Dam to Dam

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

- Top Three Frequently Asked Questions -

I'm injured and cannot run Dam to Dam, will there be a refund?
There are no refunds at Dam to Dam, your entry fee will appropriately be used to maintain Iowa's Distance Classic for another 35 years. The volunteer race committee is committed to keeping this race non-profit, affordable and a joy for runners to run every year. While we understand that not all runners will be able to attend the race, your entry fee will be used effectively in 2014 and beyond.

Can I give my race number and chip to another runner?
No, do not transfer race numbers.  Any runner with the wrong race number will be disqualified and runners involved will be asked to not participant again at Dam to Dam.  Changing race numbers can create unintended award and medical problems.  Additionally, bandits are not allowed in this race - permits, police fees, organizational costs, etc are reserved only for those who registered.

Can I change my race distance?
The only change possible is from the Half-Marathon to the 5K. This change can be done Friday, May 30 at packet pickup. Absolutely no changing from the 5k to the Half-Marathon!

 

- General Race Information -

How do I register?
Half-Marathon and 5K registration opens at 12:01am on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. You may register online through Thursday, May 22 or until the race is filled. No paper or mailed entries are accepted. NO REGISTRATION AT PACKET PICKUP.

Youth Run registration and number pickup is available during packet pickup, from 2pm to 8 pm on Friday, May 30, at the Veteran's Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Registration and number pickup is also available from 8am to 10am on Saturday, May 31, at the finish area registration tent. Pre-registration is not accepted.

What are the entry fees?
- Half-Marathon -
The Half-Marathon race is limited to 9,000 runners. $35 entry fee for the first 5,000 runners, $40 entry fee for next 2,000 runners (5001-7000) and $45 entry the last 2,000 runners (7001-9000).

35th Dam to Dam runner shirt - Sign up in the first 35 days to guarantee your shirt size and a race bib personalized with your first name. After April 22, shirt size not guaranteed.

- 5K -
The 5K race is limited to 3,000 runners. $25 entry fee for the first 2,000 runners, $30 entry fee for the last 1,000 runners (2001-3000).

35th Dam to Dam runner shirt - Sign up in the first 35 days to guarantee your shirt size and a race bib personalized with your first name. After April 22, shirt size not guaranteed.

- Youth Runs -
The Dam to Dam youth runs are FREE and open to all kids, ages 1 to 12 years old.

Does Dam to Dam limit the number of runners in each race?
Yes, the Half-Marathon is capped at 9,000 runners and the 5K at 3,000 runners.

Are bikes, rollers blades or baby joggers allowed on the course?
Early starts, bikes, baby joggers, dogs, roller blades are NOT permitted. Headphones or electronic listening devices are permitted but discouraged for the safety of yourself and other runners.

What timing system is being use at Dam to Dam?
All runners will be provided a bib chip. Your race number will have a chip affixed to the back. You will be timed according to your chip or net time. Open and age division awards will be determined by gun time.

The bib chip cannot be folded, pinned or bent in anyway for it to record your time correctly - failure to wear the race number correctly will result in disqualification.

 

- Registration Questions -

What do I do if I cannot participate once I have registered?
No refunds on entry fees or transferring of race numbers. Runners not wearing the correct race number will be disqualified not allowed to not enter Dam to Dam in the future.

How do I know if I am registered?
Runners will receive an e-mail upon completion of your on-line registration from GetMeRegistered.com. The credit card used will also reflect your registration payment.

All entrants will receive an e-mail with final instructions and their assigned race number will be posted at DamtoDam.com on Tuesday, May 27.

You should definitely receive confirmation from GetMeRegistered.com. If you do not receive an e-mail or cannot find you name on the entrant list, come to the May 30 packet pickup for corrections.

What is the deadline for registration?
Midnight on Thursday, May 22 is the last date and time for entering Dam to Dam or when the limit of 9,000 Half-Marathon entries and 3,000 5K entries is reached.

How do I change race distances?
The only change possible is from the Half-Marathon to the 5K. This change can be done Friday, May 30 at packet pickup.

Where does my registration fee go?
Your registration fees help pay for the necessary permits, police support, medical support, runners services, supplies and personnel to put on the race. Dam to Dam is a 501c(4) nonprofit organization and is directed entirely by volunteers. Dam to Dam has a long tradition of using registration fees to provide a great race at a reasonable cost.

