Friday, October 7, 2016

100 Half Marathons - Club Challenge of Fifty States Half Marathon Club - Iowa Running Clubs

Iowa half marathon runners and walkers!  Join a great club with lots of challenges to work on, as well as lots of discounts and great members.  Many half marathon runners and walkers out there can’t alway afford to travel around to all 50 states.  The 100 Half Marathons Challenge™ is a perfect alternative!  Join Fifty States Half Marathon Club and work toward your 100 half marathons, and take your time on the other challenges.  All members can work toward all the challenges.

Fifty States Half Marathon Club hosts a big annual meet up in a new state every year, which includes the big annual awards night for all the club members that finish a challenge.  From the 100 Half Marathons Challenge™ to the 50 States Half Marathon Challenge™, or 50 States Endurance Challenge™, runners and walkers will enjoy a great group of members, with lots of opportunity to meet members at races.  Paint your journey on the cool 100 Half Marathons shirts, designed by Fifty States Half Marathon Club, or the map back design as you work toward 50 states.



Additionally, there is the 500 Endurance Challenge™, the 7 Continents Endurance Challenge™, and the new Canada 10 Provinces Half Marathon Challenge™.  A description of each challenge can be found at the official website of Fifty States Half Marathon Club.

Beautiful, classy awards when you finish a challenge!

Join the club and start working toward your 100 half marathons, or 50 states, at

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Race Review for Half Marathons in Iowa

Do you have a race review for a half marathon you participated in located in Iowa?  If so, feel free to submit a half marathon review for consideration!   Here are some great topics runners like to read about in your half marathon review:

Was the race well organized?  Packet pick up, expo, start time, timing, support?

Did this race have an expo, or just a small packet pickup?

Were enough volunteers recruited? How was on course support?  Enough food?  Enough water?

How was the post race party?  Good food? Music?  Enough food?  Enough refreshments & recovery food or drinks? Describe.

How was the medal? below average? average? excellent?  beyond excellent, pretty cool?
Do you have a photo to share of your bling to include?

How was the swag?  Any awesome swag?  Brand of shirt?

How was the cost of the race compared to most half marathons?  about average, a great deal, way too expensive for the swag, bling and support that was provided, well worth the cost for the swag, bling, post race party and support received?

Was this a small race, a medium sized race, or large race?

Was the course scenic?  What was the highlight of the course (or highlights of the course)?
What made the course fun (or totally boring)?
Do you have any good scenic course photos to send us?

Describe the course.  Was it flat?  Rollers the whole way?  Flat with one big monster hill?  All up?  All down?  All up then all down? etc.  Was it shaded?  Trees, dessert, mountainous, city streets, all neighborhoods, through a park, etc?

We love to hear from our half marathon runners about all the half marathon races out there that you love, like, or didn't care for, and appreciate your feedback.  We may share your review in multiple locations such as our half marathon blogs, or possibly even on  You can ask to be published anonymously if you'd like, but we do need your information in order to publish.

Happy Running!

Dam to Dam Half Marathon Race Review

Race Review by Fifty States Half Marathon Club member Andrew Martin:

Dam to Dam Half Marathon - Des Moines, IA. I am going to call this my new favorite race! 1. Very low registration fee. 2. Free (all ya want) beer, pizza, subs, etc. at packet pickup. 3. Point to point scenic course. 4. Almost all flat with a couple rollers to keep it interesting. 5. Ten water stops. 6. Friendly volunteers/great support the entire way. 7. Iowa's biggest half marathon with 8,000+ runners. 8. Perfect weather this time of year. 9. Decent finisher's medal. 10. Free (all ya want) beer and chocolate milk post race. I will be back next year!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Iowa Half Marathons 2014 - Iowa Half Marathon Calendar

Just a note to our readers, letting everyone know Iowa half marathons are up to date for 2014 at the Half Marathon Calendar!

Search for half marathons by state OR search for a half marathon by month.

