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We love to run. We love to do it at home in Iowa. Join us for the Iowa Trail Run Series to take a break from pavement and enjoy some good, old fashioned dirt!

Iowa Trail Run Series

Enjoy five scenic, challenging, and family friendly events when you ditch the city and hit the trails!

Sign Up to Run the ITRS!

No Frills Trail Racing!

  • Chip timing
  • Customized Bib
  • BUFF/Mug/Socks/Stocking Cap/Al H2O Bottle/Headlamp
  • Post Race Food
  • High Quality Race Photos

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The Swag

The Iowa Trail Run Series is not about spending a bunch of cash for no reason. You'll get a great event, with chip timing, a cool custom bib, and a rotating race item such as a BUFF, socks, a stocking cap, coffee mug, and aluminum water bottle. 

Do you want a really soft and comfy tri-blend shirt with one of our Animal Icons? Great! Add one during your registration. We know some people have enough stuff in their closet and others may want to commemorate the day!

Coffee before and after you run! Plenty of post-race food to refuel! Games! Giveaways from sponsors!


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Registration takes less than 5 minutes! And the earlier you register the more money you save. Sign up and invite a friend or five! Want a race shirt? Add it on during registration!

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup Times and Locations:

7/7/18 - 5:30-7:00 PM - McFarland Park, Ames, IA - PARKING INFORMATIONMAP (Story County Conservation)

8/11/18 - 8-9:30 AM Sugar Bottom Rec Area, Solon, IA - PARKING INFORMATIONMAP (Sugar Bottom)

10/13/18 - 8-9:30 AM - Jester Park, Granger, IA - PARKING INFORMATIONMAP (Shelter #5 at Jester Park)

11/3/18 - 8-9:30 AM - Greenwood Park, Des Moines, IA - PARKING INFORMATIONMAP (Greenwood Park)

Find Your Happy on the Trails


Ledges Edition | 4.1.18 

3.31.18 | SOLD OUT!

Distance: 5K or 10 K (1 or 2 laps)
Start: Ledges State Park | 8AM

Do you like to climb stairs? You will when you're done experiencing Ledges' famous hilly loops through scenic forest that features more steps than we care to count, two creek crossings, and one heck of a way to start out the Iowa Trail Run Series! Choose from a one loop 5K or complete two loops for a 10K!


Coralville Woodpecker Edition | 5.12.18

Distance: 5K or 10 K (1 or 2 laps)

Start: Woodpecker Trail | 10AM

Pure single track that is flat and fast in the middle of Coralville! You may be in the middle of the Coralville strip, but the Woodpecker Trail will drop you into the woods, ready to set your trail PR! Choose from a one loop 5K or complete two loops for a 10K!


A Midsummer Night's Run | 7.7.18

Distance: 5K or 10 K (1 or 2 laps)

Start: McFarland Park | 7:30PM

Your parents always told you not to play in the woods at night, right? Now's your chance to give it a go! Take on the challenge of a one loop 5K or complete two loops for a 10K at McFarland Park just outside of Ames. There's a great mix of single track trail, prairie, and gravel. You'll do it all as the sun sets on a beautiful Iowa summer night!


Sugar Bottom Edition | 8.11.18

Distance: 5K or 10K (1 or 2 laps)

Start: Sugar Bottom Rec Area | 10AM

The genesis of the Iowa Trail Run Series started years ago at Sugar Bottom! It's a great mix of technical, fast, and climbing all in one perfect setting on the Coralville Reservoir! Choose from the 5K loop or the extended 10K distance.


Saylorville Edition | 10.13.18

Distance: 5K or 10 K (1 or 2 laps)
Start: Jester Park Shelter #5 | 10AM

Run along the picturesque shore of Saylorville Lake through Jester Park on a variety of trail surfaces including gravel, dirt, and grass. You'll have the choice of a single 5K loop or you can double the fun and do a full 10K. Don't forget to wave at the buffalo as you run by!


Center Trails Edition | 11.3.18

Distance: 4 Miles

Start: Center Trails/Des Moines | 10AM

The conclusion to the Iowa Trail Run Series in Iowa's capitol with a single 4 mile loop on some of the best trails around. For those that only did the 5K distances before, this is the perfect culmination of all that training!