Saturday, Sep 14, 2019
This Event Took Place Sat. Sep 14, 2019

Event Postponed

This event has been postponed from Sep 12, 2020 to Nov 14, 2020

Derecho - Event Rescheduled!

Due to the derecho storm the 6th annual PCTR has been rescheduled to Saturday, November 14th. Please see the event website for specific updates.

*Previous storm update:
Derecho: a line of intense, widespread, and fast-moving windstorms and sometimes thunderstorms that moves across a great distance and is characterized by damaging winds.

The impacts of the storm that hit on August 10th were pretty devastating to the trails at Pleasant Creek State Park.

Through close coordination with the DNR it's been determined that there is no possibility to hold the event as originally scheduled - the consideration for a postponed event is still being discussed but is dependent on many factors (FEMA/funding, contractor availability, weather, etc.).

Covid-19 Response Plan

Updated August 15th

We are grateful to hold the 6th annual Pleasant Creek Trail Run during these uncertain times. To make a safe and enjoyable environment we need everyone to please carefully read and follow the Covid rules/procedures for race weekend as outlined in the updated participant packet.

In general, the following should apply to all activity:
• Limit gathering size
• Promote and ensure proper physical distancing
• Promote and ensure proper hygiene and sanitization


6th Annual P.C.T.R (Pleasant Creek Trail Run) will take place Saturday, November 14th, 2020. There are 3 races; 15K, 30K, 45K. The 45K will start at 8:00am, the 30K at 8:15am and 15K at 8:30am (3 waves in the 15K as defined in the Covid-19 response plan). Come see what this beautiful park has to offer! Plus we want you to join us for a post race cookout and beverages beginning at ~10 (limited in 2020 in support of Covid-19 response plan)

Parking: follow instructions from volunteers - plenty of overflow parking available at the Pleasant Creek Beach parking lot - DO NOT park on grass you will get towed

Awards: Top three (3) Female/Male finishers in each distance will receive awards

In addition, the top three (3) Female/Male finishers in the following age groups will receive awards
29 & under
*** The top three finishers are not eligible for age group awards

Special awards will be provided to the fastest time in each distance for the following age divisions (male and female)
Under 18 ("young gun")
Over 64 ("veteran")

Capacity: 300 Runners

Cash prize payout (plus free registration to next year) to top male/female overall winners.
45k $100
30k $50
15k $25
Note: course records/payouts will not apply in 2020 if course is changed due to storm. It the same course, then break an event record in your distance/gender? $100 payout!
Run the fastest loop of the day in your gender (regardless of event/loop)? $50 payout!

Course Description

Note: final course will be posted in early November but changes are anticipated due to the storm impacts

P.C.T.R will be run on Pleasant Creek’s outer loop of the equestrian trail. The race will start near the playground park area north of of the beach parking lot.

All distances will run clockwise this year and will exit the trail at the same location you entered to return to the start / finish line for each loop. If your race distance is 1 lap, you will finish at the start/finish line at the end of lap 1. If your race distance is 2 or 3 laps, you will cross the turn around point where the race started, and return to the trail running your second / third laps in the same direction as your first lap.

The course consists primarily of dirt and grass trails with small water crossings possible. The course has rolling hills but has produced some fast times. Please no strollers or pets are allowed on the course.

All are welcome to the park and to stay for post race activities.

Registration Details

COVID-19 Updates (Aug 15th): the event is still on as planned - see the participant packet for changes due to the Covid-19 response plan

Register online at: Ultrasignup Pleasant Creek Trail Run. On line registration closes for all events Friday September 11th, 2020 at 8:00 P.M.

THERE IS NO DAY OF REGISTRATION! Note, timing chips are in the bib this year to support the Covid-19 response plan

Shirts can be purchased for $10 add-on and are only guaranteed for size through November 6th, 2020. Optional add-ons for 2020 include 1/4 zip long sleeve and hat options (samples to be posted on Facebook when available).

15K online registration:
$25 through June 30th
$35 through October 23rd
$40 through November 13th

30K online registration:
$35 through June 30th
$45 through October 23rd
$50 through November 13th

45K online registration:
$45 through June 30th
$55 through October 23rd
$60 through November 13th

****No bib transfers or refunds****

If you move down in distance there are no refunds. You can increase your distance at any time prior to race day (on-line or through UltraSignUp).

****In the rare chance that we’re unable to hold the event at all within that time frame, we’ll do the very best to provide as much of a refund as possible to participants that want one. This is a small grassroots event and with there being money already spent on race day costs, there is only so much we’ll be able to do. We hope you understand and will register early to help us put on a great event

Packet Pickup

Tentatively: Friday November 13th 5-8 P.M. at: Iowa Brewing Company located at 708 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids IA.

Pick up your race gear and stay for some local craft brew.

Race day packet pickup is available from 6:30 - 7:30 AM at the start/finish area.
Note: NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION - You can register on-line or at packet pickup until 8:00pm on Friday the 13th.


Please patronize these businesses who support this trail run.
Iowa Brewing Company
Nerdwood by Aaron
Iowa Running Company
We Run
Culligan Water
Palo Savings Bank
SOKO Outfitters
Cedar River Garden Center

Local time: 1:07 AM


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