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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.


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.




Dan Werner Memorial Blood Drive PDF Print E-mail

LifeServe Blood Drive will be holding a blood drive sponsored by WMC and the Decorah Rotary Club on Friday, May 22 at the Winneshiek Medical Center.  It will take place from 12:00-5:30 PM in the Lower Level Conference Room B1-3.  LifeServe has named it the “Dan Werner Memorial Blood Drive” in honor of Dan, who was very active with blood drives in the past.  Please visit for more information.

Please make an appointment for the blood drive by calling 1-800-287-4903 or at or by contacting WMC Community Relations at 563-387-3007.

Please make time in your schedule to participate in this event!






Decorah Rotary Club Tree Dedication PDF Print E-mail

The Decorah Rotary Club held a dedication ceremony in honor of fellow Rotarians we have recently lost on Saturday, April 18th.  A total of 5 trees have been planted in the Bowstring Bridge Park located off Hwy 9 between Kelly Realty and the Gundersen Medical Clinic in memory of Warren Berg, Bob Cowie, Paul Hardy, Lyle Rodman, and Dan Werner -- all dearly departed friends, local leaders, and distinguished Decorah Rotarians who served their club and their community with foresight, energy, and selfless dedication over many years.  Our friends and Rotarians had the opportunity to share many wonderful and inspiring memories during the ceremony.  A plaque listing the names of each Rotarian for whom the trees were planted will be installed later this spring/summer.  The Club thanks all who participated.  A special note of thanks to DRC President Jennifer Gipp for her leadership of the event.

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2015 Decorah Rotary Club Scholarship Recipients PDF Print E-mail


The Decorah Rotary Club is pleased to recognize the following local area students as 2015 Decorah Rotary Club Scholarship $1000 award recipients:

Leah Bleckeberg
Connor Freeman
Nolan Heffern
Senia Sikkink

We extend our sincerest congratulations to these well qualified scholarship recipients and wish them the best of success in their future endeavors!


Decorah HS Students Share Ensemble Acting Program PDF Print E-mail

Coach Kristin Underwood and several Decorah High School students recently shared a short dramatic Ensemble Acting presentation entitled "As-Is" with Decorah Rotarians at their regular meeting.  The thought-provoking and impressively performed program was a Division One Ratings Winner at the District Large Group Speech Contest hosted at the MFL MarMac High School in January.  The Club thanks the group for sharing their amazing talents with us!

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