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Off-Road Races Living History Farms
November 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM

(*Runner's.World.-.June,2000.&.May.2006 - USA T&F On the Roads, 2003)

Old Course Map online

LHF Race Movie

Feature article from RunningTimes Magazine ofSept.'10 or June,'05. Other articles in the May 2006 issue of Runner's World and the Oct. 2009 issue of Trail Runner

It's time! Here is a fun & exhilarating way to celebrate the end of racing season. You will experience the running stories to re-live & re-tell throughout the winter.

The Off -Road Race at Living History Farms awards you with a hot post-race meal brought to you by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant.
You will be challenged by a "SLIGHTLY NEW" COURSE over the world's richest farm land. YES you will still wade through creeks, dodge farm animals and claw your way to the top of gullies with 5,000 other (limit) runners of questionable senses.  Stay for the "Outdoors in November" post- race lunch, door prizes and awards ceremony.

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A Great Race for Some Great Causes:
The "Farm Race" raises funds for Living History Farms and more. Over the last 12 years, the race has given over $1,000,000 to the Living History Farms (a not-for-profit museum).
The race has also funded the Capital Striders endowment for scholarships to area senior cross country athletes; raised food/money for the Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry and donated to area age-group track & swimming teams, the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, the M.D.A., and area Fire Departments. Proceeds from the race help sponsor area races, purchase equipment and racing supplies used at road races and middle school/ high school XC meets.

ALL PROCEEDS go to non-profit entities.

Race entry opens on Friday Sept. 29th at 10 PM CDT.

Location: Mapquest link here
Living History Farms, Interstate 80 & Hickman Road, Urbandale, Iowa.

Race Day- 9:00 AM race begins, 10:45 youth runs. 11:00 awards ceremony

ENTRY FEES   7-mile race (minimum age 12  to enter)

$45 thru Sat. Nov. 4th.
$55. Nov 5 through  Wed. Nov. 15th. Registration closes at midnight
V.I.P entry  *Add $100 to your entry fee (each individual) TOTAL $145 through  Wed. Nov. 15th.
Youth Races - FREE (age 11  and under) 10:45 a.m. near the awards stage
NO REFUNDS! All expenses are established when you register. Proceeds go to local charities and community projects.

No Race Day entries !!

RUNNERS GET:
*Race Shirt:
*Race poster
*FREE PARKING!!!
*Post Race hot beef stew meal !  
*Chip time -chip embedded race number
* Door prizes & Awards Ceremony 

VIP RUNNERS ALSO GET:
Make a great donation to Living History Farms! Donate $100 (tax deductible) to the LHF in addition to your $45. entry fee to also receive: A special LHF race limited -edition gift package, reserved VIP parking , guaranteed shirt size. You get express entry to the front of the packet pick-up line and also are allowed to start the race in the front area if you wish. 

Youth Races - Free (11 yrs. and under) start at 10:45 a.m. near the awards stage:
The youth races will have distances of 50-100 yds. for ages 1-5; quarter mile for ages 6-8 and a half mile for ages 9-11. All youth will receive finisher's ribbons. This will be true cross-country running for the younger runners. NO Pre- registration is required!
Optional short sleeve T-shirt available for $5 while they last.

Packet pick-up: Living History Farms Visitor Center
Friday, Nov 17 , 3:00 to 8:00 PM  
Saturday, Nov 18  7:30 to 8:30 AM
T-shirt size not guaranteed

Race Number Assignments on the Web:
All pre-registered entrants will be posted at www.FitnessSports.com on Thursday, November 16.

Parking
Police will be directing traffic. Parking is FREE however space is limited. Please follow the parking directors. If you arrive after 8:00 AM it may take 30 minutes to park. Arrive early, join in the fun &  check out the crazy costumes .
Car-pooling is recommended! If you are arriving from the North or East take 86th Street & enter from the East.
Busses & RVs please enter from the East.

The Design
All 7 mile entrants receive a SOFT long- sleeve race shirt with the  custom design by local artist Ben Schuh.. (We ask your preferred size for planning but DO NOT guarantee size as we must order well in advance. Arrive early to get your requested size.)
NEW this year - Ready to frame
Race Poster  with the new race design.

The Food

FREE  with race entry: Spectators are asked to make a $5 contribution if they wish to eat.
 Again this year the
Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant. and the Iowa Beef Industry Council combined to provide all registered runners with a hot meal. Beef Stew with made from scratch biscuits and pumpkin bars, brownies will be served with cider and coffee following the race. And yes, there will be Cookies & Donuts!!

