Saturday, Aug 12, 2017

Mines of Spain Trail Races

Dubuque, IA 1/2 Marathon, 7 Miler, 4 Miler

This Event Took Place Sat. Aug 12, 2017


The race filled up less than 3 hours after registration opened back in March!
First off, holy smokes! We can't thank you awesome trail runners enough for your continued love and support for our little trail running event!
Entries for the waitlist have steadily poured in since we hit capacity and we are now well over the number we expect spots to open for. We want waitlisted runners to have a realistic idea if they have a chance of getting in the race so we have decided to cap the list at 75 total spots. Once we hit 75, we will close the waitlist to further entries. For every registered runner that chooses to defer their entry to next year by the July 12th deferral deadline, we are able to open up a spot on the waitlist in the order signed up. Invited runners off the waitlist then have one week to either accept or decline their Invite or else it gets passed on to the next runner on the list. Once we hit July 29th (2 weeks out from race day, runners will only have 3 days to decide.) While there's no way to know for certain how many spots will open, if you got on the waitlist within the first week, we'd venture to say your chances are pretty high of getting a spot as we count down the months to August 12th.


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. 99% of the course will be on trails so if you love trails these are the races for you.
Course GPS Activities/Maps:
Half marathon
7 mile
4 mile

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.
When? August 12, 2017 with races starting at 7:30AM.
Packet pickup will be held Friday night (Aug. 11th) from 5PM-7PM at the EB Lyons Center.
Saturday morning (Aug. 12th) packet pickup and check-in will be from 6:30AM-7:15AM.
We will also again be hosting a free Mini-Mines Trail Race for kiddos ages 12 and under. The Mini Mines race will start at 6:30pm and there is no pre-registration required for the kids' race. We just ask that you indicate on your registration or contact us prior to race weekend and let us know how many young trail runners you'll be bringing and their ages.
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 food but there will be no gel packets provided as in past years so please plan accordingly. 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.

Registration Details

Swag is optional again this year. We want to be as sustainable as possible while keeping our registration fees as low as possible and providing the highest value to you, the runner. We will have a custom short sleeve race shirt available as a $10 add on to registration for this year's event. It is a great fitting, soft organic cotton/recycled poly blend. If you remember our shirts from 2014, it will be similar to those! 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 swag)
Half marathon - $30 registration (no swag)

No paper form and no morning of registration. Online registration only.
Online registration available until midnight on the night of August 10th

Cap of 250 racers (combined for all distances)
We sold out in less than 36 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 (contact link at the top right) 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. Please note, the deferral is good for ONE year only. The deadline for the deferral option is Wednesday, July 12th. 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 with any additional questions

Local time: 1:35 PM


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