The Start

Crews line up just above the I-235 bridge and then one-by-one they come around to start their 5 km journey to the finish.

Located just across from the Des Moines Botanical Gardens and above the Interstate 235 bridge, the western bank of the Des Moines is clear of trees and perfect to see crews start their journey upstream. Across the bank is the Botanical Gardens; please do not park in their parking lot if you make your way over to the eastern bank.