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.

Is this a Boston Qualifier?


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 on 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, 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. 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 in the Cedar Rapids. Saturday, April 27th the packet pickup, pre-party, and expo will be from 10:00am – 8:00pm at Big Grove Brewery & Taproom 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?


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?

The shuttle will be located at the corner of 2nd St and 12th Avenue SE, 4:45am – 5:15am with the last shuttle leaving at 5:15am. The shuttle is for those running the marathon. You must show your marathon bib to board the shuttle.

Where is parking?

Lot 44 will be available for parking located on 1st 2nd Street SE in-between 8th and 12th Avenues SE.

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 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 will take place at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom at 1225 South Gilbert Street in Iowa City. Further details about the pre-race party and RUN CRANDIC expo will be released in early 2019.

What is the post-race party?

A post-race party will occur in the Czech Village neighborhood. Further details about the post-race party will be released in early 2019.

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.

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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