Road Races in Des Moines



Are you ready to hit the pavement as soon as the weather is above zero? Now is the time for you! Spring through fall offers a plethora of opportunities to run a road race in Des Moines. The sense of community amongst runners is highest during a race and can encourage even the greenest of runners. Plus a finisher medal is a great reminder to yourself and your family that hard work pays off!

Des Moines is a great place to train and race. There are plenty of road races around the city all summer long and into the fall. With distances ranging from 1 mile and 5K (3.1 miles) to the more ambitious 10K (6.2 miles), 10 miles, half marathon (13.1 miles), or even a full marathon (26.2 miles). Many races are family-friendly, offering short kid runs, making them a great way to introduce your kids to running. 

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Here’s a list of road races in and around Des Moines this summer and fall. 

June 4 | EMC DAM to DSM Half marathon
Saylorville Dam to Downtown Des Moines
7 a.m.
Cost: $80 

What to Know: This race is a Des Moines favorite! Runners start in Saylorville and make their way through neighborhoods to downtown Des Moines. 

June 11 | Trestle Hustle 10K, 5K, or Duathlon
Where: High Trestle Trail, 304 S Madison St. Madrid, IA
When: 8 a.m.
Cost: Starting at $30. Register here

What to Know: Run over the scenic High Trestle Trail during the 10K. Bikers can opt for a duathlon that includes 4 miles of running and a 13-mile bike ride.

July 16 | Clive Running Festival 10K, 5K, or 1 Mile
Where: Clive Aquatic Swimming Center 1801 NW 114th St, Clive
When: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Cost: Register here. $10-$35.

What to know: This family-friendly race has a 5K, 10K, or 1-mile route. The majority of the race takes place on the Clive Greenbelt Trail.

August 6 | Summer Breeze Battle of the Burbs 10K or 5K

Where: NCMIC 14001 University Ave, Clive
When: 9 a.m.
Cost: Register here. Kids Fun Run $10; 5K and 10K starting at $25

What to Know: Walk or run the 5K through the beautiful Clive Country Club neighborhood or challenge yourself to a 10K.

August 13 | Adel Sweet Corn Festival 5K 
Where: ADM Administration Building
When: 8 a.m.
Cost: Register here. Starting at $25. 

What to know: The race takes place on the scenic brick streets in Adel. Strollers and wheelchairs are permitted. Transportation will be provided from the ADM High School to the square starting at 6:30 a.m.

August 27 | GiGiFIT Playhouse Donut 5K, Walk, & Dash
DMACC, 2006 South Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, IA
When: 8 a.m.

What to Know: Run, walk, and dash, then eat donuts!

August 14 | Summerset Wine Run 5K
Where: Summerset Winery, Indianola
When: 9 a.m.
Cost: $60 Register here

What to know: Whether you are looking to run, walk or just enjoy the wine this race is a sure thing for a great time and an incredible experience! All participants receive a finisher medal and a glass of wine (or soda if under 21!).

September 24 | Run to Exile 10K or 5K
Where: Exile Brewing Co. 1514 Walnut St, Des Moines
When: 9 a.m.
Cost: Starting at $45. Register here

What to Know: After running 5K or 10K, don’t miss the post-race party including the famous stein holding contest!

September 25 (tentative) | Capital Pursuit 10 Mile, 5K
Where: Locust & 15th Street, Des Moines
When: 8 a.m.
Cost: $30-$50
What to know: Capital Pursuit is a great early fall race that takes participants through the vibrant streets of downtown Des Moines, down the tree-lined streets near Drake University campus, and ending at Western Gateway Park.

October 2 | Des Moines Superhero Heart Run 5K or 2K
Where: Raccoon River Park, West Des Moines
When: TBD
Cost: Starting at $30 Register here

What to know: Don your commemorative run cape and get ready to walk, run & FLY at the Des Moines Superhero Heart Run!  Join forces with Heart Heroes & Help-a-Heart for the 9th annual 5k/2k run aimed at raising awareness & funds for Congenital Heart Disease.

October 16 | IMT Des Moines Marathon Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, and 5K
Where: 300 Court Ave, Des Moines
When: 8 a.m.
Cost: Starting at $25. Register here

What to know: The IMT Des Moines Marathon has a race distance for you, between a full marathon, half, and 5K. Or break up the route by running a relay as part of a team. Enjoy live music and entertainment on Court Avenue following the race.

Happy running! 

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