Saturday, Oct 21, 2023 @ 9:00 AM

Geode Challenge Races

3333 Racine Ave

Danville, IA 25K, 12K, 5K

This Event Took Place Sat. Oct 21, 2023

Trail Race Details:

Fall is finally right around the corner which means the Geode Challenge Races are ready for you!! This event is put on annually to raise funds for the Friends of Geode who are working on many projects at the Park, including our first project of renovations to the Beach Concession House. This current project is well underway as improvements continue, thanks to all of your support! Be sure to keep watching for future events at the State Park as we're striving to bring families in for fun and adventures!

The Friends of Geode would like to thank the Danville Lions Club for continuing to sponsor our annual event! We couldn't do this without you!

This is our 5th year having these trail races for you all to enjoy whether you're running or walking!

The 5k (3.1 miles) takes you from the beach area to Shelter 1 and back to the beach.

The 12k (7.75 miles) takes you on the perimeter loop trail, starting at the beach area going in the opposite direction as the 5k and looping around back to the beach.

**NEW THIS YEAR** We're offering you a double loop option for a 25k (15.5 miles) to give you an extra challenge.

Dogs are allowed to run with you! Keep their leash safe from tripping other runners and be respectful!

This year the course will utilize the building at Shelter 4, so make sure you're following all the flags, ribbons and course signs to keep you from getting lost. We mark the course very well with those items, just be sure to watch for them!

There will be water at the Start/Finish area for everyone who finishes the race and for those running the 25k so they can refill their bottles or hydration vests.

Shelters 1 and 4 will have both water and a few light snacks to help keep you hydrated and energized while running.

Online registration here on UltrasignUp will close on Oct 17th. You may still register in person on the morning of the race, by CASH or CHECK only. Cost goes up by $5 for each distance on race day.

Packet pick-up will be Friday Oct 20th from 5-7pm at the State Park at the beach shelter, same location as the start/finish line. Race day registration and packet pick-up will be from 7:30-8:45am, Saturday, Oct 21st. Races will begin after the announcements at 9am.

T-shirts are offered during registration. Due to the short timing this year, t-shirts are being ordered in advance and we're offering sizes S-XL only. Sizes are guaranteed by order of registration and availability. If you register on race day, you can choose your size based on remaining availability. We will update the last day to register online with a t-shirt once we hear back from the printers.

The Geode State Park trails have everything trail enthusiasts crave! Dirt trails, single track, wide track, sections with large rock, small gravel, road mix, sand, mowed grass, road sections, plenty of hills, a creek crossing and around 800 ft of vertical elevation on the perimeter loop! Double that for the 25k!

More Details

Last year the perimeter loop course record for males was set by Sam Morehead on the single loop with a finish time of 52:49, and for females it was set by Sierra Howardson with a finish time of 1:10:39. This year the Friends of Geode will award the single winner who beats those course records - $100, for both the male and female! If 2022's course records are not beat this year, no prize money will be awarded.

Also this year with the introduction of the 25k distance, the Friends of Geode will award the first place overall male and female finishers of the double loop $100 prize money, setting the course record for this new 25k event.

All finishers will receive a geode to take home with them as a thank you for running our race! We will have very special, handmade award plaques this year to be given to the first place male and female from each of the 3 running distances. We will also have a special plaque for the first place overall winner from each race distance that runs with their dog.
**They will not qualify for the first place male/female plaque if running with a dog. But they will qualify for the TOP DOG plaque if coming in first place on the 5k, 12k and 25k.**

The geodes are found locally by one of our Friends of Geode's members. The first place award plaques are very special and unique! They're wood plaques with a geode mounted on the front. They are hand cut from an eastern red cedar, from a location very close to Geode State Park, wood burned by a family member of a Friends of Geode board member and the mounted geodes and finishing touches are done by the same board member. We feel these plaques are a treasure to hold onto and we think you're all going to LOVE them! Come on out and compete for one of these plaques!

Plaques will go to:

1st place male
1st place female

1st place male
1st place female

1st place male (also $100 prize to set course record)
1st place female (also $100 prize to set course record)

1st place overall 5K
1st place overall 12K
1st place overall 25K

There are no cash prizes for those running with their dogs!

Be sure to watch our Facebook page for all updates and if you have any questions!

Event's current local time: 4:57 AM CT


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