April - July 2013 Events

April - July 2013 Events


NewBo Bike Collective Women’s Bike Maintenance Classes   https://www.facebook.com/NewBoBikeCollective

Wednesdays evenings April 3 through May 8, 2013  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at NewBo Bike Collective located at 1100 3rd Street SE in Cedar Rapids. Sign-up at [email protected]


Beverly Park Wednesday Night Rides   http://lambaonline.org/

Wednesday nights 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm at Beverly Park. Bring your mountain bike and join Linn Area Mountain Bike Association for Wednesday night singletrack rides.


March For Babies   https://www.marchofdimes.com/iowa/events/events_mfbcedarrapids12.html

4/28/13  9:00 am at Rockwell Collins campus, fundraiser walk and kids’ activities to benefit March of Dimes


Meet Me At The Market  http://newbocitymarket.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=41&Itemid=26

Thursday evenings May 2 through October 31, 2013 Starting at NewBo City Market, walk, run or bike


Gems Of Hope Bike Ride http://gemsofhope.com/content/goh-ride-gems-hope-bike-ride-2013

5/4/13  7:00 am Starting at Greene Square Park, Cedar River Trail to Ely, then returning and ending at Parlor City Pub


Let’s Move Together Arthritis Foundation Walk   http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1050663

5/4/13  8:00 am – 11:00 am at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium 950 Rockford Rd SW, fundraising event for Arthritis Foundation programs, services advocacy and research.


Bridge 2 Bridge   http://lpcia.com/mcfarlane-park-trail-bridge-grand-opening/

5/4/13  Celebration for the opening of the McFarlane Bridge on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, starting at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the trailhead near the entrance of McFarlane Park, located at 13619 King Road in LaPorte City. The Ramblers will provide music, and the LaPorte City Fire Rescue crew will serve pulled port lunch for $5.00. Ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 1:00 pm. Guests are encouraged to bike to the event. Vehicle parking available in the Group Camp area at McFarlane Park.


29th Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa 5K Run Walk & Half Marathon


5/5/2013   7:30 am Half Marathon start, 8:45 am Kid’s Dash to Ronald, 9:00 am 5k Run/Walk start at the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City located at 730 Hawkins Drive.


Bike Month Iowa May 2013   http://bikemonthiowa.com/



Lace Up For Learning   http://www.laceup.cr.k12.ia.us/

5/11/13  7:00 am Starting at Kingston Stadium, Cedar Rapids Community Schools fundraiser 5K, 10K and fun run


Ride of Silence Cedar Rapids  http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php

5/15/13  6:00 pm   Starting at Greene Square Park


Marion Arts Festival 5K and Half Marathon Races   https://www.runningwall.com/marion-arts-festival-race

5/18/13  7:30 am  Races begin and end near the library an City Square Park in downtown Marion.


Walk MS: Cedar Rapids Walk   http://walkmnm.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/MNMWalkEvents?fr_id=19607&pg=entry

5/18/13   8:00 am at Kirkwood Community College 1 mile and 3 mile run/walk, fundraiser to support programs and research for MS.


Woof Walk

5/19/13  9:00 am at Noelridge Park, Cedar Valley Humane Society fundraiser for animal care


Cedar Rapids Fire Department Memorial 5K   http://crfd5k-eorg.eventbrite.com/#

5/25/13  7:00 am Starting at Prairie High School


Run The Flood   http://www.crruntheflood.com/

6/8/13  8:00 am Starting at Great America, 5K and 7 Mile fundraiser for flood recovery


Hard Charge   http://www.hardcharge.com/eastern-iowa

7/20/13  8:00 am at Seminole Valley Park, obstacle course race


Hy-Vee IronKids   http://www.ironkids.com/2013_Schedule/Hy-Vee_IronKids_Cedar_Rapids.htm

7/27/13  8:00 am at Cherry Hill Aquatic Center and Park, swimming, running and bicycling events for youth

Meet Me at the Market

A social walk, run or bike event every Thursday from May through October, rain or shine!
The first Meet Me at the Market event is this Thursday, May 2, at the NewBo City Market.  Check-in is from 5 to 6:30 pm.  This is a family event.  Begin your walk/run/bike at any time, there is no mass start.  There are suggested routes but you may go as far or short as you wish.  Businesses along the route will offer discounts to participants that have the hand stamp obtained at  check-in.  Free t-shirts to anyone who participates in 4 events.  Music at the Market during and after the event.

