Frequently Asked Questions

Is the race affiliated with the CRANDIC Railway?

No. The RUN CRANDIC name salutes the history of the railway that connects Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. No portion of the race is run on current or former tracks of the CRANDIC line. Any train imagery used in promotional materials is for nostalgic reference only. We appreciate the CRANDIC Railway and its parent company, Alliant Energy, for their cooperation in allowing us to use the term for our historic Cedar Rapids to Iowa City run that raises money for the local school districts.

Always use precaution and never run, walk, or bike on active or inactive railroad tracks.

When is the race?

Sunday, April 29, 2018

6:30 AM  – Marathon
8:15 AM –  Half Marathon
9:30 AM –  5k

Note, times are subject to change

Where is the start/finish?

The RUN CRANDIC powered by University of Iowa Community Credit Union marathon will start at the NewBo City Market (1100 3rd St SE) in Cedar Rapids and finish at Kinnick Stadium (825 Evashevski Dr) in Iowa City.

The half marathon will start at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union (2355 Landon Rd) in North Liberty and finish at Kinnick Stadium (825 Evashevski Dr) in Iowa City.

The 5K will start at Northwest Junior High (1507 8th St) in Coralville at finish at Kinnick Stadium (825 Evashevski Dr) in Iowa City.

Will I run onto Kinnick Stadium?

Due to construction on the North end zone, we cannot run onto the Kinnick Stadium field. However, you will enter the Kinnick Stadium concourse at Gate C and the finish line will be at the Nile Kinnick Statue on Krause Family Plaza. Participants will have access to the South end zone field for photos and to wave at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

How long is the course open?

The course will close at 1:30pm for all races. This is 16 minute/mile pace for the marathon.

Is this a Boston Qualifier?


How do I sign up?

Registration is now open! You can register here.

Can I register on race day?

No. Registration will not be available on race day.

When does registration close?

Registration for all three races ends on Wednesday, April 25.

I am pre-registered, but can I switch from one race to another?

Yes, but you will only be able to switch to a shorter distance. All updates to registration must be requested by March 9, 2018. Please contact us for more details.

I am registered, but I am injured and cannot run. Am I allowed to transfer my registration to someone else?

No, legally we cannot do this. Thank you for your understanding.

Can I give my race number and timing chip to another runner?

Please do not transfer race numbers. Changing race numbers can create unintended awards and medical problems. Please contact us for any special situations.

I registered, but cannot make it for the race. Can I get a refund?

Refunds or deferments for RUN CRANDIC will not be granted for any reason, including injury, pregnancy, military exercise or deployment, and family emergencies. We regret that we cannot make exceptions due to the proceeds being tied to our donation to the schools in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Thank you for understanding.

Where do I pick up my race packet?

Packet pickup will be available at the following times:
Friday, April 27: 12pm-9pm at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center in Iowa City (all three races available)
Saturday, April 28: 12pm-7pm at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids (all three races available)
Sunday, April 29: 6:30am-7:30am at University of Iowa Community Credit Union (Half marathon only); 7:00am-9:00am at Northwestern Junior High (5K only)

There will not be day-of packet pickup for the marathon.

Please note: Schedule is subject to change. 

Can someone else pick up my packet?


Is there a minimum age to register for the race?

Participants in the marathon or half marathon under the age of 14 need parental consent.

What is the arrangement with the University of Iowa’s RiverRun?

RUN CRANDIC has partnered with River Run to form the River RUN CRANDIC 5K for 2018. We will jointly use the course from Northwest Junior High School to Kinnick Stadium, use the same start times, bib system, timing system, and a special River RUN CRANDIC 5K t-shirt. This partnership alleviates needs for public safety, volunteers, and infrastructure.  The difference is the registration. If you wish to register for RUN CRANDIC, with proceeds benefiting the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Community Schools, then you need to register here.  If you wish to register for the RiverRun with the proceeds to benefit Uptown Bill’s and the Extend the Dream Foundation, you should register here.


How do I get to the start of my race?

A free shuttle is included in the registration for the marathon from Kinnick Stadium to NewBo City Market and for the half marathon from Kinnick Stadium to University of Iowa Community Credit Union (Landon Rd., North Liberty). All shuttle riders must present a pass to be eligible to ride the shuttle. Shuttle passes will be emailed to the email address used to register for the race on Friday, April 27. There is NOT a return shuttle to Cedar Rapids post-race.

