Dam to Dam

May 31, 2014

5K Nears 1,600 Runners!

The Dam to Dam 5K is still a great bargain at $25, but once 2,000 runners have registered, the price will go up! Register now!

Half-Marathon Is Full! - Good Luck To All 9,000 runners!

2014 Dam to Dam, Iowa’s Distance Classic on May 31st, has reached its limit of 9,000 runners! Keep training and preparing for the 13.1 miles from Saylorville Dam to downtown Des Moines. If you missed out on the Half-Marathon, the 5K is still a great bargain at $25. Read more...

Race Shirt

2014 colors are RED for men/unisex and BLUE for women (with a limited number of black in both styles). Wear your Dam to Dam shirt proudly throughout the summer - so please select the correct size and style. When you register, the shirt you select will be the shirt you receive at packet pickup. The sizing is the same as 2013, Brooks men's/unisex or women's sized shirts. Read more...

Here's What You Get

Dam to Dam is 35 years old, we're celebrating just for you. As a non-profit and strictly volunteer organization of Des Moines runners (always have been, alway will be) we pour everything back into the race, especially for the 35th anniversary. Read more...

Train For The Half-Marathon Now

The weather is changing, time to lace up those running shoes and really get ready for Iowa's Distance Classic. Registration opens later than most "big-time" races, why? We want to make sure you are committed and ready to complete 13.1 miles. Before you sign up you should be running 10-20 miles as a novice runner, 20-30 miles as a intermediate runner and 30+ miles as a advance runner. Be at the starting line May 31st, confident and ready to make the trek from Saylorville Dam to downtown Des Moines. Use this chart to help with your training!

Dam, It's A Half-Marathon

It was a struggle, it was a hard decision, it wasn't easy. After 34 years as a 20 kilometer, the race is now a Half-Marathon. 13.109 miles not 12.428 miles, just .681 miles longer. The start stays the same, Saylorville Dam isn't moving. The comfortable finish area, Western Gateway Park is perfect. Connecting the two, start & finish, is no easy task. Breaking tradition was gut wrenching but the new course is perfect and everyone will have a new PR (personal record) on it. The Dam to Dam organizers help explain the change in more detail. Read more...


2014 Half-Marathon and 5K registration opens 12:01am, Wednesday, March 19!

Dam History
History of Dam to Dam

Dam Group Photos
We want your photos from 2010-2014! Must have at least 10 in the photo. Check out the photos sent already!
Group Photos

2013 Results Booklet
2013 Results Booklet


We would like to thank our primary race sponsor, Nationwide Insurance. This event is possible because of their continuing support and dedication.