IOWA CITY, IA (KCRG-TV9) -- From Cedar Rapids to Iowa City, thousands of runners took part in the first ever RUN CRANDIC Marathon on Sunday. It started in the NewBo District in Cedar Rapids, and ended at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.
Brett Rosauer of Iowa City made history by crossing the finish line first at the event. He says, "I'm excited and relieved to be done to be quite honest with you. It was kind of windy and hilly out there."
A long line of people finished after him. Some runners said the cold weather at the start of the race helped them.
Runner Michael Keefer says, "That's what runners want. If you're running 26 miles you're gonna heat up, so this is great."
Rochelle Yang was the first woman to cross the finish line. She's never won a marathon before. She says, "I wasn't running this to win it. I was just running it to run it really, because I finished Boston (marathon) two weeks ago and so I was just going to take it easy. Let my legs do a little more recovery, but I felt great the second half so I said I was just going to go for it, and push the pace a little.”
Organizers originally thought they would have 1,300 runners taking part in the marathon, half marathon, and 5k, but more than 3,000 registered. Local runners say they've waited a long time to lace up for an event like this.
Yang says, "I'm sure we all think well Cedar Rapids to Iowa City that's about a marathon's distance but obviously it's taken many years to coordinate, but I'm really excited to have a hometown marathon. Something that I can be really proud of."
Next year the route will go from Iowa City to Cedar Rapids.