Formerly The Driftless Discovery Trail Run.
Come to Northeast Iowa's bluff country, a place unlike anywhere else in the state, and perhaps the Midwest to run the off-road, single track trails of Van Peenen Memorial Park.
Van Peenen Memorial Park is one of Decorah’s 13 parks that make outdoor fun and staying fit a way of life in Winneshiek County. The trails are groomed, marked and ready for the more adventurous types like you. This area is part of the outstanding 17-mile system of single-track mountain bike trails. Here is your chance to challenge your body by running them. The parks were even cause to be mentioned in Men’s Journal magazines “52 Great American Weekends” feature. Enthusiasts drive in from all parts of the Midwest to enjoy these trails. Come see why!
On your adventure to Decorah as you experience our trail run, you will find our city’s premier campground, lush butterfly gardens, a scenic waterfall, the Upper Iowa River tubing and canoeing attractions, hiking, biking, and walking trails; not to mention the modern twist on Midwestern charmed business district where unique shops offer gifts and gear galore! But don't take our word for it...check it out!
-All runners in the 5k, 10k, 25k and 50k receive a nice piece of custom race swag, while supplies last. Goodies rustled up from our super supporting businesses in town will be offered up in a general entry raffle. You must be present to win and pick up your prize.
All money goes into the event and any leftover money will be donated to the Northeast Iowa Montessori School and 25% is split between the Decorah Human Powered Trails (the creators and caretakers of the trails) and the Decorah Park and Rec.
All registrations are final but transferrable.
-Crater 50k & 25k – 6AM start with cutoff being 3PM and no runner is allowed to start a 2nd loop after 11AM. No 50k/25k registrations allowed after 6/4/20, midnight. (NO 50K/25k DAY OF REGISTRATION)
10k and 5k – Start immediately following the kids 1mi finish. Typically, this happens before 8:30AM.
Kids 1mi – 8AM start, adults/parents can line the course to cheer them on.
Start and Finish will be at the trail head of Van Peenen Park entrance on Quarry Hill Rd.
- There is one (1) aid station in Death Valley and (1) at the start/finish. The 5k passes the on-course aid station once, the 10k passes it twice and the 50k runners will have multiple aid stations along the course. Bring your favorite fuel for this race. We do supply water, electrolyte drink called Hydrate by Shaklee, goos and random other things but it might not be enough for you. Do not depend on us for your food if you need a specific amount or prefer something specific. We know you’ll take out anything you bring in so the trails stay beautifully rugged.
-All turns will be marked clearly for each race.
- No runner is allowed to start a 2nd loop on the 50k after 11AM.
-Runners are allowed to change distances up until Friday night packet pickup. After that point, you are committed to the distance race you start Saturday morning and if you do not complete your race, you will be listed as a DNF. Say no to DNF! Each Runner must check in the morning of the race. Packet pick up on Friday and Saturday monring check in are totally separate. If you don't check in the morning of the event, you WILL DNF. :-(
***NO LITTERING*** Please don't even think about it!
HEADPHONES - Not encouraged for safety reasons but seriously, unplug yourself, enjoy the view, listen to the sounds of nature and discover something new about yourself. Be cautious of other runners, the trails are tight in most places and the last thing you want is a fall because you couldn’t hear someone passing you.
Packet Pick Up & Check In
Each Runner must check in the morning of the race. Packet pick up on Friday and Saturday morning check in are totally separate. If you don't check in the morning of the event, you WILL DNF. :-( We rely on you checking in so we know how many runners are in the woods. We make sure everyone that goes in, comes out.
Local time: 12:10 AM
Location & Time
Decorah Hatchery, Friday June 5th, 5-7pm, 406 W. Water Street Decorah, IA 52101
50k/25k runners may check in morning of starting at 5:15 am.
Check ins and day-of registrations for the 10k/5k/1mile will be accepted Saturday morning from 6:00-7:00 am
Runners must register by May 10th to be guaranteed T-shirt size, while supplies last. If you register and then later decide to switch distances, you are able to switch down at no additional charge and if you want to switch to a longer distance, you only need to pay the difference in registration. Some swag will be available for purchase on site.
Online registration available until midnight on the night of June 3rd.
Event will go on rain or shine and only in the case of extreme inclement weather may a postponement or cancellation be considered. We reserve the right to make this call as needed.
This is a small grassroots fundraising event for a local preschool and elementary school. We do not guarantee any sort of refund to registrants unable to participate or due to the event being cancelled. Please only register if this is acceptable. We hope you understand and still register early to help us put on the best event possible!