Overall Rating
Overall Rating (6 Reviews)
3.7
(6 Ratings)  (6 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.3
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
4.2
SWAG
3.7
Join this Labor Day Weekend tradition! The NewBo Run Half Marathon & 10K features Prairie Park Fishery, the Sac and Fox Trail, and the Indian Creek Nature Center.      Both races start and finish in the NewBo City Market, located in the NewBo district of Cedar Rapids. The race partners … MORE
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    The Newbo Run is a must if you are a runner in the Cedar Valley. The race director was great but had issues with the megaphone or something during the … MORE

    The Newbo Run is a must if you are a runner in the Cedar Valley. The race director was great but had issues with the megaphone or something during the start and I don’t think anyone 50-feet from the start line could hear anything they were announcing, or the National Anthem.
    My goal was to finish in 2:00 so I ran along with the pacers who ended up running much faster than a 2-hour pace for a lot of the course. I was really bummed and wished I would have just ran my own race.
    The race itself is on a fairly easy course following mostly paved roads but the half breaks off on a trail that was kind of sandy/loose soil which was kind of tough to run on.
    There were plenty of aid stations with a lot of volunteers to cheer and hand you drinks which was nice. The after-race event at the NewBo market is fun and they have a lot of unique foods and beer available. Overall it is a fun race that brings a lot of people together in the great state of Iowa.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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    lchristensen44 FIRST-TIMER '22

    You can pick up your bib the afternoon before or in race day morning. The course was a mix of country roads, groomed trails along water and a downtown area. … MORE

    You can pick up your bib the afternoon before or in race day morning. The course was a mix of country roads, groomed trails along water and a downtown area. One thing that was different was that I was stopped during the end of the race for a train.
    After the finish line there was a great choice of breakfast burritos, pastries, water and local draft beers. The medal was a small ceramic tile on a black cord and the shirt was a soft t-shirt.
    NewBo was a well organized race. It was a good morning.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3
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    brittniv FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race is great local race. It's not expensive AT ALL. You also have the option to skip getting the race shirt which is nice because I don't need another … MORE

    This race is great local race. It’s not expensive AT ALL. You also have the option to skip getting the race shirt which is nice because I don’t need another t shirt in my closet. This race allows dogs which is awesome because I’m always looking for races to run with my dog. There are a couple killer hills but otherwise, it’s pretty flat. Some of the race is done on a limestone trail and I got stuck in bike wheel tracks a few times. The medals are handmade which is awesome and they have plenty of local beers to choose from afterwards.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    2
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    emilyfeldkamp REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I've done this half marathon twice and have been very pleased with it both times. The course is well supported and has a variety of scenery. The only downside is … MORE

    I’ve done this half marathon twice and have been very pleased with it both times. The course is well supported and has a variety of scenery. The only downside is part of it is on a limestone trail and it rained heavily before this year so my ankles were not happy the next day due to running on a mushy surface. Without the rain though it’s awesome to have a change in scenery like that! It can also be VERY hot due but just be prepared for that. The medals are hand crafted ceramic and very unique! The age group awards are hand crafted ceramic bowls and cups – very cool! There is free beer afterwards and a variety of food options. I’ve done this race twice and would definitely do it again in the future!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    bjrobinette FIRST-TIMER '18

    Not a bad small race but the humidity was a killer. Organization was fine. Medals are nice ceramic medallions. Shirts are appropriate for the price. All in all, if it … MORE

    Not a bad small race but the humidity was a killer. Organization was fine. Medals are nice ceramic medallions. Shirts are appropriate for the price. All in all, if it had been less humid it would have been a decent day.

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    rbfrmrville FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race provided me with a new personal best in the half marathon. I thought it was pretty flat, with 1 hill bit it wasnt too bad. I enjoyed the … MORE

    This race provided me with a new personal best in the half marathon. I thought it was pretty flat, with 1 hill bit it wasnt too bad. I enjoyed the trail part of the run due to not being on the pavement. After the race, free beer, pretzel bagel(was the best), breakfast burritos, and pastries.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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