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April 16, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — Grand Blue Mile officials today posted the schedule of events and road closure information for April 20-21.

New this year is the Mascot Madness Charity Challenge. Mascots from Drake University, Iowa State University, Grand View University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Des Moines Menace, Iowa Cubs and Iowa Energy will compete for a $1,000 prize to be awarded to the winning mascot’s charitable foundation.

Also back by popular demand is the community 5K training run, which is open to runners of all abilities. The run is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 20, and it is led by Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano. This casual run starts and ends at 13th Street and Grand Avenue. Those planning to participate should arrive by 11:15 a.m. for brief instructions. Manzano will be available for media interviews immediately following the run.

 

Schedule

 

Monday, April 20, 2015


11:30 a.m.

Grand Blue Mile training run with Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano

Wellmark Headquarters - meet in Pappajohn Park lawn
1331 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa

3 - 6 p.m.

Packet Pickup - all race participants

Pappajohn Education Center
South Lobby
1200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa
Note: Packets may also be picked up from 3 - 6 p.m. on race day, April 21, 2015.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

Road Closures


Downtown Des Moines businesses will continue to be open and accessible throughout the Grand Blue Mile. Please note the following closures to help plan your travel on race day.

 

9:00 a.m. Grand Avenue from 10th to 14th Streets
12th Street between Grand Avenue and Locust Street
13th Street between Grand Avenue and Locust Street
3:00 p.m. Locust Street from 13th to 15th Streets
6:00 p.m. Grand Avenue from 6th to 10th Streets

Event Schedule

3 - 6 p.m. Packet Pickup - all race participants
Athlete Services Tent (Pappajohn Park lawn)
13th Street and Grand Avenue
6:00 p.m. Iowa Kidstrong Fun Run
9th Street and Grand Avenue
Note: Non-competitive 1/4-mile fun run for Iowa Kidstrong program participants.
6:15 p.m. Recreational Division
13th and Locust Street
Note: Open to all ages and abilities, including runners, joggers and walkers.
6:35 p.m. Mascot Madness Charity Challenge
12th Street and Grand Avenue
6:45 p.m. Women's Competitive Division
13th and Locust Street
Note: Open to all competitive runners and recommended for sub-8-minute milers.
7:00 p.m. Men's Competitive Division
13th and Locust Street
Note: Open to all competitive runners and recommended for sub-8-minute milers.
7:15 p.m. Women's Invitational Championship
13th and Locust Street
Note: Features world-class track and field athletes by invitation only.
7:30 p.m. Men's Invitational Championship
13th and Locust Street
Note: Features world-class track and field athletes by invitation only.
7:45 p.m. Post Race Media Availability
13 Street and Grand Avenue
5 - 8:00 p.m. Celebration Party
Refreshments and entertainment for participants and spectators
Pappajohn Park Lawn
13th Street and Grand Avenue