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5th Annual Race for Hope Des Moines

  • Water Works Park
  • Address: George Flagg Parkway - enter beween Fleur & Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50321
  • May 13, 2017
  • Gates open 7am; 5K start 8am
  • Price: $10 - $40

WELCOME! Welcome to the home of the 5th annual Race for Hope Des Moines!  Our event has had a successful three years & we're excited to see everyone again! If this is your first time visiting, scroll down for more information. If you are a return guest, we hope this website contains all the info you need to be ready for May 13!

WHO ARE WE? Race for Hope Des Moines is an annual event inspired by Nicolas Lovan, a 16 year old Des Moines native. The all volunteer staff prides itself in keeping costs as low as possible in order to maximize proceeds sent to brain tumor organizations. The race is also a green event, re-using as much as possible with all trash is recycled responsibly. All vendors are locally sourced, so our expenses help the Iowa community.

VISION: In November 2012, doctors diagnosed him with an inoperable brain tumor. Despite recently having brain surgery, Nicolas had an immediate vision to get involved as an advocate. Researching his diagnosis on the internet, he & his mother found the National Brain Tumor Society. Through the organization, they discovered several ways to participate in Brain Tumor Awareness Month (May). They participated in the Washington, DC Race for Hope May 2012 to raise funds for the National Brain Tumor Society. Additionally, Nicolas & his mother advocated for more research and funding by meeting with Congress at the White House Head to the Hill event. The vision did not stop there. The Washington, DC event inspired Nicolas to host a similar event in Des Moines. Since learning about his brain tumor & the lack of information around the Des Moines area, Nicolas wanted to find a way to educate & honor others who are going through similar experiences. His inspiration motivated the creation of the Race for Hope – DSM, a 5K Run/Walk Event. His goal was to make this an annual event each May to bring awareness to the cause, raise much needed research funds, bring the community together, pay tribute to those who have passed, and celebrate survivors.

PREVIOUS YEARS: The first year brought over 600 runners & supporters to Des Moines, raising over $25,000 which went directly to the National Brain Tumor Society, a non-profit organization that partners with the world’s leaders in research, public policy & clinical care to advance the understanding of brain tumors, expands the availability of new treatments & drive the discovery of a cure. The second year the event added another beneficiary, the Dragon Master Foundation a non-profit organization working to create a large-scale database of molecular, genetic, clinical & environmental data to assist researchers.

OUR MISSION: Our ongoing mission is two-fold: raising funds and raising awareness. The Race for Hope DSM 5k Run/Walk is a family-friendly fundraiser to benefit brain tumor research through Dragon Master Foundation , the National Brain Tumor Society , and the Childrens Cancer Connection. It is held in May to recognize and promote Brain Tumor/Cancer Awareness Month in our community.

OUR EVENT: The 4th Annual 2016 Race for Hope DSM 5K will bring together over 2,000 runners, walkers, children, families, businesses, and supporters to Des Moines, Iowa for the state’s largest brain tumor research community fundraiser. In the last three years, the race has earned over $90,000 for brain tumor research. We aim high this year and our goal for 2017 is to raise $50,000 through this and our related activities.  What are these activities you ask?  We will be holding the 3rd Annual Golf for Hope this fall, plus there are a few other projects in the works.  Please follow our Facebook page for all the latest details!

USATF: We’re proud to have an official USATF certified course!
A USATF-certified course is a road race course whose distance has been certified for accuracy, meaning your road running performance can be accepted as an official record or national ranking. Running a race on a certified course allows you to accurately compare your time to performances run on other certified courses because you can be sure the distances were the same. No one can truly establish a personal best if the course distance is not accurate. For more information, please visit the website : USATF.

5th Annual Race for Hope Des Moines