The half marathon calendar is managed by Fifty States Half Marathon Club and is a free resource to the public.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Iowa Half Marathons 2014 - Half Marathon Schedule

Do you have a 2014 Iowa half marathon date update or a new half marathon to add?  We are updating our half marathon calendar for 2014 as your dates are updated, so make sure to send us on over any Dubuque half marathons, Des Moines half marathons, Cedar Rapids half marathons, Council Bluffs half marathons, or any other Iowa half marathon 2014 dates!

Iowa Half Marathon Schedule 2013 and 2014

Want to advertise your event?  We have great ad prices on our half marathon calendar as well!  Get visibility on one of the most up to date half marathon calendars on the web!

Click here to view our media kit and various advertising prices and deals.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Iowa Half Marathon Runners, Marathoners & Triathletes - Join the Challenge!

Join in Iowa runners and triathletes, and take the Challenge!  Whether you are a half marathon runner, a full marathon runner, a half ironman triathlete or go long for the full ironman triathlons, OR like to do a little bit of all, ... we have a challenge for you!  Choose from 3 challenges .........

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Gambler Half Marathon Race Review

The Gambler Half Marathon race review by Fifty States HALF Marathon Club member Maureen Bowen - 2012

"The Gambler Half - Council Bluffs IA. Lets see - Cheap, near a major airport (Omaha), and flat. Not scenic, no standout medal, small race, few water stops,. So if you are looking to PR on a flat course - go for it. If you are looking to get your state in and get out of town - go for it. Going for the great bling, extras, and race support - skip."

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Have an Iowa Half Marathon Race Review? OR are you an Iowa Race Director or Event Organizer?

Feel free to share with us your Half Marathon race reviews.

What to share?

Course description:  flat, hilly, rollers, scenic

Best moment of the race?

What could they improve on if anything?




Aid Stations?

Post Party entertainment?


Are you a Race Director or Event Organizer and want to improve your website for athletes?
Read the Article at this site
What do you Include on your Website?:  

Do you want to advertise your event on one of our State Pages at
 Half Marathon Calendar 2012 ?
We are running a special, advertise 2 consecutive months or longer and we'll give you the ad for only $100/month!!!!
Contact us for availability of the ad spot you'd like.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Iowa Half Marathons, Half Marathon Runners, Race Directors & Event Organizers

Hi Iowa Half Marathon Runners, Race Directors and Event Organizers.  Feel free to email us Half Marathon race news and stories to post on our blog.  To send news, articles or fun information, please send us which Half Marathon State Blog you'd like it posted in at   CONTACT US

Also if you'd like your event or any other discounts to be added to the official Fifty States HALF Marathon Club member discount list that goes out to all our members across the United States, please send your event, website link and race discount code to be added for our official members to use.  Our members like to choose from races on our discount list when they look at choosing a half marathon in your state.  Send to  CONTACT US  and in return we will help promote your event.

If your Half Marathon event is missing from the Half Marathon Race Calendar found at and would like to be added, please send the event date, name, and website link to   CONTACT US

Friday, April 2, 2010


Saturday, Apr. 24 Drake Relays On-the-Roads Half Marathon & 8K Des Moines, IA

Sunday, May 23 Council Bluffs Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run Council Bluffs, IA

Monday, November 16, 2009

Half marathon to benefit food pantry: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

I thought I would share a Half Marathon I just came across, as it is for a great cause and they are looking for volunteers, so thought I'd help pass the word around to Iowa Runners, or significant others of runners that might be tagging along with runners to this race.

Half marathon to benefit food pantry

Monday, September 7, 2009

HALF Marathon Runners and Race Directors in IOWA

Feel free to post favorite races, half marathon events, and anything and everything related to HALF Marathons in Iowa!

For Race directory of Iowa HALF Marathons, go to

If interested in taking on a 50 STATE CHALLENGE or a 100 HALF ANYWHERE CHALLENGE, please check out Fifty States HALF Marathon Club at