This hidden gem takes place the first weekend in December and combines single track dirt trail with a hint of paved bike path as you wind down the Sycamore Trail along the Des Moines River. Unpredictable winter weather in Iowa has brought rain, snow, and negative temps but has also brought picturesque 50 degree days and some of the fastest dirt trails in the state.
Since 2012, the Sycamore 8 has been voted runner up for the "Top Cross Country Race" by the readers of Iowa Momentum Magazine. This race caters to veteran and new trail runners alike. With rolling single track, vast views of the Des Moines River and ever present wildlife, you don't want to miss your chance at a Des Moines tradition of capping off the racing season. Register early as entries are capped at 300 participants.
The course is 8-ish mile blend of groomed single track trail with a little paved trail in the middle
COST - $30 with your Capital Striders membership (packet pickup or day of registration $35) - $35 for non Capital Striders (packet pickup or day of registration $40)