The Capital Pursuit is the Capital Striders' premiere and longest standing race of the year.
When: Sunday, September 15, 2019
Where: Downtown Des Moines, IA
Distances: 5k, 10miles, and Junior Pursuit
Expected Participants: 500+
Capital Pursuit is the "RRCA State 10 Mile Championship" for 2019
Kick off your running season the right way at Gray's Lake in the outer Des Moines area with Loop the Lake.
When: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Where: Gray's Lake Park
Expected Participants: 300+
Enjoy the dirt trails and scenery of Brown's Woods while completing a fun and spooky 5k, 10k, or 15k trail run.
When: Sat. October 27th, 2018 at 9 am (2019 date tbd)
Where: Brown's Woods
Distances: 5k, 10k, and 15k
Expected Participants: 100+
Plunge into the frigid temperatures of Iowa Winter and take on Sycamore 8, a chilling trail race along the Des Moines river.
When: First Sat. in Dec. (December 7, 2019)
Where: Sycamore trail in Johnston, IA
Expected Participants: 300
Members enjoy discounts at some of these races below (where noted).
When: Sunday March 25, 2018
Where: Des Moines, IA just west of Sully's Irish Pub at 63rd and Grand
Distances: 5k & 10k run/walk
When: May 25, 2019
Where: Booneville, IA at Waveland Bar and Cafe
Distances: 50k, 100k, 100 mi., 50k relay, 10k
When: June 1, 2019
Where: Saylorville Lake to downtown Des Moines, IA
When: October 19 & 20, 2019
Where: Greater Des Moines area
Distances: 5k, 5 Mile, 1/2 Marathon & Marathon
When: November 17, 2018
Where: Living History Farms in Urbandale
When: July 7, 2019
Where: Whiterock Conservancy in Coon Rapids, Iowa
Distances: 50 mi or 50K
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
2018 was another stellar year for the Capital Striders. We invite you to join us to celebrate our club successes. Please plan on attending our 2019 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 Sonya Heitshusen.
March 22, 2019
6:00 - 7:00pm Social Hour and Board Member Voting
7:00 - 9:00pm Dinner, Speakers and Voting Results
Where: Hilton Garden Inn (8600 Northpark Drive, Johnston)
$25/member or $35/non-member
Keynote Speaker: Sonya Heitshusen
Sonya is an award winning anchor and investigative reporter for WHO-TV in Des Moines. Her awards include multiple Emmy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow award, Eric Sevareid awards and Iowa Broadcast News Association awards. Sonya is also an avid endurance athlete. Her love of endurance sports began in 1999, with the completion of her first marathon in 3 hours and 49 minutes. She has since completed five marathons, multiple triathlons, bike races and three full Ironman races - Ironman Boulder, Ironman Kona and Ironman Wisconsin, in which she set a personal record of 12 hours and 52 minutes. Sonya's story includes the ups and downs of training, competition and life. She isn't an elite athlete, but hopes her experiences inspire others to live their fullest, most authentic lives.