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We all agree that Des Moines is a great place to live, work, invest and play.
We also recognize that the key to creating a thriving community is through community leaders and business leaders working in partnership…
Join in the ‘Running of the Flags’ by running, walking or riding a Virtual 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, or Ultra Marathon course of your choosing anywhere in south King County, or heck – anywhere in the World – to celebrate our diverse and healthy communities.
This ongoing event will RUN (and walk, ride, etc.) from Saturday, June 5 to Monday, July 5, 2021.
Destination Des Moines, Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park, and Des Moines Legacy Foundation value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Be part of the celebration to unite our great communities of people! All proceeds of this event support Community Charities.
Here are the Details:
Entry Fees (fees are the same for all distances):
Online Registration runs from May 5- July 4, 2021.
Each registered participant receives a commemorative Running of the Flags Race Medal.
Pre-Race: Pick up your Running of the Flags Race Medal at any participating Marina District Business with the Running of the Flags Logo! Just show your registration receipt!
This is a virtual event. Everyone is welcome to join in. Run it. Walk it in one day or challenge yourself to complete an Ultra Marathon over multiple days! Race safely with your family, friends, and pets. Participate wherever you choose and whenever you choose. Race on a trail, through your neighborhood, take a walk along city sidewalks, or visit the Des Moines waterfront! In fact, if you visit our Marina District businesses you can receive rewards! However you wish to cross the finish line is okay with us. Create your own Running of the Flags Finish Line and share your memorable photographs on this site and to the Destination Des Moines, Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park, and Des Moines Legacy Foundation Facebook pages.
Photo and Video Contest:
Running of the Flags benefits your community through these organizations:
Destination Des Moines (Non-profit 501c6 Corporation) presents FREE community celebrations: Fireworks Over Des Moines, Waterland Festival and Parade, Marina District Trick or Treat Path, Art Walks, and Holiday Tree Lighting. (Live events coming again soon!). The mission is to grow our Marina District and local small business development.
Des Moines Legacy Foundation (Non-profit 501c3 Corporation) funds community charities: Des Moines Area Food Bank, Des Moines Park Play Areas, Youth Recreation, YETI, Senior Health, Wellness and Mobility, Farmers Market, Arts, and Running of the Flags and Scholarships for local people in need.
Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park (Non-profit 501c ) funds community and international charities: Highline Schools Foundation, Music for Life, Des Moines Area Food Bank, and local and international service projects for people in need.
Don’t want to run, walk, or bike? Consider making a donation to support the work that Destination Des Moines, Rotary Club and Legacy Foundation are doing in our community.
Want to learn more about these community organizations. Check out their websites: