2022 Quarry Springs Paddle Skedaddle

2022 Date - TBD

Join the movement that's taken over the racing world!  A 2 mile kayak course + 3.5 mile trail run in 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!  We can help you find a partner as well.  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!


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 & Medal - all finishers will get a custom medal to commemorate their achievement.  Hang it on your wall!

  • 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 water bottles and other swag

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

Pricing Information

  • Early Bird (1/1/20 - 5/10/20) - $40 solo or $30 as a team member

  • Pretty Sure I Can Do This (5/11/20 - 5/30/20) - $45 solo or $35 as a team member

  • Procrastinator (6/1/20 - 6/27/20) - $50 solo or $40 as a team member.  Must register by 6/20 to receive a t-shirt


REGISTER NOW: https://runsignup.com/Race/IA/Colfax/QuarrySpringsPaddleSkedaddle

Go to our Facebook Event id to post you are looking for a partner!  https://www.facebook.com/events/837282916713836/

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: https://us.mapometer.com/canoeing/route_4848213.html

  • Run Map: https://us.mapometer.com/running/route_4850061.html

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 6/26 (location/time TBD/TBA) and the morning of 6/27 @ 6:30 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 10:15 AM, which will be an easy paddle & easy walk pace.

  • Awards will start at 10:15 AM.  

  • Special medals will be given to the top male/female in the following categories:  12-18 yr, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+.  Relay awards will also be given depending on number of teams.

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



  • We will be looking for volunteers on Friday 6/26 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!