Come join the MoS crew for 4mi, 7mi and half marathon distances on some of eastern Iowa's best and most challenging trails! The routes through Mines of Spain will challenge you with their difficulty and inspire you with their beauty as they climb the bluffs for views of the Mississippi, make their way through tall grass prairies and weave through dense hardwood forests.
The terrain is a diverse mix of dirt single and double track and wide prairie grass trails. There are some rocky, technical sections of trail as well as a few steep climbs but much of the course is smooth and runnable with just rolling hills to contend with.
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In keeping with the beauty of the natural environment, the races will be as environmentally-friendly and sustainable as possible with local food and beer along with cup free racing and a zero waste approach from pre race to post race.
Profits will be returned to the Friends of the Mines of Spain to help maintain the trails.
Who? You and like-minded runners who love sharing beautiful trails.
What? 4mi, 7mi and half marathon distance races.
We will also again be hosting a free Mini-Mines Trail Race for kiddos ages 12 and under Friday evening during packet pickup. The Mini-Mines race will start at 6:30pm and there is no pre-registration required. We just ask that you show up early by 6:15pm Friday night to sign your little runners in.
When? Packet pickup - Friday (8/10) from 5PM-7PM and pre-race Saturday (8/11) from 6:30AM-7:15AM.
Races - Saturday (8/11) starting at 7:30AM.
Where? EB Lyons Nature Center. Map: EB Lyons - Mines of Spain
Why? Because running on trails is awesome!
Runners are encouraged to carpool or ride their bike as parking is limited and we want to limit our impact. Water and Tailwind Nutrition drink (excellent source of calories and nutrition) will be provided on the course along with some basic sweet/salty snack foods. All runners are strongly encouraged to bring a handheld water bottle or hydration pack as we are a cup free race and there will be no disposable cups provided on course.
We want to be as sustainable as possible while keeping our registration fees as low as possible and providing the highest value to runners so we make shirts optional. We will have a custom short sleeve race shirt available as a $10 add on to registration for this year's event. It will be a great fitting, soft cotton/poly blend for casual and everyday wear. All registered runners get a beautiful, challenging and well marked course along with a fun post-race that includes door prizes, free local craft beer and delicious hot food from a local vendor!
4mi/7mi - $20 registration (no shirt)
Half marathon - $30 registration (no shirt)
No paper form and no morning of registration. Online registration only.
Online registration available until midnight on the night of August 8th
Cap of 250 racers (combined for all distances)
We hit initial capacity in about 3 hours last year and will more than likely be in a similar situation this year. When that happens, runners should continue to register through Ultra Signup if they'd like to be added to the wait list. Runners will be added to the event as spots become available in the order they joined the wait list. They will be notified via email of their selection.
If the race fills and pre-registered runners later realize they're unable to participate, please let us know ASAP via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Mines of Spain Trail Races Facebook to open up spots for those on the wait list. A full deferral to next year's race is available to any runner who lets the race knew in writing that he or she is unable to attend this year's event AND receives written confirmation of the deferral from the race. Please note, the deferral is good for ONE year only. The deadline for the deferral option is Wednesday, July 11th. All deferrals will be notified of early registration opening up (early March of the following year) via the email address used to register this year. Deferrals will have the week of early registration to redeem their deferred entry which will expire when general registration opens at the end of that week.
Switching distances is allowed up until and at Friday night's packet pickup and can be done by the runner ahead of time by logging into their UltraSignup account. There are no refunds for switching to a shorter distance and the participants must pay the difference in price if switching to the half marathon from a shorter distance. No distance switching is allowed the morning of the race
***No bib transfers or refunds***
Overall Male and Female winner for each distance
Top finisher for each age group in the 4mi and 7mi races and top 3 finishers in each age group for the half marathon.
19 and Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49 and 50+
Please see Facebook or the Website for additional race information or contact email@example.com with any additional questions
Local time: 7:29 AM