Spanning four counties, this 52-mile beautiful "rails to trails" path runs from Evansdale to Hiawatha. It's a mix of limestone, blacktop, and asphalt.
Check out the historic Center Point train depot and museum along the way!
Modern and primitive rest stop and bike repair stations dot the length of the trail.
This new trail offers a 6-plus mile loop. In the future, it will connect with new trails in Marion and the existing Squaw Creek Park trail system.
Grant Wood Trail is located off Highway 13, near the intersection of Highway 151 at 6303 Partners Avenue, Marion.
The Lake. The Loop. Goose Gauntlet. Whatever you call it, Cedar Lake is a 1.6-mile paved trail just outside Downtown Cedar Rapids and connects to the Cedar River Trail.
It's 2 miles from the NewBo and MedQ Districts. Plus, there's nothing like the sweet, sweet aroma in the air on Crunchberry Day.
It may seem obvious, but many people lose focus or “get in the zone” while they run. It’s important to stay alert for hazards, nearby traffic, or other dangerous conditions.
Many runners like pump themselves up with music while running, but ear buds can be a distraction from the surrounding environment. Threats such as cars, animals, bicycles, or predators may be difficult to detect. Consider using a style of headphones or ear buds that allows you to hear what's going on around you.
When buying shoes, make sure to get a pair that suit your feet. Everyone’s stride is different, and the staff at a quality shoe store will be able to suggest a shoe that matches yours. Remember that the fit of your shoe is more important than the number on the tag or the name on the box.
A running buddy is good for more than just company, conversation, and motivation. A partner can go for help in the event of an injury, or they can help navigate if you aren’t quite sure where you are. Find a group run near you.