ROAD-O-CROSS Off Road Race at Living History Farms

in United States at Living History Farms - 2600 111th St. (Interstate 80 and Hickman Road)

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  • 7-Mile
    Must be at least 12 years old on race day.

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  • 7-Mile VIP
    The standard 7-mile option is capped at 5000. The VIP category is $145 (includes a $45 entry fee, a $100 donation, and VIP amenities. VIP details and amenities are listed on the front page of this form.

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VIP Package - a great donation to Living History Farms:

Make a great donation to Living History Farms! Donate $100 (tax deductible) to the LHF in addition to your entry fee and receive;
* Special easy in and easy out parking location.
* A special LHF limited edition gift.
* Farm Race Pottery (similar to the awards).
* Guaranteed shirt size whenever you arrive at packet pick-up (where you will get to go to the front of the line).
* You will also be allowed to start the race in the front area (if you wish).

Largest Cross-Country Race in North America

It's time! Here is a fun & exhilarating way to celebrate the end of racing season. You will experience the running stories to re-live & re-tell throughout the winter. The Off -Road Race at Living History Farms awards you with a hot post-race meal brought to you by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant.
You will be challenged by a "SLIGHTLY NEW" COURSE over the world's richest farm land. YES you will still wade through creeks, dodge farm animals and claw your way to the top of gullies with 5,000 other (limit) runners of questionable senses. 
Stay for the "Outdoors in November" post- race lunch, door prizes and awards ceremony.

A Great Race for Some Great Causes:
The "Farm Race" raises funds for Living History Farms and more. Over the last 12 years, the race has given over $1,000,000 to the Living History Farms (a not-for-profit museum).
The race has also funded the Capital Striders endowment for scholarships to area senior cross country athletes; raised food/money for the Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry and donated to area age-group track & swimming teams, the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, the M.D.A., and area Fire Departments. Proceeds from the race help sponsor area races, purchase equipment and racing supplies used at road races and middle school/ high school XC meets.
ALL PROCEEDS go to non-profit entities.

Event Schedule

Events/Start Times
9:00 AM -- 7-Mile starts adjacent to the Visitor's Center.
10:45 AM --Youth Races start near the awards stage.

Race Packets

Friday November 17, 3:00 to 8:00 PM
Saturday November 18, 7:30 to 8:30 AM, shirt size not guaranteed.

Living History Farms, Interstate 80 & Hickman Road, Urbandale, Iowa

Chip Timing - Scoring based on Gun Time.

Runners must wear a chip provided by the race.
No chip = no time.
The start will be wider and no start mats will be used to allow for a safe and speedy race.
Line up by ability!

TIMING WILL BE LIMITED TO THOSE FINISHING IN UNDER 3 HOURS!

2017 Race Shirt

All 7 mile entrants receive a SOFT long- sleeve race shirt with the  custom design by local artist Ben Schuh.. (We ask your preferred size for planning but DO NOT guarantee size as we must order well in advance. Arrive early to get your requested size.)
NEW this year - Ready to frame Race Poster  with the new race design.

Picture coming soon, stay tuned!

Entry Fees for the 7-mile race (must be at least 12 years old to enter)

$45 thru November 4th.
If any are available after that, fee goes to $55.
In previous years, the race has filled up (5000) early.

LHF VIP entry : *Add $100 to your $45 entry fee (each individual) for the VIP treatment and a wonderful donation to the Living History Farms (tax deductible).
There will be 300 set aside for V.I.P. entries. Total fee $145.

RUNNERS GET:
*Race Shirt:
*Race poster
*FREE PARKING!!!
*Post Race hot beef stew meal !  
*Chip time -chip embedded race number
* Door prizes & Awards Ceremony 

VIP RUNNERS ALSO GET:
Make a great donation to Living History Farms! Donate $100 (tax deductible) to the LHF in addition to your $45. entry fee to also receive: A special LHF race limited -edition gift package, reserved VIP parking , guaranteed shirt size. You get express entry to the front of the packet pick-up line and also are allowed to start the race in the front area if you wish. 

Receive Updates from the Living History Farms Race Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/LivingHistoryFarmsOffRoadRace

**No onsite registration at packet pickup- No Refunds

Post-Race Meal

FREE  with race entry: Spectators are asked to make a $5 contribution if they wish to eat.
 Again this year the Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant. and the Iowa Beef Industry Council combined to provide all registered runners with a hot meal. Beef Stew with made from scratch biscuits and pumpkin bars, brownies will be served with cider and coffee following the race. And yes, there will be Cookies & Donuts!!

Youth Races - Free (11 yrs. and under) start at 10:45 AM near the awards stage

The youth races will have distances of 50-100 yds. for ages 1-5; quarter mile for ages 6-8 and a half mile for ages 9-11. All youth will receive finisher's ribbons. This will be true cross-country running for the younger runners. NO Pre- registration is required! Optional short sleeve T-shirt available for $5 while they last.

