This run/walk plan started right on the trails in Union County. While training for various road races, I started to think how very lucky our community was for these growing trails and wanted to think of a way to help keep the trails in great shape and add amenities along the way. What better way to showcase the trails then to host an event on them in the form of our very own road race? It started with an informal gathering of fellow trail enthusiasts, July 2012. It was an evening event with a 3 mile or 6 mile option on July 3rd, hoping to draw in some out of town guests. The response was fantastic! This began the planning for the first Creston Half Marathon and 5K slated for July 3, 2013. Thinking of the features that I love in road races, was the starting point to for this fundraiser. The first feature was to make this an official chip timed event, which is an investment, but in order for desired growth, it was a necessity. Other features are consistent water stations, music/entertainment along the route and a post race celebration.
Heading in to our 5th official year, we are making some exciting changes! Greater Regional Health has come on board as our Title Sponsor, bringing additional resources that will enhance this event tremendously. This event is paid for by local business and organization sponsorship, allowing 100% of the participant entry fee to be a direct donation to the trails, meaning the more people we have sign up, the more we can do to help our trails grow!
The other change is that we are eliminating the Half Marathon Route and making it a shorter 8 mile direct route from Green Valley to McKinley. Our 5K route will stay the same as it did for our 2017 event. Both routes showcase breathtaking views of Creston (see what I did there??). Three miles of the Greater 8 mile route travel along Green Valley Lake and the 5K route circles McKinley Lake.
This event could not take place and continue to grow without the tireless work of the volunteers and without the contributions from the community. Thank you all for helping to make this dream become a reality. We are so excited for our 2018 event, as I just know it will be our best year yet, thank you for being a part of it...after all we are #greatertogether.
Cheers - Mindy Stalker Race Director
We are proud that this is a chip timed event thanks to True Time racing services, Des Moines, Iowa.