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Hillbilly Hike Half Marathon and 10k

in United States at Carlisle High School

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  • Half Marathon

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  • 10K

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General Event Details

Participants can park at the Carlisle High School, bus transportation to both start lines provided. Busses begin loading at 6:30 a.m. The last bus will leave Carlisle at 7:15 a.m.

Half Marathon
Begins at 8:00am in Indianola, IA and ends in Carlisle, IA
Start line is close to the Indianola High School
Bus transportation to the start line provided
Bag drop at the start and baggage claim at the finish

Race begins at 8:00am at Summerset State Park, and ends in Carlisle, IA
Start line is on the South side of the Park
Bus transportation to the start line provided
Bag drop at the start and baggage claim at the finish

Awards to top 2 Men & Women in 5-yr age increments.
Trophies to 1st and 2nd overall Man and Woman.

The trail is flat and net downhill. You can look forward to scenic bridges, water stations with volunteers dressed in entertaining costumes to cheer you on every 2 miles, running past scenic lakes, through woodlands, farmlands, wetlands and the prairie on your way to the finish line in Carlisle, Iowa. The course showcases a rainbow of the state's natural heritage.

Both courses are primarily on the beautiful Summerset Trail (former rail trail). Did we mention it should be super-fast because it is flat and all downhill? Iowa is famous for its beautiful and picturesque cornfields, but for a taste of all things Iowa, the Summerset Trail in south-central Iowa is your ticket. Both races welcome all paces including walkers. You may hear roosters crowing, you may see deer, or other wildlife, all the while taking in the beautiful fall colors.

The Half Marathon course will start in front of the Indianola High School using the full width of 1st Street, then it will wind around the campus providing plenty of opportunities for friends and family to cheer you on before funneling onto the paved Summerset trail. The course will go into the Summerset State Park, then back out to the trail the remainder of the way to Carlisle.

The 10k course will start in Summerset State Park on the full width of the paved road on the south side of the park and then gradually funnel onto the paved Summerset Trail. Both courses will be accurately measured. The Half Marathon is USTAF Certified. Course #IA15014MF

There will be portable restrooms at both start lines, 1 mile, and at the finish line. Both neighboring towns of Indianola and Carlisle (just southeast of Des Moines, the state capital) are friendly and have plenty of amenities. The Half Marathon start is in the larger city of Indianola, where the trail begins and winds through the city itself for about a mile and a half before striking out into a wilderness of red and white oak trees, owls, and fox.

Maps and additional details on our website.

Please register early to insure that you receive a medal, shirt, transportation, etc.

Race Day packet pick-up and registration starts at 6 a.m on the East side of the Carlisle High School. The buses will arrive at 6:30 a.m. The buses will be marked Half Marathon & 10k. The last bus takes off at 7:15. Buses will load and take off one at a time.

We offer Hillbilly Bag Drop for both races. Hillbilly Bag Drop = a car with the trunk open and a Hillbilly there taking your bag and writing your bib # on it. You will find the car parked close and convenient to the start line. Our bag drop Hillbillies are so helpful that they are ALSO sweeping the course to collect discarded clothing that is found in the 1st 1/2 mile. They will bring those discarded items to the finish and you can find that stuff in a pile marked Lost and Found. It will be next to the Finish Line Bag Claim. Bags will be in order by bib number. Bag collection will be loosely monitored, in other words don't put valuables in your bag.

Race Packets

Packet Pick-up and walk-up registration will be at Fitness Sports at 8810 Swanson Blvd, Clive, IA 50325 on Friday, Nov 4 from 4-6pm.

We will also offer packet pickup at the Carlisle High School the morning of the race from 6:00-7:15 am. Busses begin loading at 6:30. The last bus will leave Carlisle at 7:15.

Hillbilly Hike Tech Shirts

We DO take your size however after 10/19 size is not guaranteed. Please understand that we have to order shirts 3-4 weeks prior to race day. FYI ~ we ordered 600 shirts, you must register early to guarantee a shirt.

New This Year

Chip timing on certified course!
500 Custom die cast medals. 320 to those first to register for the Half. 180 to those first to register for the 10k.
600 Tech shirts to those who register early.

After the first 500 medals are allocated, the remaining medals will look like the following:

Things to Know

Help us help others!

This is a fundraiser for the Indianola Christian Union Church 2016 Mission Team.

Past Results

2015 Results are available here.

2014 Results are available here.

What others say....


The Inn at Summerset Winery - 515.961.3545
Beautiful Bed & Breakfast just south of Des Moines. They are also a race sponsor!
Room prices vary and include a light continental breakfast & late check-out.


*French Room (Shared Bathroom) 1st Floor $115.00
*Blue Room (Shared Bathroom) 1st Floor $115.00
*Italian Room (Private Bathroom) 2nd Floor $125.00
*Harley Room (Private Bathroom) 2nd Floor $125.00
*Master Suite (Private Bathroom + Whirlpool Tub) 1st Floor $150.00
*Rose Suite with sleeper couch (Sleeps 4, Private Bathroom) 2nd Floor $165.00
*Teddy Suite with sleeper couch (Sleeps 4, Private Bathroom) 2nd Floor $165.00

Become a Sponsor

Join us in welcoming our returning athletes and their friends to our caring community. We are so proud and fortunate to live in an active community that offers so many things to do and see. It is our pleasure to share the unique beauty and hospitality that you can only find in Warren County.

We have received fantastic feedback from our post-race surveys. Our races are valued for being affordable yet quality events. Our family friendly events are a positive for our community. The majority of participants noted that they plan to return and would encourage friends to join them. We plan to grow this event and continue it for years to come. Endurance events such as ours are high profile events. They represent health and fitness, internal drive, perseverance, dreams and accomplishment! Our mission is to serve runners, walkers, and our community through a fun, safe, and scenic event. Our event is designed to draw participants of all abilities, ages, ethnic backgrounds.

We would love to add your name to our ever growing list of sponsors. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Julie Daugherty
Hillbilly Hike Sponsorship Chair

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