Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?  Click here to register or go to and search for "Arrowhead Obstacle Trail Run".

How do I get to Arrowhead Park?  Arrowhead Park is located on the opposite side of Interstate 80 from Neola, Iowa.  Take Exit 23 off I-80 and turn towards Kum&Go gas station.  (Right turn if travelling East or left turn travelling West. There are signs on both exits pointing the way.)  Turn left just before the Kum&Go onto Sycamore Road and stay on this for less than 1 mile as it becomes 310th Street.  Park entrance is on the left and clearly marked.  Click here for Google Map.

What should I bring?  Bring an extra pair of shoes and any clothes you might want to change into.  There are no mud pits but the course will mostly be on trails.  You may still get dirty while climbing, crawling, and carrying a log (spoilers!).  You will also need to sign a waiver which you can download here, and have identification for check in.  Printing and signing at home will save you time at the check in.  Shoes must be worn in the park and on the course for safety.  Also bring cash for food!

Will a bag check be offered?  Yes, we will provide a bag check so you do not have to return to your vehicles until after you run.  Do to limited space you may have to park and walk a short distance to the sign in and start/finish area.  Please carpool if possible!

When should I arrive?  Please allow yourself enough time to park, check in, and warm up before your selected wave time.  30 - 45 minutes before your start time is recommended.

Will lunch be available?  Bottled water courtesy of the Blue Cow Market, cookies courtesy of The Buck Snort Restaurant, and bananas will be provided no charge to participants at the finish line.  Our sponsors are located only a few miles from the park, in nearby Neola, Iowa.  The Blue Cow Market is a full grocery store and The Buck Snort Restuarant has a menu including pizza, sandwhiches, wraps, and more.

What if there is bad weather?  We will run rain or shine unless there is inclement weather such as lightning or a tornado in the area.  We will delay the start and attempt to run later as long as there is ample daylight.  The worst case scenario is cancellation if inclement weather persists throughout the entire day.

Can I get a refund if the event is cancelled?  No, sorry, this is a non-profit fundraising event for the Pottawattamie County Trails Association and all proceeds are considered a donation.  We will make every effort to hold the event on time or delayed.

Is there a charge for parking?  No, there is not!  Parking and admission to the park are free with registration to the event.  Please carpool if possible to save space for others.  Parking will be directed by the Arrowhead Park staff.

Will there be a later price increase?  The sign up cost will be $30 in February, $35 in March, and $40 in April for the 5k.  The 1 Mile Kid's Run will be $20 in February and $25 through March and April.  There are no hidden registration fees so sign up early and save!  This is a non-profit event and 100% of the proceeds benefit the Pottawattamie County Trails Association.  Sign up by April 15th to guarantee a T-shirt in your selected size.  Registrations after the 15th will receive a shirt while supplies last.

Is Arrowhead Obstacle Trail Run a "mud" run?  No, it is not.  There are no mud pits on the course other than the mud nature creates for us.  There are also no water crossings or cold hose showers.  There is a lovely lake for looking at from many vantage points along the way, but we won't make you get in it.

Should I run the Competitive Wave or an Open Wave?  If you think you have a shot to win a 5k trail run with hills and 14 obstacles in the way, then the Competitive Wave is for you.  If you are running for your best time but not glory and want to avoid the crowd, then the Competitive Wave is also your best fit.  If you are running for fun or plan to walk/hike the course then pick an Open Wave time that suits you.

Will this be a timed event?  Only the top 10 of the Male and Female Competetive Waves will be timed.  If you want to assure a time or be timed in an open wave please have a spectator time you or wear a timing device.  We are trying to keep our costs low to raise the maximum amount for the Pottawattamie County Trails Association while hosting an affordable event.

Will there be pictures available from the run?  Yes, we will have photographers stationed at two obstacles this year.  Race photos will be posted on our Facebook page.

Are spectators welcome?  Yes, absolutely!  There will be several great viewing areas perfect for an action photo along the course.   We can direct you to several approved areas other than the Start/Finish line.  Please carpool to save parking spots.  Spectators are encouraged to make a small $2 donation to the park (the normal entrance fee).

Do I have to run?  No, you can walk or hike at your own pace and enjoy the scenery while supporting a good cause.  We ask that you let faster runners pass on the trails and not to impede others as you approach obstacles.

Do I have to attempt all obstacles?  Only the Competetive Wave will be required to complete all of the obstacles to be eligible for medals.  All Open Wave participants can skip any or all obstacles if they choose, and a path will be provided to do so.

I am under 18 years old, can I run the 5k?  Yes, you can.  Minors 17 years old and younger must have a waiver signed by a Parent or Legal Gaurdian.  It is available to download here or on site at check in.  Minors without a signed waiver in hand or Parent / Legal Guardian present to sign will not be allowed to participate.  Forgery of a signature will be considered fraud and invalid.  Any minor younger than 12 should be accompanied by a participating adult on the 5k course.

What is the difficulty level?  The course is challenging due to several hills, varied terrain, obstacles of various types, and distance.  Most obstacles are in the moderate range compared to other events of this kind.  When approched with a measured pace and concentration, anyone who prepares for the event can participate and finish. 
Trail and obstacle course running may result in injury and participants should be aware of and consider the risks.  Only you know if Arrowhead Obstacle Trail Run is an appropriate activity for your physical skill or fitness level.

Is a parent/guardian required to run with a child in the 1 Mile?  No, there will be volunteers along the course and at every obstacle to wrangle the herd in the right direction.  If you WANT to run as a chaperone, registration is required by insurance for ALL participants on the course.  You will not be able run without signing up and signing a waiver.

Can I run BOTH the 1 Mile and 5k?  Yes!  If you want to run the 1 Mile as a chaperone, sign up for the 5k wave of your choice and the 1 Mile is included at no additional charge.  Note the 1 Mile is intended for ages 6-12 and parents/guardians, not solo adults.  If you want to run ONLY the 1 Mile as a chaperone, simply sign up for the 1 Mile Kid's Run.

Will there be emergency services on site?  Yes, the local Neola EMTs will be on the grounds for the duration of the event.

Can I help out?  Yes, you can!  Volunteers for all kinds of things will be needed on race day and we will give you an event t-shirt for your trouble.  Donations are also welcome and can be made on the registration page.  You can email [email protected] if you are interested.  Thank you in advance!

Can I camp at Arrowhead Park?  Yes, you can!  There are many sites for tents, campers, and RV's available.  Visit Arrowhead Park's website for more informaion.