Parks Fitness Events

Combine your love of fitness challenges with some of Iowa’s most beautiful, natural settings. Below is a list of 5Ks, triathlons, marathons and similar events scheduled in our state parks. All are open to the public. Details and additional events will be added as they become available.

If you are a race coordinator or group who would like to sponsor an event in a state park and be added to this list, start by contacting the individual park office for guidance or visit our special events page. Most organized events held in our parks require a special events permit, which must be obtained 30 days in advance of the event.

Find an event:

Fool's 5K, April 1, 2017
George Wyth State Park
Sponsoring Group: Trekman Racing
Contact: 319-575,0989, 

Live Healthy Iowa 5K Run/Walk, April 8, 2017
Lewis and Clark State Park
Sponsoring Group: Iowa Sports Foundation
Contact: 888-777-8881,

Cedar Falls/Waterloo Polar Plunge, April 8, 2017
George Wyth State Park
Sponsoring Group: Special Olympics Iowa
Contact: 515-986-5520,

Hawkeye 50K and 25K, April 8, 2017
Lake Macbride State Park
Sponsoring Group: We Run LLC
Contact: 319-626-2426,

Wonderfully Made 5K, April 22, 2017
Big Creek State Park
Sponsoring Group: Wonderfully Made Family Camp (of Hidden Acres)
Contact: 515-298-2202,

First Annual Backbone Trail Run, May 6, 2017
Backbone State Park
Celebrate the beauty and fun Backbone State Park has to offer with its first trail run. Approximately four miles, you will experience a small portion of the Backbone Trail system. 
Sponsoring Group: Backbone Lake Friends

GMG Wolverine Run, May 6, 2017
Union Grove State Park
Sponsoring Group: GMG Partners in Education
Contact: 641-691-2346,

Olmitz Miner Adventure Race, May 20, 2017
Stephens State Forest
Sponsoring Group: Unplugged Adventures
Contact: 515-822-1544,

Pigman Sprint Triathlon, June 4, 2017
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area
Sponsoring Group: JMS Racing Services
Contact: 319-373-0741, 

TRI Clear Lake Triathlon, June 10, 2017
Clear Lake State Park
Sponsoring Group: Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce
Contact: 641-357-2159,

5K/10K Trail Walk, June 24, 2017
Ledges State Park
Sponsoring Group: Greater Des Moines Vokssport Association
Contact: information:

Accel Triathlon, July 8, 2017
George Wyth State Park
Sponsoring Group: The Accel Group
Contact: 319-596-1111,

Speed the Light 5K Walk/Run, July 8, 2017
Big Creek State Park
Sponsoring Group: New Hope Assembly
Contact:  515-254-9094,

Iowa Games (Triathlon and Duathlon), July 9, 2017
Big Creek State Park
Sponsoring Group: Iowa Sports Foundation
Contact: 888-777-8881,

Pine Lake Trail 5K Run/Walk, July 29, 2017
Pine Lake State Park
Sponsoring Group: Friends of Pine Lake
Contact: 817-874-0215,


Twin Lakes Half Olympic Distance Triathlon/Duathlon, August 5, 2017
North Twin Lakes
Sponsoring Group:  Twin Lakes Christian Center
Contact:  712-297-7714,

The Trail Race for MOS, August 12, 2017
Mines of Spain State Recreation Area
Sponsoring Group: 

Aiming For a Cure Fun Run/Walk​, August 26, 2017
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area
Sponsoring Group:  Aiming For a Cure Foundation
Contact:  319-329-7186,

Restoration Run 1K, 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, August 26, 2017
Beed's Lake State Park
Sponsoring Group: Friends of Beed's Lake
Contact: registration and information at

Black Squirrel Triathlon, August 27, 2017
Lake Manawa State Park
Sponsoring Group: Council Bluffs YMCA
Contact: 712-322-6606,


Pleasant Creek Trail Race, September 16, 2017
Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area
Sponsoring Group: Mark Powers
Contact: 319-350-6281,


The Broken Toe 5K Trail Run/Walk, October 7, 2017
Stone State Park
Sponsoring Group: Friends of Stone State Park
Contact: Christine Chwirka, Race Director,

12:1 Run, October 7, 2017
Geode State Park
Sponsoring Group:  Harmony Bible Church
Contact:  319-759-9411, 

Second Annual Flyathon (Fishing/Trail Run), October 14, 2017
Yellow River State Forest
Sponsoring Group: 
Contact: Brian Kouba,