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May 25, 2024

Polk City, IA

Get ready to conquer the dam-nificent challenge that will leave you screaming "DAM, that was amazing!" Join us on May 25, 2024, in Polk City IA for the EMC DAM to DSM half marathon race. Unleash your inner running beast, because this ain't no ordinary race, it's DAMtastic!
Get ready to conquer the dam-nificent challenge that will leave you screaming
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About The EMC DAM to DSM

The EMC DAM to DSM Half Marathon, Iowa’s greatest running tradition, is a race that promises an unforgettable experience for runners of all levels. On the 25th of May, 2024, join over 130,000 runners who have taken on this iconic journey from the serene Saylorville Dam to the vibrant and bustling downtown Des Moines.

Starting atop the majestic Saylorville Dam, runners are greeted with a breathtaking view of Des Moines’ high-rise buildings on the horizon, fueling their determination to conquer the distance between them. As athletes cross the dam, they venture into the picturesque fields and rural beauty of Polk County, immersing themselves in the stunning landscapes along the way.

The route continues as participants traverse the Morningstar bridge, allowing them to stride across I-35, an exhilarating feat in itself. They then enter the Northside Neighborhoods, running alongside the serene Des Moines River at Birdland Park and proceed into downtown Des Moines via the John Pat Dorrian Trail. The finish line awaits them after gracefully crossing the Des Moines River and passing the distinguished World Food Prize Building. As runners cross the finish line, they’ll be greeted with an exuberant celebration at Cowles Commons, just across from The Des Moines Civic Center.

Apart from the race itself, Des Moines has much to offer. Known for its friendly locals and warm hospitality, the city provides a vibrant blend of culture, history, and entertainment. Explore the city’s lively downtown district, indulge in the local culinary scene, and take in the charming sights and sounds of Des Moines.

Taking place in late May, the weather during the EMC DAM to DSM race is generally pleasant and favorable for running. With temperatures ranging from 60°F to 75°F (15°C to 24°C), runners can expect comfortable running conditions and just the right amount of sunshine to energize their spirits.

So lace up your running shoes and get ready for a half marathon experience like no other. The EMC DAM to DSM Half Marathon will not only test your endurance but also fill your heart with joy and exuberance. Join us for an unforgettable race that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. See you at the starting line!

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