Sturgis Falls Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday, June 30, 2019 • Cedar Falls, IA • Course Map

As many as 500 runners and walkers or more cross the finish line each year at the Sturgis Falls Half Marathon & 5K, a race named for the city’s founders and its original town name (Sturgis Falls, now called Cedar Falls in part because of its location near the Cedar River).

This year’s running of the race will mark its 41st running, and it’s one of several local races organized by the Cedar River Runners Club that sponsors the race. Of the more than 500 runners and walkers who finished the race in recent years, more than 270 of those completed the half marathon.

From the starting line at the Cedar Falls Recreation Center at the corner of 13th and Main Streets, the race takes participants on a tour of the nearby Cedar River Trail that follows the river of the same name.

The out-and-back course follows a winding path along the river, taking runners along the southside of the river, winding through the Hartman Reserve Nature Center. The course heads north again before returning to the finish line located just near the start.

Thanks to its proximity to the river and the lakes, the course for the race is mostly fast and flat, and includes a combination of trails and paved roads. Both the 5K and half marathon races start at 7:00 AM at the recreation center, and the event also includes a kids’ fun run that begins at 9:15 AM.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the northeastern portion of the state and just a few miles northwest of nearby Waterloo, Iowa, the town of Cedar Falls enjoys summertime weather that’s mild to moderately warm, and the highest average monthly rainfall of the year falls in June.

On race day (June 30), the average low is 62ºF and the average high is 84ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Sturgis Falls Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM – half marathon, 5K run/walk
  • 9:15 AM – kids fun run


  • $45 – $60 for the half marathon
  • $25 – $35 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of the Sturgis Falls Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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