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2024 Quarry Springs Paddle Skedaddle

September 8, 2024

Join the movement that's taken over the racing world!  A 2 mile kayak course + 3.5 mile trail run at central Iowa's newest park located just off I-80, just 20 minutes east of Des Moines near Colfax, IA.  You can do both sports or focus on one and get a partner to do the other for a relay!  We also have a run/walk only option for those that want to just visit our park and get a race t-shirt!


Sign up now to get motivated for training, get excited for race day, and celebrate with us all the way to the finish line.  We're with you through the season!

We are excited to have chip timing through B&W Racing Services for our 2024 races!

What's new in 2024?  A dog walker's category (run if you'd like, too) for our 3.5 mile walk/run only option.  We want to encourage anyone with well behaved dogs who love to walk or run to join us.  Please keep dogs leashed and we'll include bags to pickup after your 4 legged friends with your packet pickup!

Kayaks are available to rent for $10 for the event. Greg Rhames with Quarry Springs Outfitters will supply the kayak, paddles, and life jackets.  Please contact him separately to reserve your kayak today!


The Goods

  • T-shirt - Show off your hard work to all your friends and family every time you wear this one-of-a-kind shirt

  • Race Bib - all finishers will get a race bib to show.  Hang it on your wall to show off your training and finisher status!

  • Breakfast & After Race Snacks - Pre-race bottled water, bananas, and granola bars, and more!

  • Sponsor Swag - We are still working on this but expect some cool swag

  • Free Photos - We'll have a photographer onsite and allow you to download all photos for free after the race.

  • Trophies & Medals - We'll have trophies to hand out for our age group winners and medals for 2nd/3rd place.

Pricing Information

  • Early Bird (5/1/2024 - 8/31/2024) - $40 solo or $30 as a team member.  Run only is $25.

  • Procrastinator (9/1/2024 - 9/8/2024) - $45 solo or $35 as a team member.  Run only is $30.  Must register by 9/1 to be guaranteed a t-shirt



Go to our Facebook Event id to post you are looking for a partner!

The Course

  • Start the paddle just Southwest of our main office along the shoreline

  • Paddle South, then East towards the East Lake.  Go around a buoy and head back to the finish/transition just North of where the race started.

  • Drop the kayak off with the help of our volunteers, run through the transition area and start your run or tag your partner to get started.

  • The run will head West alongside the road to the park and then to the Southwest corner of the park towards the dike trail entrance.  The run will head East for a mile through woods, then North around the East lake towards the isthmus between the North and East lake.  The last 3/4 of a mile will be through a sandier soil and back towards the finish line near the park office.  

  • Kayak Map:

  • Run Map:

Race Day Information

  • You will need to supply your own kayak and life jackets are a must.  Quarry Springs Outfitters will have a limited number available to rent. 

  • Packet pickup will be morning of 9/8 @ 7 - 7:30 AM at the park office.  You must wear a visible bib during the race.

  • Racer meeting will be at 8 AM.  Race to start @ 8:15 AM.

  • Water will be available on the running course.  

  • Finishers should be able to to finish in 2 hours, 15 minutes by 10:30 AM, which will be an walk and easy paddle pace.

  • Awards will start at 10:30 AM.  

  • Trophies & medals will be given to the top male/female in the following categories:  17 and under, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+.  We will give out awards to the top 3 in the run only and relay teams, regardless of gender & age. 

  • Waiver must be approved/signed by a parent for children aged 12-17.  



  • We will be looking for volunteers on Saturday 9/7 to: setup the course; packet pickup; get the awards chairs/tables setup in our event building.

  • Race day!  We need volunteers for:  timing; helping kayakers out of the water to stay dry and move boats; water cooler cup hand-offs at miles 1.5; handing out breakfast and snacks; and safety kayakers in the water for directing racers and other safety measures.


Interested in sponsorship?  We'd love to have your name and logo on our website, facebook page, t-shirts, and possibly some racer swag.  You can even include pamphlets in packet pickup information!

Our 2023 Sponsors:

  • Beck's Hybrids - Colfax

  • Colfax Auto Sales & Tractor/Combine Parts

  • Quarry Springs Outfitters

  • Dickerson Mechanical

  • Fareway - Colfax & Bondurant

  • Kinetic Edge - Colfax & Newton

  • Central Iowa Seeds

  • Fleet Feet - Des Moines

  • Bank Iowa - Colfax

  • Walmart - Newton

  • Lonnie Portner State Farm - Newton

  • B&W Racing Services

  • DC Sports Apparel

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