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.