Elevate Festival FAQ

When and where will the Elevate Festival to benefit Above + Beyond Cancer take place?

The Elevate Festival will take place on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the new Laurisden Amphitheater at Waterworks Park. The 5K will start at 9 a.m., followed by Yoga at 10:30 a.m., and Meditation at 11:45 a.m.

How much is registration?

The registration scale is as follows:


Who does this event benefit?

The Elevate Festival is owned by Above + Beyond Cancer as one of their primary mission focused fundraising efforts of 2019.  Above + Beyond Cancer is a non-profit that is dedicated to elevating the lives of those touched by cancer, to create a heathier world.  To learn about the programs and activities of Above + Beyond Cancer please visit their website at – https://aboveandbeyondcancer.org/

What do I get with my registration?

There are two different registration options for you to choose from:

General – Included in the general registration is an entry into the 5K, Yoga, Meditation, and post-race party. You will also receive an Elevate Festival wrist band, sticker, and 5K racing bib.

Premium – This entry level includes entry into the 5K, Yoga, Meditation, and post-race party, as well as PREFERRED MAT PLACEMENT for Yoga and Meditation. In addition to your wrist band, sticker, and 5K race bib, you will get an additional stainless steel reusable water bottle and an Elevate yoga mat strap.  To get registered, simply click on the link below:


What is the Elevate Festival 5K Route?

The 5K route map will be updated shortly. For now, sit back and know that Water Works Park is flat, flat flat!

Who is producing the event?

Des Moines based RipRoar Events is proud to be producing the Elevate Festival.  RipRoar Events also produces the Des Moines Turkey Trot, Des Moines Women’s Half Marathon, 5K + Team Relay, Iowa Dog Jog, DAM to DSM, RipRoar Youth Triathlon Series as well as numerous endurance events around the country.

Can I get a refund or transfer a registration to a friend?

Unfortunately, we do not offer refunds or transfers, but if you’re unable to toe the line you can still pick up your swag during packet pick-up.

What is the minimum age to register?

We ask that participants be 10 years old or older on the event day.

What will the temperature be on the day of the festival?

The average high for early October in Des Moines is 71 degrees, with the average low being 57 degrees. We all know how unpredictable Iowa weather can be, so if you are traveling in from out of town, we recommend packing layers and various weather options.

Where is parking on the festival day?

Parking will be available in the hard surface parking lots south of the amphitheater as well as inside the Water Works Park Arboretum.

Will the festival take place rain or shine?

Pack your all-weather gear! Rain or shine, the event will happen. If there is unsafe weather we will work with the Des Moines Police Department to monitor the weather and keep you informed. We most definitely want to ensure each participant gets to experience the Elevate Festival, but we will make sure that the safety of the participants, volunteers, staff and city officials are the number one priority. All weather updates will be posted via email to all registered participants and through social media.

When and where will packet pick-up be held?

Check back soon! We’re working on packet pick up location(s).

Where is parking for packet pick-up?

See above.

What do I bring to packet pick-up?

You will need a copy of your Photo ID.

Can I pick up festival packets for others?

Yes! Just bring a copy of their ID and a signed proxy form for that participant(s). The proxy form can be found here (form link for Elevate Festival coming soon)

What do I need to bring?

Bring your Yoga mat, and smiles and an open mind. Get ready to connect with the community and elevate yourself.

What if I have never done Yoga before?

Don’t worry about it. We are so excited to have the opportunity to introduce you to it. Yoga will be led by Ben “Good Vibes” Spellman. and you can go through it at your own pace. All skills levels will get something out of this experience.

What if I do not have a yoga mat?

No yoga mat? No problem – we got ya covered! You have the option to rent a yoga mat for $5. All we will ask for is that you allow us to hold on to your ID so that we can ensure that you return the mat to us after the event!

Do I have to participate in all three events?

We highly encourage all participants to experience all three elements of the Elevate Festival.  However, if there is an event you want to sit out of, no problem. The choice is up to you.