Iowa National Guard
Trench Run 2021

The Iowa National Guard Trench Run is a 10K trail run through beautiful Camp Dodge.  Airman, Soldiers and community coming together for a challenging fitness event that will give you a sense of what it’s like to be in the “Trenches” with us!  Throughout the course runners will navigate challenges and be exposed to 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.  Soldiers have a “Battle Buddy” and Airman have a “Wing Man” who will you bring along to support your mission?  Do you have what it takes to finish the course? 

Participants will receive a self-guided 10K running tour through Camp Dodge, water and sports drinks provided on the course, an Iowa National Guard Trench Run 2021 T-shirt, recovery snacks at the finish, live music following the event, and a finisher’s medal!  You get all this for just $20 because, we aren’t here to make money; we are here to make fitness friends. 

Get out of the house and join us in the trenches!

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+

Visitors will enter Camp Dodge through the main gate at 7105 NW 70th Ave., Johnston, IA. Photo identification (a driver's license or military ID card are acceptable) is required for admittance to Camp Dodge for individuals 16 years of age and older.

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.

** Department of Defense policy requires ALL motorcyclists (drivers and passengers) 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).**

Timeline of Events:

15 May 2021 - 10 August 2021

  • Participants Register Online
  • Online Registration will close on 10 August, but in person registration remain open until 60 minutes prior to the race.
  • T-Shirts must be picked up prior to race, day of race, 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.

 15 August 2021 - RACE DAY!

 5:30 AM - 7:00 AM: Sign in / Race packet pickup - Camp Dodge, Pool Pavilion

  • 7:00 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 10:00 AM: Race awards ceremony, followed by live music!