Riverside 5K

5K Run/Walk 2017

This year will be the Fifth Annual Riverside 5K Run/Walk. Come support the ministry of Riverside, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and enjoy some great fellowship with other Riversidians! All of the registration fee goes directly towards supporting camperships for youth who want to come to Riverside, thanks to our wonderful sponsors. Check in and registration will be from 7:30 am - 8:15 am on August 5, with the race starting at 8:30 am. There will be a free children's fun run for all youth 10 and under following the 5k, as well as bagels, fruit, snacks, sports drinks, water, and an award ceremony for all of the 5k participants to enjoy. Then stick around for a dip in the brand new Riverside pool! Shower off in the new pool house bathrooms, and stick around for worship, lunch, and the quilt auction if you would like as well. We look forward to seeing you for all of the fun!

R5K Church Team Challenge!

Last year, we added a whole new element of fun to the Riverside 5K, with the Church Team Challenge. This friendly competition will determine which church has the fastest runners, and ultimately who will take home the R5K Church's Cup! Last year's champion was the Des Moines branch of Lutheran Church of Hope. Here's how it works. Get a group of people from your church who enjoy running (or walking) to be on a team. You may have as many runners on your team as you would like, and your top 3 overall finishers will count for your team's overall score, based on what place they get. The church team with the lowest score wins the cup! If you are not affiliated with a church, you can still put together a team (i.e. cross country teams, running groups, etc.). Your team will just not be eligible to win the trophy, but the individuals on the top two teams, regardless of being affiliated with a church or not, will also win a prize. Indicate on your registration form which team you are running with. Start training, have fun, and get some runners from your church together to build community and take home the Cup! Will anyone be able to defeat the defending champs from Des Moines? If you have any questions, call the office at 515-733-5271 and ask for Lute, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We look forward to continuing this friendly competition!

2016 Champion Jack Johnson

Registration Info

  • $25 for each runner/jogger/walker
  • 100% goes to camperships for youth to attend Riverside
  • Everyone receives a free R5K t-shirt
  • Complimentary food and drinks for all participants after the race
  • Mail in your registration form to Riverside or register online
  • Download the Riverside 5K Registration for 2017!
  • Register online today!

R5K Schedule for August 5, 2017

  • 7:30 am - 8:15 - Check in and Registration in the Dining Hall (Park at the Dining Hall)
  • Take a look at the course map for the Riverside 5K
  • 8:30 - Race Time (Start and Finish are in front of the Chapel)
  • 9:15 - Children's Fun Run (for youth 10 and under)
  • 9:20 - Awards Ceremony (start time will depend on when most participants have finished the race)
  • 9:30 - 11:30 - Riverside Pool open swim (new pool house available to shower after the race)
  • 11:30 - 12:30 - Turkey BBQ Lunch in the Dining Hall (free will offering)
  • 1:00 pm – Quilt Auction begins in chapel

Special Thanks go out to our 2016 Sponsors

  • Thrivent Financial
  • GNB Bank of Story City
  • Central Iowa Distributing (CID)
  • Foster Group
  • Sigler
  • Wilson Toyota of Ames

If you would like to be a sponsor for the Riverside 5K, feel free to contact Lute Olson by email at Lute@RiversideLBC or by phone at 515-733-5271.

2016 Riverside 5K Results and Recap

The 4th Annual Riverside 5K Run/Walk was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible, especially to all of you runners and walkers out there who had a great time. The cool, crisp morning with sunny skies made for great weather on a fine August morning. 131 runners/walkers toed the line and then went all across the beautiful roads and trails on the grounds of Riverside for some great exercise, fun competition, and good conversations. (At least the walkers were able to enjoy visiting with each other during the race.)

For the first time, we added a fun team element to the 5K, where churches who support Riverside had the opportunity to compete for the inaugural Church's Cup! The first ever winners were Lutheran Church of Hope - Des Moines, with their runners of Jack Johnson, Paxton Bennett, and Jamie Johnson. Coming in 2nd place was Immanuel Lutheran Church in Story City, with their team of Kyle, Staci, Makenna, and Faith Springer. They got 2nd place over the 3rd place team of Harvest Vineyard Church of Ames by the narrowest of margins, 1 point. It was great to have so many churches support this race, as well as some great individuals. The overall winner for the race was Jack Johnson, who ran a blistering time of 17:24, and Brett Meier came in 2nd place with a time of 18:03. On the women's side, Staci Springer took home 1st place with a time of 21:00, and Andrea Moeller came in 2nd with a time of 21:25. Congratulations to all of these runners for having a great race!

Following the full 5K, kids participated in a fun run around main camp, healthy refreshments and drinks were had, awards and the cup were handed out, and then runners and their families enjoyed swimming and relaxing in the brand new Riverside pool. It was a great morning that saw $5675 raised in support of the full day of Quilt Auction fun, which goes towards camperships for kids who need financial assistance in order to attend camp. Thanks again to everyone who participated or volunteered, and we look forward to seeing even more people at Riverside next year for this great day!

Check out the results sheet to see times and places from the 2016 Riverside 5K Run/Walk.

Check out photos from the 2016 Riverside 5K