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Summerset Trail
Carlisle, IA US 50047


Our annual Half Marathon & 10k races are a fundraiser for the Thrive church Mission Team. Between our three races we anticipate 800 finishers. Two start lines, one finish line, all three races start at 8:30am. We offer chip timing, super soft ring spun shirts, custom die cast medals to all, trophies to top finishers, plus age division awards. The half marathon is a point to point races and we provide the bus transportation. We added a Greubel Memorial 5k in 2017 to fundraise for three kids in our church and community who tragically lost their parents. The 10k/5k is an out and back, however we are looking at possibly moving the 10k to point to point. Funds from the 5k will go towards college savings plans.

Folks love our courses because they are flat and fast, the Half is downhill, then flat. When you reach the finish line in Carlisle, Iowa you will be greeted with festive music, delicious pie, biscuits & gravy, chocolate milk, and other great grub served up by friendly volunteers. We are hopeful you can have your custom die cast medal engraved, then ring the PR Bell near our free and fun photo booth.

Participants can park at the Carlisle High School (430 School Street) and surrounding areas, bus transportation to the Half start line is provided. Buses begin loading at 6:30 a.m. The last bus will leave Carlisle at 7:45 a.m.

Walkers are allowed and encouraged to start early. Check Athletes email sent race week for details

Half Marathon
Begins at 8:30am in Indianola, IA and ends in Carlisle, IA
Start line is close to the Indianola High School
Bus transportation to the start line provided
Bag drop at the start and baggage claim at the finish
Awards to top 3 Men & Women in 5-yr age increments.
Trophies to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd overall Man and Woman.

10k TBD Decision in Early 2023
Race begins at 8:30am in Carlisle, IA
Out and Back Start line/Finish Line is at Summerset trailhead
Parking available at Carlisle school, Wycoff, and River Bottom Raceway
Bag drop at the start and baggage claim at the finish
Awards to top 2 Men & Women in 5-yr age increments.
Trophies to 1st and 2nd overall Man and Woman.

Race begins at 8:30am near the Summerset Trailhead, Carlisle, IA
Parking available at Carlisle school, Wycoff, and River Bottom Raceway
Bag drop is available for this race too.
Awards to top 2 Men & Women in 5-yr age increments.
Trophies to 1st overall Man and Woman.

There will be portable restrooms where you board the buses for the Half. There are plenty of portables at all the start lines, there are also restrooms at the 1 mile mark for the half. 10k/5k participants will find restrooms at the Start/finish line. Both neighboring towns of Indianola and Carlisle (just southeast of Des Moines, the state capital) are friendly and have plenty of amenities. The Half Marathon start is in the larger city of Indianola, where the trail begins and winds through the city itself for about a mile and a half before striking out into a wilderness of red and white oak trees, owls, and fox.

Please register early to ensure that you receive a medal, shirt, transportation, etc. Shirt sizes are ordered Oct. 4th, 2022.

Race Day packet pick-up and registration starts at 6:30 am. The exact location will be updated as the race day approaches. The buses for the Half Marathon will arrive at 6:30 am with the last bus leaving at 7:45.

We offer Hillbilly Bag Drop for both races. Hillbilly Bag Drop = a car with the trunk open and a Hillbilly there taking your bag and writing your bib # on it. You will find the car parked close and convenient to the start line. Our bag drop Hillbillies are so helpful that they are ALSO sweeping the half  course to collect discarded clothing that is found in the 1st 1/2 mile. They will bring those discarded items to the finish and you can find that stuff in a pile marked Lost and Found. It will be next to the Finish Line Bag Claim. Bags will be in order by bib number. Bag collection will be loosely monitored, in other words don’t put valuables in your bag.

Race packet Pick up and walk up registration.

Thursday, November 3rd, Thrive Church 707 East Euclid, Indianola, IA  6:00-7:00 pm

Friday, Nov 4th, from 4-6 pm  will be at Fitness Sports at 8810 Swanson Blvd, Clive, IA 50325 on.


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