Awards (gun time for safety)
Individual Awards :

Special awards to the top male and female finishers (also included in age awards).
Age Divisions - 12 to 14 (awards to 2 male, 2 female); 15 to 18 (5, 5); 19 to 24 (5, 5); 25 to 29 (5, 5); 30 to 34 (5, 5); 35 to 39 (5, 5); 40 to 44 (5, 4);45 to 49 (5, 3); 50 to 54( 5, 3); 55 to 59 (3, 2); 60 to 64 (3, 2); 65 to 69 (2, 1); 70 & up (2, 1).
First Place - $20 Beef Certificates, 2nd - 5th $10 Beef Certificates. Also special Farm Pottery for 1st thru 5th. 
Team Awards :
Teams consist of at least three runners. Coed division must have at least four runners, two male and two female. The top members score on a total time basis.
Special Farm Pottery (maximum 5 awards per team) - High School Teams (awards to 4 male teams, 4 female teams); Open (4, 4); Masters, all members age 40 & up (2, 2) and Coed (4).
Awards Ceremony & Results (on the stage near the food shelter):
The awards ceremony will be immediately following the youth races at 11 a.m.

Door Prizes (during awards ceremony)

Bring a donation to the DMARC Food Pantry & be entered to win Special door prizes.  All participants will be eligible for other drawings. Keep your race number, must be present to win.

Complete Web Results:
Full results will be posted on the web by 9 p.m. Saturday, November 18th at www.FitnessSports.com

Do you want to Volunteer?
We need over 300 of them and it a opportunity to give back and have a fun time. If interested - Go to this link

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS 
NO ALCOHOL, NO TOBACCO, NO WEAPONS
 NO unattended bags may be left on the property

For safety reasons  no dogs, no listening devices, no props like swords, lances, etc, no strollers on the course. Cell phones,  jewelry, car keys  etc. must be secured 
PLEASE secure your keys, phones & valuables! 

Frequently asked questions
Will it be cold? Probably!
Will I get wet? Probably!
Will I get dirty? Probably!
Do I need gloves? Yes!
Exactly how far is it? 7 miles
Minimum age in 7 mile race - 12
Youth runs-FREE, no pre-registration
Parking-FREE

Other Questions? 1-800-529-7684 or steve@fitnesssports.com
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DONATE
Any clothing items or shoes you wish to discard may be left in the boxes outside the Visitor Center after the race. They are given to charities.

Pre & Post race celebrating
The Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant (located at the west entrance to the Farms) will have food and drink specials for runners. All day Friday & Saturday after the race -just show your race number!

Photography by Jolesch Photography:

They will be taking pictures at various places on the course as well as the finish area. Pictures will be posted at http://www.jolesch.com.


Places to spend the night.
Ask for the 'Living History Farms Race' rate and save.

Hotel Renovo - newly renovated and on the L.H.F. grounds - 515-276-1126

The Sleep Inn - on the L.H.F. grounds, 877-233-0333

Super 8 about 1/2 mile south of farm, 515-226-0414 or 800-334-3277

Courtyard by Marriott, 1/2 mile south of farm, 515-225-1222.

Wildwood Lodge - about 1/2 mile south of Farm, 800-728-1223.

DAYS INN - about 1/2 mile south of Farm, 515-226-1600 .

Best Western Inn & Suites 1 mile south, across I-35, 515-221-2345

Sterling Hotel & Suites, about 1/2 mile south of Farm,. 515-223-7700

Country Inn & Suites 1 mile south, across I-35, 515-223-9254.

La Quinta Inn Clive 1 mile south, across I-35, 515-221-9200.

Valley West Inn, 1.5 mile south, 1 mile east on Westown Pkwy, WDM., 515-225-2524 or 800-833-6755.

Stoney Creek Inn, 1 mile north on I-35, 5291 Stoney Creek Ct. Johnston, IA. 515-334-9000

Hampton Inn West Des Moines, 2 miles south, & 1 mile west at 7060 Lake Drive, West Des Moines. 515-223-4700

Drury Inn & Suites, 3 .5 miles south at West Glen area nesr Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines. 515-457-9500.

Days Inn "Value Inn", 1 mile North on Douglas Ave. in Urbandale. 515-226-1600

Villa Lodge, 1 mile North on Douglas Ave. in Urbandale. 515-278-4601.

Special "thank you" to:
City of Urbandale and Living History Farms for making this race possible.

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