Sunday, Jul 7, 2019

Whiterock Ultra

1314 Fig Avenue

Coon Rapids, IA 50 Miler, 50K

This Event Took Place Sun. Jul 7, 2019


[052720] Whiterock Ultra Update

Based on recent developments and guidance from the state we will be able to move forward with our race, in-person, as planned on July 12!

Since our last update campgrounds have reopened, and the state has begun an initial, phased reopening of businesses and other amenities. In yesterday’s press conference Gov. Reynolds said that “effective June 1, social, community and recreational, leisure and sports gatherings of more than 10 people will be permitted again. Groups and individuals attending must maintain 6 feet social distancing.”

In addition to adhering to the state’s reopening guidelines, we will continue to monitor COVID-19 data and adapt our race-day strategy accordingly. As we’ve said since day one, the safety of our runners, volunteers and communities remains our primary concern. (Details at the bottom of this message).

We are excited! And we have been preparing. We have designed the awards (more info will be shared soon) and have purchased the majority of our race-day essentials.

Going forward we plan to provide weekly updates on the status of the race and additional details related to how we plan to safely host our event.

We are also updating our athlete guide that should address many of the tactical questions you may still have and will release that soon.

In light of all of this, if you plan to join us for the 50K or 50-mile races on July 12, please register soon on Ultrasignup. Race entries will be capped at 50 per race to ensure the safety of our runners and volunteers.

We thank you for hanging in there with us during these uncertain times and we look forward to bringing you an AMAZING race this July!

Stay safe and keep training!

Michael & Greg

*Please note that the following rules may be put in place to ensure the safety of this year's participants and volunteers:

--Athletes will start with time trial starting to help spread out athletes.

--Additional areas to clean hands with hand sanitizer will be available.

--Athlete support will be allowed at our Start/Finish line aid station (always permitted) and at the pond aid station (previously not permitted).

--Athletes will be given a buff and they will be required to cover their mouths when interacting with volunteers.

--Volunteers will be given gloves, buffs and additional face coverings and will be required to wear them when interacting with athletes.

--All food will be served single-serving style. No bowls of food.

--Volunteers will be a lot less "hands on" (may not be able to fill water bottles or wrap feet). While this may appear as less friendly, it is to protect our volunteers and our runners.
--Pre-race temperature check

--Athletes will be expected to sign an updated liability waiver that includes adhering to our policies regarding our precautionary health measures.


Join us on Sunday, July 12 at the Whiterock Conservancy in Coon Rapids, Iowa, for the second running of the Whiterock Ultra! All race-day activities will be held on the trails of the scenic and sprawling Whiterock Conservancy.


Whiterock is a 5,500-acre nonprofit land trust nestled along seven miles of the Middle Raccoon River Valley. This hidden gem in central Iowa has 35 miles of scenic trails and balances sustainable agriculture, natural resource protection and public recreation on the landscape.

Our goal is to raise visibility for the beauty and accessibility of Whiterock and to support its conservancy efforts.
**Proceeds from this race will be donated back to Whiterock Conservancy.**


The athlete guide will be available about a week before the race.


50K: The 50K race will start on Sunday, July 12, at 7 a.m. The course consists of three loops: a RED loop, WHITE loop and BLUE loop (loop descriptions below). The loops are run in a different order than 2019. Cutoff time for the 50K: 5 p.m. (10 hours). The 50k course has approximately 3,000 feet of climb.

50 Mile: The 50-mile race will start 7 hours earlier on Sunday, July 12 … at 12:01 a.m., midnight! The 50-mile consists of two RED Loops, two WHITE loops, and one BLUE loop. Cutoff time for the 50 mile: 5 p.m. (17 hours). Similar to the 50k, the order of the loops is different than in 2019. The 50 mile course has approximately 5,000 feet of climb.

**NOTE: There will two full aid stations that runners will pass through every 7-8 miles. See below for turn-by-turn descriptions of each loop.


Whiterock Ultra is about an hour from Des Moines, and 1.5 hours from Omaha, making it easily accessible for runners looking for a scenic race with an easy drive to and from.

Whiterock Conservancy
1314 Fig Avenue
Coon Rapids, IA 50058

From Des Moines: From the I35/I80, take exit 127 for Highway 141. Take 141 North until you reach Fig Ave [ N56]. Turn left (south) on Fig Ave [N56] for two miles until you come to a bridge. Turn left (east) into the River Campground (start/finish) just before the bridge.

From I80 East: Take exit 60 onto US 71 N in Pymosa. Turn right onto US-71 N for 12.7 miles to IA 44 East. Turn right onto IA 44 East for 9.4 miles to Chestnut Road. Turn left (north) onto Chestnut Road for 13.8 miles and continue onto State Highway 73 for a little over 1 mile to IA-141 East. Turn right onto IA-141 E and follow signs for Whiterock Conservancy and the River Campground (start/finish).

From I80 West: Take exit 60 onto US 71 N in Pymosa. Turn left onto US-71 N for 12.7 miles to IA 44 East. Turn right onto IA 44 East for 9.4 miles to Chestnut Road. Turn left (north) onto Chestnut Road for 13.8 miles and continue onto State Highway 73 for a little over 1 mile to IA-141 East. Turn right onto IA-141 E and follow signs for Whiterock Conservancy and the River Campground (start/finish).


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Custom awards to the top 3 finishers (male & female) for the 50K and 50 mile. All finishers will receive a unique award.


