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“The Driftless was by far the most scenic race I have ever encountered. The course was challenging, yet rewarding. The race was well organized, making it an even more enjoyable experience. Thanks for a memorable race!” –Connie F.

"You folks put on a great event. I have run many longer-distance races (about 300), and I will be back next year. This one's a keeper." -Dave S.

 “Great race, very well run. beautiful scenery!”

–Lynn L.

"Of our combined 45 years of long distance running experience, The Driftless was without doubt, the most scenic and well-organized small-town race - ever.  Medical was top-shelf.  We have never had such good medical on any other race.  And those beautiful, hand-made ceramic awards - absolutely unheard of!  Aid stations perfect, dropped clothes at the aid stations were returned to the fire house.  OUTSTANDING runner support." - Bob & Barbara D.

“What a beautiful run! Putting this on the calendar for next year! It was great to have the option of the 5k, 10k/relay, and half. The support along the way was fantastic!” –Stacie J.

“Well organized and beautiful race! A must do fall half marathon. Loved the constant EMS presence along the route -made me feel very safe on the highway the entire run!” –Kelly H.

“Quite possibly the best half marathon I've ran and hope this puts Lansing on the map for years to come!” –Clifton S. -Iowa Running Company

“Beautiful scenery, helpful and happy volunteers, and a challenging course that is a great accomplishment to complete!” –Bethany H.

“I've run 10 different half marathon courses and this, by far, was the most scenic. It was also well orchestrated. The race organizers were friendly -- as were all the people of Lansing -- and accommodating." -Carla S.

Experience Allamakee County in Northeast Iowa like never before! Enjoy the scenic views while running (or walking) in an area best known for its tall bluffs and carved river valleys. Test your grit against the Driftless regions steep climbs and rewarding descents. The DHM course is point-to-point taking place on the Great River Road Scenic Byway. Runners are given a serene view of the Mississippi River while running on Red Oak Road, a 4 mile stretch of gravel.

So you want to run, just not the whole 13.1? Don't go it alone! Recruit a friend and run the route as a relay team. There is also a family friendly 5k that will take place in the town of Lansing. There is a distance for everyone no matter what fitness level you're at! The DHM proudly offers military and EMS/Fire Rescue discounts! Message us for further details. Held annually the second Saturday in October. We look forward to you joining us this fall at the Driftless Half Marathon, Relay, and 5k event


We are all about the details! Read the reviews from previous participants and it won't take you long to learn that the DHM is a high-quality race. From the shirts to the medals to the HANDMADE ceramic awards (for our age group winners), this race has it all!  Trust us, you want this to be your 'Iowa Race'.

The Driftless Half Marathon is a 501(3)c nonprofit. We believe in giving back to the community we are lucky to call home. We hope to make a positive impact while also motivating people to be active. Proceeds from the DHM running event will benefit the local Fire and EMS Departments of Lansing and Harper's Ferry, the Allamakee County Sheriff's Office, and other local nonprofit organizations.

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