NCTS Race #05 – Driftless Discovery Trail Run

What an incredible day up in Decorah for the Driftless Discovery Trail Run and race #05 in the 2018 No Coast Trail Series! Beautiful trails, gnarly & challenging courses and a ton of wonderful trail people made for an epic series debut from this young & growing Decorah race event! NCTS runners tackled 5k, 10k or 50k distances and as a result, the series standings got a great shake-up with Trail to Ultra division changes and big points being tallied across the board!

Congratulations to all of the DDTR runners and special kudos go out to No Coast runner Kelly Teeselink for her 1st place place finish in the 10k as well as No Coasters Bryan Powers (3rd 50k) and Danielle Wangsness (3rd 50k) for their top performances!

You or someone you know running No Coast races and aren’t signed up for the series yet?! Sign up! It’s free, takes all of 10 seconds and will put you in the chase for some sweet division awards! Plus your participation supports an incredible community of trail races in this great state of Iowa!

Next up on June 16th in Davenport is the one and only Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run! Get ready to “feel” things… ūüė≤
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NCTS Race #04 – Booneville Backroads Ultra

The Booneville Backroads Ultra went down outside Des Moines this past holiday weekend and boosted No Coast runners point totals for all of those participating in the 10k, 50k, 100k and 100 mile races! Blistering heat and an exposed course made for some super tough conditions which forced many runners to end their race early but many still persevered and got it done!

Congratulations to all the No Coast runners and especially to everyone taking on a new challenge and running their first ultra marathon or longest distance race ever!

Next up is the Driftless Discovery Trail Run in Decorah on June 2nd!

NCTS Race #03 – Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races

The Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races took place in Davenport this last weekend and marked the third race in the series for 2018! A fun and challenging course along with some great weather and a killer post-race party full of delicious bacon & craft beer came together to make the small grassroots QC-TUR(d) hosted event another great day to be on the No Coast!

Congratulations to all the awesome No Coast runners who ran at B&B this year including No Coast regular Ross Salinas taking 1st overall in the 10k which made this year his 3rd win at B&B!

Next up, this weekend’s Booneville Backroads Ultra south of Des Moines on May 26th and the Driftless Discovery Trail Run in Decorah on June 2nd!


NCTS Race #02 ‚Äď Hawkeye 50K/25K

The 2nd race in the 2018 No Coast Trail Series took place over the weekend at the Hawkeye 50K/25K and WHEW! Nothing says crazy Iowa weather like what runners were greeted with on Saturday! Cold temps, relentless wind & rain and a nice dose of mud made for an extremely challenging but equally rewarding day! Many hearty runners stuck it out though and finished what they started for some impressive displays of grit!

Congratulations to No Coast runners¬†Ross Salinas¬†(50K), Bryan Powers (50K),¬†Danielle Wangsness¬†(50K), Ben Hansen (25K) ((sidenote: Ben’s 12 years old!)), Aimee Jones (25K),¬†Jen Even¬†(50K) and¬†Dave Stock¬†(50K) for their top performances and a special congrats to everyone who ran their first ultra at Hawkeye this weekend! Way to go!!!

We get a short break from No Coast racing this next month and resume again at the Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races in Davenport on May 19th and the Booneville Backroads Ultra south of Des Moines on May 26th!


NCTS Race #01 ‚Äď Red Shamrock Survivorship Trail Challenge

An abnormally cold “spring” morning greeted No Coast runners at this past weekend‚Äôs Red Shamrock Foundation Survivorship Trail Challenge but that didn’t deter runners from quickly hitting the trails and having a blast on a fun & challenging course all while supporting a great cause! Thankfully the wind held off and the sun was shining bright to make for what turned out to be quite the pleasant day on the No Coast!
Congratulations to all the race winners including No Coast regular Ross Salinas taking home 1st overall as well as No Coast runners Melissa Barnard, Kelly Teeselink, Adam Galluzzo, Debby Hildebrand, Nancy Mark and Bryan Powers all winning their respective divisions!

A huge thanks and congratulations to Red Shamrock Foundation for putting on an awesome event and being such a strong supporter of racing dirt on the No Coast!

Next up, this weekend’s Hawkeye 50K/25K!


Welcome to 2018 on the No Coast!

We hope everyone has been having a wonderful winter and holiday season so far and making the most of this mild weather. So whether you’ve been busy training for a big spring race or taking the opportunity to rest and recover from a long year of trail running, we hope you’re getting excited for 2018 and another great year of racing trails on the No Coast!

The 2018 edition of the No Coast Trail Series will be the 5th year for the series and we are very excited to announce that TWO new races are being added to the schedule! The Driftless Discovery Trail Run (10k/5k) June 2nd in Decorah and the Mines of Spain 100 (100mi/100k) October 19th in Dubuque will be filling out an already amazing line-up of Iowa trail races and will give No Coast runners even more opportunity to score series points all while supporting local races and local trails in Iowa!

With eleven Iowa trail races on board with over 25 options for distance ranging from 5k to 100mi, there’s something for everyone! All important information on the series including the sign-up link, info on the races, rules and past results can be found at so please take a look and spend a minute browsing around! And always, be sure to Share the No Coast Trail Series Facebook page to help spread the word about NCTS!

-2018 NCTS Series Schedule-
Red Shamrock Foundation Survivorship Run (worth 3x points!) РApril 7
Hawkeye 50K – April 14
Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races – May 19
Booneville Backroads Ultra – May 26
Driftless Discovery Trail Run – June 2
Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run – June 16
Mines of Spain Trail Races – August 11
Pleasant Creek Trail Run – September 15
Swiss Valley Trail Run – October 6
The Runner’s Flat – October 13
Mines of Spain 100 – October 19

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact NCTS via the Facebook page or
Thank you and we hope you’ll join us for another year of training, racing and building this awesome slice of trail running community on the No Coast!

2017 NCTS Awards!

Here we have the 2017 No Coast Trail Series division awards! High quality Hydro Flask 21oz insulated bottles custom engraved with the series logo and each runner’s place and division! And then for the overall male and female winners in both the Trail and Ultra divisions, a hand cut solid copper Iowa on a stainless steel cable key chain handcrafted by local metal-smith Kimberly Pierce Jewelry!

Big congratulations to all of the award winners and a huge thank you to every participant and event organizer that make this series possible. 2018 schedule, series details and sign-up should be finalized and posted by early January. Invite friends to Like the Page and Share posts to help spread the word about the No Coast Trail Series and all of the member races!