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38th Dam to Dam Runner Shirt & Personalized Race Bib

Sign up in the first 38 days to guarantee your shirt size and a race bib personalized with your first name. After April 21st, shirt size not guaranteed.

Registration Cutoff

No registration after Tuesday, May 30th or after the race limit of 2,000 entrants.

Age Requirements

5K entrants 12 years or younger must run with a parent.

Refunds & Transfers

No refunds of entry fees, no transferring of race numbers. Runners not wearing the correct race number will be disqualified and not allowed to enter Dam to Dam in the future.

Packet Pickup

5K packets will be available 2:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday, June 2nd at the Veteran’s Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. 5K packets will also be available on Saturday, June 3rd, at the finish area information tent from 8:00am to 9:00am. No packets will be mailed. Race entrants can find their race number on this site beginning at noon on Thursday, June 1st.

Refreshments and entertainment will greet you at packet pickup. Ten $100 Fitness Sports door prizes to be given out at packet pickup, two every hour on the hour.

Start Area – 5K Runners

No early starts and course is open for 1 hour.

Race starts at 9:30am on Locust street, west of 12th street, adjacent to the library.

Convenient parking is available north of the start area to avoid the Half-Marathon course and runner congestion.

40 portable bathrooms west of the start area, on 13th Street, south of Locust.

Chip Timing – Awards Determined by Gun Time

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.

Route – Course open for 1 hour (until 10:30am)

5K race is a USA Track & Field certified distance. The course is traffic-controlled and will be timed for a one-hour finish.

Early starts, bikes, baby joggers, dogs and roller blades are NOT permitted. Headphones or electronic listening devices are permitted but discouraged for your safety and the safety of other runners.

Start on Locust, east toward the Capitol and finish at 12th near Walnut.

5K Course Map


5K finishes at 12th near Walnut in downtown Des Moines.

Water and refreshments will be available near the finish line on Locust, 12th and 13th streets. Finishers must show their race number and be prepared to show a photo ID for alcoholic beverages.

Portable bathrooms are available south of Locust on 13th street.

Results will posted on the north side of the Nationwide Building, 12th and Locust.

Open and Age Group Awards – Determined by Gun Time

Top male and female 5K winners will receive a trophy and are eligible for age group awards. 5K age group awards are presented to the top three male and female winners in 13 age divisions. Age division awards will be available at the awards/information tent, near the library, beginning at 10:30am.

Results will be posted at the finish line. Full results will be available by 5:00pm, Saturday, June 3rd, at www.damtodam.com.


Photos from Jolesch Enterprises will be emailed to you one week after the race.