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ROAD O CROSS Off-Road Races at Living History Farms
November 20, 2021 at 9:00 AM

(*Runner's.World.-.June,2000.&.May.2006 - USA T&F On the Roads, 2003)

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Feature article from RunningTimes Magazine of Sept.'10 or June,'05. Other articles in the May 2006 issue of Runner's World and the Oct. 2009 issue of Trail Runner


It's time! Here is a fun & exhilarating way to celebrate the end of racing season. You will experience the running stories to re-live & re-tell throughout the winter.

You will be challenged by a "SLIGHTLY NEW" COURSE over the world's richest farm land. YES you will still wade through creeks, dodge farm animals and claw your way to the top of gullies with other runners of questionable senses.  Then you'll want to hang out for the "Outdoors in November" post- race lunch, door prizes and awards ceremony.

A Great Race for Some Great Causes:
The "Farm Race" raises funds for Living History Farms and more. Over the last 20 years, the race has given over $1,300,000 to the Living History Farms (a not-for-profit museum).
The race has also funded the Capital Striders endowment for scholarships to area senior cross country athletes; raised food/money for the Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry and donated to area age-group track & swimming teams, the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, the M.D.A., and area Fire Departments. Proceeds from the race help sponsor area races, purchase equipment and racing supplies used at road races and middle school/ high school XC meets.

ALL PROCEEDS go to non-profit entities.

click here to register online at Get Me Registered


Location: Mapquest link here
Living History Farms, Interstate 80 & Hickman Road, Urbandale, Iowa.

Race Day- 9:00 AM race begins, 10:45 youth runs. 11:00 awards ceremony


ENTRY FEES (minimum age 12  to enter)

$45 thru Sat. Nov. 13th.
$55. Nov 14 through  Wed. Nov. 17th. Online registration
closes at 12 Midnight.

Special - Youth 18 & under price - $45 right up until online registration closes on Nov. 20th.

V.I.P entry  TOTAL $145 through  Wed. Nov. 19th.
Youth Races - FREE (age 11  and under) 10:45 a.m. near the awards stage
NO REFUNDS! All expenses are established when you register. Proceeds go to local charities and community projects.

No Race Day entries !!

*Custom Long Sleeve Race Shirt: (shirt size not guarenteed. Shirts first come, first served)
*Post Race hot beef stew meal !  
*Chip time -chip embedded race number
*Door prizes & Awards Ceremony 

Special VIP recieve in addition a special Road O Cross race limited -edition gift package, reserved VIP parking , guaranteed shirt size. You get express entry to the front of the packet pick-up line and also are allowed to start the race in the front area if you wish (partially tax deducted).

Packet pick-up: Living History Farms Visitor Center
Friday, Nov 19 - 3:00 to 8:00 PM  
Saturday, Nov 20 - 7:30 to 8:30 AM
T-shirt size not guaranteed

Race Number Assignments on the Web:
All pre-registered entrants will be posted at on Thursday, November 21st.

Police will be directing traffic. Parking is FREE however space is limited. Please follow the parking directors. If you arrive after 8:00 AM it may take 30 minutes to park. Arrive early, join in the fun &  check out the crazy costumes .
Car-pooling is recommended! If you are arriving from the North or East take 86th Street & enter from the East.
Busses & RVs please enter from the East.

The Design

All race entrants receive a SOFT long- sleeve race shirt with the  custom design by local artist Ben Schuh.. (We ask your preferred size for planning but DO NOT guarantee size as we must order well in advance. Arrive early to get your requested size.)

The Food

FREE  with race entry: Spectators are asked to make a $5 contribution if they wish to eat.

