The Capital Pursuit

Capital Pursuit is a premier late summer race that takes participants through the vibrant streets of downtown Des Moines, down the beautifully tree lined streets near Drake University campus and ending at the amazing Western Gateway Park downtown. In it's 35th year, make sure not to miss one of Des Moines' longest running traditions.

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Race Info

Time & Location

  • Date: September 17, 2017
  • Time: 8 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. Pursuit Junior
  • Starting Line: Locust & 15th Street


  • 10 mile (map) ***RRCA Championship Event - USATF Certified 10 Mile Course IA16011MF***       (Download map PDF)        
  • 5k course (map) ***USATF Certified Course IA16010MF***   (Download 5k map PDF)
  • Pursuit Junior


  • 10mi - $40 ($45 day of)
  • 5k - $30 ($35 day of)

Race Results

2016-  10 mi // 5k

2015 - 10mi // 5k

2014 - 10mi  //  5k


Packet Pickup

Saturday, September 16 (1:00 - 5:00pm)

Race Morning near the start line from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.


Top 3 male/female runners for the 10 Mile and 5k races will receive cash prizes

Top 3 age group male/female in the 10 mile race will receive gift cards from our incredible sponsors

Pursuit Jr. Information

The Pursuit Junior kids' races are free; however, registration is required.

Participants can register at the Pursuit Jr. Table near the finish line on race day. Parents/guardians will need to sign a waiver prior to their child participating in the race. Participants will receive a t-shirt and a participation ribbon.

The announcer will ask the various age divisions to report to the Pursuit Jr. table at approx. 9:00.

Beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m., kids will run down finish area on Locust Street. Kids will be broken into the following 3 age groups:

Ages 4 & under: 9:30 a.m. - run approx. 100 meters
Ages 5-8: 9:40 a.m. - run approx. 250 meters
Ages 9-12: 9:50 a.m. - run approx. 400 meters


Beautiful technical shirts to the first 400 pre-registered 10 mile participants. Medals presented on race day to all 10 mile finishers.


Send an email to info@capitalstriders.org




Special thank you to our sponsors