The Driftless Half Marathon & 5k

Saturday, October 14, 2024 • Lansing, IA

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The Driftless Half Marathon is the ultimate fall running experience – one that is not to be missed. On Saturday, October 14, 2024, lace up your running shoes and explore the stunning Northeast Iowa countryside in one of the most scenic half marathons you’ll ever do. 

Participants will have the chance to witness the beauty of the Great River National Scenic Byway in northeast Iowa, renowned for its statuesque bluffs and intricately carved river valleys. As you make your way through the rugged landscape, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the awe-inspiring Mississippi River. The peak leaf season in Iowa adds a colorful twist, making it one of the most scenic half-marathons you will ever run.

The undulating course leads runners through varied terrain, with precipitous climbs and satisfying descents. Set on the Great River Road Scenic Byway, the DHM course is a point-to-point event, leading you on an adventurous 13.1-mile journey. You’ll run on Red Oak Road, which stretches for four miles of gravel, offering a serene view of the Mississippi River.

This half marathon is open to runners of all abilities, ages, and walks of life. You can run solo or create a relay team with a friend, making it a fun and collaborative experience. Described as challenging, yet rewarding, runners who have previously taken on this course illustrate the value of the experience. Friends traveling from far and wide can make it a fun group challenge that everyone can remember for years to come!

For those who aren’t up for the full half marathon challenge, there’s also a shorter 5k that’s great for families. This distance provides runners with a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty of Lansing without the steep inclines. It’s an ideal event for both novice runners and veterans looking for a shorter, more relaxed run.

The best part is that the Driftless Half Marathon takes care of its runners. From start to finish, you can expect phenomenal runner support, world-class runner medical aid, and a unique range of handcrafted ceramic awards – yes, you read that right! This race is truly one-of-a-kind. 

Race Weather & Climate

On October 14th in Lansing, Iowa, the average high temperature typically ranges from 60 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average low temperature falls between 40 and 44 degrees Fahrenheit. Lansing experiences an average annual rainfall of about 35 inches, which is considered typical for the state of Iowa. Lansing is a picturesque town located in northeastern Iowa, along the Mississippi River, known for its stunning riverfront views and outdoor recreational opportunities, making it a popular destination for those who appreciate natural beauty.

The Driftless Half Marathon Race Results

The Driftless Half Marathon Race Results

The Driftless Half Marathon Course Map

See the race route map for the Driftless Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

The half marathon start time is 7:30 AM CDT.

The course closes at 11:30 AM CDT.


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

Race Fees

  • There is a $65.00 fee for the half marathon.
  • There is a $100.00 fee for the half marathon relay.
  • There is a $35.00 fee for the 5k.

The Driftless Half Marathon Race Website

The Driftless Half Marathon Website

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