9,000 limit for Half-Marathon and 3,000 limit for 5K - Why the limit?
Dam runners are the best! We just want to make sure everyone has a good run and a great day. All races have limits due to the start and finish area, course route, etc. Too many runners can lessen the running experience. Dam to Dam is no exception.

The Half-Marathon start area, Saylorville Dam, is a unique starting area and can handle only so many runners. Dam to Dam moves a small Iowa city 13.1 miles north of the finish and starts exactly at 7am. Thanks to you, it works!

The 5K start area is limited as well. The 5K started in 1995 with just a few hundred runners. It now fills the streets.

The finish area at the Western Gateway Park is the perfect ending for all to relax and enjoy the sun. While Dam to Dam is expanding the area to the maximum, it's only comfortable for 20,000 runners, spectators and family members.

Dam to Dam is operated entirely by a volunteer race committee and race director - YIKES! That is hard to believe. A limit to the number of runners insures many years of success.

 

- Packet Pickup -

Where and when is packet pickup?
Friday, May 30 at the Veteran's Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center from 2pm to 8pm. There is no packet pickup for the Half-Marathon on race day. A very limited 5K only packet pickup is available Saturday, May 31, from 8am to 9:00am at finish area packet pick-up tent.

How can I find my race number assignment prior to packet pickup?
All race numbers will be posted at DamtoDam.com Tuesday, May 27. If you cannot find your name on the entrant list come to the May 30 packet pickup for corrections.

Can someone else pickup my packet?
Yes, make sure whomever picks up your packet has your permission to pick up your packet. No packets will be mailed prior to or after the race.

 

- Race Day Information -

Where should I park on race day?
Half-Marathon parking is available on the street and in parking garages near the bus transportation.

5K parking is available on the street and in parking garages. Convenient parking available south of the start area. To avoid the Half-Marathon course and runner congestion enter the south parking lots via the north and east.

What is the start time and location?
Half-Marathon starts at 7am in the middle of Saylorville Dam, north of Des Moines. The Dam and roads leading to the Dam are closed to traffic at 5:30am. To avoid congestion and parking difficulties, runners must take a bus to the Dam. Buses leave from Nationwide Insurance - 11th & Locust Street, Merle Hay Mall, Valley West Mall and DMACC Ankeny campus to Saylorville Dam from 5 to 5:45am. Bus transportation is one-way only - buses will not return to the pick-up locations after the race.

5K starts at 9:30 am at 10th & Locust.

Youth runs start at 10:40am west of the finish line.

Is there gear bag check-in for the Half-Marathon
Half-Marathon clothing bags are provided and can be dropped off at the west end of Saylorville Dam near the start area. Clothing will be transported to the finish and claimed on 12th Street, south of Locust. Dam to Dam is not responsible for lost items.

Are there portable bathrooms near the Half-Marathon and 5K start?
Half-Marathon has over 140 portable bathrooms west of the start area. 5K has over 40 portable bathrooms west of the start area, on 12th Street, south of Locust.

Is there a course time limit?
Yes - runners must complete the Half-Marathon course in 3 hours 15 minutes and the 5K course in 1 hour. The Half-Marathon, 5K and Youth Runs all end at the same location, 13th & Grand. It is important that everyone honors the time limits. In order to comply with city and county permits, streets crossing the route must be reopened to vehicle traffic after the time limits.

How can I reunite with family, friends and other runners at the end of the Half-Marathon?
The easiest way to find your family and friends after the race is to have a plan beforehand.

Half-Marathon runners after finishing will be directed around the Pappajohn Center, clockwise to receive their finisher medal, water, sports drink and clothing bag.

 

- Post-Race Information -

How will I receive my Half-Marathon finishers medal?
You must finish in under 3 hours 15 minutes. Your medal will be presented to you after crossing the finish line.

If I won a age division award, how do I get it?
Half-Marathon and 5K Age division awards will be available at the race site awards tent starting at 9:00am, 12th & Grand, west of the Central Library. Half-Marathon awards will be available starting at 9:00am and 5K awards will be available starting at 10:30am.

How will I find my official time?
Results will posted on the east side of the Pappajohn Center. Full results will be available by 5:00pm, Saturday, May 31, at DamtoDam.com. The official race booklet will be mailed to all entrants.
What will be the date of Dam to Dam in 2015?
Dam to Dam is traditionally the Saturday after Memorial Day. In 2015 it will be May 30. Registration will begin mid-March 2015.

Nationwide

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