trail events & info

Central Trails Event Info

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 Event Info

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 Event Info

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. 

Midsummer Run Event Info

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 Run Event Info

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. 

YRS Run Event Info

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 Run Event Info

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!

Annette Run Event Info

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.