Living History Farms Off Road Race


Nov 11, 2023 at 9:00 AM

Living History Farms Off Road Race

11121 Hickman Road

Urbandale IA, 50322


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Entry Fee $40
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $50
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: no


  • 5M

Type: Trail

Participant Limit: 1000

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 85%

First Year of the Event: 1979


Costumes are optional. Mud is mandatory.
Living History Farms is bringing back the annual off-road Living History Farms Race. The Living History Farms Race gives runners the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in rural Iowa landscapes and travel through 300 years of history on foot. Runners can expect to splash through streams, plow through fields, and enjoy post-race treats. This cross country course is roughly 5 miles and starts and ends in the 1876 town of Walnut Hill. Living History Farms is excited to welcome runners back after a two-year absence. We are committed to providing the best possible experience for runners and to supporting the LHF mission: to educate and connect all peoples to the many stories of Midwestern rural heritage.

Entry Fees:
$40.00 LHF member early registration (before September 12)
$50.00 early registration (before September 12)
$50.00 LHF member registration (September 12 and later)
$60.00 registration (September 12 and later)
No registration at packet pickup or on race day; no refunds.

Runners get:
Race hat
Post-race food from the Machine Shed
Chip-timed bib
Living History Farms memberships for top male and female finishers + age division awards

Runners and spectators should enter the Living History Farms grounds from Hickman Road. Paved parking is available to the south and east of the Visitor Center. Overflow parking is available on the lawn south of the paved lots. Please note there will be no public access through the Douglas gate on race day.


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Past Event Dates

Held on Nov 11, 2023

Held on Nov 12, 2022

Held on Nov 20, 2021

Held on Nov 28, 2020

Held on Nov 23, 2019

Held on Nov 17, 2018

Held on Nov 18, 2017

Held on Nov 19, 2016

Held on Nov 20, 2015

Held on Nov 21, 2014

Held on Nov 23, 2013

Held on Nov 17, 2012

Held on Nov 19, 2011

Held on Nov 20, 2010

Held on Nov 21, 2009

Event Results

View 2019 Results

View 2018 Results