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Iowa's Walking Club promotes physical fitness through non-competitive sporting events. Our events are designed to help community members have fun, become fit, and make friends. We hope you'll join us!

Inclement weather policy:  Generally, we do not cancel based on weather forecasts. We do cancel for extreme temperatures, rain, and snow.  To check for cancellations, see our Facebook or Meetup pages. 

Rivertown Weekend in Eastern Iowa

Friday and Saturday, May 17-18

We’ll be walking three of our 2024 County Walks, starting in Clinton on Friday, May 17, with a 2PM walk.  The group will walk the 5K route that’s rated 1A and includes the Clinton County Courthouse, mansions built by the lumber barons in the 1890s, and the Louis Sullivan-designed Van Allen department store building in downtown Clinton.  

After the walk, those who plan to walk on Saturday will head to Muscatine to enjoy dinner together and stay the night.  Contact the Best Western Pearl City, 305 Cleveland St, to book additional rooms at the regular rate (888-877-3922).

 

Our first walk on Saturday will be in Muscatine at 10AM.  In the 1890s, Muscatine became the largest manufacturer of pearl buttons in the world, thanks to the Mississippi’s freshwater mussels.  The town has a rich history and a bevy of beautiful old homes from that time period.  The walk is primarily in the historic district and downtown.  We’ll also visit the local farmers market that morning.  It's a river town, so there will be hills.  The route is 5.5K and rated 2A. 

 

After the walk, there will be time to find lunch in Muscatine before heading to Columbus Junction (a 20-minute drive) for the final walk of the weekend at 2PM.  Part of the town sits among the Chinkapin Bluffs along the Iowa River floodplain.  It’s a very small town with a historic swinging bridge that is part of the route.  The group will walk the 5K, which is rated 2A due to the hills and the bridge.  From the same start point, there is also a flat 7K route along a wooded, crushed-limestone rail trail for those who want a longer walk.

Weekday Walks

Monday, May 6, 5:00PM – South River Valley Park, 725 E13 St., Ames. We’ll meet in the parking area and eat out afterward.

Friday, May 10, 10:30AM – Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines.  Meet in front of the entrance —a free collage kit for the first ten walkers. 

Monday, May 13, 10:00AM – Urbandale Trails. Meet at McDivitt Cemetery, 7001 Meredith Dr, Urbandale.  Park along either side of 70th St. 

Tuesday, May 21, 10:30AM – Marshall County Courthouse, 1 E. Main St, Marshalltown. Meet at the courthouse, get a tour, and lunch after!

Last week of May, date & time TBD – Woodland Cemetery, 2019 Woodland Ave, Des Moines. 

Wednesday, June 5, 10:00AM – Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines. Meet in the parking lot. 

The weekday walk moves to the weekend. Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 15, and the return of our very popular Wallace Farm Walk. 

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