he is offering a 10% discount off his merchandise to Capital Strider members.
  • COSC Center on Sustainable Communities, Waste Management, Waste Connections and the Des Moines Civic Center for helping us reduce waste, reuse commodities and recycle.

 A big “Thank you” goes out to Cal Murdock and Stan Smith for their 29 years of devoted service to the Capital Pursuit races. Cal is our timer and race historian; Stan provides our sound equipment, the starting gun and some of our finish line equipment.

Without sponsors, we wouldn’t have races. Big thanks go to our sponsors:

  • Crystal Clear Water
  • America's Best Apparel
  • Gatorade
  • Momentum Magazine
  • Lint Van Lines
  • Pella Windows
  • Living History Farms Race
  • Fitness Sports
  • Scheels
  • Prairie Life Fitness
  • Capital City Graphics

Great post-race refreshments provided by:

  • Taco Johns
  • Bruegger’s Bagels
  • Capital City Fruit
  • Roberts Dairy
  • Gatorade
  • Crystal Clear Bottled Water

 Most of all we want to give all you runners a big high five; you trained hard and it showed! Thanks for your continued support of one of the fastest races in the Midwest. We welcome you to post your personal stories and pictures on the Capital Striders Facebook page. Good Job!






Capital Pursuit is fast approaching!

Bring a healthy appetite on Sunday morning because GOOD NEWS the 29th annual Capital Pursuit post race celebration will include:

  • Mouthwatering Taco Johns Jr. Breakfast Burritos  It's about what you want!
  • America's Authentic ~ Bruegger's Bagels, everything else is just toast.
  • Bananas ~ from Capital City Fruit
  • Dairy refreshments provided by Roberts Dairy.
  • Gatorade
  • Crystal Clear Water



Former NFL and Hawkeye Tim Dwight to run Capital Pursuit

One of Iowa’s greatest athletes, Tim Dwight, NFL wide receiver and return specialist and Big 10 Track Champion has registered to run the Capital Pursuit 10-Mile race. Keep an eye out for him as he also plans to help with Awards after his run. You are going to look marvelous in your beautiful royal blue long sleeve New Balance technical t-shirt, so don’t miss out, register today. Starting today, you can register online via or with check via mail by downloading the registration PDF.



2011 Capital Striders Picnic - July 31st

Mark your calendar for the Summer Picnic Sunday, 7/31/11

What's better than a nice run with friends on the last day of July? A run with friends followed by a picnic!

We'll be holding our annual summer picnic on Sunday, July 31st, 4-9 at the enclosed shelter in Greenwood Park (4800 Grand, Des Moines).  Click here for map

Capital Striders will provide the hamburgers, brats, chips and lemonade. Bring your running shoes, a side dish and any additional beverages you might want to consume (beer is allowed in cans only ~ no glass containers in the park.)  The picnic is free to Strider members, $5 for everyone else.

See you there!



Des Moines Marathon needs Pacers

The IMT Des Moines Marathon is seeking experienced distance runners that have a strong desire to giveback to the sport by serving as Running Room Pace Team Leaders for the IMT Des Moines Marathon & Half Marathon on Sunday, October 16, 2011.

Marathon pace team goals will mirror the new 2013 Boston Marathon qualifying times, ranging from 3:05 to 5:25 hours. Half Marathon pace team goals will be every 10 minutes from 1:30 to 2:30 hours. Although many of last year’s Pace Team Leaders will return this year, there are always few positions to fill for each race. Tara Thomas is returning for her 8th year as the Coordinator of the Running Room Pace Team for the IMT Des Moines Marathon.

Please click here for more information. If you are interested in serving as a Running Room Pace Team Leader, please contact Tara Thomas at or 515-251-3756.



Mark your Calendar for Capital Pursuit!

Please be sure to save the date for Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 for the Capital Pursuit 10-Mile and 5K Road Races which will be at 8 a.m. in Downtown Des Moines. Strider Members get a $5 discount when you pre-register now through September 16th. The 10-Mile race is the state of Iowa's RRCA Championship event! Long sleeve technical T-s and free Pursuit Junior races at 9:30a.m. COME to RUN then stay and enjoy a great post race celebration at Nollen Plaza.



2011 Loop the Lake - Race Director's report

The 11th annual Loop the Lake 8k was held Saturday, April 9th at Gray's Lake Park. It was another successful race and I'd like to thank all the runners who participated. There were 372 finishers on a cool, overcast morning. Nearly four dozen volunteers were on hand to make sure cars were parked, late registrations were complete, food and water stations were set and tags were collected at the finish line. Many local merchants also contributed in a number of ways and we are grateful for their support. The list of business partners includes Pella Windows and Doors, Fitness Sports, Scheels, Living History Farms, Prairie Life Fitness and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Capital Striders could not host events like Loop the Lake for the Des Moines running community without all of these great business, volunteers and of course the runners. Thanks to all for a great race! Curtis Downs Race Director