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: 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


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: Saturday, April 6, 2019

  • Where: Gray's Lake Park

  • Distances: 8k

  • Expected Participants: 300+

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: Saturday, October 26, 2019

  • Where: Brown's Woods

  • Distances: 5k, 10k, and 15k

  • Expected Participants: 100+


Sycamore 8

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

  • 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).

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



  • When: May 25, 2019

  • Where: Booneville, IA at Waveland Bar and Cafe

  • Distances: 50k, 100k, 100 mi., 50k relay, 10k



  • When: April 20, 2019

  • Where: Drake Campus in West Des Moines, IA

  • Distances: 5k & 10k & Half Marathon


    Grand blue mile

    • When: April 23, 2019

    • Where: Grand Avenue, downtown Des Moines, IA



  • When: June 1, 2019

  • Where: Saylorville Lake to downtown Des Moines, IA

  • Distances: 20k


Clive Running Festival

  • When: July 20, 2019

  • Where: Clive, IA (Aquatic Center Parking Lot)

  • Distances: 10k, 5k, 1mi & Tadpole Trot


The Des Moines IMT Marathon & Half Marathon

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

  • When: November 17, 2018

  • Where: Living History Farms in Urbandale

  • Distances: 7mi


Whiterock Ultra

  • When: July 7, 2019

  • Where: Whiterock Conservancy in Coon Rapids, Iowa

  • Distances: 50 mi or 50K


Hillbilly hike

  • When: November 2, 2019

  • Where: Indianola to Carlisle

  • Distances: Half Marathon, 10k, 5k & virtual


    • 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 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

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

Register here.

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.


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


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