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Sat May 05 2018 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM


Wapsi-Great Western Line Trailhead & Welcome Center
Riceville, IA


Wapsi-Great Western Line


Party Ride

Distance - 26 miles

On May 5th, the inaugural IronHorse Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races will take place on the level, railroad grade paved trail of the Wapsi-Great Western Line.  The WGWL Trail is the first interstate connecting trail between Iowa and Minnesota.

The Half Marathon is a point-to-point race with shuttle transportation provided.
The 10K is also a point-to-point with shuttle provided.
The 5K is an out-and-back.  
The IronHorse races are USATF Certified, Sanctioned and with chip timing.

There are aid stations and port-o-potties along the race routes and an on-site ambulance for your comfort and safety.

Visit our website ( and Facebook page ( to learn more and register.

Following the IronHorse Races, stay for the Grand Opening of the Southern Branch of the Wapsi-Great Western Line.  From 11:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., there will be five Celebration Stations between the WGWL Trailhead in Riceville and the City of Elma.  These Celebration Stations will be spaced a few miles apart along the WGWL Southern Branch and include: yoga, a five-piece band with dance floor, storytellers, kids carnival with pinatas, an Abraham Lincoln impersonator and more.  All entertainment is free and occurs through-out the afternoon.  For those who register at the WGWL Trailhead or in Elma and who visit all five Celebration Stations, they may compete in the Poker Run for a prize.

Free popcorn, lemonade and coffee will be available at Acme Store, roughly the halfway-point between Riceville and Elma.  Food for purchase options include:

-walking tacos (11-1:30), pie, root beer floats, and brownie sundaes (11-4) at the WGWL Trailhead in Riceville and

-$1 brats and hot dogs at Elma (11:30-1:30).

Come bike the Grand Opening of the Wapsi-Great Western Line Southern Branch and enjoy a progressive party!

Total distance of out-and-back from Trailhead in Riceville =26+ miles.



Wapsi-Great Western Line Trailhead & Welcome Center

110 East Main Street
Riceville, IA 50466


Free . . . except for the pie and other food delights.


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