General registration for the 8th annual Mines of Spain Trail Races will open Friday March 6th at 12pm (noon)!
We generally sell out within minutes. If you miss the initial sign-up, please immediately register like normal to be registered for the waitlist. As registrants take advantage of our deferral policy in the months leading up to race weekend, a large number of runners will be invited off the waitlist and into the race. The waitlist is "first signed up, first invited" so please don't delay in registering for the waitlist if you would like to eventually get a spot in the race.
Early registration for 2019 deferrals, top 2019 runners and 8 year MoSTReakers will open at the start of that week with notification emails going out prior.
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.
Strava Activities & Maps:
Half Marathon / Map
7 mile / Map
4 mile / Map
Aids stations will have water and Tailwind Nutrition drink (Mandarin Orange flavor, mixed 100 calories per 12oz) along with some basic sweet/salty snack foods. There are two manned stations and one unmanned station.
4mi (1.5), 7mi (1.5 & 3.0) and half (1.5, 3.0, 5.1, 7.0 & 10.1). All runners (especially those in the half marathon) 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.
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.
Race Morning Shuttle
Trolleys of Dubuque will be providing shuttle service to runners before and after the race to help alleviate parking congestion and to further reduce our environmental impact.The trolley will start shuttling runners starting at 6am up until shortly before the race start and then will be making return trips from 10am to 12pm. Parking IS LIMITED at the race start/finish so enough people utilizing the shuttle service or carpooling w/ each other will be essential to making sure there's enough room for everyone. The pickup/dropoff spot is the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites (2090 S Park Ct) which is a short 5min jaunt from the race start. If you're coming from out of town and still haven't booked accommodations, consider the Econo Lodge & Suites ! It's nice, very affordable and makes taking the trolley super easy! The owners are permitting runners to leave their cars parked there after the normal check-out time as well. If you're local, plan to meet up as a group and either carpool or take the trolley over in the morning!
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 (8/7) from 5PM-7PM and pre-race Saturday (8/8) from 6:15AM-7:15AM.
Races - Saturday (8/8) starting at 7:30AM.
Where? EB Lyons Nature Center. Map: EB Lyons - Mines of Spain
Why? Because running on trails is awesome!
We want to be as sustainable as possible while keeping our registration fees as low as possible and providing the highest value to runners. We've made it a practice of changing up swag from year to year and this year will be no different with a few options for runners. This will help us offer variety, value and reduce waste on both our end and the runner's end.
-All runners will receive a small piece of useful and functional custom race swag as part of their registration.
-Premium short sleeve Marmot performance shirts will be available as a registration add-on as well as for purchase at the race.
-Limited quantities/sizes of soft cotton/poly race shirts from last year will be available for purchase at packet pickup as well as Fitsok race socks and magnetic koozies! Quantities are limited on these so it'll be first come, first serve at packet pickup.
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 brick oven pizza from a local vendor!
4mi/7mi - $25 registration
Half marathon - $40 registration
No paper form and no morning of registration. Online registration only.
Online registration closes August 6th
Cap of 300 racers (150 for half and 150 for 4mi/7mi combined)
We hit our initial capacity within minutes every 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 and will have five days to either accept or decline the invitation. Beginning Friday July 17th, that window of time shortens to 48 hours. When that time is up, the invitation will be passed to the next person on the wait list.
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 and ONLY applies to your race registration fee. If you choose to defer, you forfeit any included swag for this year's race however, if you purchased one of the Marmot shirts, you or someone you know is welcome to pick it up for you or we can ship it to you at no cost. The deadline for the deferral option is Wednesday, July 8th. 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 Thursday night before the race if switching to a longer distance. If switching down to a shorter distance, Friday night's packet pickup is the deadline. Any changes in distance 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 up to the half marathon. 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 Masters 50+
Please see Facebook or the Website for additional race information or contact email@example.com with any additional questions
Local time: 9:20 AM