Grimes Farm is a special place in our town. It offers a perfect blend of tranquillity and energy and brings out the best of our natural surroundings. It’s a treasure in our community. Once a year, the Farm is especially abuzz and alive with activity when people of all ages gather for the annual Grimes Farm Run.
All You Need to Know about the 2017 Grimes Farm Run
This year’s run is Saturday, July 8th at Grimes Farm and Conservation Center: 2349 233rd St, Marshalltown, IA 50158. Online registration ends July 6th at 11:00 P.M. You can sign up at localraces.com. There are several different run options to suit different ages and levels of experience. Registration begins at 7:30 A.M. inside the Conservation Center.
The following runs will start a 8:00 A.M.
- The Grimes Farm – 5K – This is the same trail you have known and loved. It includes the killer hill taking you to one of the highest points in the county. You will traverse along Linn Creek through woodlands, cross a wetland, and finish in the prairie in full bloom. Grass surfaces will cushion your stride through most of the route.
- Rustic Ramble – 8.77K – This is a more rustic run complete with grass, mud, and dirt. It includes the entire 5k with an extension that takes you on a deer trail along the undeveloped side of Linn Creek.. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way!
- Fun Run/Walk – 1.6 miles – This route goes through woodland, along Linn Creek and up the Big Hill. You will finish by passing over the covered bridge and crossing the finish line at the picnic shelter.
At 9:00 A.M. is the Grimes Farm Kids’ Races – 100 yards. Every participant will receive a ribbon.
$100 for top Male and Female in both the 5K and the 8.77K and $50 for 2nd Place Male and Female in both races. Those who go to the top of Mildred’s Tower will receive a special prize.
I spoke with Carrie Grimes Barr about the Grimes Farm Run and enjoyed getting her insider look at this special day.
A Q&A with Carrie Grimes Barr
1. Can you please share a bit about the history of the Grimes Farm race? How and when it got started, etc…
We started the “Grimes Farm Run…A Walk in the Park” in 2000–years before the nature center was built. We wanted to make people aware of this great asset and let them know the wetland boardwalks and the grassy trails were available for use.
2.What do you think it is that makes this day so special?
- We have very competitive runners vying for the $100 and $50 awards for 1st and 2nd places in the 5K and 8,77K races. Our course record was set in our first year by state champion Grant Shadden and it has never been broken!
- We have many more participants who love the grassy and shady course and compete against their own record each year.
- In addition, more and more families are making this a family event. The option of climbing Mildred’s Tower for a special prize and the children’s race have been popular with families. This summer will have the Nature Playscape and the Story Walk for families to enjoy as the group awaits the award ceremony.
- Many, many people make this an annual event and have become good friends over the years! We have a leisurely time as we wait for all runners to finish so we can give awards. It is a fun time to play in the grass and connect with old friends.
3. Is there a year or particular moment that stands out to you?
Oh yes! So many things have happened in the 16 years we have been doing this! We have only had one rainy day. But that did not stop runners! Many came across the finish line with mud on knees, hips, elbows and hands from the slipping and sliding they did! Another special time for me was the year my Dad gave out the 10 year anniversary awards to special runners and volunteers. Of course, I loved the first year when a Grimes (my cousin) won the Women’s Overall 5K and our course record was set.
4. Are you in need of volunteers? Anything else community members can to do help?
5. Anything else you want us to know?