Rediscovering Cedar Falls, Iowa and the Cedar Valley

The Cedar Valley in Northeast Iowa is home to a number of great communities and much progress. Anchored by Waterloo and Cedar Falls, the Valley is home to 394,000 residents, one of the state’s top public universities, visible corporate brands and a number of family-friendly activities. I’ve had the opportunity to spend a number of…

2016 Running Trip – Day 4 – Davenport, IA to St. Louis, MO

Want to help me fight ALS? Donate here. I’m $338 away from raising $20,000 for Iron Phi. Day 4 promised a glimpse into the life of Mark Twain as we traveled from Davenport, Iowa to St. Louis, Missouri. The day’s journey would include approximately 350 miles in the car and mile runs in eight different…

2016 Running Trip – Day 3 – La Crosse, WI to Davenport, IA

Want to help me fight ALS? Donate here. I’m $450 away from raising $20,000 for Iron Phi. Sunday morning welcomed us with heavy fog in rural Coon Valley, Wisconsin. Growing up Iowegian, I find open land to be very attractive, and foggy mornings bring with them amazing picture opportunities. I woke up feeling great, and…

Running With The Iowegians – Decorah, Iowa

Tucked away in the Driftless Area of Northeast Iowa lives the amazing and beautiful city of Decorah. I take pride in my travels and the places that I’ve visited across the world. I’m an Iowan, but I had never visited Decorah, one of the state’s hidden gems, filled with history, friendly people, a distinct culture,…

6.13 Miles In Clear Lake, Iowa With Jessi Good

Written By Jessi Good I relocated to Clear Lake, Iowa from Rochester, Minnesota in 2010, one month before my daughter was born. Looking back, that was probably the craziest thing I had done to date until I signed myself up to do this for Steve’s site. I’ll get to the reason(s) I run a little…

8.14 Miles in Dubuque, Iowa

I’ve had the opportunity to travel the United States and Europe pretty extensively, but landing on my short list of “cities to visit” for quite some time has been one of my home state’s treasures – Dubuque, Iowa.  I’ve heard nothing but praise about this Mississippi River community, so the Good family finally packed up…

Ridiculously Awesome Iowa Town Slogans

Iowa. A state included in a region known as the “flyover states.” We’re cool with not having as much stuff to do as many of you, but that doesn’t keep us from using our wit to attract you to our glorious cities. The family jumped into the car on Sunday for a little trek to…

Day 1 of 8 – 7.75 Miles In Fort Dodge, Iowa (My Hometown!)

Megabus Part Deux is officially underway. There was no better way to start my 2013 trip than by going home to Fort Dodge, Iowa, to run the city where I spent 16 or so years of my life. We’re all proud of our hometowns, and I am no different. I would select no other place…

21 Answers To 21 Questions About My Upcoming Running Trip

Last year, it was fun to answer a few questions prior to my trip and then look back on my answers at the end of the trip. So I’ve decided to do it again, with a few new questions. Biggest Fear About The Trip Last year, I was worried about how the weather might affect…

10K (6.2 Miles) in Okoboji, Iowa with Ellen Chesnut

Written By Ellen Chestnut I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a runner, I don’t run to win races, or beat times, or see how far I can go, yeah, I’ve run a couple marathons, half a dozen half marathons, and more 5 and 10Ks than I can count on my fingers, mostly so I can enjoy…