Run the Flood

Run the Flood is a 7 mile and 5k run/walk scheduled for Saturday, June 8th at 8AM.  The event starts and ends at the GreatAmerica Building in downtown Cedar Rapids. The 7 mile route goes up to Veterans Memorial Stadium, through Czech Village, and finishes along the Cedar River Trail.  Most importantly, the route highlights the development Cedar Rapids has seen and still reminds participants of the need for flood recovery.

Volunteers Needed
Run the Flood is looking for volunteers to act as route leaders on bicycles.    The 7 mile route begins at 8AM and the 5k route begins at 8:15AM.  There is a need for bicyclists to lead the runners and walkers along the course route.  If anyone is interested in volunteering for this event, please contact race director Kari Lammer at

Trail Notice
Please note that there will be large amount of runners and walkers along the Cedar River Trail from the GreatAmerica Building and south to the entrance of the Solid Waste Agency while the race is underway.  If you have any questions, please contact race director Kari Lammer at

BikeIowa Calendar of Events

Looking for upcoming trail and biking events? Check out the BikeIowa website calendar of events:

Meet Me at the Market - Date correction

Yesterday's post stated the wrong month for New BLUEhemia.  It is Saturday March 2 and free t-shirts are available to anyone that registers before March 3 and attends the first MMM event on May 2.  Otherwise you must attend 4 events to qualify for a free t-shirt.  Sorry for the confusion.

Meet Me at the Market - a new walk/run/bike event this summer

As part of the Blue Zones Active Life Style Initiative, LCTA has partnered with several other organizations to develop weekly social walk, run or bike events through out next summer that will be based at the NewBo City Market on Thursday evenings from May through October.  The web page describing the event is temporarily located at  We ask all participants to register for the event online to sign a waiver (once) and then check-in weekly at the event.  Awards including t-shirts will be given for multiple attendance.

We also have a new facebook page:

The first public announcement of Meet Me at the Market will be at the New BLUEhemia event being held at the City Market this Saturday, March 2 from 3-7 pm.    Please attend and consider wearing you LCTA t-shirt to show your partnership with the event.  Register before March 3 and attend the first MMM event on May 2 to receive a free MMM t-shirt.  Otherwise you must attend 4 events to qualify for a free t-shirt.

Farmers Markets Bike Parking

The Downtown Farmers Market valet bike parking is located at the Linn County Trails Association information booth in Greene Square Park near 3rd Ave SE and the railroad tracks. Farmers Markets are held on 1st and 3rd Saturdays in June through September.

Bike clubs and teams are encouraged to sign up to staff the valet bike parking together as a club or team activity.

We need 4 to 6 volunteers for first shift 7:30 am - 10:00 am to set up the portable bike racks and staff the valet bike parking, and 4 to 6 volunteers for second shift 10:00 am - 12:30 pm to staff the valet bike parking and take down the portable bike racks.

Give the cyclist the claim ticket, and attach the tag to their bike. When they come back for their bike, match their claim ticket with the tag on their bike. We re-use the claim tickets and tags, so at the end of the shift, put them in the box at the LCTA booth.

The CR Metro Economic Alliance will deliver the bike racks to the park and pick them up after the market ends.

To learn more and sign up, follow this link:



The City of Cedar Rapids is currently recruiting for a Planner II

This position provides professional assistance for a range of metropolitan planning organization related activities with an emphasis in bicycle, pedestrian, and transit planning to promote alternative transportation and a healthy community; performs related work as required.

The work schedule for this position is M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The annual salary range for this position is $49,171.20 - $67,516.80.  

BenefitsClick here for information on the Non-bargaining - Choice Plan.

Job Description: Click here to see a full job description.  

Required Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning or a closely related field; and some experience with an urban planning agency or firm; or Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or a closely related field; and one year of professional or intern experience with an urban planning agency or firm; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.


Submit completed application to:
City Hall
Attn: Human Resources
101 First Street SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Fax:  (888) 611-7101

Full information available at this link:

Correction - Updated Address

The Legislative Listening session that will take place in Marion on January 19th, will be located at 3375 Armar Dr in Marion at the Kirkwood Center.


Iowa's natural resource priorities will be the topic of three listening sessions sponsored by state legislators in January.

Meetings are set for:

-- Carroll on Thursday, January 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Swan Lake Park Education Center, 22676 Swan Lake Drive;

-- Marion on Saturday, January 19, 10 a.m. to noon, Kirkwood College Marion Center, 2900 8th Avenue;

-- Ames on Thursday, January 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Room 101, College of Design Building, Iowa State University (Sheldon Avenue Extension, east from Hyland Avenue).

The events are being co-hosted by State Senator Dick Dearden of Des Moines, chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee, and State Rep. Chuck Isenhart of Dubuque, ranking member of the House Environmental Protection Committee. Area legislators have also been invited to sit on the listening panels.

Interested groups and the public are welcome to testify on conservation, climate, energy, environment and related issues, including outdoor recreation and state parks.

"We are setting our agenda for the 85th General Assembly, which covers 2013 and 2014," lsenhart said. "This is a chance for people who care about sustainable development and stewardship of our natural heritage to let us know what should be on our legislative to-do list so we can best serve the public interest," according to Isenhart. "For example, one of my questions is how can we make infrastructure investments in and create jobs through the production and use of all kinds of renewable energy."

According to Dearden, the committees are also looking for input on clean water, clean air, soil, wildlife, wetlands, habitat, rivers, lakes and trails.

Anyone may testify. Priority will be given to people who sign up in advance and those speaking for a group. Written input will also be collected for sharing with other legislators. To sign up, email: or call 515-281-6311.

The 2013 legislative session convenes on January 14 and lasts through April.

What's better than pizza and beer?

What's better than pizza and beer?

Pizza and beer with LCTA, of course!

We hope you can join the Linn County Trails Association on Monday, December 10 from 5-7pm at Parlor City.  This is an open house, free event - no RSVP necessary.  Stop by for a few minutes or stay the whole time, we'd love to visit with you -our partners in trail development!

Join us!

The LCTA board hopes you will join in the fun at Parlor City on December 10, 5-7. Help celebrate another year of trail success. Free pizza and beer! Hope to you at this annual event!