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! An afternoon thunderstorm made for some tough and muddy stretches on the backroads for the ultra runners but runners 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 Schuetzen NEIN Hour Endurance Run in Davenport on June 17th. This grueling trail timed event pits runners against the clock to see how many miles he or she can run in nine hours.

Updated standings, sign-up and series info:

NCTS Race #03 – Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races

Rain, wind and unseasonably cold temps greeted No Coast runners at this year’s Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races but the weather was no match for trail runners looking to have a good time running in nature and smashing some bacon & beer! With a plan B course in place, runners charged into the unknown and in the process, racked up some more points in the 2017 No Coast Trail Series!

Congratulations to No Coast runners Devin Allbaugh, Phil Young and Ross Salinas for sweeping the 10k podium in that order, Kelsey Allbaugh for 1st female 10k and Jason Willits & Adam Page for taking 1st/2nd respectively in the 5k! Them along with many other amazing trail runners certainly earned their B&B at Saturday’s race!

Next up in the series is the Booneville Backroads Ultra this weekend outside of Des Moines! With distances ranging from 10k to 100 miles, Booneville will be sure to shake up the point standings as we near the halfway point of the series!

Updated standings, sign-up and series info:


NCTS Race #02 – Hawkeye 50K/25K

The 2nd race in the No Coast Trail Series took place over the weekend at the Hawkeye 50K/25K with runners taking on a fun and varied course that included a mix of lake trails, dirt single track, country roads and the infamous spillway crossing!
Congratulations to No Coast runners Ross Salinas (50K), Jacob Waddingham (25K) and Mederic Hall (25K) as well as The Runner’s Flat RD Scott Gall (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 20th and the Booneville Backroads Ultra south of Des Moines on May 27th!

NCTS Race #01 – Red Shamrock Survivorship Trail Challenge

A perfect spring day greeted No Coast runners at this past weekend’s Red Shamrock Foundation Survivorship Trail Challenge! Runners quickly hit the trails and had a blast cruising on a fun and varied course that challenged runners with lots of hills, mud and natural tree obstacles, both high and low!
Congratulations to all the race winners including No Coast regular Ross Salinas taking home 1st overall as well as No Coast runners Jacob Waddingham, Sandra Kromminga, Craig Ellermeier, Kelly Jensen and Wendy Foote 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 2017!

We hope everyone has been having a wonderful winter and holiday season so far and making the most of the cold 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 2017 and another great year of racing trails on the No Coast!

The 2017 edition of the No Coast Trail Series is ready to roll and will be for the most part, very similar to last year’s.
With nine Iowa trail races on board with over 20 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!

-2017 NCTS Series Schedule-
Red Shamrock Foundation Survivorship Run (earn 3x points!) – April 1
Hawkeye 50K – April 8
Sunderbruch B&B Trail Races – May 20
Booneville Backroads Ultra – May 27
Schuetzen NEIN! Hour Endurance Run – June 17
Mines of Spain Trail Races – August 12
Pleasant Creek Trail Run – September 16
Swiss Valley Trail Run – October 7
The Runner’s Flat – October 14

A couple updates for 2017…
-Overall awards have been expanded from a single category to one for each Division. Now instead of a single Overall Male & Female winner, there will be an Overall Trail and Overall Ultra award for both Male & Female.
-The calculation for points from timed events has changed. See for further details and complete rules.

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!

2016 No Coast Division Awards!

Take a look at the 2016 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, a hand cut solid copper Iowa on a stainless steel cable key chain handcrafted by local metal-smith Kimberly Pierce Jewelry! Not too bad for a free race series!

Another big congratulations to all of the award winners and a huge thank you to every participant and event organizer that make this series possible. 2017 series details, schedule and sign-up should be finalized and posted by early January but keep an eye out for updates on member races through the rest of this year. Invite friends to Like the Facebook Page and Share posts to help spread the word about the No Coast Trail Series.

#happytrails #runtheNoCoast Red Shamrock Foundation Hawkeye 50KSunderbruch B&B Trail Races Booneville Backroads Ultra SchuetzenNEIN! Mines of Spain Trail Races Pleasant Creek Trail Run Swiss Valley Trail RunThe Runner’s Flat


NCTS Race #09 and Series Wrap-up

The Runner’s Flat trail races over the weekend capped off another fun and exciting year of racing trails on the No Coast! A more challenging alternate course due to flooding made for a beautiful and fun race day as runners tackled everything from 8k to the 50k ultra marathon distance!

2016 was No Coast’s 3rd year as a series and once again, we’ve seen incredible growth in participation from previous years with runners from all over the great state of Iowa supporting this wonderful community of trail running right in our backyard.

We had 276 registered runners participate in 9 events across 22 different distance races!
Of these, there were 55 tough & dedicated runners who completed 3 or more No Coast races making them eligible for awards given in 8 different divisions.
Many award placings came down to the last race making for an exciting finish to an already incredible year!

Some special shout outs:
-Tim Bergan & Michelle Steele for capturing overall male & female for the series this year! Each ran four Ultra distance events as well as a couple Trail distances apiece and no matter what they were running, they always had a smile on their face and time to chat with fellow trail runners. Congrats you two!
-Denise Whiting, Wendy Foote, Ross Salinas and Tim Bergan. These four amazing trail runners have not only participated in the series every year but they have also won a division award all three years with Tim B. winning top overall male for the 2nd year in a row this year and Ross S. having ran a total of 20 No Coast races in 3 years, more than any other runner!
-Devin Allbaugh for just crushing every No Coast race he ran this year! 1st place at B&B, Mines of Spain, Pleasant Creek as well as at his first 50k at The Runner’s Flat! Along the way, setting course records at each event. Impressive Devin!
-Troy Brehm and Dean & Jill Schwickerath ran in EVERY SINGLE one of the nine No Coast races this year making them the first 3 runners in series history to do so!
-Families that run trails together, kick butt together! Dave & Cathy Steines as well as the entire Schwickerath family (Dean, Jill and their incredible 10 year old daughter Lily) all won division awards this year!

A huge THANK YOU to all of the amazing runners, race organizers and volunteers that have made No Coast such a fun and challenging series to be a part of. What an awesome year of running dirt on the No Coast!

Attention all division award winners! No Coast will NOT be at the Wildcat trail runs this year. I’ll be in contact via email to make arrangements to get you your NCTS Hydro Flask division trophy!

Thank you!


Full 2016 NCTS Standings:

#1 Overall Male – Tim Bergan
#1 Overall Female – Michelle Steele

Open Trail – Male
1st – Ryan Ames
2nd – Jay Guild
3rd – Adam Galluzzo

Open Trail – Female
1st – Jill Schwickerath
2nd – Lily Schwickerath
3rd – Beth Dove

Masters Trail – Male
1st – Dean Schwickerath
2nd – Troy Brehm
3rd – Dave Steines

Masters Trail – Female
1st – Cathy Steines
2nd – Wendy Foote
3rd – Darcy Sanford

Open Ultra – Male
1st – Ross Salinas
2nd – Regan Stoops
3rd – Adam Roll

Open Ultra – Female
1st – Susanne Kennedy
2nd – Brittany Fritch
3rd – Brittany McConnell

Masters Ultra – Male
1st – Tod McComb
2nd – Steve Hagarty
3rd – Shannon Haus

Masters Ultra – Female
1st – Denise Whiting
2nd – Bonnie Busch
3rd – Waynette Saul