Relay Iowa








6th Annual Relay Iowa


The Longest Relay Run in the U.S.!


339 miles3 days/2 nightsJune 5-7, 2015


Come join us for the 6th annual Relay Iowa, the ultimate adventure relay run! You and your team of up to twelve people will run for three days and two nights, covering 339 miles across some of the most beautiful and challenging landscape Iowa has to offer.  The route takes you from Sioux City on Friday morning all the way to Dubuque by Sunday afternoon.

This relay is unique in many ways.  First of all it is not a race.  It is a run and the final goal is for your team to make it across Iowa in sixty hours or less.  It's the nation's only two-night overnight relay, and we only have twelve checkpoints.   Each team is its own running unit with its own unique plan for success: running order and individual distances are up to you.  We're here to offer advice and support, but in the end it's your call...if you want to try it with a 4 person team, feel free; 8 person, no problem; just no more than 12 people per team.


We will time you, but there is no prize for first place.  Checkpoints and times are only used to monitor your pace and help you stay on track to finish on time.  Each team receives a GPS monitor which will track your location as you cross the state.  Friends and family at home will enjoy following your progress, and you will be able to see your location in relation to other teams.  But the reward is in the journey; you will be a part of an experience that cannot be accomplished alone.  You will need your fellow runners and they will need you.  You will make friendships that can last a lifetime and memories you will share over and over again.

Are you and your team up for the challenge?  Do you want to remember why you love to run?  Do you want to overcome some of the hilliest country in Iowa? (28,000 ft. of total altitude change) Come see Iowa, one stride at a time!

Get you team together today!  Start your own team, or if you want to join a team that's already forming, email us from the contact button or go on our Facebook page. (Let teams know your 5 mile average so you can join a team with similar skills.)


Relay Iowa is a Nonprofit Organization

Relay Iowa is going to feed you and your team three times, and you will all receive T-shirts, stickers, and a team finishers' picture.  After that, the majority of the proceeds from this event will benefit Restoring Hope International.  Run by two Iowa couples, this orphanage in Welkom, South Africa provides care and shelter to South African children orphaned by AIDS.  You can learn more at


Relay Iowa also supports local projects in most of the twelve Iowa towns this run passes through.

As Relay Iowa grows, our ability to help others grows as well!  Our mission is to build shelters for children around the world, so they can grow up and live long and productive lives.







Check out a video from this last year's run!





Read what last year’s participants have to say:

"I didn’t know if I was capable of doing this. I loved my team-they pushed me mentally and emotionally."

"The length distinguishes it from other races. I think…that lots of runners would love to try and run across Iowa."

"I like the appeal of crossing a whole d*** state! This was a major accomplishment."

"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."

"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."

"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."
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