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The Blazing 5k

The Blazing 5k

2023 marks the 4th annual Blazing 5k. The last three years historic races welcomed elites and runners of all types. The 5k course starts on the back loop in Water Works Park and shoots out the gun going clockwise on the flat and fast loop. At the end of the loop the racers are greeted by a prize for the first person to cross the mat. From there it’s another flat and fast main loop going clockwise. This area offers plenty of space for spectators and the field can be seen for almost the entirety of this loop. It finishes on the screaming fast and long straightaway to the finish.

*New this year* – The Mile:

After 3 successful years of racing a fast 5k, we feel confident that we can present to you a equally exciting mile race in addition to the 5k. The race is designed to give everyone a chance to race the best. Shortly after the finish of the men’s elite 5k, all are welcome to race the mile along the blazing fast last mile of the 5k. This is another chance to grab a 2nd PR for the day or just see what you can do over the combined 6.609 kilometers. Join us for this new an exciting double! Special pricing for those doubling. Under 12 year olds get to race for $10.

USATF Certified Course: IA21006MF


2023 Prize Purse:

*Subject to increase:*

Total Purse: $2440 + 8 pairs of free shoes
5k Prize Money:
1st M/F: $300 + Free Shoes
2nd M/F: $200 + Free Shoes
3rd M/F: $120 + Free Shoes
4th M/F: $80
5th M/F: $50
Course record M/F  – $200
Back loop challenge M/F – $100 + Free Shoes

Mile Prize Money:
1st M/F: $100
2nd M/F: $50
3rd M/F: $20

Combined 6.609km Prize Money:
1st M/F: $200

Top 10 Challenge Bonus: Beat our top 10 all time marks, earn some bonus cash.

Women who run under 17:15 = $100

Men who run under 14:23 = $100

2022 5k Prize Purse: $2100 +shoes

2021 Blazing 5k Prize Purse: $1750 + shoes

2021 10k Invite Prize Purse: $2250 + shoes + gear

2020 Prize Purse: $600 + shoes + gift cards

The 4th edition of the event date is now taking place on October 8th, 2023.


  • Male cutoff 16:00
  • Male Free Entry 14:30 or faster
  • Free Entry Sign Up Opens 4/2/2023
  • Female cutoff 20:00
  • Female Free Entry 17:30 or faster
  • Free Entry Sign Up Opens 4/2/2023
  • Feel free to reach out to Tyson Wieland @


If you have any questions be contact us at: or


2201 George Flagg Pkwy
Shelter House
Des Moines, IA US 50321

Race Weekend Timeline

Thursday 10/5/2023

8PM: Online Registration Closes

Friday 10/6/2023


Saturday 10/7/2023


Sunday 10/8/2023 – Race Day

6:00AM: Course Opens/Packet Pickup Starts

7:50AM: Pre-Race Meeting at the start line

8:00AM: Open 5K Race

8:05AM: Gates close

8:30AM: Gates open (If available after the Open Race)

8:50AM: Pre-Race Meeting at the start line

9:00AM: Women’s Elite Race

9:05AM: Gates close

9:15AM: Packet Pickup Closes

9:20AM: Pre-Race Meeting at the start line

9:30AM: Men’s Elite Race

9:50AM: Gates open

10:05AM: Gates Close

10:15AM: The Blazing Mile (All Racers)

10:30AM: Gates Open


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