About the 5k for Karen

This family-friendly spring road run held in honor of Karen Coaldrake is administered by the Johnston Public Library Foundation with proceeds benefiting the Johnston Public Library and the Dragon Scholarship Fund Committee.

How do I register?

Register online or submit a completed registration form (via mail or in-person) to the Johnston Public Library, 6700 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131. Registration forms are also available at the Johnston Public Library.

How much does it cost?

Children 9 and younger can participate free of charge (although they will not get a shirt). For everyone else, registration is $25 before 6/15 and $30 on 6/15.

What do I get?

  • 5K for Karen t-shirt (for paying registrants; guaranteed if registered by June 1st)

  • Snacks after the race

  • Quality time with friends & family

Can I run with a dog?


Can I run with a child in a stroller?


What's the route?

The 2017 run will follow an up-and-back route on the trails along North Glenn Drive and 70th Avenue.


We invite you to participate as a sponsor of the 10th annual 5K for Karen. Sponsorships will be used to defray events costs such as t-shirts and complimentary drinks and snacks for participants. Additional sponsorship funds will benefit the Johnston Public Library and the Dragon Scholarship Fund Committee.

2018 Sponsors

Pre-Registration is now closed.

Day-of registration begins at 6pm at Simpson Barn.

Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card.

Contact Us


Contact Information (phone or email):



Johnston Public Library Foundation
6700 Merle Hay Road
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 278-5233