Trail of the Dragon 50K + 50 Mile Run

Three 10-mile loops with a 1/2 mile out and back.

  • Saturday, August 3, 2024
  • 50M: 6am
  • 50K: 7am
  • Moorehead Park, 299 Jasper Ave, Ida Grove, IA US 51445

Registration: Open for 2024!

Quick Stats

This race occurs in conjunction with the Moorehead Park Trail Mazathon.

  • Race Date: Saturday, August 3, 2024
  • Location: Moorehead Park
  • Start Time: 6 a.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Registration: Opens January 15th
  • Early Bird Registration: Sign up prior to Feb 28th and receive $20 discounted entry
  • Entry Fees:
    • 50M: $85
    • 50K: $70
  • Registration cap: 300 total runners

Race Details

The Numbers
  • Moorehead Park is located in Ida Grove, IA
  • Field Limit is 300 runners combined
  • 50M = 5 10-mile loops
  • 50K = 3 10-mile loops with a 1/2 mile out and back
  • 1,000 feet of climb per loop

Course will consist of 10 mile loops on single track dirt and mowed meadow through the rolling hills of our beautiful historic park. Participants can expect challenging hills and beautiful scenery while running well-marked and maintained trails. You will be running on some old stage coach trails past the first homestead which served as the stage coach stop, church and doctor/hospital. Pay your respects as you visit the cemetery of our first settlers and run past a one room school house. 


The Trail of the Dragon is a 50 mile and 50K race that runs concurrently with the Moorehead Park Trail Mazathon.

Date & Start Times

The Trail of the Dragon is Saturday, August 3, 2024. Start times are as follows:

  • 50M: 6 a.m.
  • 50K: 7 a.m.
Cut-off Times

We enforce strict cut-offs.

  • Both distances have a 10 p.m. cut-off.

If it looks you will not be able to finish your final loop in the remaining time, you will not be allowed back on course.  6pm Cutoff time for the start of your last loop.


Pacers are allowed for 50 milers only. 


The Trail of the Dragon manually timed.


Finisher medals will be awarded to all finishers. 

Transfers & Refunds

Your registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Travel & Lodging


  • Super 8 Motel (712-364-3988) or Castle Town Inn (712-364-3317). Both of these are located in Ida Grove and are within two miles of the park.
  • Boulders Inn & Suites (712-368-6200) located in Holstein, IA. approximately 11 miles away
  • Boulders in Lake View, IA (712-665-2660) around 20 miles.


If you are looking to camp there is primitive camping available a Moorehead Park, no electrical hook-ups. Cobb Park is a small camping area located across the highway from the park and offers electrical hook-ups and hot showers. Crawford Creek Recreational Area is located outside of Battle Creek, IA. approximately 15 miles from Moorehead Park. It offers electrical hook-ups and hot showers. They also have cabins to rent and can be reserved by calling the Ida County Conservation Office at 712-364-3300.

Park Pass

No need for a park pass! We take care of that for you on race day only.

Course Info
Aid Stations

There will be 2 fully stocked and manned aid stations on the loop. One at the start/finish line and the other one at around mile 5. To help quench your thirst, the aid stations will offer water and lemon-lime flavored HAMMER HEED. You are required to carry your own device for your liquids, THE AID STATIONS WILL NOT BE STOCKED WITH DRINKING GLASSES!!! Because of the possibility of high temperatures on race day you will not be allowed on the course without a device to hold liquids. As far as nutritional items are concerned we will carry a wide variety of items which will include but are not limited to…pb&j sandwiches, trail mix, pickles, pickle juice, pretzels, cookies, salty potatoes, freeze pops, bananas, ext…….WE WILL HAVE ANY GEL PACKS! WE WILL NOT HAVE ANY DRINKING GLASSES! There will also be three unmanned water stations along the loop. They will be located at around miles 2, 4, and 8. These stations will supply water only. THERE WILL NOT BE DRINKING GLASSES!

Drop Bags

There will be a designated spot for drop bags at the start/finish line and at the mid-way aid station. Please mark your bag with your bib number. There are no water crossing but depending on the amount of dew on the ground your shoes will get wet going through the meadows. If you are a 50 mile participant and plan to carry a flash light or head lamp we will have a drop box for these at the mid-way station and we will return them to the start/finish drop area for you to pick up when you are finished.

Pasta Feed

In order to help you prepare for your run and perhaps meet and mingle with fellow runners and volunteers we will offer a pasta feed at packet pick-up. The meal will be available from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday at the conservation center. This will be a FREE WILL DONATION! If you would like you can bring along your favorite beverage to enjoy. We will provide water and ice tea.

Race Director

Race Director:

Sue Knop

Packet Pickup

Packet pick-up will be at the Conservation Center at Moorehead Park.

Early Packet Pickup

  • Friday, August 2, 2024
  • 4-8 p.m.

Race Day Packet Pickup

  • ​Saturday, August 3, 2024
  • 5 – 5:30 a.m. (50M distance)
  • 5 – 6:30 a.m. (50K distance)
  • Start/Finish area

Race Day Schedule

  • Packet Pickup: 5 – 6:30 a.m.
  • Pre-race Announcements: 5:45 a.m. (50M) and 6:45 a.m. (50K)
  • Race Start Times:
    • 50M: 6 a.m.
    • 50K: 7 a.m.

Race Location

The Trail of the Dragon 50K/50 Mile Run takes place at Moorehead Park299 Jasper Ave, Ida Grove, IA 51445.

Use the addresses above when entering into your GPS. We can’t guarantee other addresses you may find online!

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Trail of the Dragon 50K/50 Mile Runs

Entry Fees:


  • $65 through Feb 28th
  • ​$85 through the day before the race


  • $50 through Feb 28th
  • $70 through the day before the race

Get Registered!

Registration: Run Signup

What this race supports

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Ida County Conservation Foundation. The Foundations mission is dedicated to fostering relationships between residents and our natural world.


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