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Raccoon River Valley Trail Association

14581 K Avenue

Perry, Iowa 50220 | 515-465-3577

raccoonrivervalleytrailassociation@co.dallas.ia.us

Dallas • Guthrie • Greene Counties in Iowa

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Jason Bakewell, co-owner of Market to Market Relay/Iowa,  was at the Panora trailhead of the Raccoon River Valley Trail on Saturday, April 12, handing off tubs full of race-day equipment that volunteers will use in staffing the runners’ “exchange zones.”  The second annual relay will be held on Saturday, May 10, with 300 teams competing in the 75-mile race from the courthouse square in Jefferson to the Court Avenue District of downtown Des Moines.  With seven to eight runners per team, nearly 2,200 are expected to compete the event, which uses the south loop of the RRVT, the Clive Greenbelt Trail and then the trails of West Des Moines and Des Moines.  The Market to Market Relay/Iowa “charity partners” benefitting from the event here are the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association and “Team in Training” of the Iowa Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The relay organization compensates non-profit organizations that provide volunteers to operate the exchange zones.  Market to Market Relay has similar races in Nebraska and, next fall for the first time, southwestern Ohio.

 

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    RaccoonRiverValleyTrail.org is your online guide to an 89-mile-long paved trail along the branches of the beautiful Raccoon River through Greene, Guthrie and Dallas Counties.

    You will experience the communities of Jefferson, Cooper, Herndon, Yale, Panora, Linden, Redfield, Adel, Waukee, Dallas Center, Minburn, Perry, Dawson and Jamaica. And, going east from Waukee, the RRVT connects with the extensive trail system in Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines.

    Thus, your trail experience will take you from a very vibrant metropolitan area out into some great small towns, which are located in one of the most productive agricultural regions of the world.

    Along your way you’ll find the food, beverages, entertainment, scenery, accommodations and ambience that will make every visit to the RRVT a memorable one.

    In May 2013, we completed a new 33-mile-long “north loop,” to bring our total mileage up to 89 from the original 56. We are already proclaiming the RRVT’s new status as one of the longest paved trails in the United States, and one that has the longest interior loop on a trail in the nation at 72 miles.

    All that is why we believe the RRVT has now become “one of America’s best recreational trails.”
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