Relay Iowa has become a metaphor for a life well lived. It is not a race to the finish, but an extended relay of individuals journeying closely together, sustaining each other as they stretch the limits of their physical endurance, test their mental toughness and draw upon their emotional well in a place beyond their comfort zones, for the sole purpose of improving the life of another human being.
Why We Run
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"The best is the night running, all alone, in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere. It's so peaceful and unlike anything I've ever experienced."
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“I’m not a competitive person by nature, and even though this is not a race, I so wanted to catch that guy in front of me! But in the end your time and your place at the finish line doesn’t matter, it just matters that you ran, you had fun, you made friends, and you finished!”
339 miles. Really?
"I love to see the beautiful Iowa countryside, and I saw it in a way that I would have never experienced if I was driving. Iowa is one of my favorite places on earth."
Meet The Crew
Cofounder/Board of Directors/Race Director/Bad Speller
Maren & Nora Raine
Do Whatever Needs To Be Done Because Their Parents Started This Crazy Relay
Scott & Lynn Rhein
Scott – Board of Directors/Spreadsheet Super Hero
Lynn – Board of Directors/Top Dog of Details/Checkpoint Commander in Chief
Nate & Karena Steir
Karena – Board of Directors/Cheerleader/Photographer
Nate – Videographer/Most Likely To Video You When You Haven’t Showered in Days
Chuck & Shelley Fritz
Chuck – Ultra-Marathoner Extraordinaire/Lord of the Dummies/Die-Hard Relay Iowa Supporter and Prior Board Member
Shelley – Board of Directors/Ultra-Marathoner’s Weekend Widow/Pit Stop Princess
Greg Schrobilgen & Kathleen Sheehan
Greg – Board of Directors/Five-Time Team Captain/One of the Schrobilgen Brothers (the “smart” one)
Kathleen – Wordsmith/Most Outstanding Chauffeur
Best Hair/Jack of all Trades/One of the Schrobilgen Brothers (the “nice” one)
Dan & Jodi Schrobilgen
Dan – Sign Maestro/Website Wrangler/One of the Schrobilgen Brothers (the “cool” one)
Jodi – Board of Directors/Communications Crazy/Detail Diva
"I've never seen such a diverse group of people all working for the same cause, and all cheering for each other to get there. It was very unique and hard to describe, and I had a blast. I'll definitely be back next year!"
"The friends that I made during Relay Iowa are now bonded to me in a way that is hard to describe. We did this together, and only those that participate in this weekend can understand how meaningful that is."
What Others Have Said
I didn’t know if I was capable of doing this. I loved my team-they pushed me mentally and emotionally.
I am so thankful I was a part of that…it was incredible and I cannot believe how amazing I feel about myself after the fact.
The length distinguishes it from other races. I think…that lots of runners would love to try and run across Iowa.
It was a real test of endurance and teamwork, and I think that was what made it so fun and so rewarding once we got to Dubuque.
I like the appeal of crossing a whole d*** state! This was a major accomplishment.
Everyone on my team had a blast with this run. It was long, grueling, and painful, but in the end it was definitely worth it.