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: an initial loop featuring some scenic and challenging single track, and two subsequent loops that follow the Main Loop Trail, allowing you to see all the park has to offer. Cutoff time for the 50K: 5 p.m. (9 hours).
50 Mile: The 50-mile race will start 7 hours earlier on Sunday, July 7 … at 12:01 a.m., midnight! In addition to the unique challenge of a midnight start, runners will cover two loops of single track before finishing with two loops on the Main Loop Trail. Cutoff time for the 50 mile: 5 p.m. (17 hours).
**NOTE: Both courses are still being finalized, but there will two full aid stations that runners will pass through every 5-7 miles. Check back soon for a map and what types of fuel will be on the course!
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.
Custom awards to the top 3 finishers (male & female) for the 50K and 50 mile. All finishers will receive a unique award.
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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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
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