The weather forecast threatened to make the 9th annual NewBo Run “interesting.” Plans were in place to make sure rain wouldn’t dampen race day, however we were blessed with sunny skies and high humidity only.

Participants lined up near the intersection of 2nd St and 11th Ave for a 7:30 AM race start. After a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem, runners took off on the course.

The course took runners down Otis Road to the Prairie Park Fishery. This is where the 10k participants would split off from the half marathon. The 10k runners would run a loop around the Fishery and then head back to the NewBo City Market. The half marathon runners would continue along Otis Road to join up with the Sac and Fox Trail.

New for 2018:

  • Addition of Gatorade on course. There were aid stations stocked and staffed by local cross country teams.
  • Hello and High Five cheer station. They provided signs and encouragement near the 3 mile mark.
  • Pacers. From a 1:30 half marathon time to a 3:00  time, this group of individuals provided what it took to get participants from start to finish!

The finish line was ready for runners to return. Volunteers were armed with handmade ceramic medals from the Iowa Ceramics Center to hang around everyone’s neck. There were reusable cups filled with water, ready to grab. The food spread was deep, thanks to the local support of Rustic Hearth Bakery, Sykora Bakery, and Brewhemia. Then for those of age, there was beer from Lion Bridge Brewery.

The finish line announcer greeted the first 10k finisher just around 33 minutes. Shortly after the first female came in breaking the 10k course record. The finish line became busy with finishers, including the first female half marathoner, who also broke the course record. Congratulations finishers, you can check all the results here.

Awards were announced, and then race day festivities wrapped up.

FREE race picture downloads are available here, Thank you Ben Ford! –

Thank you to all the volunteers, community members, cheer squads, club members, police officers, NewBo City Market, and participants for choosing to make the the NewBo Run part of your Labor Day weekend tradition.

We hope to see you next year, Sunday, September 1 for our 10th year!!

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