Living History Farms Race

Saturday, November 11, 2023 in Urbandale, IA at Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Rd (Interstate 35/80 & Hickman)

  • Race Registration at 9:00 AM
    Must be at least 14 years old on race day.

    » $50.00 Registration (through 10/22 at 11:59 PM US/Central)
    » $55.00 Late Registration (10/22 at 11:59 PM US/Central through 11/10 at 11:59 PM US/Central)
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Need more cowbell? We GOT more cowbell!

And not just cowbell—we have actual cows! Immerse yourself in rural Iowa landscapes and run just over 5 miles through 300 years of history. You’ll splash through streams, plow through fields, and enjoy post-race treats from the Machine Shed. This cross-country course starts and ends in the 1876 town of Walnut Hill and runs through our three historic farm sites. More and tougher creek crossings this year! Awards given for overall winners, age division winners, and best costumes. Must be 14 to register.

Race Day Schedule

8:15 a.m. — Doors open
8:30 a.m. — Costume judging
9 a.m. — Race begins
10 a.m. — Kids' race
10:30 a.m. — Awards

Packet Pickup

Thursday, November 9 — 3-6 p.m., Fleet Feet, 521 E. Locust, Des Moines
Friday, November 10 — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman, Urbandale

Chip Timing

Runners must wear a bib/chip number provided by the race. Only registered athletes and authorized volunteers allowed on the course.

Race Shirt

100% recycled fabric long-sleeve t-shirt for all race participants. Available in sizes XS to 3XL. (Size not guaranteed for late registrants.)

Entry Fees

  • $45 early registration (through 9/1)
  • $50 registration (9/2-10/22)
  • $55 late registration (10/23-11/10)

No race day registration

10% discount for runners returning from 2022 — watch your email for a discount code!


Runners and spectators should enter the Living History Farms grounds from Hickman Road. Paved parking is available to the south and east of the Visitor Center. Overflow parking is available on the lawn south of the paved lots. Please note there will be no public access through the Douglas gate on race day.


Help at packet pickup, at the start/finish line, or out on the course. Volunteers receive a free race hat.

Do you know someone who would like to Volunteer?
Please share this Volunteer link.


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

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