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Cedar Rapids’ Most Colorful Event of the Year Returns This September

Cedar Rapids, Iowa—Grab a spoon, pull out some sneakers, and get ready to celebrate Cedar Rapids’ favorite colorful cereal. Murals & More, a local nonprofit, invites you to join The Crunch Berry Run, sponsored by Cap’n Crunch®, a colorful run/walk happening Saturday, September 16, 2023, at NewBo City Market. All proceeds support Murals & More’s mission to create public art in Cedar Rapids.

Inspired by the colors of Cedar Rapids’ world-famous Cap’n Crunch Crunch Berries®, this is not your typical 5K. The event is family-friendly and noncompetitive, meaning there’s no race timer. As a welcoming event to all ages and abilities, the out-and-back route allows people to go the distance that is right for them. That could mean walking a mile, jogging the full 5K, or anything in-between. Crunch Berries® will be waiting at the finish line.

The Crunch Berry Run includes interactive art, music, a photo opportunity with Cap’n Crunch, and bold environmentally-friendly colors throughout the event. Party Cap’ns Clare Duffy and Eric Hanson of Z102.9’s The Morning Scramble will lead the party as emcees. The event features a main stage musical performance, plus a special Crunch Berry Day official proclamation from Cedar Rapids Mayor’s office.

Signing up for The Crunch Berry Run is one way of supporting the work done by local nonprofit Murals & More to enhance the vibrancy of Cedar Rapids through public art.

Murals & More has three projects planned for this year, including supporting Orchestra Iowa’s interactive musical sculpture The Sound Wave, unveiled June 3; a recently completed mural at The Arc of East Central Iowa called Friendship Garden; and a future mural at Sacred Cow Tavern.

Sign up now for early pricing through July 31 of only $20 per person. Young children ages four and under attend for free. Registration packets include sunglasses to wear during the event. T-shirts and tote bags also are available for sale.

To learn more information and register, visit

A full list of sponsors and event partners is available at the event website.

The Crunch Berry Run T-shirt 2023
T-shirts and tote bags are also for sale when registering for The Crunch Berry Run.

About Murals & More

Murals & More, The Cedar Rapids Mural Trail, is a nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to utilizing local architecture as the backdrop for public art in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We connect artists with space for them to create and inspire. Some recent projects include Fragments downtown, Mucha Meets Iowa in Czech Village, and Goldfinch on Ellis Blvd NW.

About Cap’n Crunch®

Cap’n Crunch® is a product line of corn and oat cereals introduced in 1963 and manufactured by The Quaker Oats Company, a division of PepsiCo since 2001. The product line is heralded by Cap’n Crunch, the adventurous sea captain of the S.S. Guppy (full name: Horatio Magellan Crunch).

About The Quaker Oats Company

The Quaker Oats Company, headquartered in Chicago, is a unit of PepsiCo, Inc., one of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods companies. For more than 140 years, Quaker’s brands have served as symbols of quality, great taste and nutrition. Quaker® Oats, Quaker® Rice Cakes and Quaker Chewy® Granola Bars are consumer favorites. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @Quaker.