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The Equalizer 6, 12 & 24 Hour Run
Equalizer Endurance Run 2018

This event is designed for three purposes. First, it will provide an opportunity for new and veteran runners to test themselves at an ultra distance. Second, performances will be scored using an age/sex 'equalizer', providing the possibility of an overall victory to anyone who is normally competitive in their age group. Equalizers are determined based on age and gender. Overall awards will be distributed based on the total of actual distance plus the appropriate equalizer. Third, everyone has fun, and we mean everyone!

Registration fees

6 Hour Closed

  1. $60.00
    Jan 6 - Oct 27

12 Hour Closed

  1. $70.00
    Jan 6 - Oct 27

24 Hour Closed

  1. $85.00
    Jan 6 - Oct 27


This event is designed so anyone competitive in his or her age/sex group could be the overall winner. The equalizers allow you to compete fairly with anyone you choose.

Course Description

A 1.905 mile essentially flat loop, lighted asphalt path, circling Gray's Lake with splendid views of downtown. USATF certified #IA02004-MF.


There will be one aid station with water, sport beverage, fruit, cookies, as well as soup for the 12 and 24 hour races; a runner should not rely solely on this for their aid. We have volunteers supplying and working this table. Sometimes life surprises us and I don't want any limitations on our table to disrupt your run. It is there to supplement and aid your own preparations. Indoor toilets will be available; showers will not. Room will be available for tents, though camping the Friday night before is not permitted.

Pre-Race Dinner

We may or may not have a pre-race dinner the Friday before the race.  We will send out a communication about a week out and see if there is an interest.  It may simply be like-minded people meeting at a local restaurant to meet, share stories and build friendships.  More to come on this. 


Race shirts will be given to all entrants who sign up on time and who are at the race. In the past, we required runners to at least complete a marathon to earn a shirt. We have eliminated that requirement...but c’ are signing up for an ultra, you can do the marathon and then some. 

Awards based on distance plus equalizer will be given to the first 10 places in each event. One award will be given for longest actual distance in each event. The award ceremony will immediately follow completion of the race. 

Packet Pickup

We don’t have race sponsors, so there is no packet to pick up early. Please come to the main tent on race morning and get your bib number. We will pass out shirts at the end of each race. 

Event Schedule

  • October 27 8:00 AM CDT - Start

Contact Information

Event Location

Gray's Lake Park, Des Moines, IA

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