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General Info

The Sixth Annual Dam Backpocket Run is August 18, 2018 @ 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 Includes:

  • Custom Tech Shirt 
  • Backpocket Brewing Pint Glass
  • Stein Holding Contest and Post-Race Party
  • First Beer
  • Custom Bib Number
  • Chip Timing

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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 receives a GIANT gift basket courtesy of Backpocket Brewing!



Registration IS OPEN!


Registration takes less than 5 minutes! Sign up early to save more, and bring a friend!


  • 2/15/2018-2/22/2018 - $25 
  • 2/23/2018-3/7/2018 - $30 
  • 3/8/2018-7/11/2018 - $35
  • 7/12/2018-8/13/2017 - $45 
  • 8/17/2018-8/18/2018 - $50 

Packet Pickup

August 16 - 4pm to 7pm at Backpocket Brewing (903 Quarry Rd, Coralville, IA)

August 17 - 4pm to 7pm at Backpocket Brewing (903 Quarry Rd, Coralville, IA)

August 18 - 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!