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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.




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.


DRC Thanks the 2014-2015 Leadership Team PDF Print E-mail

The Decorah Rotary Club took time at its 6/30 regular meeting to recognize the efforts of the 2014-2015 leadership team.  The Club extends its sincere thanks to outgoing President Jennifer Gipp for her enthusiastic, energetic, and creative leadership over the past year, and to the outgoing DRC Board for the many accomplishments and new initiatives.  We look forward to continuing this high level of support to incoming President Jim Morrow over the coming Rotary year!



Motorized Trout Run Trail Tours -- Friday, August 7th PDF Print E-mail

The Decorah Rotary Club is sponsoring a day of Motorized Trout Run Trail Tours on Friday, August 7th, 2015. This opportunity is extended to the public and is being provided to those with physical limitations which may have prevented them for accessing our beautiful and widely acclaimed trail.


Tours will run at 8:30 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am, and 1:00 pm and will begin at the Decorah Trout Hatchery.  A Picnic Lunch will be held from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the pavilion adjacent to the Trout Hatchery for all participants.


Advance Reservations are required. A $15.00 donation to The Decorah Rotary Club is requested to secure a reservation (Please notify us if this is a financial concern, as we want this event to be accessible to everyone!) To make a reservation, please call DRC Member Francis Peterson at (563) 382-4504 or send an email to DRC Member Jennifer Gipp at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and specify the starting time you prefer for your tour.


$15.00 donations may be sent to The Decorah Rotary Club, PO Box 442, Decorah, IA 52101.


Decorah Rotary Club Cookout PDF Print E-mail

We enjoyed a fabulous weather day for the Decorah Rotary Club Cookout held on Saturday, June 27th at Toppling Goliath. The food was superb and the Club surpassed its original fundraising target, with proceeds going toward the Decorah Rotary Club Scholarship Fund.  Given the success and fun, expect to see future cookout opportunities going forward!


DRC thanks all of the volunteers who helped organize and set up for the cookout and those who brought, cooked, and served.  A special note of thanks to DRC President Jenn Gipp for her vision and energy in bringing the cookout to fruition!




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