Motor Motor 5K Trail Run


Mar 20, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Motor Motor 5K Trail Run

23002 Galaxy Rd

Elkader IA, 52043


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Entry Fee $20
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $25
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: yes


  • 5K

Type: Trail

Participant Limit: 120

Starting Elevation: 700

High Point: 950

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 90%

First Year of the Event: 2016

Men's Record: M: 21:57

Masters Men Record: MM: 26:24

Women's Record: W: 27:28

Masters Women Record: MW: 31:33


Get off the road for a good cause with the Motor Motor 5k, taking place Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at the Motor Mill Historic Site. Motor Mill, a six story limestone building constructed in the late 1860’s, serves as the park’s centerpiece along with other buildings from a bygone era. Surrounding that centerpiece, miles of well maintained trail lead visitors through restored oak savannas, woodlands, tallgrass prairies, and stunning bluffs along the Turkey River.

The Motor Motor 5k, hosted by Clayton County Conservation in partnership with the Turkey River Recreational Corridor, takes advantage of those outstanding trails to create an incredible event. Competitive runners will find a unique race experience. A route combining firebreaks, singletrack and horse trails through rugged terrain make for a challenging but enjoyable course. Less experienced runners and walkers will find a setting where the journey truly is the goal. Few races boast such a blend of the naturally beautiful and historically fascinating. But make no mistake, this is a true trail run – hills, mud, roots, and rocks mean you need to keep an eye on your footing. If you can run your personal best on this course, our hats go off to you.

While we do our best with course direction and marking, paying close attention to the course map before the starting gun will help minimize any wrong turns. Whether you’re looking for a good tune-up for the summer racing season, a race that’s easier on the knees than pounding pavement, or just a beautiful setting for an endorphin rush on a Saturday, the Motor Motor 5k has got what you need to welcome the coming spring. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses prizes for overall and age-group winners, as well as snacks and goodie-bag items are donated.

All proceeds for this year’s event will go towards the construction of a 5 mile multi-use trail connecting the City of Elkader to the Motor Mill Historic Site.



Event Dates

Held on Mar 20, 2021

Held on Mar 16, 2019

Held on Mar 17, 2018

Held on Mar 18, 2017

Held on Mar 19, 2016

Event Results

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View 2017 Results

View 2016 Results