Places to Run – Scott Blvd

PLACES TO RUN

Scott Blvd – Iowa City, IA


Location: Scott Boulevard is an arterial road that runs from north to south on the east side of Iowa City. The southern edge intersects with Highway 6 and the north intersects with Highway one. The total length is near 5 miles, or 4.87 miles to be exact.

Segments: Highway 1 to Rochester Ave – remote area, not as busy. Rochester Ave to Muscatine – really busy. Muscatine to Highway 6 – active segment, but not as busy.

Mileage: The total length is near 5 miles, or 4.87 miles to be exact.

Terrain: This is all paved cement, wide sidewalk.

Elevation: Rolling hills. Nothing steep, but a great workout.

Scenery: Residential, business and cow pasture (the Hwy 1 to Rochester Segment.)


Maintenance: The sidwalks are inspected for cracks and kept in great condition. In the winter the snow is removed by the owner of the sidewalk, sometimes non city portions take a while to get cleared.


Markings: There are no mile markings or signs.

Features: There are no public bathrooms on the route, however you can stop at the Gas Station near the intersection with Court St. There are also port-o-potties across the road in the Iowa City Dog Park, near the Muscatine intersection. No water fountains.

Warnings: There are busy intersections on this route, including 4-way stops. IMO no one is paying attention and is always in a hurry to take their turn, often never stopping. There are also some side streets, where cars speed thru the cross walk to the street, no paying attention to pedestrians. PLEASE be alert! Bikes will use this sidewalk instead of the road too.

Personal Notes: I frequently run the portion of Scott Blvd between Muscatine and Rochester. From where I live it’s easy for me to run a 5k with an out and back. My favorite thing is the wide sidewalk and the hills.

Other: There are usually many people out and about using this sidewalk too.

Map:

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Places to Run – West Branch, IA

PLACES TO RUN

West Branch, IA

This is a small town in eastern Iowa, I grew up north of this community and went to school here. I work here during the day, where I run on the Hoover Nature Trail, so I thought I would also add a post about running in the town.

This is a general overview of the town, so there wont be a mileage topic, but getting adventurous you might be able to log double digits without repeating an area. The town hosts a few races which I have run – Bear Stampede & Fergalicious 5k.

Terrain: There is every surface to run. Pavement, asphalt, chip and seal, crushed limestone, grass. Overall the surfaces are all well kept, no need to avoid sidewalks for safety of footing.

Elevation: This town is not flat, it is also not in the mountains. That being said, there are many hills, unless you run the Hoover Nature Trail you will be climbing somewhere.

Scenery: West Branch is the home of Herbert Hoover, there is a National Park here which you can loop through on a run & includes a prairie. There is a small historic downtown area. Interstate I-80 travels through the town splitting the industrial portions from the residential.

Maintainence: As mentioned in the terrain segment, the town is maintained pretty well, there is no need to worry about footing on sidewalks or streets.

Markings: The town does not have any dedicated running or cycling paths with mile markers, however there are signs around town directing you to the National Park or library.

Features: The town has one stoplight which was installed for pedestrians to cross a busier street. You can safely run on the sides of the streets. The Nature Trail offers a peaceful place to run.

Warnings: This is a small town, if you are out and about, you might run into someone that wants to chit chat, stalling your run. Also you have to work hard to get in a long run, or head out to country roads. There are also many street crossings and cars are always looking for pedestrians.

Personal Notes: I really don’t do much running in town unless it’s a race. I sometimes feel the glaring eyes of people and I would rather stick to the trail. However, to me that’s just small town life.

Other: In the warmer months there are drinking fountains on the National Park grounds. You can use the bathroom at the Town Hall or Police department. The gas stations or convenience stores for water/bathrooms are on the other side of the interstate. Parking is FREE.

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If you have anything to contribute, let me know!

Places to Run – Squire Point

PLACES TO RUN

SQUIRE POINT, 2800 N Dubuque St, North liberty, IA / Coralville Reservoir

This area I call Squire point is a combination of a couple trails near the Coralville Reservoir. It is also referred to as Linder point or Woodpecker Trail. All the trails hook up together, creating one trail system.


Access / Location: There are parking lots at the entrance to the Squire point off of N. Dubuque St. The trail loops around to another access point off of West Overlook Rd. with more parking spots. The parking is free. The maps will provide a clearer picture of access to this area.

Mileage: A loop of the outer edge of this trail system will come out close to 4 miles. The way the trails are laid out you can make a longer or shorter run by turning left or right.


Terrain: The trail is a combination of many surfaces. The majority is packed dirt, and it’s solid. There are sandy patches, leaf covered areas, many tree roots, and near bridges there are rocks. There can be washed out areas and downed tree limbs. Wider than single track. There is one spot you can cross into a campground to hit the trail as a loop. Trail shoes aren’t necessary, but if it’s muddy I would recommend them.


Elevation / climb: The trail takes you to the edge of the reservoir, so you climb down, it can be steep in spots. Iowa isn’t mountainous, but these are nice trail climbs, so beware if this is your first go at it.

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Scenery: The is near the Coralville Reservoir, many views of the water, while still being lost in the woods. May see deer and hear many birds.


Maintenance: The trail is maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers (I think?) Tree limbs are cut up and removed. There are steps added on steep inclines. Water crossings have bridges. There is no winter maintenance.


Markings: There are maps at every intersection or fork in the road. There is a hole in the sign marking “you are here.” No mile markers.


Features: There are benches with views of the reservoir. The trail also has workout stations where you can do pull-ups, climbs, sit-ups, etc. There is no trail user fee. There is a bath house located in the campground off the West Overlook parking area.

Warnings: There are tree roots and can be muddy in wet conditions, watch your footing. No fires, no bikes, no horses, and pets must be on a leash.


Personal Notes: Try to get to the area in the mornings or avoid weekends as it’s more crowded.

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*information current as of 8/10/17