Fairgrounds 5K Registration

Lace up your running shoes to experience the hustle and bustle of the Iowa State Fair like never before. Race along the Grand Concourse, through the hills of the Campgrounds, and around Rock Island. You’ll see food vendors, campers, and livestock on your one-of-a-kind adventure. 
 
Online Registration is now closed. Fairgoers can still register for the Fairgrounds 5K before Saturday, August 20 in the south atrium of the Varied Industries Building. Runners can also register on Saturday, August 20 starting at 6:00 am on Grand Avenue in front of the Administration Building. 
 
 
Schedule
6:00 a.m.     Fairgrounds Gates Open
7:00 a.m.     5K Race Starting at the Pepsi Clock
 
Please wear the Fairgrounds 5K t-shirt and race bib number during the event.

Read the full 2016 Race Program

Runners registered on or before August 5 will receive a race packet in the mail. If registering between August 6 and August 10, packets can be picked up before August 11 at the Blue Ribbon Foundation office between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
 
If registering after August 10, packets can be picked up at the will call office from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Will call is located outside of the Fairgrounds at the intersection of East 30th and Logan. 
 
Registration is available during the Iowa State Fair in the Varied Industries Building’s south atrium. Runners can also register on race day from 6:00 a.m. - 6:45 a.m. in front of the Blue Ribbon Foundation merchandise trailer along Grand Avenue on the Fairgrounds (near the Administration Building). 
 
 
 

 

 

Awards will be given for the top three male/female winners for each division of the 5K race. Divisions: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over. 

Top three overall male and female winners will receive medals and 2017 Iowa State Fair prizes. 
 
3rd place: 2 Fair admission tickets
2nd place: 2 Fair admission tickets and parking pass
1st place: 2 Fair admission tickets, parking pass and 2 Grandstand concert tickets