The 38th Annual River Run

The Iowa City River Run has been a community staple since 1979, and registration for 2016’s race in April is officially open to the public. Student rates run for $22 while general public goes for $27, and the majority of the proceeds go towards Uptown Bill’s Small Mall of Iowa City, which is sponsored by the Extend the Dream Foundation. If you haven’t seen it already, check out the poster that the race committee made up:




The Route

The River Run will start at Carver Hawkeye Arena this year on Sunday, April 24th, and send participants on a wheelchair-accessible 5k or 10k that winds through the neighborhoods surrounding Park Road, City Park & Riverside Drive. Race packet pickup can happen two days prior to race day at Uptown Bill’s or the day of the race at Carver, and with your registration you can expect timed results and a t-shirt commemorating the experience.




Beyond the Race Borders

Outside of the scheduled race event, the River Run has all sorts of ways to get involved, have some fun, and perhaps eat way too much pasta. Before the race, any young athletes (ages 2-8) can participate in the 50-yard Hawkeye Hustle dash, and all racers and spectators should take advantage of the Fitness Fair happening for three hours after the race which features food, drink and the latest in fitness sciences. As a way to carb up before the big race, Uptown Bill’s is hosting a pasta dinner the night before for only $5 a plate, which is well worth checking out even if you’re not running the next day.

Pasta Dinner



About Uptown Bill’s Small Mall

Named and created after an esteemed member of the Iowa City community, Bill Sackter, Uptown Bill’s is a collection of business ventures owned and operated by people with disabilities, including Uptown Bill’s Coffee House & Neighborhood Arts Center located at 730 South Dubuque Street. The Extend the Dream Foundation, which strives to provide education about and opportunities for the mentally-challenged members of the community, sponsors many of the series and programs put on by Uptown Bill’s Small Mall.

Uptown Bills