COME RUN WHITEROCK!
Join us on Sunday, July 7 at the Whiterock Conservancy in Coon Rapids, Iowa, for the inaugural running of the Whiterock Ultra! All race-day activities will be held on the trails of the scenic and sprawling Whiterock Conservancy.
The Conservancy will also host the Iowa Gravel Classic – an ultra-distance gravel bike race – the same weekend, ensuring a fun weekend filled with endurance-loving, like-minded athletes.
Whiterock is a 5,500-acre nonprofit land trust nestled along seven miles of the Middle Raccoon River Valley. This hidden gem in central Iowa has 35 miles of scenic trails and balances sustainable agriculture, natural resource protection and public recreation on the landscape.
Our goal is to raise visibility for the beauty and accessibility of Whiterock and to support its conservancy efforts.
**Proceeds from this race will be donated back to Whiterock Conservancy.**
50K: The 50K race will start on Sunday, July 7, at 7 a.m. The course consists of three loops: a RED loop, WHITE loop and BLUE loop (loop descriptions below). Cutoff time for the 50K: 5 p.m. (10 hours). The 50k course has approximately 3,000 feet of climb.
50 Mile: The 50-mile race will start 7 hours earlier on Sunday, July 7 … at 12:01 a.m., midnight! The 50-mile consists of two RED Loops, one WHITE loop, and one BLUE loop. Cutoff time for the 50 mile: 5 p.m. (17 hours). The 50 mile course has approximately 5,000 feet of climb.
**NOTE: There will two full aid stations that runners will pass through every 6-7 miles. See below for turn-by-turn descriptions of each loop.
The most detailed map is the one that's on the homepage of the Whiterock Conservancy website. Please reference that while reviewing the loop descriptions.
RED LOOP (11 – 13 miles, single track) (First loop/s)
Red loop consists of the following single-track trails: Shooting Star, Big Dipper, Little Dipper, Riverside Trail and Long Creek Trail. This will be a counter clockwise lollipop on the Star trails.
WHITE LOOP (14-16 miles, double track & singletrack) (Second Loop)
- Leave the River House Barn aid station, head south down Fig Ave over bridge, turn left (East) and connect with Shooting Star Trail
- Turn Right (SW) on to Little Dipper Trail
- Little Dipper trail will enter into star field. Signs will be posted to continue East to rejoin Little Dipper Trail.
- Continue on little dipper and veer right (NE) onto Big Dipper Trail. Stay on Big Dipper until you reconnect with Shooting Star Trail.
- Stay on Shooting Star Trail and return to River House Barn for aid
- Exit River House Barn South and return to Fig Ave. Head SW on Fig Ave over bridge. Turn Right (NORTHWEST) onto Riverside Trail
- Stay on Riverside Trail until it connects with Long Creek Trail.
- Turn left (WEST) onto Long Creek Trail; stay on Long Creek Trail until it connects with the 805 spur. Head south down doubletrack spur, past 805 River cabin and reconnect with Riverside Trail.
- Continue south on Riverside Trail until you return to River House Barn
White loop follows Main Loop Trail double track trail and incorporates the following single track trails: Bluebell Trail, White Oak Trail, Red Rock Climb Trail, & Bobcat Trail. From the Start/Finish at the River House Barn, cross Fig Ave into the River Campground and head EAST and connect with Main Loop trail
The main loop trail will head turn and head north up a hill. Turn RIGHT (EAST) onto Bluebell Trail (single track/equestrian/pea gravel), stay on Bluebell until it intersects again with Main Loop Trail
Take a RIGHT(East) on Eastern Spur/Main Loop, then turn LEFT (North) onto White Oak Trail. Stay on White Oak Trail until it intersects with Main Loop Trail.
Stay RIGHT (West) on Main Loop Trail
Stay on Main Loop Trail until you reach Redrock Climb Trail. Turn LEFT (West/Southwest) and descend until you reach Bobcat Trail. Turn LEFT (South) on Bobcat trail and return to River House Barn for AID.
Exit River House Barn heading NORTH and back up Bobcat Trail, then turn RIGHT (NE) on Redrock Climb Trail. Turn left (North) on Main Loop Trail.
Stay on Main Loop for several miles, performing a large counter-clockwise loop
Head south on Main Loop Trail (Could add in Sunrise Trail) until the trail “T’s” with Prairie Spur Trail and turn LEFT, returning to River House Barn (AID)
BLUE LOOP (7-8 miles, double track & single track) (Third loop)
Blue loop is made up of sections of Main Loop Trail, Sunrise Trail, Redrock Climb Trail & Bobcat Trail.
- Leave River House Barn north up Bobcat Trail
- Turn right (NE) onto Redrock Climb Trail
- Stay on Redrock Climb Trail until it intersects with Main Loop Trail
- Turn LEFT (North) on Main Loop trail
- Follow Main Loop trail until you run into Sunrise Trail
- Turn onto Sunrise Trail
- Reconnect with Main Loop Trail and stay on Main Loop Trail until you return to River House Barn
Whiterock Ultra is about an hour from Des Moines, and 1.5 hours from Omaha, making it easily accessible for runners looking for a scenic race with an easy drive to and from.
1314 Fig Avenue
Coon Rapids, IA 50058
From Des Moines: From the I35/I80, take exit 127 for Highway 141. Take 141 North until you reach Fig Ave [ N56]. Turn left (south) on Fig Ave [N56] for two miles until you come to a bridge. Turn left (east) into the River Campground (start/finish) just before the bridge.
From I80 East: Take exit 60 onto US 71 N in Pymosa. Turn right onto US-71 N for 12.7 miles to IA 44 East. Turn right onto IA 44 East for 9.4 miles to Chestnut Road. Turn left (north) onto Chestnut Road for 13.8 miles and continue onto State Highway 73 for a little over 1 mile to IA-141 East. Turn right onto IA-141 E and follow signs for Whiterock Conservancy and the River Campground (start/finish).
From I80 West: Take exit 60 onto US 71 N in Pymosa. Turn left onto US-71 N for 12.7 miles to IA 44 East. Turn right onto IA 44 East for 9.4 miles to Chestnut Road. Turn left (north) onto Chestnut Road for 13.8 miles and continue onto State Highway 73 for a little over 1 mile to IA-141 East. Turn right onto IA-141 E and follow signs for Whiterock Conservancy and the River Campground (start/finish).
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Custom awards to the top 3 finishers (male & female) for the 50K and 50 mile. All finishers will receive a unique award.
CHECK BACK OFTEN
We are working hard to deliver a great race experience this summer in central Iowa -- and much of the work is still in progress! Be sure to check back to this page or "watch" the event for updates and announcements
STAY THE WEEKEND
Whiterock offers a variety of overnight accommodations. There are cabins for rent, two bed and breakfasts within 15 minutes drive or you can camp for a small fee onsite at the race start/finish line! Consider staying for the weekend to enjoy the park and spend time with your running friends.
Additional lodging and restaurants are available in nearby Coon Rapids.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
Packet Pickup will be available at least one hour before each race near the River Campground at the Dance Barn. There will also be packet pickup Friday evening in Des Moines, location and time TBD.
Local time: 4:08 AM