Online registration and more information
To participate you must register and accept a waiver once for the entire season.  While you may register on paper at check-in, it will be easier and faster to register online.  For online registration and more information go to http://newbocitymarket.com/meetme.  Be sure to register all of your family.

LCTA has partnered with several other community organizations to organize Meet Me at the Market to encourage a healthy lifestyle.  This is within the LCTA charter to encourage trail usage and demonstrate the need for more trails!  Please come check it out.

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 https://linncountytrails.org/mmm/.  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.

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: [email protected] or call 515-281-6311.

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

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!

Outdoor Gear Silent Auction & Chili Lunch

Outdoor Gear Silent Auction & Chili Lunch

When: Sunday, November 18
Noon to 2 p.m.

Where: Indian Creek Nature Center
6665 Otis Road SE, Cedar Rapids, IA

Cost: Lunch - Adults $6, Children $3

The Indian Creek Nature Center and the Cedar-Wapsie Chapter of the Sierra Club invite you to stop by for a delicious chili lunch made by local, gourmet chefs.

Browse the collection of used outdoor gear. Fishing and camping gear, skis, tents, bird watching and feeding items, tools and many more items will go to the highest bidder.

Join the fun, eat well, and go home with your new bargain buys!

Proceeds will go to support the two host organizations.

Donations of gear are welcomed at the Nature Center after Nov.1st - just call 362-0664 to confirm drop-off time.

indiancreeknaturecenter.org iowa.sierraclub.org


The Indian Creek Nature Center and the Cedar Wapsi Chapter of the Sierra Club need your help putting outdoor gear to good use. Odds are that tents, backpacks, fishing poles, binoculars, skis, and other outdoor gear is gathering dust in your attic or garage. If you haven’t used it for a few years, chances are you won’t ever use it again……..so please help get it to people who will use and enjoy it. Bring your donated gear to the Nature Center after November 1.

The two organizations will hold a silent auction and chili lunch from 12-2 on Sunday, November 18. They invite you to come and enjoy a diversity of chili and bid on outdoor equipment you will use. This is a way to recycle gear and is a fund raiser for both organizations.

For information contact the Nature Center at 362-0664 or check their website at www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org.

Volunteers Needed!!!

Interested in volunteering with LCTA?  We could use 10 volunteers to help with the Fairview Farm Trail Run & Walk on November 4 at Beverly Park.  For more infomation about the event, visit the event website: http://www.cvra.net/races/fairview-trail-run. The following volunteers are needed:

2 people at the registration area; time: 10:30am until noon
2 people at the finish line; time: 11:45am until 1:15pm
6 course monitors*; time: 11:30pm until 1:30pm;

*Course monitors need to have the ability to walk on trails for up to 1 mile, and return.  Course monitors ensure runners stay on the routes and are along the trails for safety.  They can also take photos if they like.

LAMBA folks will mark the course and also be on the trails during the event.

If you can help with this event, please contact Kari Lammer, [email protected].


Linn County Mayors' Bike Ride

Please plan to join LCTA for the annual Mayors' Bike Ride on Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd.  There will be an 8 mile route and a 2.5 mile route.  Registration begins at 9AM in Ellis Park (near the pool pavillion) and the ride starts at 10AM.  The event is free, but donations to Linn County Trails Association are accepted.  For full details, visit here: https://linncountytrails.org/event/linn-county-mayors-bike-ride-2/

Volunteers Needed

Interested in volunteering with Linn County Trails Association?  LCTA is looking for volunteers to serve as route monitors for the annual Mayors' Bike Ride event and to help distribute water to the New Bo 1/2 Marathon participants.  Details of each event are below:

New Bo 1/2 Marathon Volunteers:
Sunday, September 2nd, 2012, 7-11AM

Mayors' Bike Ride Volunteers:
Monday, September 3rd, 2012, 9:30AM-11:00AM

If you are interested in helping at either of these events, please email: [email protected]