Do you or your family love to stay active outside even as the temperatures drop? Lucky for you, Des Moines offers several outdoor races during October, November and December for you to satisfy your running itch.
If running isn’t your thing, there are ways to prepare for your first 5K. To start, begin with just walking. You can walk for the first two weeks but try to go a further distance each day. Next, follow the walk-jog pattern. Walk for a minute and then jog for a minute. When you’re comfortable with jogging longer distances, begin working on your breathing pattern so you can form a rhythm and enjoy the jog.
Posture is important in running just like any other activity. While running is great cardiovascular exercise, adding in strength training and stretching will improve your performance and reduce the chance of injury. Running in a group can help you go for longer distances with a support system near you stride for stride.
And lastly, just run. Near the month-end mark of your running journey, you can undertake a slow long- distance run.
IMT Des Moines Marathon — Sunday, Oct. 15
The longest race in our list, the IMT Des Moines Marathon can be ran as a 5K, half marathon, marathon relay or a full marathon. This event is for individuals of all ages and abilities, ones that have experiences in running or want to take their first attempt.
For those wanting to qualify for the Boston Marathon, this event is for you.
Spooky Sprint — Sunday, Oct. 22
Dress up in your favorite costume with the whole family for the Spooky Sprint at Gray’s Lake Park! This event offers a mile, 5K, 10K and half marathon distance options. If you can’t make the race, there’s a virtual option where you can hit the pavement anywhere at any time.
Turkey Trails — Sunday, Nov. 19
Before you indulge in a Thanksgiving feast, grab your family and put on your best running attire for this Thanksgiving-themed run. Once again at Gray’s Lake Park, your family will have the option to run a 5K or 10K during the Turkey Trails event.
Iowa Brewery Running Series — Sunday, Dec. 3
Beginning and ending at Confluence Brewing Company, this 3K-ish course is part of the Iowa Brewing Running Series that spans across the state. Aside from running, there will also be live music, games, giveaways and more.
For more information, visit the Iowa Brewery Running Series website to learn about more races that may be closer to where you live.
Santa Run 5K — Saturday, Dec. 9
Time to spread Christmas cheer with a 5K! Participants will be given a Santa suit to race in to make this a fun event for all. But the most important part is that a portion of your entry fees will go to the following charity of your choice: Girls on the Run, Children & Families of Iowa, Team Run Free, Living History Farms and Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa.
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