WELCOME to the home of the 3rd annual Race for Hope Des Moines!  We’ve had a great first two years and can’t wait to see everyone again in May!  If this is your first time visiting, just scroll down for more information.  If you’re a return guest, we hope this website contains all the info you need to be ready for May 9!  You may have noticed our website has changed (quite dramatically).  We’re always working to improve your online experience, if you can’t find any information, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the link above.


FIRST OFF,  who are we?  Race for Hope Des Moines is an annual event inspired by Nic Lovan, a 15 year old Des Moines native.  As time went on, the full impact of brain tumors became glaringly apparent, even in central Iowa.  The first year brought over 600 runners and supporters to Des Moines, raising over $25,000 which went directly to the National Brain Tumor Society.  The second year we partnered with Dragonmaster Foundation who is working to create a centralized database to assist researchers.  By collaborating data, they are able to find trends and similarities to assist the fight.


OUR MISSION is two-fold: raising funds and raising awareness.  Race for Hope Des Moines strives to raise awareness of brain tumors through education, support those who are going through treatment, and honor those who have completed their fight. This year we again are proud to partner with Dragon Master Foundation and National Brain Tumor Society, two non-profit organizations dedicated to brain tumor research. This partnership allows us to combine efforts in finding a cure and bringing an end to brain cancer through support of brain tumor research.


OUR EVENT: The 3rd Annual 2015 Race for Hope DSM 5K will bring together over 800 runners, walkers, children, families, businesses, and supporters to Des Moines, Iowa for the state’s largest brain tumor research community fundraiser. Between the last two years, the race has earned over $55,000 for brain tumor research. We aim high this year and our goal for 2015 is to raise $50,000 through this and our related activities.  What are these activities you ask?  We’ll be holding the 2nd annual Golf for Hope this fall, plus there are a few other projects in the works.  Please follow our Facebook page for all the latest details!


THIS YEAR we’re excited to announce that our 5K course USATF certified!  If you don’t know what that means, don’t feel bad, neither did most of us.  Our USATF certification number is IA14018MF


BRAIN TUMOR FACTS: Each year, more than 69,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. Today, nearly 700,000 people in the United States are living with the diagnosis of a primary brain or central nervous system tumor. Brain tumors are often deadly, impact quality of life, and change everything for patients and their loved ones. At this time brain tumor research is underfunded and the public remains unaware of the magnitude of this disease.
  • Brain tumors will be the cause of an estimated 14,080 deaths this year
  • Brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children (males and females) under age 20 (leukemia is the first)
  • Brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under age 20 (leukemia is the first)
  • Brain tumors are the  leading cause of cancer-related deaths in young adults ages 20-39
  • There are 120 different brain tumor types yet only 4 FDA approved treatments.


WE CAN’T reach our goals without you!  Please take a moment to look around.  We’ve included pictures from the past years as well as photos of our inspiration. If you’d like to learn more about brain tumors, visit our resource page for some downloadable pamphlets.  If you’d like to be more involved, we’d love to have you on the committee!  Just contact us using the link above.  Registration will be open in January so check back soon!  As always, follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the most up to date info.