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2023 Trench Run fast faqs

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The registration fee is $40 per person.

  • * Participants under the age of 18 must be registered by their parent or guardian. Minors under the age of 14 are not eligible to participate.
  • Early Online Registration will close on 05 August, after that date no t-shirt(s) are guaranteed, but in person registration remain open until 30 minutes prior to the race.
  • T-Shirts must be picked up prior to race at S70 (Freedom Center), day of race (pool Pavilion), or accommodations will need to be made for pickup on Camp Dodge.  T-SHIRTS WILL NOT BE MAILED OUT.  If T-shirts have not been picked up within 30 days of race – shirt will be donated.
  • The cost of the event again is $40 per person.

14 August 2022 – RACE DAY TIMELINE!

Packet Pickup –

  • 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM : Pre-race activities, National Anthem, Race Welcome
  • 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM : Adventure race (Single start)
  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM : Iowa National Guard Open House – Camp Dodge Pool Pavilion, Food Court
  • Approximately 10:30 AM: Race awards ceremony, followed by live music!

The Trench Run will be a mass start event. Participants will have an ankle timer to keep track of their exact time. The race will start promptly at 7:30 AM

There are grass areas as well as parking lots located within walking distance to the start line. Military personnel will be directing traffic. 

Visitors can enter Camp Dodge for the event through either the main gate at 7105 NW 70th Ave., Johnston or the historic East Gate at 7700 NW Beaver Drive, Johnston. Photo identification is required for individuals 16 years of age and older; a driver’s license is acceptable.


Porta-potties will be available on each mile of the race.

Both the start and finish line will be next to the historic pool pavilion on Camp Dodge.

This is a physically demanding event with a 10K trail run through beautiful Camp Dodge. Participants should be prepared to finish the race in 2 hours. Participants can stop along obstacles, take in the scene and immerse themselves in the unique experience.

Throughout the course, runners will navigate military simulations that no other trail run offers. The Iowa National Guard Trench Run 10K will include; trenches, smoke, pyrotechnics, blank fire, military vehicles, fire trucks, streams, and the possibility of an occasional helicopter fly by. 

All participants should be prepared to traverse water and muddy obstacles.

Water stations are positioned throughout the course. Snacks and beverages will also be available at the end of the race.

Participants are not required to wear a facemask as long as long as they follow CDC guidance regarding COVID-19. Participants who are having cold-like symptoms should not participate.


There will be roving medical personnel throughout the course to assist participants who become fatigued or injured. Each obstacle will also be operated by Iowa National Guard service members which are available to assist in medical emergencies.

See General Updates, question 1.

The Iowa National Guard is accepting volunteers to help with the race and setting up the obstacles. Volunteers are required to sign a waiver form before providing any kind of assistance. Individuals interesting in volunteering for the race should contact LTC Aaron Robinson at or by phone at 515-252-4321.

In past years, the Iowa National Guard allowed high school sports teams to sign-up for free. This policy has changed, and we are no longer able to allow free participation.

Awards will be given to the first, second and third place finishers in the following age-groups for both men and women: 14-19, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-70, 70-79, and 80+

Race results will be provided online at the Trench Run website.

Photos from the race are uploaded to the Iowa National Guard’s Flickr page.

Video content is uploaded to our Iowa National Guard Youtube page.

Participants can also view video or photo content on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube social media pages.

No, the Iowa National Guard sets the price for this race to equal the race expenses.


ALL motorcyclists (drivers and passengers) on Camp Dodge are required by Department of Defense policy to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) consisting of helmet, eye protection (full-face shield or goggles or sunglasses), gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirt or jacket, and over-the-ankle footwear while operating on Camp Dodge. Motorcyclists without the required PPE may park their motorcycles at the NW Beaver Drive gate turnaround and walk to the pool complex (approximately three blocks).

No. Concealed or open carry weapons are not permitted at Camp Dodge other than for authorized personnel.