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 37th year, make sure not to miss one of Des Moines' longest running traditions.

Capital Pursuit will be the "RRCA State 10 Mile Championship" again this year! 

The Capital Striders are a member of the Road Runners Club of America, which promotes the development of community-based running clubs and events in the pursuit of health and competition for all ages.  RRCA provides support and race insurance for many of its 2,500 member organizations.

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Race Info

Time & Location

  • Date: September 15, 2019

  • Time: 8:00 a.m. start for the 10mi. and 5k races

    • 10:00 a.m. for Pursuit Junior

  • Starting Line: Locust & 15th Street


COURSE HYDRATION - There are 4 water stations on the 10 mile course and 1 water station on the 5k course. Gatorade will be available on the 10 mile course at two water stations, near the 4 and 8 mile points.

CALLING ALL ELITES: The Capital Pursuit road race is again offering free entry to elite runners who meet time qualifications for the 10 mile race. The standards for the featured race are 55 minutes for the men, 1:00 for the women, or equivalent times for shorter or longer races.  Elite entry inquiries should be made to: dana@capitalstriders.org


  • 10 Mile: $40.00 Registration (through 6/30/2019) $45.00 Registration (after 6/30/2019 until 9/12/2019)

  • 5K: $30.00 Registration (through 6/30/2019) $35.00 Registration (after 6/30/2019 until 9/12/2019)

  • After 9/12/2019: 10mi: $50 5k: $40

    • NOTE: Online registration closes after 9/12/2019. After 9/12/19 please register at Packet Pickup. Cash or Check Only. See Packet Pickup details below.

  • Capital Striders members receive a $5 discount

Online registration for the 2019 Capital Pursuit 10 mile and 5K race!


Race Results

2019 - 10 mi // 5K

2018 - 10 mi // 5K

2017 - 10 mi // 5k

2016-  10 mi // 5k

2015 - 10mi // 5k

2014 - 10mi  //  5k


Packet Pickup

Saturday, September 14, 2019 (1:00 - 5:00pm)

  • Fitness Sports, 8810 Swanson Blvd in the Swanson Depot

  • Race Morning near the start line at 15th & Locust from 6:30 - 7:30 a.m.


The top three males and females in the 10 mile and 5k races will receive cash prizes.
   • In the 10-mile race, awards will be given to the top three males/females in 14 age groups.  The age categories are:   19 and under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70 and over.
   • In the 5k race, awards will be given to the top 3 males/females in 10 year age groups. The age categories are:  19 and under; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69 and 70+

Awards will start at approximately 10:30 a.m. at the post-party at Exile Brewing Company and be presented to the overall top three males and females in the 10 mile and 5k as well as age group award winners.

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 or medal.

The announcer will ask the various age divisions to report to the Pursuit Jr. table at approx. 9:30.

Beginning at approximately 10:00 a.m., kids will run down finish area on Locust Street. Kids will be broken into the following 3 age groups:

Ages 4 & under: 10:00 a.m. - run approx. 100 meters
Ages 5-8: 10:10 a.m. - run approx. 250 meters
Ages 9-12: 10:20 a.m. - run approx. 400 meters


SHIRTS! Beautiful high quality tri-blend short sleeved shirts for all 10 mile and 5K participants.

MEDALS! All 10 mile finishers will receive a finisher medal.

POST-RACE PARTY! Join us from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for the post-party at Exile Brewing Company, 1514 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309. Awards will start at approximately 10:30 a.m..


A big THANK YOU to ALL of our race, club sponsors and contributors!

Fitness Sports Road-O-Cross Kinetic Edge

Heartland Soles Fleet Feet Des Moines HealthSource

Exile Brewing Company Hy-Vee Curt & Nancy Hoegh

Lint Van Lines Crystal Clear Hiland Dairy Taco John’s

Gatorade Storey Kenworthy Jim’s Johns Josh Sherrod


Send an email to info@capitalstriders.org