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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -
More than 1,000 people hit the streets of Cedar Rapids Saturday morning. It was the fifth, and final, Run the Flood event downtown. The race ending is an example of how far the city has come since the devastating floods of 2008.
Run the Flood isn't just your average race. For many, it's a chance to help cedar rapids recover from the floods of 2008.
"When the flood happened in 2008, I helped clean out a bunch of homes for my friends that I work with and it was just devastating," said Karla Dippel of Hiawatha. "With all of the rain that we've had this year, with the fear of it happening again I just wanted to come out and support."
Some people in the race ran a 5K. Others ran a seven mile course that takes racers through areas that were devastated by the floods of five years ago.
"We want people to remember the impact that the flood had and get out here and see the recovery that's taken place," said Kari Lammer, Race Director.
All the money raised goes to Cedar Rapids area not-for-profits that have helped the city recover from the floods. This year's race raised more than$25,000. It was the fifth and final Run the Flood event. Organizers say they're working on something else for next year.
"We're hoping that's it's going to be a fun-filled water event with squirt guns and water balloons and changing the focus," said Lammer.
Organizers hope the new event will shift focus to community investment rather than flood recovery."
In its five years, the race raised nearly $150,000, doing its part to help Cedar Rapids grow.
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