Loop the Lake

This is a spring time race around Gray's lake to get your legs in shape for the coming season.

Race Info

Time & Location

  • Saturday April 6, 2019

  • Time: 9:30am

  • South side of Gray's Lake


  • 8k course:

    The typically flat and fast 8k race will have a new, modified route for 2019 due to the construction along the North side of Gray’s Lake. Click HERE to see the currently planned route.


  • $35.00 early registration (through 4/2/19 at 11:59 PM US/Central)

    • Striders Members receive a $5.00 discount

  • $40.00 registration (4/3/19 from 12:00 AM US/Central through 4/4/19 at 11:59 PM US/Central)

    • Striders Members receive a $5.00 discount

  • Little Lakers at 10:45 AM » Free registration (online through 4/4/2019 at 11:59 PM US/Central)

  • Registration is also available at packet pick-up on Friday, April 5 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm at Fleet Feet and on Saturday morning at Gray’s Lake from 8:00 - 9:15 am. $40.00 Non-Striders Members/$35.00 Striders Members.


Packet Pick-Up

5:00-7:30 PM Friday, April 5, 2019
Fleet Feet Sports, 521 E Locust Street in the East Village, Des Moines

8:00-9:15 AM Saturday, April 6, 2019
Gray's Lake Park, SE corner

2019: Brooks Tech T-shirt!  Uni-sex race shirts to first 400 pre-registered runners.


VOLUNTEERS!  A race like this is impossible to host without the tremendous support of our volunteers. As always, thank you all so much for your assistance!

GETTING THERE:   Free Parking will be available CDS Global front lot: 1901 Bell Avenue  (Thomas Beck Road)  There is a short bike path that leads directly to the Southeast corner of Grays from this parking lot.  There will be parking attendants on hand to direct you. After parking follow the short well marked paved bike path to the Southeast corner of Grays lake and the Start/Finish line!  Click here for map from parking to the start.

Gray's Lake Park is located just South of downtown on Fleur Avenue. From the north, merge onto I-235 take exit 7A ML King Parkway and head South 2.3 miles (MLK Ave becomes Fleur Ave).  From the South, take Highway 65/Hwy 5 Bypass to Army Post Road and head North on Army Post then left onto Fleur Drive. Take Fleur Dr. until Gray's Lake is on your right.

After you finish come watch the kids race at 10:45am.  And/or join us for post race festivities at Confluence Brewing’s new and improved patio.  Awards will be held here at 11:00am

Post Race party at Confluence Brewing Company
1235 Beck Road #A (Bell Avenue)
Great post-race food and refreshments for all

LITTLE LAKERS RUN:  The Little Lakers' races will follow the 8k at approximately 10:45 am. They are free, noncompetitive fun runs that will take place near the finish line of the 8km race.  This event is free to children ages 1 to 12, but they must be registered. You can do so online or on race day. All participants will receive an official race bib, t-shirt, and participant medal for the following distances:

  • 50 meter run - ages 0 - 2,

  • 100 meter run - ages 3 - 4

  • 200 meter run - ages 5 - 8

  • 400 meter run - ages 9 - 12

AWARDS:   Located on Confluence Brewing’s new and improved patio.  Awards will start about 11:00 am, immediately following the Little Lakers Run.  Gift cards will be given to overall 1st $75, 2nd $50, 3rd $25 &1st Masters $75 & 1st Senior Master $75; plus medals to the top 3 places in 5-year age groups through age 75+, male and female.
Only one award per person.
Winners may claim prizes at the post race party at Confluence Brewing Company.

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