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 34th year, make sure not to miss one of Des Moines longest running traditions.

Race Info

Time & Location

  • Date: September 18, 2016
  • Time: 8am & 9:30am 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 17 (1:00 - 5:00pm)

Race Morning 6:30am-7:30am


10 Mile

  • 1st place Male & Female: $500
  • 2nd place Male & Female: $250
  • 3rd place Male & Female: $100
  • 1st Place Age Group Awards: $25 Gift Certificate
  • 2nd place Age Group Awards: $15 Gift Certificate
  • 3rd place Age Group Awards: $10 Gift Certificate


Overall Winners:

  • 1st place Male & Female: $50
  • 2nd place Male & Female: $25
  • 3rd place Male & Female: $10

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 750 pre-registered 10 mile participants. Medals presented on race day to all 10 mile finishers.

A portion of the race proceeds will go to assist Iowa Kidstrong, Inc. Their mission is to promote healthy, active lifestyles among children.   Approximately 40 See-Us Run Des Moines students and their running mentors will be racing the 10-Miler as well.  Learn more about Iowa Kidstrong, Inc., by visiting their website: www.iowakidstrong.com.


Send an email to info@capitalstriders.org




Special thank you to our sponsors