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Lake Macbride Trail Races

Lake Macbride Trail Races

Lake Macbride Trail Races!

Carrying on the tradition of wonderful races run around Lake Macbride, this is a moderately challenging, one or two looped course event focused on some of the best trails at beautiful Lake Macbride State Park, the largest State Park in Iowa.

Course Description

This event starts and finishes at the Macbride Spillway parking area. Runners will start by running the North Loop, which is mainly crushed limestone trails adjacent to the Lake. These early miles will lead to an out and back on the North Shore trail where the first aid station is located. Then things start to get technical on the North Snowmobile trails. This will lead back to the start/finish aid station, before crossing the dam for the first Spillway crossing and the South Loop. The South loop will provide runners with a variety of terrain, as there is single track, prairie, and some fun hills to keep things interesting. The final aid station will be at the Anglers Point lot, before the return trip back to cross the Spillway a second time, and finish the loop! 50k runners will then go back to have some more fun on a second loop!
It is important to note that runners that were familiar with the previous race that was run at Lake Macbride, will find a very different course than had been run for the last decade of that event. The planned LMTR route is nearly all on trails and avoids running on any major sections of road/highway.

Race Day Schedule

Packet Pickup: 6:00 – 7:30AM
50K Start Time: 7:00AM
25K Start Time: 7:45AM
Race Cutoff Time: 4:00PM (9 hours)
Post Race Party: 7:00AM-4:00PM. It goes all day long!


Top (1) Female/Male finishers in each distance will receive awards

In addition, the top three (3) Female/Male finishers in the following age groups will receive awards
29 & under


There will be an abundance of parking at the Coralville Res Boat Ramp parking lot, that is a short walk to the start finish area. There will be no parking in the smaller Spillway lot at the top of the hill at the start/finish area.

Aid Stations

There will be 4 aid stations per each loop, including the stop past the start finish area after finishing the North loop prior to heading out over the dam and Spillway to start the South loop. These aid stations will be stocked with the best hydration and nutrition you should expect to find while running an Ultra on the trails! The exact distances of each aid station will be determined once the route is posted.
Opie Road Aid Station
Start/Finish Aid Station
University Trails Aid Station
Anglers Point Aid Station


Registration opens Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, 02/14/2023 at 5:00PM. The race will be capped at 150 combined runners between both distances in year one to help our team best manage logistics in planning, race day execution, and provide the absolute best experience to each of our runners. There will be a waitlist if the race fills up. It is recommended to get on the waitlist if this does happen, and keep training as if you are already in!
50K: $70.00
25K: $50.00
Registration includes: T-Shirt, collapsible cup, commemorative bib, and all the goodies at the aid stations and start/finish! Add ons of 1/4 zip or trucker hat are optional during registration. Any add-ons MUST be claimed the year they were purchased. If you purchase add-ons, and defer your race to the next year, you or a friend may pick up these items on race day. They will NOT be shipped out by the race.

Deferral Policy

If a runner finds that they will not be able to attend the race after they are registered, they may opt to defer the registration to the next year’s event up until JUNE 15th, 2023 This deferral expires after one year, and the runner does not collect any of the race swag from this year. There are no bib transfers, or refunds. The deferral is not official unless a runner receives a confirmation email from

Switching distances is allowed up until Thursday night before the race. If a runner is moving up, they will be required to pay the difference in registration. If a runner transfers to the shorter distance there are no refunds. Any changes in distance can be done by the runner ahead of time by logging into their UltraSignup account.

***No bib transfers or refunds***


Volunteers are the lifeblood of local trail races. It takes the whole community to pull off an event of this scope, and it would never happen without volunteers. If you are not able to run the event and would like to be a part of race day, we would love to have you join our volunteer team to assist with event set up/takedown, packet pickup, sag runner, or the all important aid station volunteers that keep our runners fed and hydrated! Volunteer link is open! Get your friends and family involved on race day!


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