  • Marathon shuttle: Pick up in UI Lot 75. Shuttle service will begin at 4:45am through 5:15am. The last bus will leave promptly at 5:15am.
  • Half marathon shuttle: Pick up in UI Lot 33. Shuttle service will begin at 6:45am through 7:30am. The last bus will leave promptly at 7:30am.
There will be an Iowa City City Bus shuttle from Kinnick to Big Grove Brewery from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Pick up will be at the Iowa City City Bus stop at Kinnick Stadium.
Please note all times are subject to change.

Where is parking?

  • Marathon participants taking advantage of the shuttle from Kinnick to Cedar Rapids will park in University of Iowa Lots 46 & 75. If you plan to park at the start, Lot 44 in Cedar Rapids will be free and open on Saturday for the pre-race party and on Sunday for the day.
  • Half Marathon participants will park in UI Lots 33 & 40. There is parking available at UICCU if you do not plan to take the shuttle from Kinnick.
  • Spectators coming to cheer the runners at the finish will park in Lots 43N & 43W and UIHC Ramp 3. Parking in Ramp 3 is available at an hourly rate. Please note: there is an Iowa Baseball game on Sunday, April 29 that will be sharing spectator parking. 
  • Volunteers and event staff will park in UI Lot 49.

Parking is free of charge around downtown Cedar Rapids and in the NewBo neighborhood on the weekends. Early birds get the best spots.

I’m planning to ride the shuttle. Will there be a gear check available?

Yes, gear check is available for all marathon and half marathon runners. Please use the clear bag your items come in at packet pickup for your gear check. There will be a label included to write your bib number on.

Are pets allowed?

As much as we love them, pets are not allowed.

Are headphones allowed?

Rock on! You may participate with headphones but please be aware of others and your surroundings.

What will be offered at the aid stations?

There will be water and orange Gatorade on the course as well as other aid items. For full details on what’s available, check out the training page.

Can I carry a hydration pack?

Yes, hydration packs up to 2 liters are allowed. Please note that all bags may be subject to search.

Is this a trail race or road race?

Technically this is a road race, please note there will be parts of Highway 965 where the gravel shoulder will be the best option for running. Runners must follow all public safety official instruction along the course.

Will the race be cancelled or delayed?

The races may be delayed up to 30 minutes due to severe weather decided by race officials. Severe weather is defined as either a thunderstorm warning, tornado watch, tornado warning or if lightning is present in the area. We’ll race rain or shine if the conditions are safe and no severe weather is present or predicted.

What is the pre-race party and RUN CRANDIC expo?

The pre-race party and RUN CRANDIC expo will be held at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids (1100 3rd St SE). The pre-race party will be held from 12pm to 9:30pm and the expo will be held from 12pm to 7pm on Saturday, April 28th. Come out and sample food and drinks from the many vendors at NewBo City Market, pick up your packet, and prepare for the race on Sunday. The pre-race party is free and open to the public – come and celebrate the inaugural RUN CRANDIC with us! Please note, times may change.

What is the post-race party?

The post-race party presented by Corridor Business Journal will be held at Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City (1225 S Gilbert St) starting at 10am until 6pm. Please note, times may change.

There will be post-race water, electrolyte drinks, and snacks at the finish line at Kinnick Stadium. You will receive your medal at Kinnick and we invite you to join us at Big Grove Brewery to continue the celebration! Your registration includes one free beer and a meal at Big Grove Brewery. There will be non-alcoholic beverages available for anyone under 21. The post-race party is free and open to the public!

How do I keep updated with RUN CRANDIC powered by University of Iowa Community Credit Union and pre-race training runs?

Please sign up for our newsletter, like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get all the latest info about the race, training runs, and pre- and post- race party details. Training plans from the Corridor Running Club and Iowa Running Company are available here.

Medical Assistance?

If medical attention is required on the race course or at the finish line, medical staff is available to treat minor injuries and provide basic support. Insurance liabilities mandate that should a participant require and consent to an IV for fluid replacement or treatment of serious injuries, they must be transported to a local hospital at their own expense.

Have a question that wasn’t answered? Please contact the race director or give us a call at 319-337-6592.

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