DSM ADVENTURE RACE
A TRULY UNIQUE ADVENTURE TRIATHLON
Please join us for the 2nd annual DSM Adventure race. The race takes place at Water Works Park, in heart of downtown Des Moines. This year adult and youth teams of two will compete October 1st & 2nd. Their challenge is the DSM Adventure Race adventure triathlon, consisting of three events: canoeing, trail running, and road cycling. The event benefits Above + Beyond Cancer, a public charity with a mission to elevate the lives of those touched by cancer, and to create a healthier world. The DSM Adventure Race is among the longest races that takes place inside of a single park within the United States. We hope to see you in the race or cheering on the athletes!
The DSM Adventure Race begins at 10AM in the fast moving water of the Raccoon River, at the west end of Waterworks Park. Entering from the bank, each team will paddle their canoe (canoes,paddle,& PDF's are provided) two miles downstream towards the Bill Riley Trail Bridge.
Navigating tricky sandbars and swift currents while avoiding snags and capsizes, a total of 6 bends await each team. After passing under the rustic pedestrian bridge, the take-out point is only a slight bend away. Paddlers will pull out sharply onto the south bank (right side), and begin the second section of the race.
Once a team makes it ashore successfully, they will begin the trail running portion of the race. Their route begins by backtracking along the south bank of the Raccoon River along Grays Lake Drive.
A sharp right brings the runners across the Bill Riley Trail Bridge, and another right turn after crossing over the footbridge leads them onto the equestrian trails. A total of four miles of scenic, wooded trail running awaits each competitor. This section concludes once the route loops back across the bridge where runners will transition to the final element.
The final leg of the DSM Adventure Race will be completed on smoothly paved roads. Competitors will race road bikes around the inside of the western half of Water Works Park, following along the Raccoon River before looping through the broad green fields and wooded sections of the public park.
The route returns back to the section’s starting point where competitors will begin a second lap. After completing a second lap, the route continues a short stretch into a third lap where the racers will cross the finish line near the waters edge for a total of 11 miles of peddling, and an overall race total of 17 miles.
This year we are proud announce to a Youth Adventure Race! Registration for each team is $100. The Youth Race is open to competitors 10-17 years old, to be accompanied by a parent.The adult DSM Adventure Race is open to ages 18+. Each team must consist of two competitors. Awards given to Father/Daughter, Mother/Son winners but Mother/Daughter Father/Son racers are more than welcome to compete. This will be a great bonding experience with your kids, we hope to see you at ther race! Please review the FAQ page for additional information.
DSM Adventure Race is proudly sponsored by the following organizations. This event is graciously hosted by Waterworks Park and the city of Des Moines.
The Krause Gentle Foundation