A "Loop de Loop" 5K and half-marathon, sponsored by the Decorah Rotary Club, leads off several local events in September in celebration of the grand opening of the Trout Run Trail.

The race is Saturday, Sept. 22, starting at 7:30 a.m. In addition to the 5K run/walk and half-marathon, relay teams for the half-marathon are encouraged to participate.

The courses will start just off Claiborne Dr. near the Decorah High School baseball field. The half-marathon will proceed to the Trout Run Trail and follow its complete, closed-loop path around Decorah. The 5K will follow a flat course near the Upper Iowa River.

Aid/water stations will be located approximately every two miles along the route, and refreshments and snacks will be provided at the end of the races. Every runner will receive a race shirt, and awards will be presented to the top finishers in several age groups. More information is available at decorahrotary.org.

Proceeds from Loop de Loop will be applied to the local, national and international charitable efforts supported by the Decorah Rotary Club and Rotary International. The event is being held in cooperation with Trails of Winneshiek and the many supporters of the Trout Run Trail project, Decorah Open Streets and the Winneshiek County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Rotary Club is encouraging runners to register soon in order to take advantage of early registration discounts and to ensure properly sized shirts. Participants also will have an opportunity to register in person prior to the race.

Age groups are: 12 and under, 12-19, 20-29, 30-45, 46-60 and 60-plus. Medals will be presented to the first three finishers in each age division for both men and women. There will be no awards for the relay teams.

Participants can pick up their race packets at City Hall from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday or the morning of the race from 6-7:15 a.m. City hall is located at 400 Claiborne Drive. Enter through the front doors, located past the water fountain, off Heivly Street.

Questions and concerns should be emailed to decorahloopdeloop@gmail.com.


Early registration for the 5K run/walk is $25 and can be completed online or mailed to Loop de Loop PO Box 442 Decorah, IA 52101. Early registration ends 12:01 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21. After that time, registration for the 5k run/walk is $30.

You may register in person at the packet pickup location Friday or Saturday morning.

Half-marathon registration, which can also be completed online, is $55 for early registration, $65 for those who register the week of the race and $75 for those who register the day of the race.

Runners who wish to run as a relay may do so for the half-marathon. Cost for a relay team is double the appropriate half-marathon entry fee. Half-marathon relay teams may consist of up to four runners. One timing chip will be issued, which will be handed off between runners along the course. Teams can choose however they wish to split up the race.

One waiver will be submitted per team with the team captain's signature waiving liability for all team members. Each runner will get a T-shirt. Teams will need to indicate the number of T-shirts needed by listing the number next to each size on the registration form. Registration fees for this race are non-refundable.