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Iowa > Hy-Vee Road Races at the Drake Relays Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Des Moines, IA  •  Sunday, April 27, 2014  •  Course Map

Run along mostly rolling terrain through the heart of Iowa's capital city, Des Moines' On-the-Road Half Marathon is part of what has become an annual springtime tradition in the city, the Drake Relays road races have been a fixture in this city for more than four decades -- the race will mark its 46th annual running here in the spring of 2014.

From the starting line near the athletic stadium on the tree-lined campus of Drake University, the race follows a counter-clockwise, out-and-back loop course through the city, winding through a mix of neighborhoods, commercial districts, and park and greenspace areas.

Race organizers say the race is one of Iowa's best-loved half marathon races, and it's easy to see why. The course features a pleasing yet also challenging mix of flat and hilly stretches, easing runners into the race for the first couple of miles and then throwing in big downhill and uphill stretches between miles 3 and 6.

The race then flattens out for the next couple of miles before hitting its next significant hills between miles 8 and 10, and then flattens out again for the last two miles to the finish line back at the University campus.

More than 2,000 runners cross the finish line each year in the half-marathon and the 10K and 5K races combined, so you'll no doubt have plenty of company along the course as you complete the race, which starts at 7:30 AM and closes at 11:30 AM in order to re-open the streets to traffic. That means that runners are expected to keep an approximately 11-minute-per-mile pace, so no lolly-gagging around.

Though they are the marquee races in the Drake Relays road races, Sunday's events are just the conclusion of an extra-long weekend of track and field events that take place at Drake University's stadium, where the half, 10K and the 5K start. Tickets are available as part of your race package for the previous days' events, which take place Thursday through Saturday.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the southern half of the state and close to its center, Des Moines (the state's capital city) enjoys warming but still often quite cold weather conditions in the early to mid-spring season, with occasional wet weather.

April Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 41°F Low: 46°F Rain: 3.86 in.
High: 62°F High: 67°F Snow: 1.8 in.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Drake Relays On-the-Roads Half Marathon

Starting Time

7:30 AM - half marathon
8:00 AM - 10K
10:30 AM - 5K


See race website


To reserve your spot in the spring 2014 running of Des Moines' Drake Relays On-the-Roads Half Marathon or 8K race, visit the event website.

Official Race Website


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