People take up running for a variety of reasons. To burn off extra energy, lose weight, get healthier, to get places, or just to challenge themselves. Then there’s the people that do it for fun.
Luckily for residents of Des Moines, there are plenty of different races around the area to appease everyone. Being the largest city in Iowa we tend to get more national traveling races that come through town that are geared more towards having fun. In the past we’ve had the Tough Mudder, the Warrior Dash, the Color Run, and the GoRUCK challenge just to name a few. We’ve also had local zombie runs, mud runs, and snow runs. Plenty of opportunity throughout the year for anyone looking for a race. Here are just a few of the runs coming up soon.
Dam to Dam
June 1st, 2013
One of the biggest races in Des Moines, this run is one of the best long distance races in the USA and features a 20k, 5k, and a youth run. More information and registration can be found on the Dam to Dam website.
Market to Market
May 11th, 2013
This one is more for the long distance runners. Starting in Jefferson, Iowa and ending in Des Moines, IA, it covers 75 miles over 17 different stages. Fortunately you aren’t expected to run the whole thing yourself. Teams consist of 7 people, and you can exchange runners at any one of the 17 different stages. This of course means the rest of the team will be driving along with the runners. The course follows the Raccoon River Valley Trail System, paved streets, and gravel back roads through a diverse and scenic slice of west central Iowa. More information and registration can be found on the Market to Market website.
June 15th, 2013
Here’s one for the people looking for a fun run. It’s a 5k run in Newton, IA just outside of Des Moines. It’s a traveling event that tours the nation, and every show is unique. Some of the features highlighted in the past have been:
- Glowing neon trees changing colors to match the music
- Tunnels with dancing patterns and figures on the walls, ceilings, and floors
- Lakes and rivers glowing in other-worldly hues
- Tunnels of light created by a rainbow of lasers
- Glowing arches and columns
- Neon saguaro cactus
- Red rock cliffs glowing in psychedelic colors and patterns
- Glowing arches changing color in tempo
- Colored fountains dancing to the beat
- Entire buildings lit so brightly that they can be seen from space