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Capital Striders Races


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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 2018

 

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. October 27th, 2018 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 1, 2018)

  • Where: Sycamore trail in Johnston, IA

  • Distances: 8mi

  • Expected Participants: 300

 
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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
  • REGISTER HERE


Friendly Sons  of St. Patrick Run

  • 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
  • REGISTER HERE


BOONEVILLE BACKROADS ULTRA

  • When: May 26, 2018
  • Where: Booneville, IA at Waveland Bar and Cafe
  • Distances: 10k, 50k, 50k Relay, 100k, 100 mi.
  • REGISTER HERE


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
  • REGISTER HERE


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 21, 2018
  • 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
  • REGISTER HERE


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

  • When: November 17, 2018
  • Where: Living History Farms in Urbandale
  • Distances: 7mi
  • INFORMATION HERE


Market to Market


Leprachaun Chase 10k


Hillbilly hike half marathon and 10k

  • When: November 3, 2018
  • Where: Indianola to Carlisle
  • Distances: Half Marathon & 10k
  • REGISTER HERE

    • Capital Striders members can enter "ibilly" into the promo code field to receive a $5 discount on any of the race distances.
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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 2018:  Monday July 16, 2018
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 (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!


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

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

Register here.
 

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.


YOUTH TRAIL CLINIC

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

TIME & LOCATION

Click HERE for more information