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Capital Pursuit

Capital Pursuit

Capital Pursuit is the Capital Strider’s premier road race that takes participants through the vibrant streets of downtown Des Moines, down the beautifully tree-lined streets near Drake University campus, and ending at the amazing Western Gateway Park downtown. In its 39th year, make sure not to miss one of Des Moines’ longest-running traditions.

The Capital Striders are a member of the Road Runners Club of America, which promotes the development of community-based running clubs and events in the pursuit of health and competition for all ages.  RRCA provides support and race insurance for many of its 2,500 member organizations.



  • Date: Sunday, September 25, 2022

  • Time: 9:00 a.m. start for the 10-mile and 5K races

    • 11:00 a.m. for Pursuit Junior

  • Starting Line: Locust & 15th Street


Links to the 2022 Course Maps

COURSE HYDRATION – There are 3 water stations on the 10 mile course and 1 water station on the 5K course. Gatorade will be available on the 10 mile course at two water stations, near the 5 and 8 mile points.

CALLING ALL ELITES: The Capital Pursuit road race is again offering free entry to elite runners who meet time qualifications for the 10 mile race. The standards for the featured race are 55 minutes for the men, 1:00 for the women, or equivalent times for shorter or longer races run within the past 15 months.  Elite entry inquiries should be made to:


  • 10 Mile: $40.00 Registration (through 8/31/2022) $45.00 Registration (after 8/31/2022 until 9/22/2022)

  • 5K: $30.00 Registration (through 8/31/2022) $35.00 Registration (after 8/31/2022 until 9/22/2022)

  • After 9/22/2022: 10mi: $50 5K: $40

    NOTE: Online registration closes after 09/22/2022. After 09/22/2022 please register at Packet Pickup. See Packet Pickup details below.



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