Capital Pursuit - 35th Anniversary

in United States at Downtown

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  • 5K Run/Walk

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  • 10-Mile Run

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  • Pursuit Junior

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Capital Pursuit is a premier late summer race that takes participants through the vibrant streets of downtown Des Moines, down the beautifully tree lined streets near Drake University campus and ending at the amazing Western Gateway Park downtown.

Course Maps:

10-Mile RRCA Championship & USATF Certified:

5K (certification-pending):

Capital Strider members receive a $5 discount when they pre-register.

No discount available at packet pick-up or on race day.


The 10-Mile course starts in downtown Des Moines and winds through the near northwest neighborhoods.

The 5K course will be run in the downtown area.

The Pursuit Junior kids' races are free; however, registration is required.

Participants can register at the registration table on race day.
Parents/guardians will need to sign a waiver prior to their child participating in the race.
Participants will receive a t-shirt.

The announcer will ask the various age divisions to report to the Pursuit Jr. Table,
at approximately 9:00 AM

Beginning at approximately 9:30 AM, kids will run down finish area on Locust Street.
Kids will be broken into the following 3 age groups:

Ages 4 & under: 9:30 AM - run approx. 100 meters
Ages 5-8: 9:40 AM - run approx. 250 meters
Ages 9-12: 9:50 AM - run approx. 400 meters


8:00 AM: 10-Mile Run and 5K Run/Walk
9:30 AM: Pursuit Junior races

Packet Pick-Up

Saturday, Sept 16th
from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Fitness Sports - NEW location
8810 Swanson Blvd
in the Swanson Depot

Race morning, Sunday, September 17th
from 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
near the start line at Western Gateway Park

10-Mile: $45
5K: $35


Top 3 male/female runners for the 10 Mile and 5k races will receive cash prizes

Top 3 age group male/female in the 10 mile race will receive gift cards from our incredible sponsors

Additional Information

Pre-registered 10-mile participants will receive a beautiful long sleeved technical shirt. 10-mile finishers will receive a finisher's medal.

Pre-registered 5K participants will receive a short-sleeved technical shirt.

Youth size shirts are replaced by XS for 10 mile and 5k races

Pursuit Junior participants will receive a short sleeve cotton t-shirt.

Both the 10-mile and 5k female runners will receive a women's cut technical shirt.


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

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