Iowa State University Alumni Association

Beat Iowa Week 2016

Sept. 5-10, 2016

Rivalry with a Heart Pep Rally & Food Drive

Presented by The Premier Chevy Dealers of Iowa

Des Moines-area Cyclones can help the hungry and enjoy a downtown happy hour at this first-ever event. Jointly sponsored by the Iowa State and University of Iowa Alumni Associations, Des Moines-area businesses and alumni are encouraged to team up on National Hunger Day to provide donations for the Food Bank of Iowa as part of a friendly competition to see which school can collect the most. The food drive will culminate at the pep rally, which will feature the Iowa Craft Beer Tent, grilled food for purchase from Hy-Vee, giveaways, live music, and appearances from both schools' band, spirit squad, and mascots. Merchandise from the Iowa State University Book Store and Iowa Hawk Shop will be available for purchase.

Join us in Des Moines on Sept. 8 as we celebrate the spirit of the Cy-Hawk rivalry--as well as our state's generous spirit of giving!

Who’s Invited:
All ISU and UI alumni, fans, and friends in the Des Moines area

Thursday, Sept. 8, 4-6 p.m.
Program begins at 5:30 p.m.

Western Gateway Park, Downtown Des Moines

Free, but please donate non-perishable food for the Food Bank of Iowa.
(You may also make a monetary donation to the Food Bank online on behalf of Team Iowa State. For every $1 donated, the Food Bank of Iowa can provide four meals!)

None required.     

Rival Game Relay

Help defend the Cyclone title in Rival Game Relay! The event is an annual 146-mile run/bike relay race from Ames to Iowa City. A fabulous and challenging route, great food, tailgate challenges, and the chance to bring home the title are just a few reasons to sign up your team.

Rival Game Relay supports Nephcure Kidney International and the Iowa Donor Network with donations and building awareness statewide. Teams of cyclists or teams of runners/cyclists can compete.

Who’s Invited:
All ISU alumni, fans, and friends

Friday, Sept. 9

Starting near Jack Trice Stadium and finishing at City Park in Iowa City

Please visit for pricing details.

Registration deadline:
Aug. 20

Please direct all questions to race directors Mike Maurer (A)(’01 marketing) and Kate Nash Maurer (A)(’95 exercise & sport science) of Urbandale, Iowa, at

The race as a part of Beat Iowa week festivities. Please note that the ISU Alumni Association is not a sponsor of this event.

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