FAQ

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 28, 2019 is the marathon and half marathon.

5Kish and 10Kish fun runs will occur on Saturday, April 27, as part of the packet pick-up and expo festivities.

Where is the start/finish?

The marathon will begin on Park Road Bridge, near City Park in Iowa City. It will complete near the Bridge of Lions at Czech Village in Cedar Rapids.

The half-marathon will be a loop course that will begin and end in Czech Village in Cedar Rapids.

The 5Kish and 10Kish fun runs are loops that will begin and end at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom in Iowa City.

Routes may be viewed on our routes page.

How long are the marathon and half marathon courses open?

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

I am registered for the 5K/10K on Saturday. What does “rolling start” mean?

Great question! The 5K/10K course will be open from 11:00 am-4:00 pm on Saturday, April 27th. You can run the course anytime you want while the course is open and it will be timed. They will not be mass start races. Remember that packet pickup will open at 10:00 am that morning.

Is this a Boston Qualifier?

No.

How do I sign up?

Click on Registration at the top of this webpage.

Can I register on race day?

No. Registration will not be available on race day.

When does registration close?

Registration for all races ends at 11:59 am (CT) Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

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 7, 2019. 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, 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. All proceeds stand as a donation to the schools in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Thank you for understanding.

Where do I pick up my race packet?

There will be packet pickup Friday, April 26th from 12:00pm – 9:00pm At Newbo City Market 1100 3rd St. SE in Cedar Rapids. Saturday, April 27th the packet pickup, pre-party, and expo will be from 10:00am – 8:00pm at Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, 1225 S. Gilbert St. in Iowa City. Overflow parking on Saturday is at the Johnson County Administration Building (913 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City).

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?

Yes!

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.

How do I get to the start of my race?

There is a pre-race shuttle from the finish line to the start line for the marathon only. The shuttle will be located at the corner of 2nd St and 12th Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids from 4:45am – 5:15am with the last shuttle leaving at 5:15am. You must show your marathon bib and pre-register to board the shuttle. There is no shuttle following the race. There will not be a shuttle for the half marathon, 10Kish and 5Kish races.

I’m running the relay. How do we get to the relay points?

  • Liberty High School – 1400 Dubuque Street NE, North Liberty – At mile 5.25: Relay members can access this relay point by traveling in the southbound lane of Dubuque Street and turning left into the school entrance. Please watch for runners when turning into the entrance. Signage and an aid station will note the designated relay point.
  • Dan’s Overhead Doors – 1810 Dan’s Drive, North Liberty – At mile 12.25: Relay members can access this relay point by traveling in the southbound lane of Hwy 965. The best points to join the southbound lane of Hwy 965 are at Amana Rd NW, 120th Street and points north. Please watch for runners when turning into the entrance. Signage and an aid station will note the designated relay point.
  • Shueyville United Methodist Church – 1195 Steeple Lane, Shueyville – At mile 17.25: Relay members can access this relay point by traveling taking the exit for 120th Street from Interstate 380 and utilizing the eastbound lane. Please watch for runners when turning into the entrance. Signage and an aid station will note the designated relay point.

Where is parking?

Parking for Marathoners, Half Marathoners, and guests will be available in Cedar Rapids Lot 44 at 861 2nd Street SE. For those driving to the Marathon start, there will be limited parking available at the Hancher Commuter Lot (Lot 55 – 1 Park Road, Iowa City until 5pm on Sunday, April 28. There is no shuttle back to Iowa City post-race.

 

Where will the streets be closed for the Half Marathon in Cedar Rapids?

  • 16th Street from 1st Street SE to C ST
  • C St from 16th – Bowling, closed
  • C St from Bowling to Trailhead at Tait Cummins Park, Northbound lane closed
  • Southbound of C St SE from Ely Rd to SE to Wright Brothers Blvd E
  • Westbound lane of Wright Brothers Blvd E from C ST to Kirkwood Blvd.
  • Farthest W Southbound land of Kirkwood Blvd & Bowling Street from Wright Brothers Blvd to C St.

Where will the streets be closed for the Full Marathon from Iowa City to Cedar Rapids?

IA City, NL & County Rds

  • Dubuque – Northbound Lane
  • Cherry Street Closed
  • North sidewalk on Penn Street
  • Northbound 965
  • Westbound 120th Street
  • Northbound Club Rd

CR & County Rds

  • Club Rd
  • Westbound lane of Wright Brothers Blvd E from C ST to Kirkwood Blvd.
  • Farthest W Southbound land of Kirkwood
  • Blvd & Bowling Street from Wright Brothers Blvd to C St.
  • 16th Street from 1st Street SE to C ST

I’m planning to ride the pre-race 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.

Where are the Marathon Relay points?

  • Liberty High School – 1400 Dubuque Street NE, North Liberty – At mile 5.25
  • Dan’s Overhead Doors – 1810 Dan’s Drive, North Liberty – At mile 12.25
  • Shueyville United Methodist Church – 1195 Steeple Lane, Shueyville – At mile 17.25

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 canceled 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 Saturday pre-race party and expo will take place at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom at 1225 South Gilbert Street in Iowa City. It will have packet and bib pickup, vendors, carb loading dinner, and the 5Kish & 10Kish fun runs will start and end nearby.

What is the post-race party?

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is the Post Race Partner and will host the post-race party. Food, beverages, and live entertainment will greet runners and the public near the finish line.

Why are the 5K and 10K races referred to as “5Kish” and “10Kish”?

In order to cleanly close the loops on the trail from Big Grove Brewery to the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, the course had to be just a bit longer than exactly 5 kilometers and 10 kilometers. Since they are fun runs, we took some liberties and decided to refer to them in a different way.

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.

Is there a Mobile App?

Yes! We have partnered with Race Day Events to feature RUN CRANDIC on their mobile app.  It is available as a FREE download from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

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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