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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 presented by Singlespeed Brewing 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 and refreshments courtesy of Singlespeed Brewing! 
  • 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. 

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!

Fitness Sports Kids Races


Every Iowa Trail Run Series event features a FREE kids race! 

The kids races vary in distance between 1/2 and 1 mile. Kids 12 and under are welcome to grab a bib and run! We usually have some schwag for the kiddos too!

Kids 12 and Under that would like to run the full distance 5K or 10K will need to register as a standard runner.


Pick Your Race


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
10/8/23 10/15/23 $30
10/16/23 1 Month Before Each Race $35
1 Month Before Each Race Race Day $40

Season Pass Pricing 

Start Date End Date Price
10/8/23 10/15/23 $160
10/16/23 10/31/23 $210
11/1/23 12/31/23 $250
01/01/24 04/06/24 $280

**Half marathon and Enduro are $10 more, unless you sign up for a season pass.

Find Your Happy on the Trails


Center Trails | 4.08.23

Distance: 8 Miles, 4 Miles

Start: Center Trails/Des Moines | 9:00a

Kickoff the Iowa Trail Run Series in Iowa's capitol with a single 4 mile loop or double the fun for 8 total miles on some of the best trails in the state, right in the middle of Des Moines!

Sugar Bottom| 4.15.23

Distance: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon

Start: Sugar Bottom Day Use Area Half Marathon - 8:00am | 10K - 8:00am | 5K - 10:00am

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 Half Marathon, 10K, or 5K distances.

$3 from every registration goes to ICORR - the Iowa Coalition of Off-Road Riders who maintain the trails and make them the best single track in Iowa!


Ledges | 6.3.23

Distance: 5K, 10K 

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 your summer! 

$3 from every registration goes to support the Friends of the Ledges group which helps the DNR maintain the beauty of the park and trails. 


A Midsummer Night's Run | 6.24.23

Distance: 5K, 10K

Start: Peterson Park | 7:30pm

2023 UPDATE! This year's Midsummer Night's Run will take place at Peterson Park, instead of McFarland Park! Same time, same distances, just down the street, and still an amazing evening trail run!

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 Peterson 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!

$3 from every registration goes to support Story County's Conservation Partners Program. 


Waubonsie | 8.5.23

Distance: Enduro, Team Enduro, 5K, 10K

Start: Waubonsie State Park | Enduro @ 7AM | 10K at 9:00AM | 5K at 10:00AM

We're heading west to Waubonsie State Park, just south of Omaha and Council Bluffs, for our toughest challenge yet! Ten hours on the 3.6 mile course (KML file) through the Loess Hills and your challenge is to see how many laps you can complete from 7am to 5pm! 

Choose from the Enduro, Team Enduro with up to four teammates, or the standard 5K and 10K. 

$3 from every registration goes to support the maintenance and conservation efforts of the Friends of Waubonsie. 


Yellow River State Park | 9.17.23

Distance: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon

Start: Yellow River State Park | 7AM Half, 9AM 10K, 10AM 5K

Our first adventure in the northeast part of our great state. Join us on the beautiful trails of the Yellow River State Forest to experience a variety of terrain and beautiful views of the Yellow River. We'll have three distances to challenge all abilities of trail runner! 

$3 from every registration goes to support the Friends of Yellow River State Forest. 


Jester Park | 9.24.23

Distance: 5K, 10K
Start: Jester Park Camp Site #6 | 9:00AM

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!


Annett Nature Center | 10.08.23

Distance: 5K, 10K

Start: Annett Nature Center | 9:00 AM

We're back at Warren County Parks' Annett Nature Center for a beautiful fall run on Sunday morning. Race, relax, and enjoy the beautiful October colors through the gravel paths, dirt trails, and prairie grass. 

$3 from every registration goes to support the Friends of Warren County Parks. 

Packet Pickup


Packet pickup info coming soon!!!