Running of the Cowles: School Hosts 1st Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk

In February, First Lady Michelle Obama was in Des Moines for the Let’s Move Day rally, talking with students about the importance of exercise and nutrition. In May, Cowles Montessori School is putting those words into action.

On May 5, Cowles hosts its 1st Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk. This event is open not only to Cowles students, staff and families, but to the general public as well.

This is a fun run/walk, not a timed race. The course is a double loop through the Cowles/Windsor Heights neighborhood with two goals in mind: build a wider sense of community and promote health and wellness.

And thanks to the Midwest Dairy Association and their support of the school’s Fuel Up To Play 60 grant, which is helping to make this event possible including free participation for all Cowles students.

100% of the registration fees from the fun run/walk go right back to Cowles to help support things such as after school programs and preschool scholarships.

So, on your mark … get set … REGISTER!

Race Date: Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Race Time: The race will start at 8:00 AM – rain or shine! The Cowles 1 Mile Cross Country Run will start on the lower field at 9:00 AM for kids 9-16 years of age.

Race Location: Cowles Montessori Elementary School, 6401 College Avenue in Windsor Heights.

Registration Options:

  1. MAIL: Download and return the .  Entries must be postmarked by April 21.
  2. IN-PERSON: Held on Friday, May 4th from 4:30 to 7:30 PM in the lobby area of Cowles Montessori School.
  3. DAY OF RACE:  Saturday, May 5th from 7:00 to 7:30 AM at Cowles.
  4. ONLINE: Due to the discounted rate that Cowles families will receive, online payments will be set up for community members only. This will help to assure appropriate pricing eligibility. To register online, click here.

T-Shirt Pick-up: Friday, May 4th, 4:30-7:30 PM. You may also pick up t-shirts on race day until 7:30 AM. If you are registering on race day there will be a limited amount of t-shirts available.

Volunteers: If you’d like to help with this event, volunteers are needed. Simply contact Heather Anderson at the email or phone number below.

Questions: Please contact Heather Anderson at or 515-783-8983.

For more information about the event, including a registration form, simply click here.

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