Sunday, September 6, 2020 • Cedar Rapids, IA • Course Map
Part of an annual arts and music festival that takes place each September in Cedar Rapids called the New Bohemia Festival, the New Bo Run Half Marathon is set to make its 11th annual running on Labor Day weekend this year.
The race takes runners on an out-and-back tour of the park trails and roads that lie just south and east of downtown, which run alongside the river on the Sac & Fox River Trail and through the Indian Creek Nature Center — thanks to the riverside location, most of the race course is fast and flat, though there are occasional hills, particularly in the first few and last few miles coming back in to the city.
Runners start the race at the Chrome Horse Saloon on 3rd Street, just across the river from downtown Cedar Rapids.
From there, the course follows a few turns before heading onto 15th Avenue Southeast, which becomes Otis Road and brings runners into a stretch where they’ll run through a number of the city’s parks and green spaces — from Van Vechten Park to Cedar Valley Park, and past Prairie Park.
After the first three miles, where runners can expect some rolling hills, the course flattens out as it winds east and then northeast along Otis Road, roughly in parallel with the bend in the river as it keeps winding northward to the half-way point and then turnaround on Bertram Road.
The course crosses over a bridge on Bertram at Indian Creek and then makes a loop to turn onto the crushed limestone trails, which they’ll follow for roughly the next three and a half miles.
The trails bring runners back southwest along the river, with very flat terrain as they head through Sac and Fox Trail City Park. Shaded by trees within almost literally a stone’s throw of the river, this stretch is among the most scenic on the race course.
You’ll have about a three-mile stretch along the river before the course turns left to head back in toward the city, and begin the final few miles back along the route you ran earlier in the race, in reverse back to the finish line.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in eastern Iowa, just over 120 miles northeast of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids typically sees cooling (and drier) weather in September, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 27ºF (in 1984) and as high as 98ºF (in 1955).
On race day (Sept. 6), the average low is 55ºF and the average high is 78ºF.
- 2019 New Bo Run Half Marathon Results
- 2018 New Bo Run Half Marathon Results
- 2017 New Bo Run Half Marathon Results
- 2016 New Bo Run Half Marathon Results
- 2015 New Bo Run Half Marathon Results
- 2014 New Bo Run Half Marathon Results
- 2013 New Bo Run Half Marathon Results
- 2012 New Bo Run Half Marathon Results
- 2011 New Bo Run Half Marathon Results
- 2010 New Bo Run Half Marathon Results
Course Time Limit
3 hours, 15 minutes — course closes at 10:45 AM
- $30 – $60 for the half marathon
- $25 – $55 for the 10K
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of Cedar Rapids’ New Bo Run Half Marathon or 10K race, visit the event website below.
Official Race Website
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