The 22nd annual “Dam-to-Dam” race (starts/started) at seven this morning. It’s 20 kilometers from Saylorville to Nollen Plaza in downtown Des Moines and the Center Street dam on the Des Moines River. Race Director Kurt Schaeffer says 2500-runners are entered in the 20-K dam-to-dam race, and another 800 will do a 5K run. In addition, families can take part in youth races. Schaefer says a lot of out-of-town runners come to this, the second-largest race of its kind in the U-S. Schaeffer says part of the race will also be a benefit as two dollars from each entry fee with go to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation’s “Chuck Gipp (jip) Fund,” in honor of an Iowa man who died of Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s the 22nd year for Dam-to-Dam. 375 people finished the race in 1980. 2500 are entered in the full 22-kilometer dam-to-dam run this year.
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