History of the Race

In the spring of 2008, Cedar Rapids, Iowa experienced the worst flooding in city’s history. To help raise funds for flood recovery and to raise awareness for the rebuilding effort, Run the Flood was organized part of the one-year anniversary commemoration. After five years the race organizers decided to turn the event over to Matthew 25 and The Salvation Army.

In 2014, the race focused on raising funds for those in Linn County that are served through Matthew 25 or The Salvation Army.  Flood the Run is a  WET experience including a human car wash, water guns, a Firetruck deck gun and more! Check out our photo gallery for a glimpse of the fun.

2019 marked the last year Matthew 25 was a fundraising and beneficiary partner for the event, deciding to go a different direction with their fundraising and focus.  So, The Salvation Army is currently the sole director and beneficiary of the event.  Still, there are many partners that come together to raise these necessary funds to assist with disaster assistance and many other community programs.