This race occurs in conjunction with the Trail of the Dragon 50K/50M Runs.
- Race Date: Saturday, August 5, 2023
- Location: Moorehead Park
- Start Time: 8 a.m.
- Registration: Opens December 31st
- Early Bird Registration: Sign up prior to Feb 1st and receive $20 discounted entry
- Entry Fees:
- Mazathon (26.2M): $60
- 2/3 Mazathon (17.6M): $50
- 1/3 Mazathon (8.8M): $40
- Registration cap: 300 total runners
Packet pick-up will be at the Conservation Center at Moorehead Park.
Early Packet Pickup
- Friday, August 5, 2022
- 4-8 p.m.
Race Day Packet Pickup
- Saturday, August 6, 2022
- 5 – 7:30 a.m.
- Start/Finish area
Race Day Schedule
- Packet Pickup: 5 – 7:30 a.m.
- Pre-race Announcements: 7:45 a.m.
- Race Start Times:
- All Mazathon distances: 8 a.m.
- Moorehead Park is located in Ida Grove, IA
- Field Limit is 300 runners combined
- Mazathon = 3 8.8-mile loops for 26.2 miles
- 2/3 Mazathon = 2 8.8-mile loops for 17.6 miles
- 1/3 Mazathon = 1 8.8-mile loop
- 1,000 feet of climb per loop
This 26.2 mile marathon trail run will take place on the single track dirt trails along with some sections of mowed meadow trails in the rolling hills of Moorehead Park. Participants can expect challenging hills and beautiful scenery while running well-marked and maintained trails. You will be running on some old stage coach trails that will take you past the first homestead which served as the stage coach stop, church, and doctor/hospital. Pay your respects as you visit the cemetary of our first settlers, check out some old farm equipment, visit an old train depot, and run past a one room school house.
Moorehead Park Trail Mazathon is a 26.2M, 17.6M, and 8.8M race that runs concurrently with The Trail of the Dragon 50K/50 Mile Run.
Date & Start Times
Moorehead Park Trail Mazathon is Saturday, August 5, 2023. Start times are as follows:
- All distances: 8 a.m.
We enforce strict cut-offs.
- All distances have a 10 p.m. cut-off.
If it looks you will not be able to finish your final loop in the remaining time, you will not be allowed back on course.
Pacers are not allowed for the Moorehead Park Trail Mazathon races.
Moorehead Park Trail Mazathon is manually timed.
Finisher medals will be awarded to all full (26.2 miles) Mazathon finishers.
Transfers & Refunds
Your registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Travel & Lodging
- Super 8 Motel (712-364-3988) or Castle Town Inn (712-364-3317). Both of these are located in Ida Grove and are within two miles of the park.
- Boulders Inn & Suites (712-368-6200) located in Holstein, IA. approximately 11 miles away
- Boulders in Lake View, IA (712-665-2660) around 20 miles.
If you are looking to camp there is primitive camping available a Moorehead Park, no electrical hook-ups. Cobb Park is a small camping area located across the highway from the park and offers electrical hook-ups and hot showers. Crawford Creek Recreational Area is located outside of Battle Creek, IA. approximately 15 miles from Moorehead Park. It offers electrical hook-ups and hot showers. They also have cabins to rent and can be reserved by calling the Ida County Conservation Office at 712-364-3300.
No need for a park pass! We take care of that for you on race day only.
There will be 2 fully stocked and manned aid stations on the loop. One at the start/finish line and the other one at around mile 5. To help quench your thirst the aid stations will offer water and HAMMER HEED. You are required to carry your own device for your liquids. THE AID STATIONS WILL NOT BE STOCKED WITH DRINKING GLASSES!!! Because of the possibility of high temperatures on race day you will not be allowed on the course without a device to hold liquids. As far a nutritional items are concerned we will carry a large variety of items which will include but are not limited to……pb&j sandwiches, trail mix, pickles, pickle juice, pretzels,, cookies, salty potatoes, freeze pops, bananas, ext…….WE WILL HAVE ANY GEL PACKS! WE WILL NOT HAVE DRINKING GLASSES! There will also be three unmanned water stations along the loop. They will be located at approximately miles 2, 4, and 8. These station will supply water only. THERE WILL NOT BE DRINKING GLASSES!
There will be a designated spot for drop bags at the start/finish line and at the mid-way aid station. Please mark your bag with your bib number. There are no water crossings but depending on the dew on the ground you shoes may get wet going through the meadows.
In order to help you prepare for your run and perhaps meet and mingle with fellow runners and volunteers we will offer a pasta feed at packet pick-up. The meal will be available from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday at the conservation center. This will be a FREE WILL DONATION! If you would like you can bring along your favorite beverage to enjoy. We will provide water and ice tea.
The Trail of the Dragon 50K/50 Mile Run takes place at Moorehead Park, 299 Jasper Ave, Ida Grove, IA 51445.
Use the addresses above when entering into your GPS. We can’t guarantee other addresses you may find online!
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What this race supports
All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Ida County Conservation Foundation. The Foundations mission is dedicated to fostering relationships between residents and our natural world.