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Cedar Rapids, IA

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Cedar Rapids is the second-largest city in Iowa. It’s located on both sides of the Cedar River, and is 30 miles from Iowa City, for which we also have a running guide. There’s some nice running in Cedar Rapids, centered around the river and numerous longer multi-use trails.

Some of the best places to run in Cedar Rapids are along the Cedar River, using the Ellis Trail headed north and the Cedar River Trail headed south. The Sac and Fox Trail is another scenic option, passing through several parks, with an optional lake loop at Fisher Park Fishery. The 70-mile Cedar Valley Nature Trail runs through Cedar Rapids. For some nice neighborhood running, head just east of downtown to Wellington Heights. Another fun destination is Seminole Valley Park, where there’s a popular cross-country running course.

For more, see our separate running guide for nearby Iowa City. Runners should note that winters in this area are very cold.

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Iowa City, IA

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Cedar Rapids has a humid continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters. Summer temps are hot, with highs in the mid-80s (29C), though nights do cool off. Runners should be prepared for the winter cold: January high temperatures are below freezing (27F), and nights are in the low teens (12F, -11C). Winters are fairly dry, with 27 inches of snow. Summer months feature lots of thunderstorms & downpours.

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There are two main running stores in Iowa City.

Fitness Sports. In Coralville & three other locations in Iowa. They also organize several running races and host running groups.

We Run. In North Liberty. Group run info.


See link at We Run. Also running groups on Fitness Sports store link.