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COVID-19 Update

The Latest - 3/30/20

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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