Run with the Indianola Animals: Welcome


What: A free running group for learning the basics of training and racing for all levels of runners.   We either run by water fountains or provide water for each run.  Enjoy meeting new runners, everyone is welcome so feel free to invite a friend to join you.  This is NOT your serious workouts like in High School…. come and have fun!  All ages, all sizes, all paces are welcome!   We run in rain or shine, as well as cold or heat - but we will wait for a storm to pass.  If there is lightning, we will not run.

Who: New or former runners who want to try the sport in a safe and guided environment or those who want to get back into shape after an extended “hiatus.” All you need is running attire - appropriate for the weather - and yourself!

When: Every Tuesday at 6:00 PM beginning the first Tuesday in April and running (no pun intended) through October.  A guest speaker will present a 10-15 min running/fitness related topic before the run begins. The final meet-up is a Pizza Party to celebrate season.  It will be first Tuesday after the DM Marathon.

Where: McVay Trailhead, 300 Block of East 5th Street (behind Arby's).  There you will find a hard-surfaced bike/walking trail, Shelter, modern restrooms, drinking fountain, paved parking lot.

Why: To have fun, meet other runners, and learn the basics of running while preparing for any of the many area races such as Loop the Lake, Dam to Dam, Clive Running Festival, Capital Pursuit, Hillbilly Hike, Living History Farms, Sycamore 8, and many more.

Cost: Free – hard to beat that!

Why “Animals”?

Penguins: Walk/Joggers… The penguins are those who are starting to train for a race and are just getting started.

Ducks: Joggers…Ducks are for those who are more experienced with training and racing and are wanting to improve in performance.

Eagles: Runners… Eagles are our most experienced runners who generally have raced for many years and are wanting to keep improving in performance.

We are seeking guest speakers. Can you share some running tips with the group? Please sign up to be a guest speaker here.