A long-running tradition in Ames is their Midnight Madness event. Fortunately, the name is a little misleading, the race doesn’t start at midnight, it’s two races and they start at 7:30 and 8:30 and are over long before midnight.
The fact that it’s an event that takes place in the evening makes it unique. Another unique facet of the event is that it’s two races, a 5K and a 10K with a short break in between so you have a chance to recharge before heading out again. Participants can choose to run the 5K, the 10K, or as most do, you can run both.
This year’s event is on July 13th and as has been the case for the past several years, the CVRA is sponsoring a luxury bus for club members to Ames that day. The bus will pick up riders in the Lindale Mall parking lot on the north side of Sears at 4:00 p.m. When you arrive in Ames you’ll register if you haven’t already pre-registered then pick up your race packet. After the race, which will be around 8:00 to 10:00 depending on whether you run the 10K or not, they put on a pasta dinner and beer to help replenish your carbs. During the evening they have a band to entertain the runners and an awards ceremony. Then sometime around 11:30 the bus loads up and heads back to Cedar Rapids where it arrives around 1:30 to 2:00 Sunday morning.
Contact Doug Fishwild at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat on the bus. The cost to ride is just $15. Seats are on a first come first serve basis so reserve yours today! If this is going to be your first Midnight Madness experience, the most helpful tip you could get is to bring a change of clothes. After your cool down a set of clean, dry clothes and a pair of sandals will help you relax during the after party and the bus ride home. So if you’re looking for a race that is a little unusual and big on fun, make plans to run in Midnight Madness and leave the driving to us!