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The Latest - 5/27/20

It's official! We will be holding Iowa Trail Run Series: Ledges, as scheduled, on June 6th! The field will be limited to 250 people, divided into four waves, and each wave will be limited in size. 

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We are SO EXCITED to get back to running in the woods, showing people the inherent social distance we find on the trails, and enjoying nature in a safe and responsible way. The ITRS is the owl in the coal mine for events in a new Covid-19-centric world with many new considerations and we're relying on our awesome trail running crew to help us shoulder the responsibilities together. The DNR, the State of Iowa, and the running community as a whole will be watching closely to see how we are able to navigate these new waters and WE NEED YOU ALL ON BOARD!

With all that said, we also understand that some people may not feel comfortable running in small groups and that is completely ok! We will have a virtual option where you can run your race at your time, and still enjoy the immense benefits of exercise in nature!

In order to comply with social distancing guidelines and limitations on gatherings, we are modifying the event in several ways. We need your help to show our community that there is a safe way to put on events while still being mindful of our collective health and safety.

Please read about our updates and modifications to the event!

1. If you feel sick or have come into contact with a sick individual before the event, STAY HOME!

2. The event is now divided into four waves, with 10 people starting at a time, 10 seconds apart, with 1 minute between groups of 10. The waves are also limited so if one is sold out, choose your next best option.

3. Waves will start every 2 hours. **Please do not arrive earlier than 45 min before your wave.** Please do not bring spectators with you unless you're under 18 and it's a parent/guardian.

4. You must wear a face covering when in the pre-race area. You do not need to wear a face covering to race.

5. There will only be a 5K distance.

6. There will be no water station on course. (you may bring your own containers)

7. Drive-up packet pickup will be available at Ledges the day before the race from Noon-3p and at Heartland Soles in Johnston from 4-7p. Race day packet pickup will also be drive-up.

8. Our staff will wear masks.

9. Our start and finish lines will be separate.

10. We won't have a post-race celebration. You will be given five minutes to cool down, given a pre-packaged post-race snack pack, and sent on your way to make room for the next wave! Awards will be mailed after the event!

11. We will broadcast the start and finish online and your friends and family will be able to track you remotely using the RaceJoy app

If you have questions, email us! We hope to see many of you at Ledges, and, if this format is a success, hopefully the rest of the beautiful parks throughout the season!


Hope everyone had a fun Cinco de Mayo! Times are still weird, the weather is turning in our favor, we see so many people out there running on the trails in a responsible manner, but uncertainty is still an everpresent. 

So that all of you have our latest info, we are still following directives and guidelines as set by the Governor's office as well as our permitting agencies (DNR and Story County Conservation) at our next two events, ITRS: Ledges and ITRS: Midsummer Night's Run. No matter how healthy or safe we may feel as individuals, our main concern is the safety of our greater community, our runners, staff, and volunteers. 

We are creating contingency plans for a variety of possibilities with these upcoming events. This may include, among other options, additional waves, adjusted packet pickup procedures and post-race activities, modified distances, new dates (we hope not!), or even virtual options (we really hope not!). Hopefully, we'll have answers in the next week or so, but unfortunately we cannot make any decisions until our permitting partners are also informed. 

As we've done previously with the circumstances of the pandemic, if an event changes dates and you are unable to attend, we will defer your registration to the 2021 event. We understand that economic realities are tight for many people, however small events like ours would not be able to survive if refunds were also offered. Much of our planning, ordering, and upfront costs are unfortunately done and dusted. That said, the trail running community has stuck with us for two seasons, and we cannot wait to start the third when it's safe! We appreciate all of the kind words and for supporting local trail running events. Whenever the light at the end of tunnel appears, will be barreling toward it as quickly as possible, and we can't wait to see the rest of our community there with us!


We're rolling into April, still hunkered down at home, looking forward to slowly getting back to business as usual. This will take time and we greatly appreciate all of you being positive and patient!

If you are affected by the postponement of ITRS: Center Trails and ITRS: Sugar Bottom and are UNABLE TO ATTEND the new dates, 9/13/20 and 9/20/20, please fill out this form:

Covid-19 Race Changes

If you are able to run on the new dates, you don't need to do anything and we will keep your information as is. 

Our next scheduled event is 6/6/20 at Ledges.  As things stand now, we still plan to hold the event as advertised. We have all seen over the last two weeks that our public health reality changes day to day and we have all been forced to adapt in one way or another. Since just about anything is possible at this point, we will freeze prices (and price increases) for all ITRS events until we have more information. 

We are following all guidelines released by the CDC, as well as our permitting agencies, namely the State of Iowa in the case of Ledges. We will continue to post updates as we have them and will make sure everyone has plenty of time to make necessary decisions regarding the event, if the situation changes. Please keep an eye out for updates on this website, on Facebook, and on Instagram

If you are able to be safe and socially distant, we hope you can get out into the woods for a run, walk, hike, etc. Check out trail conditions from great organizations like CITA, ICORR, and DHPT before you go. Pandemic or no, there's no reason we shouldn't respect our trails!

While you're sitting at home, and if you feel like supporting the ITRS, check out the updated Online StoreThe new 2020 buff, some water bottles to stay hydrated, and maybe even an extra training shirt! Check it out...and if you're in the greater DSM area, we'd be happy to deliver to save you the shipping cost! Just select pickup during checkout.

ITRS Online Store


Though we've no doubt that the trail runs you signed up for earlier this year, or at the end of 2019, are clearly top priority during a global pandemic, we felt it prudent to let slightly more important experts speak and share information before we made any comments or decisions.

Sarcasm aside, we hope everyone is staying as healthy and calm as possible. We hope you are at home, re-watching The Office for the 8th time, as hard as it may be to throw off schedules at work, at school, or the many other plans that make us such incredibly social apes. Unfortunately, we have to add trail running to the list of adjustments.

As of today, the CDC and White House released amended guidelines for mass gatherings, stating any events more than 10 people should be postponed or canceled. After consulting with the City of Des Moines and the Army Corps of Engineers regarding our first two events at Center Trails and Sugar Bottom, respectively, we've decided the safest and healthiest decision for all involved is to postpone both events. It's not a pleasant decision, but it's the right one. For the moment, we will be closing registration for these two events. 

Tentatively, we will be rescheduling ITRS: Center Trails to 9/13/20 and ITRS: Sugar Bottom to 9/20/20. Yes, we know there's the small matter of Iowa-Iowa State one weekend, and another running event in the Iowa City area the next. We realize that some people may not be able to make the new dates. However, we're trail runners and we push through. We are putting forward a few options:

All of these options can be executed through the following form:

We know it's not ideal situation to recognize all of you, but the amazing community we've found through the ITRS is second to none. You guys and gals have always gone with the flow, ran your hearts out, and helped us celebrate two seasons worth of amazing memories, all just by hanging out in the woods together. We cannot wait to be back at many more start lines together. 

If you have questions, PLEASE EMAIL US (! We will be answering as quickly as possible. For those wondering, yes, we already have awesome swag for both events - a new look BUFF and a double-walled coffee mug. If you paid for a shirt, we will have updates on those as well. 

Stay home, stay healthy, be nice to each other, and if you can make it, get out to the trails for a lap or two. It may be the most socially distant thing you can actually enjoy!

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