Rolling into its second year (and first “official” Flyathlon year), the Driftless Area Flyathlon brings the epic combo of fly fishing, trail running, and craft beer to northeastern Iowa. The Flyathlon may have gotten its start in Colorado, but the Driftless Area gives a unique perspective to this awesome event. The conservation partner for the event is the TU Iowa Council.
Our location for this year will again be Yellow River State Forest, near Harpers Ferry, IA and this course consists of a 4.4 mile (mostly flat) trail run. So, whether you’re big into running or not, this course was made for you (we just hope you’re into craft beer and fly fishing because we’re not relenting up on those!). This region of Iowa is inundated with deeply carved river valleys and a plethora of spring fed streams (and that means trout and lots of them). And in October, well, it doesn’t get much prettier in the Driftless Region (this area actually encompasses NE Iowa, SW Wisconsin, NW Illinois, and SE Minnesota and was left untouched by the glaciers during the last ice age).
The cost is only $75 and that includes the race, stainless steel pint glass, shirt, swag, a catered meal, and craft beer. While not required, if participants choose to help fundraise the top fundraisers will be rewarded with awesome gear donated by some of our sponsors.
Part of the experience is coming up for the weekend and hanging out with “fishy” people who love to run/fish/enjoy a craft beer! Please plan to join us all weekend as camping is available in Yellow River, October 13-15th. Special contests and events are in the works!