Organizers of the Dam to Dam race this weekend are doing their best to roll with the punches Mother Nature is throwing.
Some of the race route is right along the swollen Des Moines River, like on Robert D. Ray Drive, and because of recent construction the bike path participants will be running on is even closer to the water’s edge.
While they do have an alternate route in mind in case of flooding, the challenge would be implementing those changes.
“Well there is no canceling or postponing, but with having 8,500 runners on the race course last minute changes are difficult to make — to get the information out and get the course properly marked for the runners,” says Kurt Schaeffer, director of Dam to Dam.
The changes that have been made already mainly involve runner drop off. Instead of getting dropped off at the starting line at Saylorville dam, all runners will be bused in from four different locations: downtown Des Moines at 11th and Locust, Merle Hay Mall, Valley West Mall, and the DMACC campus in Ankeny.