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 cause to be mentioned in Men’s Journal magazines “52 Great American Weekends” feature. Enthusiasts drive in from all parts of the Midwest to enjoy these trails. Come see why!
On your adventure to Decorah as you experience our trail run, you will find our city’s premier campground, lush butterfly gardens, a scenic waterfall, the 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!
-All runners in the 5k, 10k and 50k receive a nice piece of custom race swag; this year is a T-Shirt. Ultra-finishers receive a special gift. Other goodies rustled up from our super supporting businesses in town will be offered up in a general entry raffle. You must be present to win and pick up your prize.
All money goes into the event and any leftover money will be donated to the Northeast Iowa Montessori School and 25% is split between the Decorah Human Powered Trails (the creators and caretakers of the trails) and the Decorah Park and Rev.
All registrations are final but transferrable.
Crater 50k – 6AM start with cutoff being 3PM and no runner is allowed to start a 2nd loop after 11AM.
Meteor 10k & Basin 5k – Start immediately following the Lunar 1mile finish. Typically, this happens before 8:30AM.
Lunar 1mile – 8AM start, adults/parents can line the course to cheer on the little drifters on their run.
Start and Finish will be at the trail head of Van Peenen Park entrance on Quarry Hill Rd.
- There is one (1) aid station at the start/finish. The 5k passes the on-course aid station once, the 10k passes it twice and the 50k runners will have multiple aid stations along the course. Feel free to fuel your own race. We know you’ll take out anything you bring in so the trails stay beautifully rugged.
-All turns will be marked clearly for each race.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Driftless Discovery Run: