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Thousands take part in CRANDIC Run

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Dozen of eastern Iowa started their Sunday morning running 26 miles in the first ever marathon from Cedar Rapids to Iowa City. 

Nearly 3,000 runners signed up to take part in the CRANDIC Run. Many participating in the full marathon starting in Cedar Rapids and ending in Iowa City. Organizers say this event is an opportunity to show off parts of eastern Iowa and they are thrilled with the turn out for the first year.

Runners could chose to participate in a marathon, half marathon or 5K race Sunday morning. Many of those runners taking the 26 mile run from NewBo City Market to Kinnick Stadium. 

"I think for the community this is just an opportunity to see us on a larger scale," said Jenn Draper, event organizer. "We've got runners from 30 different states and three different countries participating and it's really an opportunity for us to show off our region and show off what we can do here in eastern Iowa."

Proceeds from the CRANDIC Run will go to both the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City school districts.

"We are proud to be part of this opportunity...it's going to make an impact for the health and wellness programs at all of those schools," said Draper.

The full marathon route traveled down Highway 965. During the race people lined the road to cheer on their runners. Allison Schwach stood on the side of the highway routing on her boyfriend, who was running his first full marathon.

"I think he jumped right on it definitely something that was close to home and it kind of brought our families together because we are from Cedar Rapids and they are from Des Moines," said Schwach.

Organizers say it took about nine months to plan the CRANDIC Run. They say they are going to start planning for next year very soon.

Organizers say construction played a small factor when determining the route. They worked closely with city and county officials to assure everyone had understanding of how the route work and authorities were directing traffic to keep all runners safe. For more information on CRANDIC CLICK HERE.

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