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Convention Social Events
Thursday Night Welcome Reception
Following the round table discussions, convention attendees, including our Coaching Certification Cohort, are invited to join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres the Embassy Club Ruan Center, Downtown Des Moines. Take in the spectacular panoramic views of the city and State Capitol complex from atop the Ruan Building at The Des Moines Embassy Club’s Downtown Club. Then dine around on your own with new and old friends.
Friday Morning Group Run or AM Yoga Session
This is a great opportunity to network with Expo vendors and fellow attendees before we kick-off the event. We promise to provide you with enough coffee to keep you going through the morning sessions.
This is a great opportunity to meet new people and re-connect with old friends. Share ideas and try to solve some of the challenges faced by the running community. Enjoy our keynote presentation. We will also honor the 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community of the Year.
Friday Night Under the Lights
Indulge your senses and join us for some festive food and beverage in the River Rock Grill & Tavern in the Downtown Marriott before catching the shuttle to the Friday Night Under the Lights at the Drake Relays, complementary tickets to the event are sponsored by USA Track & Field. Shuttles will return people to either the Marriott or the Embassy Suites. Watch the best in state high school track & field as well as collegiate athletes from around the country competing in preliminary and finals action. Elite athletes will be poised to set world record marks as they battle each other for a $50,000 prize purse on the big blue oval. Your chance to compete in the 106th Drake Relays comes Sunday morning in the Hy-Vee Road Races Half Marathon, 10K & 5K.
Saturday Morning Group Run or AM Yoga Session
A continental style breakfast will be served at the new Wellmark YMCA at 501 Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA 50309 following the morning group run and yoga session.
Share ideas and try to solve some of the challenges faced by the running community. Enjoy our keynote presentation.
Saturday Evening National Running Awards Reception & Banquet