Living History Farms Off-Road Races

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

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Largest Cross-Country Race in North America

You will be challenged by the world's richest farm land as you wade through creeks, avoid farm animals and claw your way to the top of gullies with over 7,500 (limit) other runners of questionable senses. It's a great way to end the racing season and experience running stories to relive throughout the winter.

Stay for the "outdoors in November" post race refreshments, door prizes and awards ceremony.

The 30th Living History Farms race celebrates your running with NEW! chip timing, NEW! finisher medallion, NEW! youth runs, NEW! VIP packet pick-up and other surprises.

Event Information

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

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

If you arrive after 8 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).

NEW! VIP package - a great donation to Living History Farms:
Donate $100 tax deductible to LHF in addition to your entry fee and receive a special LHF Race limited edition Stadium Blanket, Farm Pottery and guaranteed shirt size "whenever you arrive". You will also be allowed to start the race in the front area.

Race Packets & Late Registration at Living History Farms:
Friday November 21, 4:30 - 8:30 PM.
Saturday November 22, 7:30 - 8:30 AM, shirt size not guaranteed

NO Race-Day registration, Saturday November 22!!!

NEW! Chip Timing:
All runners must wear a chip provided by the race, no chip - no time. The start will be narrowed to insure an accurate chip time and spread runners out to provide a safe and speedy race.

Race Shirt:
All 7-mile entrants receive a long sleeve Adidas running shirt. Logo designed by Jason Lehmkuhle, one of American's top male runners and 5th place finisher at 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials running a 2:12. Shirt size not guaranteed race day.

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

Early Registration:
$30: Through Wednesday, November 12th, 2008.
Capital Strider members $25.
No US Mail registration after November 12th.

Late Registration:
$40: November 13th -19th, 2008.

Registration at Packet Pickup:
$50: Fri. Nov. 21st, 2008, at packet pickup.

NO race day registration!

You may add $100 to your entry fee for VIP treatment and a wonderful donation to Living History Farms (tax deductible).

NEW! Youth Races - Free (11 yrs. and under) start at 10:45 AM near the awards stage:
Free entry registration and optional t-shirt purchase for $5 at Friday packet pickup or at the start of the youth races Saturday.

The races will have distances of 50-100 yards for ages 1-5; quarter mile for ages 6-8 and half mile for ages 9-11. All youth will receive finisher's ribbons. This will be true cross country running for younger runners.

NEW! 7-Mile Medals to all Finishers:
All finishers will be awarded beautiful 30th year Living History Farms medals to remember this special day in November at America's #1 Farm.

Awards Ceremony & Results

Located on the stage near the food shelter. The awards ceremony will be immediately following the youth races at 11:00 AM.

Door Prizes (prior to the awards ceremony) for participants who bring a donation to the DMARC Food Pantry for six pairs of Adidas running shoes. All the participants will be eligible for other drawings. Keep your race number, must be present to win.

7 Mile Awards (chip timed)

Special award to the top male and female finisher (also included in age awards).

Age Categories

  • 12 to 14: 2 Men, 2 Women
  • 15 to 18: 5 Men, 5 Women
  • 19 to 24: 5 Men, 5 Women
  • 25 to 29: 5 Men, 5 Women
  • 30 to 34: 5 Men, 5 Women
  • 35 to 39: 5 Men, 5 Women
  • 40 to 44: 5 Men, 4 Women
  • 45 to 49: 5 Men, 3 Women
  • 50 to 54: 5 Men, 3 Women
  • 55 to 59: 3 Men, 2 Women
  • 60 to 64: 3 Men, 2 Women
  • 65 to 69: 2 Men, 1 Woman
  • 70 & up: 2 Men, 1 Woman

First Place - Turkey, 2nd - Duck, 3rd - 5th Chickens. Also special Farm Pottery for 1st through 5th. Poultry awards not claimed on race day will be donated to area charities.

7-Mile Team Awards (chip timed)

Team competition is for the 7 Mile race only. Teams must consist of at least 3 individuals. The top three members score, (in Coed division four, two members of each sex) on a total time basis.

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: 4 Men, 4 Women
  • Open (ages 19 to 39): 4 Men, 4 Women
  • Masters (40 up): 2 Men, 2 Women
  • Open Coed: 4 Places

Race Number Assignments on the Web

A complete list of all pre-registered entrants will be posted at on Thursday, November 20th, 2008.

Race Results and Nearby Hotels

Full results will be posted on the web by 6 PM Saturday, November 22nd at

Nearby Hotels:
Ask for the "Farm Race Rate" and save. Hotels listed on the web site at

Car Pooling and Event Photography

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. Listen to KGGO-FM 95 for last-minute updates. 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.

Photography by Jolesch Photography:
They will be taking pictures at various places on the course as well as the finish area. Pictures will be posted at by November 29, 2008.

A Great Race for Some Great Causes

The "Farm Race" raises funds for Living History Farms and more. Over the last 10 years, the race has given $240,000 to the Living History Farms (a not-for-profit museum). The race has funded the Capital Striders endowment for scholarships to area senior cross country athletes; raised food/money for the DMARC 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.

Special Instructions and Prohibitions

Because of the chance of injury or loss - no dogs, cell phones, listening devices, jewelry, car keys or props like swords, lances, etc. may be taken on the course.

A Special Thank You to...

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

Questions that are easily answered

Will it be cold? Probably!
Will I get wet? Probably!
Will I get dirty? Probably!
Do I need gloves? Yes!

Other questions, please contact us at:

ph: 800.529.7684

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