Saylorville Dam, Johnston, IA 50131, USA
13th and Grand, Downtown Des Moines
1201-1299 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA
The Des Moines River, the largest river in central Iowa, has a history of too much or too little water, depending on season. Major floods occurred on the Des Moines River in 1851, 1903, 1935, 1938 and 1944. Following these floods, a study of the Des Moines River was authorized by Congress on December 22, 1944.
Iowa is Agriculture. Since its first settlers crossed the Mississippi River in the 1830s, Iowa's history has been shaped by the richness of some of the best soil in the world. Bordered by two major river systems, Iowa's gently rolling countryside was originally covered by thousands of acres of prairie grass, some of it so high that to see over it required riders to stand on top of their horses.
Each of the 102 American Flags presented on Morningstar Hill (fondly referred to as Memorial Hill on race day) represent the loss of an Iowa serviceman or servicewomen while serving in combat since the first Dam to Dam on June 15, 1980. The tribute to Iowa’s service men and women is the result of a long history that Dam to Dam has had with Iowans serving their state, not to mention that the race now falls on the first Saturday after Memorial Day.
One hundred years ago the citizens of Des Moines were worried about taxes, annexation, politics in Washington, D.C., a new form of city government, building a new city hall, and consolidating the school districts around the city into one large system.
In September 2009, the Des Moines Art Center and the City of Des Moines partnered to open a 4.4-acre sculpture park in the heart of Downtown Des Moines. It currently displays 24 works of art worth a combined $40 million, a collection that ranks among the most artistically significant sculpture parks in the nation.
A focal point of The Principal Riverwalk, this iconic bridge spans the Des Moines River, linking the east and west sides of the city at the northern edge of the riverwalk loop. This single-arch pedestrian bridge opened on June 28, 2010.
The City of Des Moines traces its origins to May 1843, when Captain James Allen supervised the construction of a fort on the site where the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers merge. Allen wanted to use the name Fort Raccoon; however, the U.S. War Department told him to name it Fort Des Moines. The fort was built to control the Sauk and Meskwaki Indians, who had been transplanted to the area from their traditional lands in eastern Iowa.
Runners start the race outside the city at the Saylorville Dam, which was built over a dozen years between the mid-1960s and the late 1970s as a way to control floods on the Des Moines River. From there, the race starts in the middle of the dam and heads east toward Horseshoe Road and 37th Street, and from there heads into the Des Moines River valley.
The next stretch features a big downhill around the 1st mile marker and then lots of flat terrain through the valley, as runners head south along 37th Street, Toni Drive and 66th Avenue. The elevation doesn’t change much again for the next five miles, remaining flat until runners hit the half-way point of the race on Morningstar Drive.
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