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Special Events

Auto Races

April 25, 2014
  • Venue: Iowa State Fairgrounds
  • E 30th Street and E Unversity Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Hot laps 6:15 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 Adults; $8 Seniors; $5 Kids; 5 & Under Free
  • Phone: 515-201-5526
  • Website

Sponsored by U.S. Cellular.

Capitall Riders' Run with the Animals

April 21, 2014 to October 20, 2014
  • Location: McVay Trail Head Shelter
  • 300 Block of East 5th Street
  • Indianola,
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: N/A
  • Phone: 515-979-7751

Beginning Runner's Group -  A FREE running group for learning the basics of training and racing for all levels of runners. We run rain or shine, cold or heat - but we will wait for a storm to pass. If there is lightning, we will not run. Everyone who enjoys running. This will be a great way for new runners to learn from experienced runners in a safe and guided enviro...

Drake Relays

April 21, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Drake University - Drake Stadium
  • 28th Street and Forest Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: See description below
  • Admission: All Sessions $95; Friday all $60; Fri Day & Sat $70; Fri Night & Sat $65
  • Website

Monday, April 21- Noon Beautiful Bulldog Contest Knapp Center; 6:00 p.m. High Jump at Hy-Vee Waukee Store Tuesday, April 22 - 6:00 p.m. Grand Blue Mile Downtown Wednesday, April 23 - 11:30 a.m. Decathlon Men, Day 1; 12:30 p.m. Heptathlon Women, Day 1; 6:15 p.m. Pole Vault in the Mall Jordan Creek Mall Thursday, April 24 - 9:30 a.m. Decathlon Men, Day 2 - 10:30 a.m. Heptathlo...

Group Walk

April 26, 2014

Join a 5K or 10K walk on the trails of the refuge. Voluntary potluck lunch will follow walk.

Hy-Vee Des Moines Kids Road Race

April 27, 2014

The Hy-Vee Kids Road Races are a fun and friendly atmosphere for children ages 5 to 17. These races are seeking to get kids more active by showing them just how fun running can be. On Sunday April 27th, we would bring a traditional timed 5K and a one-mile fun run to Drake Stadium. Excitingly, children will get to finish at the Drake Blue Oval, giving them a chance to feel apart...

Hy-Vee Road Races

April 27, 2014
  • Venue: Drake University - Knapp Center
  • 2525 Forest Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 7:30am – Hy-Vee Half Marathon; 8:00am – 10K Road Race; 10:30am – 5K Road Race
  • Admission: Registration Fees on website
  • Website

Hy-Vee Road Race Health and Fitness Expo:  Join us at the 2014 Hy-Vee Road Race Health and Fitness Expo presented by Kellogg's from the Iowa Events Center Hall A!  Come see the latest health and fitness equipment, running apparel and running shoes from some of the top manufactures in the industry Packet Pickup - All athletes must pick up their own race packet i...

Iowa Cubs vs Omaha

April 28, 2014

Iowa Cubs vs Omaha

April 29, 2014

Iowa Cubs vs Omaha

April 30, 2014

Live Thoroughbred Racing

April 20, 2014 to August 09, 2014 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Prairie Meadows
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Thurs - Sat 6:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. through August 9
  • Admission: No admission fee
  • Website

Professional Bull Riders (PBR) at Bass Pro Shops!

April 26, 2014
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

The PBR is back at Wells Fargo Arena in the Built Ford Tough Series - and they'll be BACK at Bass Pro Shops Altoona Iowa! Exclusive PBR Fan Club autograph session: 11:30-Noon Autograph session for the public: Noon-1 p.m. Mechanical Bull: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Seminar with PBR Announcer and experienced angler Clint Adkins - 1-1:30 p.m. Kids activities - Bull roping and stick bull ridin...

Professional Bull Riders: Built Ford Tough Series

April 26, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Every event begins with pyrotechnics, explosions, and flames. Then the excitement really begins when the Top 35 bull riders in the world compete against the fiercest bucking bulls on the planet, providing two hours of thrills and spills guaranteed to keep you on the edge-of-your-seat and your heart pounding. The nationally-televised Built Ford Tough Series visits some of the ...

Set Your Sights Weekend

April 25, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Varies, see description

A weekend of free seminars covering optics and other accessories, conceal carry laws and equipment, target shooting, and gun care and safety. Friday, April 25: 6:30PM Concealed Carry - A discussion of laws, permits, and equipment. 7:30PM Gun Care, Maintenance, and Storage Products to keep your guns safe, secure, and functioning properly. Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27:...

Shaky Tracks Bicycle Ride for Parkinson's

April 26, 2014

Has Parkinson’s Disease touched you or your loved ones? Plan to come out and ride with us. We have a fun day planned for the whole family. Rides, Fresh Air, Food and Friends. Help spread awareness of this disease and help us ease the burden.

Swim Lesson Registration Opens

April 01, 2014 to May 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

In 2014, register for swim lessons online. To get the class you want, go online and sign up starting Tuesday, April 1 at 8:00am. Click below for session dates and times. http://stage/Departments/Parks/PDF/Aquatics031314.pdf

World Tai Chi & QiGong Day

April 26, 2014
  • Location: South Suburban YMCA
  • 401 E. Army Post Road
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 9 a.m. - Noon
  • Admission: Free - Open to the public
  • Email

Central Iowa's World Tai Chi Celebration, Free workshops!

YOLO: You Only Lead Once

April 26, 2014
  • Venue: Climb Iowa
  • 3605 SE Miehe Drive
  • Grimes, IA 50111
  • Times: Start time 9 a.m.
  • Admission: Free to watch, Entry fee to compete - see website
  • Phone: 515-986-2565
  • Email | Website

ADULT & YOUTH DIVISIONS SCS SANCTIONED! Price Through Wednesday, April 16 - $40, April 16 - April 25 - $55 NO DAY-OF REGISTRATION!YOLO: You Only Lead Once - Onsight Lead & Top-roping Competition    

On-Going Events

Easter Seals Iowa Community Swim

March 04, 2014 to January 13, 2015 (Every Tuesday)

The community is invited to join us for a community swim every Tuesday in our heated, accessible, indoor pool. Cost is $4 per person and free if you are assisting a person.


The Parent Organization of the Des Moines Area Sports Commission
400 Locust Street, Suite 265, Des Moines, IA 50309-2350 (800) 451-2625
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