Taking off from the starting line are, from left, Travis Houle, Johnny Haddish and Peter Kraus. In back is Scott Conway. (Photo submitted)
Taking off from the starting line are, from left, Travis Houle, Johnny Haddish and Peter Kraus. In back is Scott Conway. (Photo submitted)
Running through some of Decorah’s most beautiful countryside? 
Enjoying local foods and supporting area farmers and businesses? Contributing to a great cause? This run covered it all.
Replacing Decorah’s Guinea Gallop Fun Run, the first ever Dry Run Cow Path Run took place earlier this summer at the Century Farm owned by the Beard family near the intersection of highways 9 and 52.
The day started off at 8 a.m. with a half-mile stampede kids run. Runners got to wear “cow tails” and ran along the cow paths, winding through some of the pastures.
This race was followed by the 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m. The course consisted of a variety of terrains including rolling hills (complete with spectacular views), pasture and prairie, woods, four creek crossings and, as the name implies, cow paths. Both races ended in the corral, just as the cattle would.
Afterward, runners were treated to a local foods meal, provided by businesses, growers and farmers of Decorah and the surrounding area.
All proceeds went to Trails of Winneshiek to support the construction of the Dry Run Bike Trail to be built in the near future. This trail will connect the Prairie Farmer Trail to the Trout Run Trail in Decorah. Runners had the opportunity to run through some of the terrain where the Dry Run Bike Trail will be constructed. The event raised $977, with a total of around 50 participants. Look for posters and more information next May/June for the second annual race.