We are working hard to deliver a great race experience this summer in central Iowa -- and much of the work is still in progress! Be sure to check back to this page or "watch" the event for updates and announcements


Whiterock offers a variety of overnight accommodations. There are cabins for rent, two bed and breakfasts within 15 minutes drive or you can camp for a small fee onsite at the race start/finish line! Consider staying for the weekend to enjoy the park and spend time with your running friends.

Additional lodging is available 25 miles away. Restaurants are nearby about 8 miles away.


Hammer Nutrition


Packet Pickup will be available at least two hours before each race near the River Campground at the Dance Barn. There will also be packet pickup Friday evening at Fitness Sports.(8810 Swanson Blvd, Clive, IA)


The most detailed map is the one that's on the homepage of the Whiterock Conservancy website. Please reference that while reviewing the loop descriptions.


Red Loop (7.6 miles)


  • From the Start/Finish at the River House Barn, head south and cross Fig Ave into the River Campground and head EAST and connect with Main Loop trail

  • The main loop trail will turn and head north up a hill. Turn RIGHT (EAST) onto Bluebell Trail (single track/equestrian/pea gravel), stay on Bluebell until it intersects again with Eastern Spur/Main Loop Trail

  • Take a RIGHT(East) on Eastern Spur/Main Loop, then turn LEFT (North) onto White Oak Trail. Stay on White Oak Trail until it intersects with Eastern Spur/Main Loop Trail.

  • Follow Eastern Spur and Stay RIGHT (West) on Main Loop Trail

  • Follow Main Loop Trail into Oak Ridge Campground.  Water is available here. The trail will go through the campground to 125th St

  • Turn left (West) on 125th St.  Follow 125th St until it comes to a T intersection with Fig Ave.  Continue Straight on Main Loop Trail.

  • Follow Main Loop Trail until Red Rock Climb.  Turn left (South West) on Red Rock Climb.

  • Follow Red Rock climb to  Bobcat Trail. Turn Left (South) on Bobcat Trail.  

  • Follow Bobcat trail to Red Rock Spur.  Turn Left (South) on Red Rock Spur and head back to River House Barn for AID.


White Loop (11.6 Miles)


  • Leave the River House Barn aid station, turn right (West) on Fig Ave over bridge, turn left (South) and connect with Shooting Star Trail

  • Follow Shooting Star trail and turn Right (South) on to Big Dipper Trail

  • Turn Right  (South West) on Little Dipper Loop to head to Star Field campground.

  • Little Dipper trail will enter into Star Field campground. Water is available here.   Signs will be posted to continue East to rejoin Little Dipper Trail.

  • Continue on little dipper and veer right (NE) onto Big Dipper Trail. Stay on Big Dipper until you reconnect with Shooting Star Trail.

  • Turn Right (North) to stay on Shooting Star Trail. Exit Shooting Star trail on to Fig Ave. Runners have the option to stop at River House Barn for AID 300 feet to the East.

  • Exit River House Barn South and turn right (SW) to Fig Ave. Head SW on Fig Ave over bridge. Turn Right (NW) onto Riverside Trail

  • Stay on Riverside Trail until it connects with Long Creek Trail.

  • Turn left (WEST) onto Long Creek Trail; stay on Long Creek Trail until it connects with the 805 spur.

  • Turn right (South) down 805 Spur, past 805 River cabin and reconnect with Riverside Trail.

  • Continue south on Riverside Trail until you return to River House Barn



Blue Loop (11.9 Miles)


  • From the start/finish at the River House Barn, head north up the Red Rock Spur until Redrock Climb

  • Turn right (East) on to Redrock Climb.  Follow Redrock Climb to Main Loop Trail.

  • Turn Left (North) on to Main loop Trail.  Follow main loop trail to End Ln.

  • Turn right (North) on to End Ln (Gravel road).  Follow End Ln to Main Loop Trial.

  • Turn Left (West) then a quick right (North) to get back on to Main Loop Trail.  Follow main loop to Steve Garst Trail.

  • Turn right (North) on to Steve Garst Trail.  Follow Steve Garst Trail into Coon Rapids.

  • Follow Steve Garst Trail until it ends/runs into Main Street. Turn Left (West) on Main Street.  Follow Main Street until 5th Ave.

  • Turn Left (South) on to 5th Ave.  Follow 5th Ave until the Coon Rapids Golf Association and Town Loop Trail.  Follow Town Loop trail under Highway 141

  • Follow Main Loop Trail to Garst Family Lake - AID STATION.  Continue Straight (South) to go around Garst Family Lake and go up Completely Unnecessary Hill.

  • Follow Lake Loop until it comes to Garst Family Farm Rd.  Turn Left (North) on Garst Family Farm Rd.

  • Continue on Garst Family Farm Rd and then take two quick right turns (South).

  • Follow Town Loop Trail.  Stay on Town loop trail (Right) and head south back to Main Loop Trail.  

  • Connect with main Loop Trail and continue south.  Make a quick right (West) on to Sunrise Trail.

  • Follow Sunrise Trail until it connects to Main Loop Trail.

  • Turn Right (South) on to Main Loop Trail. Follow Main loop trail until 805 Spur.  

  • At 805 Spur, there are three possible routes; Left, straight and right.  Continue straight(South East) on the trail that may not necessarily look like a trail.  This is the Main Loop Trail.

  • Follow the Main Loop Trail to Prairie Spur.  Turn Left (East) to stay on Main Loop Trail. Follow main Loop Trail to Fig Ave.

  • Turn right (East) on to Fig Ave back to River Farm House for FINISH!!!

Local time: 9:16 AM


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