Hillbilly Hike Half Marathon 10K & 5K

Sat November 2 – Sun November 3, 2024 Carlisle, IA

Hillbilly Hike Half Marathon 10K & 5K in Carlisle, IA

Lace up your running shoes for the annual Half Marathon & 10K races, a spirited fundraiser for the Thrive Church Mission Team. With an anticipated 800 sign-ups across three races, the event promises a memorable experience. All races kick off at 8:30 am from three different start lines, converging at the same festive finish line in Carlisle, Iowa.

Participants relish the flat and fast courses, with the half marathon offering a downhill stretch and concluding with a flat section. Enjoy the scenic route, featuring Indianola and Carlisle’s charming locales. As you cross the finish line, expect a warm welcome with festive music, delectable pie, biscuits & gravy, chocolate milk, and more, courtesy of friendly volunteers. Don’t forget to ring the PR Bell near the free and fun photo booth.

To make the race day seamless, parking is available at Carlisle High School, and bus transportation to the Half start line and 10K is provided. Walkers are encouraged to start early, and details are shared via email in the race week. Half Marathon participants can relish a downhill start in Indianola, IA, with bus transportation provided and a baggage claim at the finish. Awards include top finishers in 5-year age increments and trophies for the overall winners.

Excitingly, the 10K course makes a comeback in 2024, starting at Summerset Park. The point-to-point race includes a bus ride to the start line, and trophies await top finishers. The 5K, starting near the Summerset Trailhead, also promises a dynamic race with parking available and awards for the top finishers.

Race-day amenities include plenty of restrooms, portables at start lines, and a hillbilly bag drop service. Register early to secure your medal, shirt, and transportation. Shirt sizes are ordered by Oct. 11, 2024. Race-day packet pick-up and registration commence at 6:30 am, with buses arriving at 6:30 am and departing by 7:45 am. Hillbilly bag drop service ensures a convenient start, and race packet pick-up options are available on Thursday at Thrive Church and Friday at Fitness Sports in Clive, IA. Join us for a day of running, camaraderie, and community support!

Race Weather & Climate

Carlisle is located in the south-central part of Iowa, serving as a city in Warren County. Positioned approximately 15 miles southeast of Des Moines, Carlisle is a small, close-knit community with a suburban feel. As part of south-central Iowa, it offers residents a tranquil setting while still being within a short distance of the amenities and opportunities available in the state capital.

On November 4th in Carlisle, anticipate an average high temperature of around 52°F and a low of approximately 32°F. Fall is in progress, providing cool and crisp days with chilly nights. The weather features autumnal conditions, and November typically sees an average rainfall of about 2 inches in Carlisle.

Hillbilly Hike Half Marathon Race Results

Hillbilly Hike Half Marathon Race Results

Hillbilly Hike Half Marathon Course Map

See the race route map for the Hillbilly Hike Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

The half marathon start time is 8:30 AM CDT.

The course closes at 12:30 PM CDT.


To reserve your spot in the 2024 Hillbilly Hike Half Marathon, you can use the registration link here.

Race Fees

  • There is a $65.00 fee for the half marathon.
  • There is a $50.00 fee for the 5k.
  • There is a $50.00 fee for the virtual race.

Hillbilly Hike Half Marathon Race Website

Hillbilly Hike Half Marathon Website

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