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Roots Runners

Denver Marathon Start Fundraising
Okoboji Marathon Start Fundraising
Des Moines Marathon Start Fundraising
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Run with a Purpose
Run For a Cause

LOVE Takes Root is an Iowa-based volunteer-led grassroots organization who embraces Iowa values of hard work, neighborliness, and compassion.  We encourage you to join us in our mission by becoming a ROOTS Runner and joining a dedicated group of givers who pound the pavement, raising funds for our mission while training for and racing a half-marathon, marathon or 10K.


How It Works


Start raising money through your fundraising page, social media or asking friends and family to help. Work with LTR Fundraising committee to host event..


Join as an individual, or part of a team. Ask everyone you know to join too!


Celebrate that you have Cultivated the Future of Children. You have made a difference in the life of a child.

Meet Our Trainer

God has given me a strong set of lungs and a pair of legs that can take a beating. It is my responsibility to use them to glorify Him in any way possible. Philippians 4:13

Matt Hansen

Age: 30
Hometown: West Concord, MN
Current City: Storm Lake, IA
Education: BA from Buena Vista University – Athletic Training and Exercise Science, MS from Southwest Minnesota State University, EdD from University of South Dakota.

Professional Triathlete

First triathlon: 2011
Favorite Race: Ironman CdA (First Ironman Distance Race)
Favorite post race food: Pepperoni Pizza


Upcoming Events


Name Your Run!


21may7:00 am- 2:00 pmDenver Colfax Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10KRoots Runner


15jul8:00 amOkoboji Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10k


15oct1:00 am- 1:00 amDes Moines Marathon, 1/2, 5k, Relay