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General Info

The Dam Backpocket Run is August 20, 2016 @ 5pm

There are TWO different starts for the Dam Backpocket Run. Runners will park at the Iowa River Landing and will be shuttled to their respective starts.

Your registration gives you an awesome tshirt, Backpocket Brewing pint glass, with a party and beer after you finish, plus schwag from other sponsors! PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE SHIRTS ARE GENDER SPECIFIC SO PLEASE SELECT YOUR SIZE ACCORDINGLY!

The Dam Backpocket Run is proud to work with the University of Iowa Dance Marathon as our charity partner! As many in the Iowa City/Coralville area already know, everything that UIDM does is FTK - For the Kids! The student organization supports children and families as they battle cancer. To date, Dance Marathon has raised over 18 million dollars!

Get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram by clicking on the icons to the left. Or, send us an email HERE.

As important as our great participants, we won't have a race without AWESOME VOLUNTEERS! We'll need all the help we can get to help with set up/ tear down, packet pickup, directing runners, manning shuttles, handing out water at aid stations, and various other simple, but necessary tasks. As a volunteer, you get all the same schwag as runners and you won't be as tired afterwards! Click HERE to sign up!


Stein Holding Contest

Are you signed up to race? Then you're signed up to participate, if you're tough enough, in the Dam Backpocket Run Stein Holding Contest! Hold a 1 liter stein full of beer perpendicular to your shoulder, for AS LONG AS YOU CAN! The winner gets A BEER A DAY FOR A YEAR!


Registration IS OPEN!


Registration is done through a simple form and good until we reach capacity. Enter all of your info. If you don't, the form will get angry and turn red.

To pay, simply enter your credit card information at the bottom of the form. No transaction fees, no funny business.

You'll get a confirmation email so you can make sure your biography is accurate, and hey, why not share it with your friends on the Twitters or the Facebooks?!


  • Early bird registration 2/12/2016-2/18/2016 - $20
  • 2/19/2016-3/3/2016 - $25
  • 3/4/2016-3/17/2016 - $30
  • 3/17/2016-4/17/2016 - $35
  • 4/18/2016-6/4/2016 - $40
  • 6/5/2016-8/17/2016 - $45
  • 8/18/2016-8/19/2016 - $55 (no race day registration)



Packet Pickup

August 18 - 4pm to 7pm at Pro-Fit (773 Quarry Rd, Coralville, IA)

August 19 - Noon to 6pm at Backpocket Brewing (903 Quarry Rd, Coralville, IA)

August 20 - 11am to 2pm at Backpocket Brewing (903 Quarry Rd, Coralville, IA)

One Course. Two Distances. Which Race Are You Running?

7 Dam Miles

Distance: 7 Miles
Start: Coralville Dam

Race Map

There's a dam. There's a brewery. There are 7 miles between them. Solve for X.

Start at the Coralville Dam, run down West Overlook Dr to Dubuque St, and take the bike path through Waterworks Prairie Park all the way to Backpocket.


Distance: 5 KM (3.1 miles)
Start: Waterworks Prairie Park

Let's be honest. Some of us are here for a fun run with great beer at the end. Do we have just the thing for you. The Backpocket 5K! Start at Waterworks Prairie Park and follow the bike path past the dog park and across the river to Backpocket.

After the Run, It's the After Party

Each runner will get a commemorative beer glass from Backpocket, and a beer to fill it. If you're a runner who's not of age or don't care for a beer, no worries, we'll have plenty of options for you! 

Backpocket Brewing will also have food for purchase so tell friends and family who aren't running to come and join us for mega fun times! Festivites, food, and beer - it's a can't miss!