Low-key race on beautiful, groomed trails (General Comments)|
ollie nanyes from Peoria, IL (5/7/05)
11-50 previous marathons
| 2 Iowa Trail Marathons
This race features a half marathon, marathon and 50K. I've done the 50K in 2002 and 2004.
The course consists of several 4.45 mile loops through a country park over groomed trails, grass and tiny bits of asphalt. The course is rolling with one good, stiff climb per loop. The course is mostly shaded and has two aid stations (start/finish, and midway through the loop).
The race take place about 1 mile outside of a town that has motels; tent camping (with water and a communal shower/bathroom) is also available (I did that in 2004).
The race directors and fellow runners are friendly; I can recommend this race highly.
One unusual feature is that one gets one shirt for signing up and another one for finishing.