The Water Works Park venue is forecasted to flood later this week.
The race venue has now changed to Jester Park.


Above + Beyond Adventure Tri

in United States at Water Works Park

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  • 2 Person Team
    Both athletes must be 18 or older.

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  • Youth Team
    One athlete age 10-17 and one adult.
    One wave at 8:30 AM.

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  • Corporate Challenge - 2 Person Team
    Your Corporate Challenge registration includes a Marmot vest for both team members. Your corporate challenge registration is tax deductible (you will receive a receipt from Above + Beyond Cancer following registration).

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  • WITHDRAWN

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Experience The Adventure

Please join us for the 4th annual DSM Adventure race, which is now the Above + Beyond Adventure Tri. The race takes place at Water Works Park, in heart of downtown Des Moines. This year Adult and Youth Teams will be competing on October 14th. Their challenge is the Above + Beyond Adventure Tri, consisting of three events: canoeing, road cycling, and trail running. The event benefits Above + Beyond Cancer, a public charity with a mission to elevate the lives of those touched by cancer, and to create a healthier world. The Above + Beyond Adventure Tri is among the longest races that takes place inside of a single park within the United States. We hope to see you in the race or cheering on the athletes!

Event Details

Adult
1. CANOE
Teams will begin the race with a 2 mile paddle downstream. Aluminum canoes will be available for teams to use. Life jackets must be worn at all times during the canoe section of the race.
2. ROAD BIKE
Competitors will ride their own road bikes 9 miles through the inner roads of Water Works Park in the final leg of the DSM Adventure Race. The hourglass shaped route will be ridden for 2 laps.
3. TRAIL RUN
Competitors will complete a 3 mile run. The trail follows a mixture of equestrian trails, bike path, and walking paths. The route crosses the Bill Riley Trail Bridge and returns to cross it again to finish the trail running section.

Youth
1. CANOE
Teams will begin the race with a 2 mile paddle. There will be aluminum canoes available for teams to use. Life jackets must be worn at all times during the canoe section of the race.
2. ROAD BIKE
Competitors will ride their own road bikes 5 miles through the inner roads of Water Works Park.
3. TRAIL RUN
Competitors will complete a 1.75 mile run. The trail follows a mixture of equestrian trails, bike path, and walking paths.

Course Information

02 MILES CANOEING
The Adventure Tri begins at 8:30AM in the fast moving water of the Raccoon River, at the west end of Waterworks Park. Entering from the bank, each team will paddle their canoe (canoes,paddle,& PDF's are provided) two miles downstream towards the Bill Riley Trail Bridge.
Navigating tricky sandbars and swift currents while avoiding snags and capsizes, a total of 6 bends await each team. After passing under the rustic pedestrian bridge, the take-out point is only a slight bend away. Paddlers will pull out sharply onto the south bank (right side), and begin the second section of the race.

09 MILES ROAD CYCLING
The second leg of the Adventure Tri will be completed on smoothly paved roads. Competitors will race road bikes around the inside of the western half of Water Works Park, following along the Raccoon River before looping through the broad green fields and wooded sections of the public park.

03 MILES TRAIL RUNNING
Once a team completes the bike leg of the adventure tri, they will begin the trail running portion of the race. Their route begins by backtracking along the south bank of the Raccoon River along Grays Lake Drive. A sharp right brings the runners across the Bill Riley Trail Bridge.
Another right turn after crossing over the footbridge leads them onto the equestrian trails.A total of three miles of scenic, wooded trail running awaits each competitor. This section concludes once the route loops back across the bridge where runners will then make their way to the finish line.

FAQ

Q: How does the "team aspect" work?
A: Teammates must stick together! Teams must start and finish each transition together. Teammates must stay within 100' of each other. Teammates should work together to push one another for the best time possible. Teams will officially 'finish' the race once both competitors have crossed the finish line.

Q: Can teams bring their own canoe?
A: Aluminum canoes will be provided, courtesy of Argo Adventures.

Q: How long will this thing take?
A: As long as you make it! Depending on your abilities, this race can last anywhere between 2-4 hours!

Q: Where is my money going?
A: Good question, glad you asked! Proceeds from DSM Adventure Race go to Above + Beyond Cancer, a Des Moines based non-profit devoted to inspiring healthy living while leading cancer survivors on incredible adventures. It's an incredible organization, really, we encourage you to check them out!

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