Awards (gun time for safety)
Individual Awards :

Special awards to the top male and female finishers.
Age Divisions - 12 to 14 (awards to 2 male, 2 female); 15 to 18 (3, 3); 19 to 24 (3, 3); 25 to 29 (3, 3); 30 to 34 (3, 3); 35 to 39 (3, 3); 40 to 44 (3, 3);45 to 49 (3, 3); 50 to 54( 3, 3); 55 to 59 (3, 2); 60 to 64 (3, 2); 65 to 69 (2, 1); 70 & up (2, 1).
First Place - $15 Gift Certificates, 2nd-4th $10 Certificates. Also special Farm Pottery for 1st thru 3rd. 
Team Awards :
Teams consist of at least three runners. Coed team division must have at least four runners, two male and two female. The top members score on a total time basis.
Special Farm Pottery (maximum 4 awards per team) - High School Teams (awards to 3 male teams, 3 female teams); Open (3, 3); Masters, all members age 40 & up (3, 3) and Coed (3).
Awards Ceremony & Results (on the stage near the food shelter):
The awards ceremony will be immediately following the youth races at 11 a.m.

Door Prizes (during awards ceremony)

Bring a donation to the Food Pantry & be entered to win Special door prizes.  All participants will be eligible for other drawings. Keep your race number, must be present to win.

Complete Web Results:
Full results will be posted on the web by 3 p.m. Saturday, November 23rd at

Do you want to Volunteer?
We need over 300 of them and it a opportunity to give back and have a fun time. If interested -
Go to this link

 NO unattended bags may be left on the property

For safety reasons  no dogs, no listening devices, no props like swords, lances, etc, no strollers on the course. Cell phones,  jewelry, car keys  etc. must be secured 
PLEASE secure your keys, phones & valuables! 

Frequently asked questions
Will it be cold? Probably!
Will I get wet? Probably!
Will I get dirty? Probably!
Do I need gloves? Yes!
Exactly how far is it? 10K miles
Minimum age in race - 12
Youth runs-FREE, no pre-registration

Other Questions? 1-800-529-7684 or [email protected]
Any clothing items or shoes you wish to discard may be left in the boxes outside the Visitor Center after the race. They are given to charities.

Pre & Post race celebrating
The Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant (located at the west entrance to the Farms) will have food and drink specials for runners. All day Friday & Saturday after the race -just show your race number!

Photography by Jolesch Photography:

They will be taking pictures at various places on the course as well as the finish area. Pictures will be posted at

Places to spend the night.
Ask for the 'Living History Farms Race' rate and save.

Revel Hotel - newly renovated and on the L.H.F. grounds - 515-270-2424

Hotel Renovo - newly renovated and on the L.H.F. grounds - 515-276-1126

Super 8 about 1/2 mile south of farm, 515-226-0414 or 800-334-3277

Courtyard by Marriott, 1/2 mile south of farm, 515-225-1222.

Wildwood Lodge - about 1/2 mile south of Farm, 800-728-1223.

DAYS INN - about 1/2 mile south of Farm, 515-226-1600 .

Best Western Inn & Suites 1 mile south, across I-35, 515-221-2345

Sterling Hotel & Suites, about 1/2 mile south of Farm,. 515-223-7700

Country Inn & Suites 1 mile south, across I-35, 515-223-9254.

La Quinta Inn Clive 1 mile south, across I-35, 515-221-9200.

Valley West Inn, 1.5 mile south, 1 mile east on Westown Pkwy, WDM., 515-225-2524 or 800-833-6755.

Stoney Creek Inn, 1 mile north on I-35, 5291 Stoney Creek Ct. Johnston, IA. 515-334-9000

Hampton Inn West Des Moines, 2 miles south, & 1 mile west at 7060 Lake Drive, West Des Moines. 515-223-4700

Drury Inn & Suites, 3 .5 miles south at West Glen area nesr Jordan Creek Mall in West Des Moines. 515-457-9500.

Days Inn "Value Inn", 1 mile North on Douglas Ave. in Urbandale. 515-226-1600

Villa Lodge, 1 mile North on Douglas Ave. in Urbandale. 515-278-4601.

Special "thank you" to:
City of Urbandale and Living History Farms for making this race possible.

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