Thanks for making plans to be part of the 5K with a local flavor: The Food Food Truck 5K™ - a community event hosted by thrive UMC and benefiting Iowa Homeless Youth Centers.

Not seeing the answers to your questions? Please contact us.


Why Food Truck 5K?
Why not? It's much easier justifying the amount of food you'll eat after running a 5K...

This is a fun event that celebrates the awesomeness that is Des Moines. We believe that we all benefit when we come together to support a great cause (Iowa Homeless Youth Centers) and have a good time.


When & Where?
The 2017 Food Truck 5K™ will start at 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 30th.

We are excited to bring the event to THE FOUNDRY in the Valley Junction area. 


The Foundry?

That's right -- This will be the first-ever event hosted at The Foundry, at 9th Street and Railroad Avenue in West Des Moines.

Read about this large-scale renovation to transform this 1890's building into a gathering place for the community:


Where exactly is The Foundry?

The Foundry's address is 111 South 11th Street in West Des Moines. When you're driving on Railroad Avenue, please go south on South 9th Street (not 11th Street, which will be closed for the 5K route).

Here's the map:



So I run and then I eat? How does this event work?
After your 5K, stick around for a Food Truck Rally. Hang out, celebrate your 5K accomplishment, eat great food with friends and enjoy some live music. Participants receive $5 in Food Truck Bucks and free admission to the rally.

Like the 5K, the Food Truck Rally is open to the public. For guests attending the Food Truck Rally only, we suggest a $5 donation to Iowa Homeless Youth Centers.


Who can participate?
Everyone! The race is open to all ages. Registration for kids 12 and older is required.


This sounds awesome, but I missed the online registration. Can I still sign up?
Yes -- You have two opportunities to register in person: This Friday (September 29th), from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Scheels (Jordan Creek) and this Saturday (the 30th), from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Foundry. It's $40 to register, and we ask that you pay in exact cash.


What will the route be like?
You'll go south on South 11th Street (we'll close off a lane), cross Lincoln Street, get on the trails to the Raccoon River, and come right back by retracing your steps. The home stretch will lead you right to the food truck rally, which will be on the west side of The Foundry.


I'm a super-serious runner and I'm looking for a super-serious event. Would this be a super fit for me?
Probably not, though it's not that we wouldn't love to have you join our party...This fun run/fun walk/fun food truck rally does not offer chip timing (which means more of your donation is going to Iowa Homeless Youth Centers). If we haven't made it clear: This is a fun, community event with the focus of a FUN fundraiser for a fantastic cause.


I'm not a runner. Can I walk the 5K?
Absolutely. Walkers will follow the runners on the course and receive the same benefits. 


Are strollers allowed?


How about dogs?
Please leave your dogs (that are not service dogs) at home. Though we like dogs, we have a no-dog policy with the goal of ensuring a safe, family-friendly event. Sorry, and thanks for understanding.


When and where will packet pick-up be?
Please make plans to pick up your official FT5K t-shirt and your Food Truck Bucks on Friday, September 29th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Scheels (Jordan Creek Parkway in West Des Moines- we'll be ready to greet you in the atrium that's right by the parking lot). If you're not able to join us at the Friday pick-up, we'll be ready for you on the day of the event (September 30th) at The Foundry, where we'll have packet pick-up (and day-of registrations) from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


What about the t-shirt? Is this something I'll actually want to wear?
That's our goal! Each participant receives a cool shirt with the 2017 event logo on it. Your standard registration gets you a cotton t-shirt (the one on the left), though if you sign up online by Monday, September 25th, you have the option of upgrading for an extra $8 to get an American Apparel triblend t-shirt in v-neck (center) or crew-neck style (right).