Saturday - Sunday April 26 - 27, 2014
Registration is now Open! Registration price goes up starting December 1st
If you would like to try a one-day 75-mile relay with a team of five, check out our Heartland Relay 75!
The Heartland Relay takes on the Midwest each spring. Early season blooms and historical landmarks await participants on the 200 miles of backroads and trails in the heartland of America.
The relay starts just outside of Des Moines n the small town of Winterset. Winterset is the birthplace of John Wayne and is located in Madison County.
The first half of the course crisscrosses through farmland, taking teams to Clarinda, Iowa (the birthplace of Glenn Miller), and then on to Blanchard, a quaint town two blocks north of Missouri, and the start of one of Iowa's premier trails, the rails-to-trails Wabash Trace Nature Trail.
The Wabash Trace Trail winds through the scenic Iowa countryside for sixty-three miles to the outskirts of Council Bluffs. Runners then go around Lake Manawa State Park, past the Western Historic Trails Center, to the Missouri River, where the final runner on each team will cross the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. The finish and post race celebration (pizza and beer) is at Miller's Crossing on the banks of the Missouri River.
The Heartland Relay is an unforgettable experience from beginning to end. Beginning just outside of Des Moines in the small town of Winterset (birthplace of John Wayne), the course takes teams through wide open expanses and enigmatic back roads. The scenic and remote course runs through Wabash Trace Nature Trail, as well as into Lake Manawa State Park. Perhaps the most memorable part of the race is running at night; whether the Heartland Relay takes place during a full moon or a sky full of stars, runners experience a night run (or two!) that is unlike any other.
The Helter Skelter category is available for both 12-person and Ultra teams and is a non-competitive category. Whereas competitive teams must follow the standard relay rules of keeping the running order of their team intact, the Helter Skelter category is for teams that choose to have their runners run in any order they want. No awards are given to the top teams in the Helter Skelter category.
Teams start in waves from 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM - a team's starting time is dependent on a team's pace.
Are you an individual runner looking to join a team, or a team looking for runners? Check out our Team Matching Message Board.
In order for The Heartland Relay to be a success, each team will be responsible for choosing one of the two volunteer options- one of which benefits local community non-profit organizations.
In this way, we will secure the commitment of the more than 200 volunteers necessary to act as Race Marshals, staffing the Start and Finish areas, and the 35 exchange points along the course.
THE HEARTLAND RELAY IS A FORM OF ADVENTURE RACE
The Heartland Relay is an adventure race in that teams are running continuously through the night to reach the finish. Many find this to be the highlight of their experience - their run in the middle of the night under the stars or full moon. But as it is an adventure race with a 202-mile route, teams must be aware of and accept certain responsibilities:
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