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AS ALWAYS, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, DO NOT HESITATE TO EMAIL RUNTOEXILE@GMAIL.COM. IF YOU NEED US TO CALL YOU BACK, JUST INCLUDE A PHONE NUMBER IN YOUR EMAIL. PLEASE DO NOT CALL EXILE BREWING CO WITH RACE QUESTIONS. THEY’LL BE SWAMPED AS IT IS!

Parking

All participants can park at the Nationwide parking lot at 12th and Walnut. This is a quick three block jaunt from Exile Brewing Co. There will be no parking at Exile itself. Walnut St between 15th and 16th and 16th St from Locust to MLK will be closed to non-race vehicles. Please plan accordingly so you have time to park, pick up your packet if you haven’t already, and be ready to start the race on time at 9am!

Please also remind friends and family that are coming to watch or hang out that our course goes past the Nationwide parking garage and therefore between 9am-9:45am, access to the parking garage will be limited.

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Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be at Exile Brewing Co (1514 Walnut St, Des Moines) from 4-7pm on Thursday 6/14, 4pm-7pm on Friday 6/15 at El Bait Shop (200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines), along with the Beer Mile at 6pm, and race day at Exile from 7am-8:30am. You will receive your race bag, which is the ONLY BAG that can be used at the bag drop, T-shirt, bib number, and timing chip along with your Exile beer glass. Once we give you the glass, it’s all yours. This means no butter finger insurance! We strongly encourage you to pick up your packet on Thursday or Friday!

If you have a conflict, you can have a friend or family member pick up your packet for you.  To do so, please print off the PROXY FORM for your designated friend or family member, sign it, and send them a photo of your ID. Your designated person will need this form to obtain your race materials.

At Exile, we will have a bag drop where you can leave any essentials that you would like once you finish. Change of clothes/shoes, towel, cell phone, ID, and money for food/beverage, are possible suggestions. Only the bags provided at packet pickup will be allowed at the bag drop.

Chip Timing

All runners will be provided a timing chip. Your timing chip will be attached to bib. You will be timed according to your chip or net time.

The bib tag timing chip cannot be folded, pinned or bent in any way for it to record your time correctly. We cannot guarantee an accurate time if your bib chip is damaged in any way. 

Safety

There are multiple aspects of safety to be aware of for Run to Exile. Watch the weather on the day of the race. If it is 85 degrees, do not wear your winter coat to run in. Drink plenty of water. Don’t hesitate to stop at aid stations on the course.

The course is on pavement and traffic will be controlled by Des Moines Police, but please we aware of what is under your feet, ahead of you and around as you run.

BOOZE. Please be smart about drinking. We want everyone to have fun and we are not here to be anybody’s parents. We completely understand that this event is centered around an awesome brewery with awesome beer and we hope everyone enjoys a few. Please do not take any alcohol with you on course. We will take it away if we see it. We highly recommend not drinking at Exile or anywhere else before you run. Save yourself until the finish, then you can indulge.

Route – 2 Hour Limit on Course

The Beatnik 5K and Ruthie 10K will both start at Exile together. We will start at 9 AM! The split will be Principal Park where Ruthie will continue toward Mullet's and the trail and Betty will continue on MLK and eventually Exile.

Remember to know the course! As a reminder, here is the Ruthie and the Beatnik. The course will be marked with these arrows. Follow them!

Water Stations

1. MLK and SW 5th St (Beatnik, Ruthie)
2. Trail at Principal Park (Ruthie)
3. First General on Trail (Ruthie)
4. Trail just north of 3-way split (Ruthie)
5. Trail Near Northwest Gray's Lake entrance (Ruthie)

Finish Area and Party

Both courses join up on MLK. We all finish on 16th St and Walnut in front of Exile.

Did we mention there’s beer? Like, a lot of it. Every runner, when finished, earns their first beer courtesy of Exile Brewing Co. You will need your ID so be sure it’s either in your race bag or tattooed on your forehead. Afterwards, enjoy the company of hundreds of your new friends, have another beer, and enjoy the STEIN HOLDING CONTEST! There are awesome Exile Brewing prizes at stake!

AS ALWAYS, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, DO NOT HESITATE TO EMAIL RUNTOEXILE@GMAIL.COM. IF YOU NEED US TO CALL YOU BACK, JUST INCLUDE A PHONE NUMBER IN YOUR EMAIL. PLEASE DO NOT CALL EXILE BREWING CO WITH RACE QUESTIONS. THEY’LL BE SWAMPED AS IT IS!

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