Drake Road Races and The Grand Blue Mile

in United States at Drake University - Des Moines Iowa

Online registration for the Drake Road Races is closed at this time. Walk-up registration in the Half Marathon and 5K is still available in person at packet pick-up. Shirt size not guaranteed. Friday from 3 to 7 pm. Acanthus Lodge 4133 Urbandale. Saturday (cash or check only) from 6:30 to 7:30 am. Olmsted Center Parking Lot. Please note parking is not available directly onsite at the Saturday packet pick-up location.


  • Drake Road Races Half Marathon on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:30 AM

    Online registration is closed for this category.



  • Drake Road Races 5K on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    Online registration is closed for this category.



  • Grand Blue Mile on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:00 PM
    $5 Youth (17 and Under) discount will be applied at checkout.

    Online registration is closed for this category.



  • Bulldog Double - GRIFF: GBM + Half Marathon
    Register for both the Drake Half Marathon and The Grand Blue Mile in one transaction!
    $5 Youth (17 and Under) discount will be applied at checkout.

    Online registration is closed for this category.



  • Bulldog Double - SPIKE: GBM + 5K
    Register for both the Drake 5K and The Grand Blue Mile in one transaction!
    $5 Youth (17 and Under) discount will be applied at checkout.

    Online registration is closed for this category.




The 2017 Drake Road Races

Start Times:
Drake Road Races
7:30 AM: Half Marathon
7:45 AM: 5K Road Race

The Drake Road Races Half Marathon & 5K start in front of Drake Stadium on Forest Avenue.

Both races finish in front of the Drake University Fine Arts Center on 25th Street.

All 5K and half marathon athletes will receive an official Drake Road Races long sleeve participant shirt and finisher medal.


Packet Pick-Up and Race Day Registration

Friday, April 28 - 3:00 to 7:00 PM

Acanthus Lodge - 4133 Urbandale Avenue. Des Moines, IA 50310

Saturday, April 29 - 6:30 to 7:30 AM

Olmsted Center Parking Lot, 2875 University Avenue. Des Moines, IA 50311

Course Information

The Drake Road Races Half Marathon course features the Drake University campus and surrounding neighborhoods.

The race starts on Forest Avenue in front of Drake Stadium and finish just blocks away on 25th Street adjacent to the Harmon Fine Arts Center on the Drake campus.

The Drake Road Races 5K will use the same course as the Half Marathon with a turnaround at 39th Street and Kingman Boulevard.

A course map is posted at drakerelays.org on the Road Races page.

The 2017 Grand Blue Mile

Divisions
Recreational
* Open to all ages and abilities, including runners, joggers, and walkers

Women's Competitive
* Open to all competitive runners and recommended for sub-8-minute milers

Men's Competitive
* Open to all competitive runners and recommended for sub-8-minute milers


Start and Finish Lines

Start Line
1400 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Finish Line
1300 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

Event Schedule

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

  • 6:00 PM - Iowa Kidstrong Fun Run
  • 6:15 PM - Recreational Division
  • 6:35 PM - Mascot Madness Charity Challenge
  • 6:45 PM - Women's Competitive Division
  • 7:00 PM - Men's Competitive Division
  • 7:15 PM - Women's Championship
  • 7:30 PM - Men's Championship



Grand Blue Mile Athlete Packet Pick Up[/u]
Monday, April 24, 2017
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Pappajohn Education Center
South Lobby
1200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Athlete Services Tent
Pappajohn Park Lawn
1300 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Pinky Swear Foundation

Add meaning to your run and support kids with cancer and their families by fundraising or donating to the Pinky Swear Foundation. Proceeds will go to help these families with financial support for basic needs (mortgage/rent payments, utilities, groceries, etc.) Clink on the logo for more information.

Professional Race Timing and Scoring

The Drake Road Races and the Grand Blue Mile are professionally timed by The End Result Company: EndResultCo.com

The Drake Road Races and Grand Blue Mile will be timed using MYLAPS RFID technology, which means the timing device is attached to the back of running bib. It is disposable and does not need to be collected/turned back in to officials following the race.

Official race results will be posted to OnlineRaceResults.com in real-time on race day.

Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Ticket Information

Athlete registration includes one admission ticket to the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Thursday Night Distance Carnival session and one discounted ticket rate of $17 to the Hy-Vee night at the Drake
Relays Friday Night session.

Athletes will present a voucher received at packet pick-up at the Drake Athletics Ticket Office in order to receive the special ticket pricing.

For Drake Relays tickets call 515-271-3647 or purchase online at
www.drakerelays.org.

Questions?

For race related questions, please click on the Contact the Organizers button on the left-hand side of this page.


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