Run For the Schools


  • FAQ’s 

    1. While supplies last, unclaimed race t-shirts may be picked up at Running Wild, Coralville thru Oct. 31. 2. If you finished in the top three in your age group, medals may be picked up at Running Wild, Coralville thru Oct. 31. 3. To avoid a $30 fee, timing chips may be returned to Running Wild, Coralville thru Oct. 31.

    Who are the sponsors for Run for the Schools? How much has been contributed to Iowa City’s schools? 
    • 1. Since we began the partnership with the schools, the RFS has raised over three-quarters of a million dollars ($754K); $420K from ICRR 
    • 2. The race has raised more than $50K in each of the past 6 years and 9 of the last 10 
    • 3. In 2015, the race raised a record $72K and returned a record amount of $11K+, to 26 individual school buildings through participation awards 
    What exhibitors will be at the Expo? 
    Running Wild, Hy Vee 
    Can I change the race I am registered for and, if so, how late? 
    Only on Saturday, at the registration table.  There are no changes on race day and no refunds. 
    What is the race date and time? 
    Sunday October 16, 2016.  Half mile 8:00 AMone mile 8:15 AM, 5k/10k/half marathon all start at 9:00AM.   
    What are registration costs, deadlines? 
    Registration costs are the lowest before September 30.  September 30 is also the deadline to get a t shirt.  For further fees check the website,http://www.runfortheschools      
    How will I know if the race is cancelled due to weather issues? 
    Notifications will be made through Facebook and Twitter.   
    Are there storage lockers for securing my personal items? 
    There are some lockers at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. 
    Are showers available? 
    Showers are available in the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center.  You will need to bring your own towel. 
    Where are bathroom facilities? 
    Robert A. Lee Recreation Center has several bathrooms and a locker room.  There will be several Porto-Potties at the start/finish area as well as one near the half marathon turn-around. 
    When is packet pickup? Can you have someone pick up your packet? 
    Packet pickup is Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 9:00AM – 4:00PM and Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 6:30  7:30AM at the Robert A. LeeRecreation Center.  Your race packets may be picked up in the lower level (find your race number and proceed to the back corner of the gym).   
    Yes, you can have another person pick up your packet.   
    Where are the water stations? 
    There are water stations at least every two miles along the course. 
    Will sports drinks, or energy gels, be available on the half marathon course? 
    There are no energy gels, but there are three water stops – on the half marathon course - where Gatorade is available 
    Where do I park? 
    There are parking rampsat the corner of Burlington street and Linn street, as well as on Washington street between Gilbert and Linn streets. 
    In addition, outside of the race route, parking on the streets – in allowed areas - is free on Sundays. 
    I missed the t-shirt deadline.  Can I still get a shirt? 
    There are no t-shirt guarantees after the September 30 deadline. 
    Is the tech t-shirt unisex? 
    Yes and is available in adult sizes only. 
    What if I don’t want a t-shirt? 
    Great, the money saved will be applied towards the total donation. 
    When and where are results posted and is there an awards ceremony? 
    Hard copies are posted on the west entrance of Robert A. Lee Recreation Center ASAP.  Electronic posting of results will be done by early afternoon on runfortheschools.com.  There will not be an awards ceremony. 
    Are all races chip timed? 
    5K, 10K, and half marathon races will be chip timed.  The half mile and one mile fun runs will not have published times, although the race clock will be running for each race.   
    What if I forgot to return my race chip? 
    Race chips need to be returned at the conclusion of the race.  Participants not returning a chip will be charged $35.   You can either return or mailyour chip to Running Wild in Coralville if you don’t return it at the finish line on race day. 
    Are strollers and dogs allowed on the course? 
    Strollers are allowed, but dogs are strongly discouraged.  
    Can I support a specific school? 
    All entrants are encouraged to write in a specific school during the registration process.  As a result of selecting a specific school your school receives participatory credit and, potentially, awards. 
    Are there any changes in the race course? 
    All courses are the same as previous years, although the half marathon established a new route in 2015. 
    If you have other questions email: runwild528@gmail.com 
    Please support and thank our sponsors! 
    MidWestOne Bank, CollegeBoardHyVee, Press-Citizen,Running Wild, Scheels 
    ACT, ALPLA, Business Radio, Fin and Feather, Shive Hattery, Tim Dwight, Toyota of Iowa City, University of Iowa Credit Union 
    Active Endeavers, Arlington Development, Boyd Murray-State Farm, Carson College of Massage Therapy, Chad Reimers-Edward Jones Investments, City of Iowa City, Copyworks, Crystal Clear Water, Eye Associates, Iowa Sports Medicine, Jeff Morris, Jeff and James Yardley, Knutson Construction, Lensing Funeral Home, Mediacom, Proctor and Gamble, Taxes Plus 
    Casey's General Store, Pearson, Planet Fitness, Quality Care Storage, Sun and Fun Motor Sports

Course Map/Link to Parking in Downtown Iowa City

Hover your mouse over the image to zoom
Click the image for a larger view

Runners and volunteers should be advised that race officials are monitoring the weather and will make every effort to advise if there is a weather hazard. If notified of a weather hazard, people should seek immediate shelter.
If a weather hazard occurs before the start of activities a delay may take place. If a weather hazard occurs after the start of the event cancelation may occur.

Safe Places A large permanent building or metal vehicle is best. If there's lightning and you are caught with nowhere to go, crouch in a low place with your feet on the ground and your hands over your ears to minimize the truly ear-splitting quality of lightning up close and personal. Don't sit or lie down; minimize your contact with the ground while trying to be as low as possible. Don't huddle; keep at least 15 feet between you and the next person.

Unsafe Places are near metal or water; under trees; on hills; near electrical/electronics equipment.

Do not continue to run or walk the course.

In the event of a delay, once the weather hazard has subsided, race officials will communicate the resumption of some or all activities depending upon the time available. In the event of a cancelation, results will be based on those runners, if any, who have finished at the time of the cancelation. In the event of a cancelation, once the weather hazard has subsided, race officials will drive the course to provide transportation back to the start for volunteers and participants.




Get credit for your school* by volunteering for Run for the Schools.
Want to help out as a volunteer for Run for the Schools? You can get credit for your school by signing up to do this as well! Lots of volunteers are necessary to make sure this annual race is a success! Adult as well as high school age volunteers are needed on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th.

*As a volunteer, when you designate any Iowa City area school (Iowa City School District or Regina only), that school will get credit for your participation.

Click here to volunteer for Run for The Schools

When all volunteers as well as race participants have been tabulated from each school, a monetary award is presented to that school from Iowa City Road Races. We call it the "Participation Awards."