Run the Flood steps off for the fifth, final time

By Nadia Crow, Reporter


By Nadia Crow

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-Five years later, Run the Flood took off for the final time. The race started just after the flood of 2008 to raise money for flood victims and recovery efforts. Next year, the race will continue under Matthew 25's Block by Block and the Salvation Army to help community related issues.

The same area that was once filled with several feet of later is now flooded with several hundred runners. For the rookies…

“It’s my first 5k ever and I ran the whole way so I thought I did well,” said runner Karla Dippel.

…and the veterans.

“This is my fifth year,” said runner Jaime Brown.

It’s the fifth and final year to “Run the Flood”; five years since the Floods of 2008. The memories from the flooding still haven’t faded.

“It’s really sad because a lot of people lost a lot of things and to see everybody come back and come here it’s really motivating,” said runner Stephanie Bloomquist.

“We have a creek in our backyard it turns into a raging river and in 08 it was about 15-20 feet from my house and its normally about 50 feet from our house, bridges were washed out we were stuck,” said runner Lori Darnell.

Since 2008, Eastern Iowans vowed to continue to move forward. The race route showcases the improvements made downtown. And now, runners and walkers have stepped out of need. So the focus will shift from flood recovery to recovering our city's youth.

“I know there’s another organization that’s taking it over. So I’ll keep running it. It’s exciting because it means we've come a long way in the funding into making cedar rapids better than what it used to be because it looks really nice,” said runner Jaime Brown.

“Keep building it up and keep bringing in more things to attract more people to the city,” said runner Michael Brown.

Over the past five years, “Run the Flood” raised more than $100,000 for flood recovery.

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