Team Vardo Overview

Located in Ames, Iowa, Team Vardo is a diverse group of people who run together.

Group Runs

Offical group runs are twice a week, 52 weeks a year.


Tuesday’s the group always starts from the south side of the City of Ames Community Center located at 515 Clark Ave Ames, IA at 5:30pm. Tuesday’s run usually has 3miles, 5miles, and sometimes 8-10mile run options.


Saturday runs starting place and time varies. However, you can expect a 7am start in the warmer months and a 7am-8am start in the cold months. Refer to the email list, weekly routes, or Team Vardo Facebook page for the exact details for the week.

Bonus Runs

Often there are impromptu/bonus group runs via the Team Vardo Facebook page. For instance, someone often posts opportunity for a track workout, hill workout, or trail run.

Team Vardo Calendar and Training Schedule

There are three different training schedules: short (S), half marathon (1/2), and marathon (M). All training schedules are driven off four running days, two cross training days, and one rest day. The training schedule is in green in the calendar below.

The RouteMaster (RM) is in dark grey in the calendar below.

Team Vardo Email List


  • If you subscribe to the email list, you must agree to be a routemaster.
  • When it is your turn to be routemaster, you will need to create a running route for the group. If it is one of the long routes, then you should consider supplying water or having the group run near places that they can get water. Note that the current list has around 60 people. With 2 official routes a week this means you have to supply a route about 1-2 times per year. If you are new to the group, you are added to the bottom of the list meaning you have about a year before you need to supply a route. For more information on the routemaster duty, see the RouteMaster FAQ.

How to get on the email list:

Send an email request to .


If you need help, then contact .