Capital Striders Races


Capital Striders Races

Throughout the year, the Capital Striders host and organize four major events in the central Iowa area.

Capital Pursuit

The Capital Pursuit is the Capital Striders' premiere and longest standing race of the year.

  • When: September 16, 2018
  • Where: Downtown Des Moines, IA
  • Distances: 5k, 10miles, and Junior Pursuit
  • Expected Participants: 500+
  • Capital Pursuit is the "RRCA State 10 Mile Championship" for 2017

Loop the Lake

Kick off your running season the right way at Gray's Lake in the outer Des Moines area with Loop the Lake.

  • When: April 7, 2018
  • Where: Gray's Lake Park
  • Distances: 8k (2.3 laps)
  • Expected Participants: 500+

To Grandmother's House We Go

Enjoy the dirt trails and scenery of Brown's Woods while completing a fun and spooky 5k, 10k, or 15k trail run.

  • When: Sat. Oct. 28th, 2017 at 9 am
  • Where: Brown's Woods
  • Distances: 5k, 10k, and 15k
  • Expected Participants: 100+

Sycamore 8

Plunge into the fridged temperatures of Iowa Winter and take on Sycamore 8, a chilling trail race along the Des Moines river.

  • When: First Sat. in Dec.  (December 2, 2017)
  • Where: Sycamore trail in Johnston, IA
  • Distances: 8mi
  • Expected Participants: 300 

Other Central Iowa Races

Other Central Iowa Races

The Capital Striders support other races around central Iowa.

Members enjoy discounts at some of these races below (where noted).

Riverfront YMCA Red Flannel Run

  • When: February 10, 2018
  • Where: Downtown Des Moines, IA
  • Distances: 3mi & 5mi

Friendly Sons  of St. Patrick Run

  • When: Sunday March 2018 (tbd)
  • Where: Des Moines, IA just west of Sully's Irish Pub at 63rd and Grand
  • Distances: 5k & 10k run/walk

Hy-Vee Road Races at the Drake Relays

  • When: April 22, 2018
  • Where: Drake Campus in West Des Moines, IA
  • Distances: 5k & 10k & Half Marathon

Dam to Dam

  • When: June 2, 2018
  • Where: Saylorville Lake to downtown Des Moines, IA
  • Distances: 5k & Half Marathon
  • REGISTER HERE (1/2 marathon & 5k page)

Clive Running Festival

  • When: July 19, 20, 21, 2017 (tbd)
  • Where: Clive, IA
  • Distances: 10k, 5k, 1mi & Tadpole Trot
  • REGISTER HERE (5k, 10k, 1 mile & tadpole trot)

The Des Moines IMT Marathon & Half Marathon

  • When: October 21 & 22, 2018
  • Where: Greater Des Moines area`
  • Distances: 5k, 5 Mile, 1/2 Marathon & Marathon

ROAD-O-CROSS OFF ROAD RACE at Living history farms

  • When: November 18, 2017
  • Where: Living History Farms in Urbandale
  • Distances: 7mi

Market to Market

Leprachaun Chase 10k

Hillbilly hike half marathon and 10k

  • When: November 4, 2017
  • Where: Indianola to Carlisle
  • Distances: Half Marathon & 10k

    • Capital Striders members can enter "ibilly" into the promo code field to receive a $5 discount on any of the race distances.

Social Events

Social Events

New Year's Day Run & Potluck

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.

Annual picnic

Every year we have a picnic to celebrate the beginning of the summer. 

Capital Striders Annual Picnic 2017:  Monday, June 19
5:45pm - 8:00pm

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 (not mandatory) and graze on some burgers and brats (veggie burgers too!).  Please plan to bring your favorite side dish to share!

Annual Capital Striders Dinner

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

2016 was another stellar year for the Capital Striders. We invite you to join us to celebrate our club successes. Please plan on attending our 2017 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 Pete Kostelnick (Boone native) who just SMASHED the world record for the fastest crossing of the US in 42 days!!! We're very excited to hear all about Pete, his running career and about his "Trans-Continental' journey across the US.

March 24, 2017

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

Register here.

Keynote Speaker:  Pete Kostelnick

At just 29 years old, Pete Kostelnick has made quite the splash in the running community. He has notched wins at over a dozen races, including the legendary Badwater 135 (twice) and Desert Solstice 24 Hour (163.68 miles), and placed in the top 10 in over a dozen other events. But for the Boone native, his most recent accomplishment of completing the fastest crossing of the US on foot will put him in the history books for decades to come. 

Pete battled through tendinitis, traffic, vehicle support accidents, altitude, rain, wind, sun and dozens of selfies with fans to finish his journey from San Francisco to New York City in just over 42 days and we can't wait to hear how it all unfolded.


Presented by Capital Striders, CS Turkeys, Leave No Trace & R.E.I of West Des Moines


Click HERE for more information