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Greater Des Moines Sporting Events

Catch the excitement surrounding Greater Des Moines sporting events. The top-notch competition. The goal made in the last seconds of the game. The basketball skimming the rim. The pounding hearts at the finish line. And the victorious smiles from records set by champions.



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Special Events

11th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals 2014

September 25, 2014 to September 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Knoxville Raceways
  • 1000 N. Lincoln Street
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: $12.50 - $40
  • Phone: n/a
  • Website

Sept. 25: Presented by Casey's General Stores. Sept. 26: Ideal-Ready Mix Qualifying Night; Sept. 27: Finals, presented by Casey's General Stores. For more information/purchase tickets:

Des Moines Derby Dames/Crash Test Dolls vs. Old Capitol City Roller Girls

September 27, 2014
  • Venue: Seven Flags
  • 2100 NW 100th Street
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: Doors open 6 p.m.; Event at 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 advance; $14 day of show; Ages 10 & Under Free
  • Website

There's lots of ways that you can be a part of the Des Moines Derby Dames team. •Be a Fan: Come out to each and every Des Moines Derby Dames bout. Check the website often to find out when we'll be playing next. All of our home bouts are at the 7 Flags Events Center in Clive. •Be a Volunteer: We're always looking for volunteers to help out at bouts. Duties normally ...

Head of the Des Moines Regatta

September 27, 2014
  • Location: Prospect Park
  • 1225 Prospect Road
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-262-3628
  • Email | Website

Come on out to the 31st Annual Head of the Des Moines Regatta!

Iowa Outdoor Expo

September 27, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Water Works Park/Des Moines Izaak Walton League
  • 4343 George Flagg Parkway
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-729-6037
  • Website

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by bringing the entire family out for a fun weekend discovering new and exciting ways to enjoy Iowa's outdoors. With over 50 free hands-on activities, visitor's are able to learn, observe and experience recreation opportunities in the great outdoors.

Jennie Finch Softball Clinic

September 27, 2014

Olympic Softball Pitcher Jennie Finch Clinic

Purple Stride Iowa 2014 - Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

September 27, 2014
  • Location: Raccoon River Park
  • 2500 Grand Avenue
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: Registration 8 a.m.; Opening Ceremonies 9:30 a.m.; Run/Walk Begins 10 a.m.
  • Admission: Adult 5K Run $30; Adult 5K Walk $25; Youth (3-12) 5K Run $15; Youth 5K Walk $10 (registration fees will increase on event-day)
  • Phone: 515-979-4330
  • Email | Website

Walk or run a 5K course in Raccoon River Park! Enjoy music, food, kids' activities, and awards, all while raising awareness of pancreatic cancer. Choose a timed race, run for fun, or enjoy the family-friendly walk. Form a team to raise funds. Honor a loved one. Join the fight against pancreatic cancer!

Remembrance Run - Honoring Iowa's Fallen

September 28, 2014

A 5K Walk/Run that honors service members from Iowa (and service members with ties to Iowa) that have died in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere from combat, illness or accident since the Iraq war began in March 2003. Also have a special tribute to fallen Vietnam vets.

Yoga Brunch

September 28, 2014
  • Location: Hoq Restaurant
  • 303 E. 5th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8:30 a.m.
  • Admission: $25
  • Phone: 515-244-1213
  • Email | Website

Yoga Brunch

On-Going Events

Capitall Riders' Run with the Animals

April 21, 2014 to October 20, 2014 (Every Monday)
  • 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...

Live Quarter Horse Racing

August 16, 2014 to October 11, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Prairie Meadows
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Fri - Sat 6:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. through Oct 11 (no racing on 10/12)
  • Admission: No admission fee
  • Website

Yoga in the Park

June 07, 2014 to September 27, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Venue: Gray's Lake
  • 2100 Fleur Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 237-1456
  • Email | Website

Yoga in the Park, presented by Des Moines Parks and Recreation & Unity Point Health - Des Moines is back again for another summer. We invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake. The class will be from 9 - 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 7 through September 27. Local volunteer inst...


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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