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The Best 5k Runs in Cedar Rapids

If you’re going to run, might as well make it as fun as possible, right?  And there’s plenty of fun runs that have been and will be coming to the area, including the Rave Run on August 16th.  Which are you most excited about?

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Rave Run

August 16th


McGrath Amphitheatre

The first ever “Rave Run” is coming in just a couple of weeks.  Get decked out in glow items/paint and neon, then run through the downtown after dark, ending with a DJ party at the McGrath Ampitheater.  It’s all ages too!  So a run, neon, and an outdoor summer blacklight dance party… why not?  Get registered today!


costume run


The Costume Run

October 25th, 2014


NewBo to Theatre Cedar Rapids

Halloween doesn’t have to be just a kids holiday!  Test out that costume a couple days before the big day, and run between Theatre Cedar Rapids and NewBo City Market with some themed obstacles along the way, including a run through a haunted house.


Flood the Run
Flood the Run


Flood The Run

August 9th, 2014


Ellis Park

What was “Run the Flood” has now become “Flood the Run”.  It’s a whole new take, still supporting great charities, still supporting the water theme.  Dodge super soaker snipers and water balloons, jump through puddles and down the giant slip and slide.  Get soaked while supporting the Salvation Army and Matthew 25.  Great way to cool off on a hot day.


Charlie Crowhurst / Stringer - Getty Images
Charlie Crowhurst / Stringer – Getty Images


Those Crazy Dye Pack Runs

Numerous dates


Numerous locations

There have been a ton of these lately, all across the area.  Everyone loves them. You wear the white shirt and come out covered in all sorts of colors.  We recommend you pick at least one of these to do each year!  From Hiawatha’s “Splash a Smile”, to “Run or Dye”, “Color Vibe”, and “Color Dash” in Cedar Rapids or Iowa City’s “Color Your Campus”, pick one and have fun!




Crossfit Midnight Ninja 5k

(no longer running)



Unfortunately, this race only was around for 2 years, with the 2nd and final event being held in 2012.  While it was a great test of power and skill (as it was hosted by Crossfit), how cool is the idea of running around town after midnight dressed as Ninjas!  Who wouldn’t love that.


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