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Crater Trail Run

June 3, 2023


Come to Northeast Iowa’s bluff country, a place unlike anywhere else in the state, and perhaps the Midwest to run the off-road, single track trails of Van Peenen Memorial Park.

Van Peenen Memorial Park is one of Decorah’s 13 parks that make outdoor fun and staying fit a way of life in Winneshiek County. The trails are groomed, marked and ready for the more adventurous types like you. This area is part of the outstanding 17-mile system of single-track mountain bike trails. Here is your chance to challenge your body by running them. The parks were even mentioned in Men’s Journal magazine’s “52 Great American Weekends” feature. Enthusiasts drive in from all parts of the Midwest to enjoy these trails. Come see why!

On your running adventure in Decorah, you may see our city’s premier campground, butterfly gardens, scenic waterfalls, Upper Iowa River tubing and canoeing attractions, hiking, biking, and walking trails; not to mention the modern twist on Midwestern charmed business district where unique shops offer gifts and gear galore! But don’t take our word for it…check it out!

Proceeds will be split between the Northeast Iowa Montessori School, the Decorah Human Powered Trails and the Decorah Park & Rec.

Plan to fuel your own race but we will have aid stations with water, hydration drink and food as supplies last.

1 station/drop bag location @ the start, (25k) Van Pennen entrance, on the start of the 2nd lap
1 station/drop bag location @the entrance of Palisades Park (5k, 12k, 30k, 37k)
1 station located @ Death Valley, 50k runners pass this water/hydrate station 4 times.

1 station/drop bag location @the entrance of Palisades Park (5k, 12k)
1 station located @ Death Valley, 25k runners pass this water/hydrate station 2 times.

1 station located @ Death Valley, 5/10k runners pass this water/hydrate station 2 times.


1 Mi
5 K 3.2 miles long, 613 feet climbing.
10 K 6.3 miles long, 1383 feet of climbing.
25 K 15.5 miles long, 2750 feet of climbing.
50 K 31.1 miles long, 5500+ feet of climbing.
Climbs are approximate.

Start Times

50/25K – 6:00 AM
3PM cutoff for finishing and no runner is allowed to start a 2nd loop after 11AM.
10K/5K – 8:30 AM – immediately following all the kids last finisher. This usually takes them about 20 minutes.
1 MILE – 8:00 AM parents may line the course to support and cheer on the little runners!
Base your starting position on your expected finishing time.

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