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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

  • Date: Saturday April 7,  2018
  • Time: 9:30am
  • Northwest Corner of Gray's Lake


  • 8k course


  • $30.00 early registration (through 3/??/18 at 11:59 PM US/Central)
    • Striders Members receive a $5.00 discount
  • $35.00 registration (3/??/18 at 11:59 PM US/Central through 4/?/18 at 10:59 PM US/Central)
    • Striders Members receive a $5.00 discount
  • Little Lakers at 10:45 AM » Free registration (through 4/?/2018 at 10:59 PM US/Central)

Packet Pick-Up

5:00-7:30 PM Friday, April 6 2018
Heartland Soles, 5525 Merle Hay Rd #130, Johnston, IA

8:00-9:15 AM Saturday, April 7 2018
Gray's Lake Park, NW corner

Cotton-polyester blend uni-sex race shirts to first 400 pre-registered runners.


A race like this is impossible to host without the tremendous support of our volunteers.  If you are interested in helping, please register here.

As always, thank you all so much for your assistance!

Getting There
Parking will be at Water Works across from the northwest corner of Gray's Lake. After parking, walk across Fleur Drive at the stoplight, and enter Gray's Lake. This is where the race will 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). When the park is to your left and Waterworks Park is to your right, turn right and follow the race signs or parking volunteers. 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. At the second stoplight, turn left into Waterworks Park and follow the race signs or parking volunteers.

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                                                                                      

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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