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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!


Enjoy eight scenic, challenging, and family friendly events when you ditch the pavement and hit the trails!

Sign Up to Race!

No Frills Trail Racing!

  • Customized Bib
  • BUFF/Mug/Socks/Stocking Cap/Al H2O Bottle/Headlamp/More to Come!
  • 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 race with clear marking and course support, with basic timing, a cool custom bib, and a rotating race item such as a BUFF, socks, a stocking cap, coffee mug, and aluminum water bottle. Signing up for the entire series includes a series shirt!

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!


Hit the Trails!


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!

Single Race Pricing

Start Date End Date Price
11/26/18 12/12/18 $25
12/13/18 2 Weeks Before Each Race $30
2 Weeks Before Each Race Race Day $35

Find Your Happy on the Trails


Ledges | 3.30.19 

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

Start: Ledges State Park | 10AM

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!


Sugar Bottom | 4.20.19

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.


A Midsummer Night's Run | 7.6.19

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

Start: McFarland Park | 7:45PM

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!


Whiterock | 8.3.19

Distance: 5K, 10K, or 13.1 

Start: Whiterock Conservancy | Half Marathon @ 8AM | 5K/10K @ 9AM

The first of our two new events for 2019. We're heading northwest to Coon Rapids for a late summer run through the amazing Whiterock Conservancy! The standard 5K and 10K distance will be offered, along with our very first half marathon! Get signed up to start the tradition with us!

Here is the KML FILE for the 10K/Half Marathon!


Jester Park | 9.28.19

Distance: 5K or 10 K (1 or 2 laps)
Start: Jester Park Camp Site #6 | 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!


Coralville Woodpecker | 10.5.19

Distance: 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon (1 or 2 laps)

Start: Woodpecker Trail | 8AM Half, 9AM 5K/10K

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 the 5K on the east loop, 10K on the east and west loops, or complete two laps of each for a Half Marathon!


Annett Nature Center | 10.12.19

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

Start: Annett Nature Center | 6:00PM

Who knew so many trail runners just wanted an additional level of difficulty?! We're going night running again, this time through the beautiful Annett Nature Center just as the leaves turn and Sasquatch come out! Round two of disobeying your parents and playing in the woods at night!


Center Trails | 11.2.19

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!

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup Times and Locations:

3/30/19 - 8-9:30 AM and 11 AM - 12:30 PM Ledges State Park, Madrid, IA - PARKING INFORMATION & MAP (Upper Ledges Lot)

4/20/19 - 8-9:30 AM Sugar Bottom Rec Area, Solon, IA - PARKING INFORMATION & MAP (Sugar Bottom)

7/6/19 - 5:30-7:00 PM - McFarland Park, Ames, IA - PARKING INFORMATIONMAP (Story County Conservation)

8/3/19 - 6:30-8:45 AM - Whiterock Conservancy, Coon Rapids, IA - PARKING INFORMATION & MAP (River House Barn)

9/28/19 - 8-9:30 AM - Jester Park, Granger, IA - PARKING INFORMATIONMAP (Camp Site #6 at Jester Park)

10/5/19 - 7-8:45 AM - Woodpecker Trail, Coralville, IA - PARKING INFORMATION & MAP (Tom Harkin Trailhead)

10/12/19 - 4:00-5:30 PM - Annett Nature Center, Indianola, IA - PARKING INFORMATIONMAP (Annett Nature Center)

11/2/19 - 8-9:30 AM - Greenwood Park, Des Moines, IA - PARKING INFORMATIONMAP (Greenwood Park)