Catch a city home to nine professional/amateur sports teams. A region with 550 miles of trail systems, with 1,200 miles of trails statewide. A hub for health and wellness. Catch Des Moines and get active!
Active Rankings & Awards
Des Moines Ranked #3 on The Best Minor League Baseball Towns of 2015 (2015, SmartAsset.com)
Des Moines Recognized as Top Place to Watch for Sports (2015, Sports Events Magazine)
Greater Des Moines Ranks 25th for Overall Well-Being (2014, Healthways & Gallup)
Des Moines Named a Top Place to Watch (2014, Sports Event Magazine)
Des Moines Comes in #8 for Top Minor League Markets in US (2013, Sports Business Daily)
Des Moines Named Runner Friendly Community Recipient (2012, Road Runners Club of America)
Gray's Lake Park Named One of America's "Great Public Spaces" (2011, American Planning Association)
Ankeny Among 151 "Playful City USA" Communities (2011, KaBoom)
Wells Fargo Arena Receives Highest Ranking in Venue History (2011, Pollstar)
Iowa Ranked 6th in Survey of Healthiest States for Kids (2010, Annie E. Casey Foundation)
Iowa Ranks as 5th Happiest State (2010, Yahoo)
Des Moines is #26 on List of Happiest, Healthiest People (2010, Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index)
Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative
The Healthiest State Initiative is a privately-led public initiative intended to inspire Iowans and their communities throughout the state to improve health and happiness. To achieve this goal, individuals, families, businesses, organizations, not-for-profits and the public sector unite in a community-focused effort to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by 2016.
To measure progress, the initiative uses the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®, which tracks six areas that comprise well-being. In 2013, Iowa ranked as the 10th Healthiest State in the Nation. While this ranking puts us in the top 20% of the country, and is an improvement, our state continues to strive for more healthy Iowans.
Iowa Sports Foundation
The Iowa Sports Foundation (ISF) mission is to provide sports, recreation, health and wellness opportunities for Iowans of all abilities.
The ISF is comprised of:
- Iowa Games
- Live Healthy Iowa
- Iowa Senior Games
- Adaptive Sports Iowa
Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI)
RAGBRAI (pronounced rag-bry) began in 1973 as a casual bike ride among friends across the state. Since then, it’s grown to a weeklong, world-wide phenomenon. RAGBRAI organizers cap the official ridership at 8,500 riders annually. Since 1973, more than 326,650 individuals have biked at least a portion of RAGBRAI. Plus, the top three largest daily rider counts during the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa all happened in and around Des Moines—with the highest daily ridership reaching 23,000 riders from Boone to Des Moines in 1988.