Overall Rating
Overall Rating (27 Reviews)
4.5
(27 Ratings)(27 Reviews)
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2.6
SCENERY
3.6
PRODUCTION
4.4
SWAG
4.2
The Drake Road Races have gone VIRTUAL for 2020! Beginning on September 27 and running through October 7, participants can submit their performances to our Virtual Leaderboard. Have you always wanted to finish on the iconic Blue Oval but were unable? Now we can send the Blue Oval directly to … MORE
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    JustrunfasterDSM REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Be part of the Drake Relays - America’s Athletic Classic - no matter where you are at on your fitness journey. With a 5K, 10K and half marathon all available, … MORE

    Be part of the Drake Relays – America’s Athletic Classic – no matter where you are at on your fitness journey. With a 5K, 10K and half marathon all available, the options are there. The 5K & 10K courses are nit difficult to conquer. Participants receive a top-notch long-sleeve shirt, and the medals are always fantastic (let’s face it, a lot of us do this for the medals…). This will only continue to get stronger. Don’t miss out.

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    BarefootRunner REPEAT RUNNER '19

    it was unfortunate that it had to fall during holy week as this prevented me from getting in more training. also, i liked it better when it was after the … MORE

    it was unfortunate that it had to fall during holy week as this prevented me from getting in more training.
    also, i liked it better when it was after the grand blue mile instead of before it.
    still, it was a nice race despite my poor time.
    the pic is of me after i finished showing my blue feet.

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    gaylelindsay1 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great race with a great atmosphere. It was very well organized - both on the day and also advance communications. The free in-race photos were awesome and the medals were … MORE

    Great race with a great atmosphere. It was very well organized – both on the day and also advance communications. The free in-race photos were awesome and the medals were fantastic!

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    Katsie FIRST-TIMER '19

    Really well organised event and great atmosphere at the finish. Amazing feeling finishing on the blue oval. You feel a part of something special. MORE

    Really well organised event and great atmosphere at the finish. Amazing feeling finishing on the blue oval. You feel a part of something special.

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    Having never done anything greater than a 5k before, I wanted to challenge myself with a 10k distance. The Drake Road Race was the perfect opportunity to test out this … MORE

    Having never done anything greater than a 5k before, I wanted to challenge myself with a 10k distance. The Drake Road Race was the perfect opportunity to test out this distance and build my confidence. The route was easy and flat….and lining the route was a supportive and fun community!

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    aparkel FIRST-TIMER '19

    This 5k was quite fun and definitely worth it especially in the long run; you don't do just the race, but you also receive a medal and a decent jacket … MORE

    This 5k was quite fun and definitely worth it especially in the long run; you don’t do just the race, but you also receive a medal and a decent jacket and have something good to feel about.
    My biggest challenge is my asthma as I’ll never know what it’s like to run without breathing issues. This won’t stop me from running a half marathon someday.
    My favorite part was the style of the finish (entering the Drake stadium) as it was a cool finish.
    I wish the races were an hour or two later because as a Drake student, more of my friends would be able to watch me, or more so run it themselves.
    Tips:
    1. Commit in advance as it saves you money and gives you more time to prepare and once committed, you can’t go back.
    2. Fans/Spectators, runners greatly appreciate people who they don’t know who cheer for them.
    3. It’s ok to repeat the race the next time you sign up; it’s a good measure for improvement to keep your confidence up. Then, you can decide to take thing a notch higher.

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    k.debruin4 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race is medium in difficulty which makes it perfect for any runner. The course is laid out nicely through Des Moines with a good variation of uphill, downhill, and … MORE

    This race is medium in difficulty which makes it perfect for any runner. The course is laid out nicely through Des Moines with a good variation of uphill, downhill, and flat terrain. The people are so nice and encouraging. Always a good time of year for weather, its not too hot or too cold. I love the finish on the Blue Oval it makes it all worth it to finish on the track!

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    vruby FIRST-TIMER '19

    Leading up to the race the team did a great job keeping participants 'in the know' as to what to expect and kept participants excited about the race. They included … MORE

    Leading up to the race the team did a great job keeping participants ‘in the know’ as to what to expect and kept participants excited about the race. They included tons of helpful training and race day information, had this been my first race ever I would have particularly appreciated this! The packet pick up and race day itself went VERY smooth and not once did I feel lost. I love running through Des Moines in any condition or location, but this course was mainly through residential areas and had plenty of light hills. The pacers did great, they were informative and friendly. I hung with the 2 hour pacer for most of the race and he did a great job of hitting accurate and even splits. Post race was easy to navigate my way through the recovery area and out of the event space. My family had no problem finding parking or their way into the race to support me. The running jacket surprised me by how great of quality it is!
    the course was a little challenging for me since it was through neighborhoods and had several hills. Small hills but by mile 8 I was wishing for flat ground!
    Finishing on the blue oval was actually a very powerful and impactful moment. I loved it!

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    saraheijerman REPEAT RUNNER '19

    It was a beautiful day for a race! The check-in process was easy and super convenient, the medals and half zip pullover were great quality, facilities were available for restrooms/showers, … MORE

    It was a beautiful day for a race! The check-in process was easy and super convenient, the medals and half zip pullover were great quality, facilities were available for restrooms/showers, and ending at the blue oval makes it a fun experience for those of us who weren’t competitive runners in HS/college, but now get to participate in the Relays for fun! I’d recommend this race, and will definitely be participating again!

