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4th Annual Loop de Loop Half-Marathon and 5K-10K PDF Print E-mail




Saturday, September 26, 2015


The Decorah Rotary Club invites everyone to join us in the 4th Annual Loop de Loop Half-Marathon and 5K/10K Run-Walk to be held in Decorah, IA on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The starting location for the 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, and Half-Marathon Relay will be adjacent to the Decorah Municipal Center on Claiborne Drive. Detailed information on the route, timing, registration details, and other useful items are available via the Online Loop de Loop Registration Form or the Mail-In Loop de Loop Registration Form using the top pink buttons provided above.

Please note the following staggered starting times for each event:      8:00 am - Half-Marathon Start         8:15 am - 10K Start         8:30 am - 5K Start

Proceeds from this event will be applied to the local, national, and international charitable efforts supported by the Decorah Rotary Club and Rotary International.

The run will be held on the renowned Trout Run Trail -- a 12-mile closed-loop recreation trail that completely circumnavigates the picturesque and historic northeast Iowa town of Decorah. The trail goes through and around Decorah and the surrounding Oneota Valley area, passing along the beautiful Trout Run, the Upper Iowa River, along former rail and road beds, and through public lands and private farmland. The trail offers expansive views of wooded valleys, limestone bluffs, and rare algific talus slopes unique to the area's karst topography, in addition to interesting sculptures and other artwork located along the trail.

The trail passes by the Decorah Fish Hatchery and Siewer Springs, the second largest natural spring in Iowa. Near the Hatchery you might catch a glimpse of the world famous Decorah Eagles. The trail also passes by several local municipal parks and recreation areas in the vicinity.

***Note to participants: Packet pickup is at Decorah City Hall from 5:00‐7:00 pm Friday or the morning of the race from 6:30‐8:00 am. The city hall is located at 400 Claiborne Drive -- enter the front of the building located on the Heivly Street side of the building.


Link to Interactive Loop de Loop Half-Marathon Route Map

Link to Interactive Loop de Loop 10K Route Map

Link to Interactive Loop de Loop 5K Route Map

Link to Trout Run Trail Map and Elevation

Link to Loop de Loop Facebook Event Page

Link to Inspire(d) Magazine Trout Run Trail Visitors Map new!

Link to Official 2015 Loop de Loop Poster new!


"I'm so glad I chose the Loop de Loop for my first half-marathon! Beautiful trail, well organized, and friendly volunteers! Will definitely return for the next one!" -- Christina A.

"Had a great time running the Decorah IA Loop De Loop Half Marathon. Awesome trail and great organizers." -- Sharon G.

"Great race! Beautiful trail. Thanks everyone, it was a lot of fun." -- Nate C.

"Great event - well planned, great volunteers, aid stations super, beautiful trail, see you next year. This was a great 1/2 marathon." -- Melanie B.




Decorah Rotary Club Cookout #2 PDF Print E-mail

Our second Decorah Rotary Club Cookout at Toppling Goliath was held on Saturday, September 12th. Once again, the weather was nearly perfect and the food and drink well received. We continue to see excellent returns on our investment of time and energy, which is making a great impact on the Decorah Rotary Club Scholarship Fund.  Sincere thanks to all of the volunteers who helped organize and set up for the cookout and those who brought, cooked, and served!





Motorized Trout Run Trail Tours PDF Print E-mail

The Decorah Rotary Club conducted a highly successful and well-received Motorized Trout Run Trail Tour Day on Friday, August 7th, 2015. The tours provided an opportunity for the public and particularly those with physical limitations to access and enjoy Decorah's beautiful and widely acclaimed trail for the very first time. Motorized vehicles such as these are not usually allowed on the trail but city and county officials provided an exception in order to give the public this unique opportunity, including past supporters of trail development who were given the chance to finally see the results of their efforts. The four available tours were fully booked with enthusiastic and appreciative participants.  The tours started out at the Decorah Trout Hatchery and circumnavigated the 11-mile trail circuit.  A picnic lunch for all participants was hosted at the pavilion adjacent to the Trout Hatchery.

Vehicles were donated by Decorah Kawasaki, Bodensteiner Implements of Decorah, and Waukon Power Sports. John Noel and John Kerndt donated their personal vehicles for use during the event.  The event was made possible in part using a grant provided by Rotary District 5970, represented by the District Rotary Foundation Chair Michelle Bell who was also able to take advantage of the tours.  DRC Member Ward Budweg offered interested cyclists bicycle bell installations services and trail safety information in addition to assisting with the planning.  Several of our Rotarians assisted in the event as tour guides and in serving the picnic lunch.  Finally, DRC Members Jenn Gipp, Francis Peterson, Mike Huinker, Jeff Tomlinson, and Judy Robinson were instrumental in the planning and conduct of the event.  We extend our sincere thanks to all!

See photos of the Trail Tour Day below.  Be sure to click on the "Read More" link below for additional photos!





DRC Members Visit the Paul Harris Monument in Portugal PDF Print E-mail

Decorah Rotary Club Board Member Barrett Gipp and Past President Jennifer Gipp were recently in the Country of Portugal and visiting the western-most point of the European continent.  They discovered a monument there placed by the Rotary Club of Sintra honoring Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International.  Thanks for sharing Barrett and Jenn!



DRC in the 2015 Nordic Fest Parade PDF Print E-mail

The Club extends its thanks to DRC Member Ward Budweg and his dedicated team of participants for designing, assembling, and operating the Club's entry in this year's 2015 Nordic Fest Parade.



View larger photos by clicking on the "Read more..." link below.


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