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Motor Mill 5k/10k

Event Details

March 16, 2024 9:00 AM — March 16, 2024 12:00 PM
Location: Motor Mill Campground
23002 Grain Road
Elkader, IA/52043
Contact Name: Clayton County Conservation
Email: cccb@claytoncountyia.gov
Phone: 563-245-1516
Website: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Clayton/Events.aspx

Event Description

Motor Motor 5k race
March 16, 2024
9:00 am race start

10k race: $30 thru 3/10, $40 after
5k race: $20 thru 3/10, $30 after

The Motor Motor Trail Runs are back for 2024!

Race day presents runners with two options: a 5K on dirt, grass, rocks, roots, and steep terrain, or a 10K with stout climbs on the soft-surfaced Motor Mill trail connecting the Motor Mill historic site to the town of Elkader. 

Both routes feature the incredible scenery of the Turkey River valley – wide open spaces, and long vistas of the rugged terrain of northeast Iowa’s driftless area. 

This will be the 8th running of Motor Motor, and while each year faces the vagaries of mid-March weather in Iowa, it has become a staple of the running calendar for runners throughout the upper Midwest region. 

Runners take home a swag bag full of local goodies, and a finisher’s medal. Additional prizes go to the age group and overall winners. 

After the race, take in the sights of the beautiful Motor Mill historic site, a restored 19th-century townsite centered around the incomparable 6-story limestone mill itself, before heading to Elkader for a well-earned bite at one of the local restaurants or some shopping at one of our generous sponsors’ establishments!


Participants receive a goodie bag, commemorative item, and a wooden finishers “medal.”

• Prizes for first male and female overall, and age group winners.
• For registration form go to www.claytoncountyconservation.org
• For more information, call 563-245-1516
* Registrations after 3/10/24 cannot be guaranteed medals or goodie bag*

Race registrations are non-refundable and will be considered a donation. All proceeds will go toward the Pony Hollow Trail Extension Project.