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Posted on: December 7, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Fifth Annual Trek the Trails Run at McFarland Park is Feb. 16

Come explore some of central Iowa’s most scenic trails! Join Story County Conservation for the fifth annual Trek the Trails race on Saturday, February 16, at 10 a.m. at McFarland Park (56461 180th Street Ames), northeast of Ames.

“Trek the Trails started as a special 50th Anniversary event in 2008. I am thrilled that it continues to be a successful event and that we’ve kept it running for five years,” Environmental Education Coordinator Jerry Keys explained. “What makes it fun is the unpredictability of the weather. Past participants have run through deep snow in snowshoes, across ice with traction devises, and through mud with soggy shoes.”

The four-mile race will weave participants through prairie, woodland areas and along the Skunk River. There are two running categories for this event: snowshoe and running/trail shoes (with or without traction devices). A limited number of Kahtoola snowshoes and traction devices will be available for use the day of the race.

An awards ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for overall male and female finishers in each category and special awards will be given to the top finishers in each age bracket, including Masters. See more information about age brackets and registration on our website: Hot drinks and a hot lunch will be served inside the Conservation Center.

The registration fee is $25 before January 18; $30 if registered by February 1; and $35 if registering February 4 thru race day. There are two ways to register for the race – print the form off our website and return it and payment to the Story County Conservation Center or runners can register with a credit card online at There are no refunds and shirt size is not guaranteed for anyone who registers after February 4. All proceeds from the race benefit Story County Conservation’s trail projects.

Would you like to volunteer at Trek the Trails? Help is needed with race marshaling and hydration stations outside along the race route, as well as with registration and serving lunch inside the conservation center. For more information about volunteering, contact Outreach Coordinator Tiffany Cornelius before February 1, 2013.

For more information about Trek the Trails contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), or email us at

Story County Conservation manages more than 3,000 acres of parks and natural areas, including lakes, campgrounds, and trails. The Environmental Education staff serves Story County schools and the public with interpretive and informational programs for all ages. No individual will be excluded from events conducted by Story County Conservation because of a disability or impairment. To request accommodations to participate, contact Story County Conservation.

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Carol Williams
Story County Conservation
Phone 515-232-2516
FAX 515-232-6989

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