Loop the Lake 8km Run - 2019

in United States at Gray's Lake Park- SouthEast Corner

Online registration for this event is closed. Packet Pick-Up and Race Day Registration: Friday, April 5 or Saturday, April 6 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. Heartland Soles Race Day Reg. Tent at Gray's Lake 5525 Merle Hay Road, #130 Late Registration is $40 ($35 for Striders members) Johnston IA 50131 Packet pick-up will be available on race day, from 8:00 to 9:15 a.m., but participants are encouraged to pick up their packets on Friday evening. Race Day No parking at Gray's Lake. Take Fleur Drive to Bell Ave. /Thomas Beck Rd. You will see signs at the corner Directing you East to Parking. There will be a large parking lot for Participant use on the North side of Thomas Beck Rd. Look for a Loop the Lake Race day parking Sign. At 8 A.M parking attendants will be on hand to direct you in. From there it's a short walk to the Start line.

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About The Event

Join us this year for the 19th Annual Capital Striders Loop the Lake 8km Run and Little Lakers Fun Run. This run marks the unofficial start of the racing season and is a must-do event for runners of all skill levels.

The flat and fast certified 8K race is run on a twelve foot wide (in most sections), relatively flat asphalt trail. Start time is 9:30 AM, making 2+ laps around Gray's Lake Park in Des Moines. Free parking is provided on the North side of Thomas Beck Dr. At 1901 Bell Avenue (CDS Global)

  • Awards to be given at the finishing area
  • Black Brooks Tech fabric race shirt
  • Little Lakers Fun Run moved to the finishing area of the 8km run
  • Free professional photographs from our friends at Panfoto.us

Because the Capital Striders is a not for profit organization, we believe in "running it forward". Proceeds go back into the local running community, whether that be through education, scholarships, or trail and route enhancement by adding water fountains. Free weekly group training runs help runners gain confidence through speed and distance training and because Striders runners are so darned nice, all abilities are encouraged to join us. You're sure to get some great free advice from your fellow Striders.

Distances and ages for the Little Lakers Kids' Run:
- 50 meter run: ages 0 - 2
- 100 meter run: ages 3 - 4
- 200 meter run: ages 5 - 8
- 400 meter run: ages 9 - 12

Packet Pick-Up

5:00 - 7:00 PM Friday, April 5
At Fleet Feet Sports
521 E Locust st.
Des Moines, IA 50309

8:00 - 9:15 AM Saturday, April 6
Gray's Lake Park, SE corner

Perks and Awards

Gift cards will be given to overall 1st $75, 2nd $50, 3rd $25 &1st Masters $75 & 1st Senior Master $75; plus medals to the top 3 places in 5-year age groups through age 70+, male and female.

Only one award per person.

Winners may claim prizes at the finishing area of the 8km run

Participants Receive:

  • Post Race Refreshments at the Rear side of Confluence for all participants!
  • 1 pint of craft beer at Confluence With your registration!
  • Custom Striders and Confluence pint
  • Black brooks Tech Fabric race shirt

Want to join the Capital Striders club?

To Join and for all Capital Striders information, visit our club website here:


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

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