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Great River Road Run Half Marathon, 5K Walk/Run, 10K Walk/Run or (approx.) 55 mile ride.

The Great River Road Run Half Marathon/5K/30 mile ride is located in what is sometimes referred to as the heart of America. This course offers breathtaking views and majestic landscapes that inspire and sooth the soul. Nature has been kind to the banks and bluffs along this route. The Great River Road Run will set you alongside the mighty Mississippi as you make your way from Hamilton, Illinois to Nauvoo, Illinois. Bicyclist will forge on around and through the countryside back to the start. The beautiful fall setting will be spectacular as you make your way through the course.

The course for the race takes participants entirely on paved surfaces, starting at the Great River Boat Company in Hamilton, IL beginning at 8:00 AM. From there, the course takes participants along the mighty Mississippi then into historic Nauvoo winding around some city streets then ends in the Nauvoo State Park, except for bicyclists which will continue on through the countryside back to the start. The first 13 miles of course will be closed to traffic. All proceeds benefit the food pantries of Hanock County.


After years of planning and fund raising led by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the high trestle trail grand opening was held in April 2011. This new 25 mile trail connects 5 Central Iowa communities, 4 counties and 670 miles of trails in Central Iowa. The highlight of this trail is the bridge crossing the Des Moines River on the northern reaches of the Saylorville Project. The trail bridge, a former Union Pacific railroad bridge, is one of the largest in the world at 1/2 mile in length and 13 stories tall.