The Capital Pursuit is the Capital Striders' premiere and longest standing race of the year.
Kick off your running season the right way at Gray's Lake in the outer Des Moines area with Loop the Lake.
Enjoy the dirt trails and scenery of Brown's Woods while completing a fun and spooky 5k, 10k, or 15k trail run.
Plunge into the fridged temperatures of Iowa Winter and take on Sycamore 8, a chilling trail race along the Des Moines river.
The Striders start the new year off right with our traditional January 1st mid-morning run followed by (the most important part) a feast of goodies brought by the members.
We meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Lyons Park shelter house in Urbandale (just south of the High School), with the potluck lunch beginning at 11:00 a.m. Runners have their choice of distance, from 3 to 6 miles, and the routes wind through the streets of Urbandale. However, small groups break off and often do less or more than the mapped route. This is an un-timed and casual fun run – no racing on this day, at least officially.
We ask attendees to bring kid-sized mittens, gloves, scarves, stocking hats, boots, etc. to donate to The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa. They distribute our donations to those in need.
So please bring new (or gently used) children’s winter clothing for donation. Yes, cash and checks will also be accepted.
Members bring all sorts of great dishes for the pot luck. There’s usually a good mix of lunch and breakfast items and if you go away hungry, it’s your own fault. The Striders provide beverages and your table service – all else is brought by members.
Hook up with old friends or make a few new ones. Consider joining us next New Year’s Day for exercise, fun, friends, and food.
Every year we have a picnic to celebrate the beginning of the summer.
Campbell Recreation Area (12385 Woodlands Pkwy, Clive, Iowa)
Please join us for an evening of food, fun and a casual run with your running friends and family. We'll start with a short run (or walk) (not mandatory) and graze on some burgers and brats (veggie burgers too! provided by the Capital Striders). Please plan to bring your favorite side dish to share!
The Capital Striders put on an annual dinner to celebrate those who have participated in the running community the most as well as enjoy humorous and motivating speakers
2017 was another stellar year for the Capital Striders. We invite you to join us to celebrate our club successes. Please plan on attending our 2018 Annual Dinner where we will recap the year with some great success stories, door prizes, sponsor and volunteer of the year recognition, great food, board member elections and a fantastic speaker.
We are really excited to be joined by guest speaker, Iowa's Sarah Cooper.
March 23, 2018
6:00 - 7:00pm Social Hour and Board Member Voting
7:00 - 9:00pm Dinner, Speakers and Voting Results
Marriott Hotel - West Des Moines
$25/member or $35/non-member
Keynote Speaker: Sarah Cooper
Sarah Cooper is an Iowan mother of four with an amazing talent for and dedication to ultracycling. She was the overall winner of the 928.4 mile Race Across The West in 2016, and in 2017 the 45 year old crossed the finish line as the first female (9th overall) in the 3,070.28 mile Race Across America. The Race Across America is commonly regarded as the world's toughest bicycle race and she completed it in 11 days, 18 hours, 56 minutes. Sarah competed in triathlons before turning her focus to the bike and now owns numerous course records. She is also a race director and sure to inspire you with the stories of her adventures, how she got started, and how she continues to motivate and challenge herself and others.