Run to Exile Packet Pickup/Pre-Race


A local brewery, Exile Brewing Company, must have thought it’d be awesome if they could somehow get customers to come running into the business. Running…running…Let’s hold a run! We’ll charge them to enter the race and conveniently drop them off at the front doors to the brewery. 

In all seriousness, organized races seem to be few and far actually within Des Moines. Most popup in the smaller community holiday events. Running season is book-ended by large events like Dam to Dam in early June and the Des Moines Marathon in October.

For a moment I contemplated running the half marathon. My long runs were nearing the 10 miles peak and felt it would have been a good challenge. However, a week after Dam to Dam and only my second race wearing a bib, I opted for the 10k route.


Race Map – Version 1.0

The 5k, 10k and half are named after the beers the brewery taps. Those are named after ex-girlfriends as the story goes. So I’m running Ruthie.

I took initiative to run a training run on the course. They say races shorten with familiar territory. You’re likely to use guideposts or landmarks to recall your previous runs. It was a decent run that ran through a park just outside of downtown Des Moines. However, all of the blue depicted int he map tends to expand when it rains. So the course was updated the week of the race to really run alongside the half marathon course coming from the North.

Race swag;

1 – Exile Brewing Company Pint Glass
1 – Exile Brewing Company Gear Bag
1 – Tech Shirt



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