Awards

Awards (gun time for safety)
Individual Awards :
Special awards to the top male and female finishers (also included in age awards).
Age Divisions - 12 to 14 (awards to 2 male, 2 female); 15 to 18 (5, 5); 19 to 24 (5, 5); 25 to 29 (5, 5); 30 to 34 (5, 5); 35 to 39 (5, 5); 40 to 44 (5, 4);45 to 49 (5, 3); 50 to 54( 5, 3); 55 to 59 (3, 2); 60 to 64 (3, 2); 65 to 69 (2, 1); 70 & up (2, 1).
First Place - $20 Beef Certificates, 2nd - 5th $10 Beef Certificates. Also special Farm Pottery for 1st thru 5th. 
Team Awards :
Teams consist of at least three runners. Coed division must have at least four runners, two male and two female. The top members score on a total time basis.
Special Farm Pottery (maximum 5 awards per team) - High School Teams (awards to 4 male teams, 4 female teams); Open (4, 4); Masters, all members age 40 & up (2, 2) and Coed (4).
Awards Ceremony & Results (on the stage near the food shelter):
The awards ceremony will be immediately following the youth races at 11 a.m.

Race Number Assignments on the Web

All pre-registered entrants will be posted at www.FitnessSports.com on the Thursday prior to the race.

Awards Ceremony and Results

The awards ceremony will be immediately following the youth races at 11:00 AM.

Door Prizes (during awards ceremony)
Bring a donation to the DMARC Food Pantry & be entered to win Special door prizes.  All participants will be eligible for other drawings.

Keep your race number, must be present to win.

Complete Web Results:
Full results will be posted on the web by 6:00 PM Saturday, November 19th at www.FitnessSports.com

Great Race for Great Causes

A Great Race for Some Great Causes:
The "Farm Race" raises funds for Living History Farms and more. Over the last 12 years, the race has given over $1,000,000 to the Living History Farms (a not-for-profit museum).
The race has also funded the Capital Striders endowment for scholarships to area senior cross country athletes; raised food/money for the Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry and donated to area age-group track & swimming teams, the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, the M.D.A., and area Fire Departments. Proceeds from the race help sponsor area races, purchase equipment and racing supplies used at road races and middle school/ high school XC meets.
ALL PROCEEDS go to non-profit entities.

Bring a non-perishable food item to donate and you will be eligible for the door prize drawing for 6 pairs of running shoes.

Door Prizes

Bring a donation to the DMARC Food Pantry & be entered to win 1 of 6 pairs of running shoes.
All participants are eligible for the many other drawings.
Door prize drawings will be prior to the awards ceremony.
Keep race number, must be present to win.

Special Instructions and Prohibitions

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS 
NO ALCOHOL, NO TOBACCO, NO WEAPONS
 NO unattended bags may be left on the property
For safety reasons  no dogs, no listening devices, no props like swords, lances, etc, no strollers on the course. Cell phones,  jewelry, car keys  etc. must be secured 
PLEASE secure your keys, phones & valuables! 

Common Questions

Will it be cold? Probably!

Will I get wet? Probably!

Will I get dirty? Probably!

Do I need gloves? Yes!

Exactly how far is it? 7 miles

Minimum age in 7 mile race - 12

Youth runs-FREE, no pre-registration

Parking-FREE

Photography

They will be taking pictures at various places on the course as well as the finish area.
Pictures will be posted by Jolesch Enterprise [http://www.bandgroupphotography.com/BOA/Index.html]

Parking

If you arrive after 8:00 AM, it may take 30 minutes to park. So arrive early, join the fun, check out thousands in costume and view the farm with clean shoes (soon to be muddy).

Car Pool and Get Here Early! Parking is very limited.

If you're coming from the North or East take an alternate exit. Leave Interstate 80/35 at the 86th St. exit. Take it south to Hickman Road, turn west (right) and you will enter the farm at the East Entrance, next to the Girl Scout Office. Police will direct traffic entering and leaving the grounds.

All buses and RVs should plan on coming in the east gate near the Girl Scout Office.

Hotels

Ask for the 'Off Road Race' at Living History Farms rate and save.

Hotel Renovo - newly renovated and on the L.H.F. grounds - 515-276-1126

The Sleep Inn - on the L.H.F.'s grounds, 877-233-0333

Super 8 about 1/2 mile south of farm, 515-226-0414 or 800-334-3277

Courtyard by Marriott, 1/2 mile south of farm, 515-225-1222.

Wildwood Lodge - about 1/2 mile south of Farm, 800-728-1223.

DAYS INN - about 1/2 mile south of Farm, 515-226-1600 .

Best Western Inn & Suites 1 mile south, across I-35, 515-221-2345

Sterling Hotel & Suites, about 1/2 mile south of Farm, shuttle to race. 515-223-7700

Country Inn & Suites 1 mile south, across I-35, 515-223-9254.

La Quinta Inn Clive 1 mile south, across I-35, 515-221-9200.

Valley West Inn, 1.5 mile south, 1 mile east on Westown Pkwy, WDM., 515-225-2524 or 800-833-6755.

Stoney Creek Inn, 1 mile north on I-35, 5291 Stoney Creek Ct. Johnston, IA. 515-334-9000

Hampton Inn West Des Moines, 2 miles south, & 1 mile west at 7060 Lake Drive, West Des Moines. 515-223-4700

Drury Inn & Suites, 3 .5 miles south at West Glen area nesr Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines. 515-457-9500.

Special "thank you" to

City of Urbandale and Living History Farms for making this race possible.

Questions?

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