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    erinsimpson2 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I wish there were more mile marker signs to know how far I was going. When I did the race in 2015, the course went downtown and included the Bulldog … MORE

    I wish there were more mile marker signs to know how far I was going.
    When I did the race in 2015, the course went downtown and included the Bulldog hill coming back to Drake University. I liked that course much better that the straight down Kingman Blvd. and back which was not as scenic or exciting but I do love finishing on the Blue Oval. There is always a great crowd at this race and the enthusiasm makes it so fun.

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    devancarrie REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Love finishing on the blue oval. You must try it at least once. The hills make it challenging. I love a good challenge. If you haven't ran it before give … MORE

    Love finishing on the blue oval. You must try it at least once. The hills make it challenging. I love a good challenge. If you haven’t ran it before give it a try, it’s an amazing race.

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    lkinsey FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race had gentle hills that made it very doable. It was well organized and went smoothly. There were people of all ages,shapes and sizes and everyone encouraged each other. … MORE

    This race had gentle hills that made it very doable. It was well organized and went smoothly. There were people of all ages,shapes and sizes and everyone encouraged each other.

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    iowamarinedad REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Very well run, always an enjoyable race. Drake always puts on a top notch event, course is enjoyable and yet has some elevation to keep it interesting. Weather is always … MORE

    Very well run, always an enjoyable race. Drake always puts on a top notch event, course is enjoyable and yet has some elevation to keep it interesting. Weather is always on the cool side to start but perfect racing weather. Very friendly crowds and fellow runners. Perfect time of the year for a tune up race.

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    keciapf REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is the 7th time of ran the Drake 1/2 marathon and will continue to come back for this amazing spring event. Drake does a fantastic job of putting together … MORE

    This is the 7th time of ran the Drake 1/2 marathon and will continue to come back for this amazing spring event. Drake does a fantastic job of putting together a first class race with just the right amount of challenge + fun!!

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    sarahriggins REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I’ve ran the Drake Relays road races multiple times. It’s a great spring race. The 5K and 10K are nice, fairly flat, easy courses and finishing in the Blue Oval … MORE

    I’ve ran the Drake Relays road races multiple times. It’s a great spring race. The 5K and 10K are nice, fairly flat, easy courses and finishing in the Blue Oval makes for a great atmosphere at the end. Next up will be the Half Marathon!

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    emilyfeldkamp REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I’ve done the Drake road races 4 times now and am never disappointed! They allowed me to switch race distances last minute and even allowed me to complete the 5k … MORE

    I’ve done the Drake road races 4 times now and am never disappointed! They allowed me to switch race distances last minute and even allowed me to complete the 5k on a knee scooter (had a stress fracture but didn’t want to waste my race entry!). The race start made way more sense this year over last year and the swag was top notch! I’ll be back next year to take on that half marathon course 🙂

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    M_Sohaskey May 10, 2019 at 1:53pm

    3.1 miles on a knee scooter is amazing, way to go Emily! Talk about resourceful... so glad you're healthy and back on your feet again!

    3.1 miles on a knee scooter is amazing, way to go Emily! Talk about resourceful... so glad you're healthy and back on your feet again!

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    emilyfeldkamp REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I've done the Drake Road Races several times - both the 5k and 10k distances. Will be trying out the half marathon course next year! The course goes up and … MORE

    I’ve done the Drake Road Races several times – both the 5k and 10k distances. Will be trying out the half marathon course next year! The course goes up and down Kingman Blvd which is a really pretty part of town with old homes and big trees! Both the 10k and 5k are fairly flat and fast courses. Finishing on the blue oval is always a blast. it’s nice for spectators to get to sit in stadium seats to watch the finish! Plus the announcer over the speakers makes it feel like you’re a much bigger deal than just a road race participant 😉

    My only complaint from this year was that stuff was difficult to find and could have completely been fixed with some signs. It was impossible for me to find the bag drop and I almost missed the start trying to find it. Then once my bag was dropped it was impossible to find the start! A few signs could have majorly helped with this!

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    sigginst REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Drake does a spectacular job running the Drake Relaying and hosting a road race for anyone to participate in no matter how fast or slow you run/walk! What I love … MORE

    Drake does a spectacular job running the Drake Relaying and hosting a road race for anyone to participate in no matter how fast or slow you run/walk! What I love most about the road race is that the race coordinators makes you feel like you are a athlete in the Drake Relays. This year I competed in the 10k rather than the half and the one thing I disliked was running into the 5k for the last 1.5 miles, I had to zig-zag through participants walking or running at a slower pace.
    Overall I absolutely love this race and plan to come back in the following years!

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    sigginst REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The Drake Relays committee does an amazing job organizing this race along side the Relays. My favorite part of this race is how I can get involved at a large … MORE

    The Drake Relays committee does an amazing job organizing this race along side the Relays. My favorite part of this race is how I can get involved at a large competition while not being in athletics anymore, and then later go watch the competition.

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    david.m.graham05 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The race was very scenic and challenging, but the old course was so much better. The hills on the last three miles (old course) were very challenging. I love that … MORE

    The race was very scenic and challenging, but the old course was so much better. The hills on the last three miles (old course) were very challenging. I love that they kept the loop around Gray’s Lake in the race. Best part of the course.

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