Winter Walks, Runs and Fun

posted on Friday, December 20, 2019

Winter Walks, Runs and Funs | Fat Bike Race February 8, 2020

(Fat Bike Race is February 8, 2020 at George Wyth State Park) 

Winter is a great time of year to stay active! In 2020, you’ll find trail activities, competitions and fun in the snow…

January 1

Hartman 48
6:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls
The Runner’s Flat is hosting your choice of a 4 hour or 8 hour looped course through Hartman Reserve. There will be a one-lap course for the kids, too! 100% of your $20 entry will go to Hartman Reserve Nature Center!

First Day Hike
10:00 am
George Wyth State Park (George Wyth Lodge), Waterloo
Grab your coat and gloves for a First Day Hike! Meet at George Wyth Lodge for a hike through the Audubon Bird Viewing Area and Alice Wyth Lake area (approximately 1 mile). Free.

January 8

Iowa Gravel Expo Pop-up Series: Bike Maintenance
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Second State Brewing
January 8 topics: Turds of Misery, Chain Wear, Tire Pressure, Tire Selection and Cleaning. Think of this as an informative fireside chat. 

January 11

Frosty Buns Race Series: Iowa Games Snowshoe Race
9:00 am - noon (7:45 am registration)
Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls
Update: On race day, if there is no snow, this will become a trail run. Enter the 5K or 10K events. Participants will snowshoe on a variety of surfaces including packed snow, powder and single-track. Registrants will also enjoy a hot meal after the race. 

January 12

2nd Sunday Speaker Series: Snowshoeing
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls
Learn about the different styles and brands of snowshoes and then head outside with Katie for a hike around the reserve. No registration is required and event is free and open to the public. Snowshoes are limited in number and available on a first-come, first-served basis for the hike. Also, there must be 3” of snow on the ground for the event to take place. Keep an eye on their Facebook event HERE.

January 19

Snowshoe Hikes
1:00 - 2:30 pm or 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Hartman Reserve Nature Center
Enjoy a guided snowshoe hike through the reserve. Pre-registration is required HERE and cost per person is $5.00/adult and $5.00/child (includes snowshoe rental). 

January 22

Iowa Gravel Expo Pop-up Series - Picking and Training for a Race
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Second State Brewing
January 22 topics: Sterile Iowan 100 or 200, Local Versus National, Distance Selection and Train Up. Think of this informative pop-up series as a fireside chat. 

January 25

Paddle Fest
7:30 am
Wartburg/Waverly Sports & Wellness Center, Waverly
CrawDaddy Outdoors is hosting the 2nd annual Paddle Fest at the W in Waverly (on the campus of Wartburg College). This one-day event is dedicated to education, stories, vendor booths and break-out sessions for paddlers and river activists. For more info visit CrawDaddyOutdoors.com.

January 28

Snowshoe Night Hikes
5:00 - 6:00 pm or 6:15 - 7:15 pm
Hartman Reserve Nature Center
Take a guided snowshoe hike through the reserve. Pre-registration is required HERE and cost per person is $5.00/adult and $5.00/child (includes snowshoe rental). 

February 1

Ice Harvest Festival
10:00 – 3:00 pm
Big Woods Lake (north shore), Cedar Falls
Watch history come to life with ice cutting demonstrations on the lake at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. There will also be ice-carving demonstrations, STEM fun, presentations, and food/drink will be available for purchase from Randall’s. Admission to the event is FREE.

February 2

Winter Forest Bathing
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls
Join Connie Svoboda, a trained Forest Therapy Guide, on the first guided walk of the year through Hartman Reserve. Forest Bathing is a slow-paced, therapeutic walk the promotes wellness. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

February 5

Iowa Gravel Expo Pop-up Series - Ultra Folk Talks
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Second State Brewing
February 5 topics: BC Epic 1000, Snaggy Ridge 105 and Lake MacBride Fat Bike Classic. Think of this informative pop-up series as a fireside chat. 

February 8

Iowa Games Fat Bike Race
1:00 – 4:00 pm
George Wyth State Park (lodge), Waterloo
Participants will ride their fat bikes on a snow-trampled course on trails within the park. The route will be similar to cyclocross races and laps will be short (5-10 minutes) with a beginner and open divisions offered. Beginner race will be about 30 minutes and the open class will be about 60 minutes.

19th Annual Candlelight Ski on the Rail Trail
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Start at Kwik Star East, 400 E. Bremer Avenue
Complementary hot cocoa provided by Nestle Beverage provided at the bonfire (turn around). Snowshoes and cross-country skis are available for rent at CrawDaddy Outdoors in Waverly. If you have questions about the event, contact Waverly Leisure Services at 319-352-6263. 

February 9

2nd Sunday Speaker Series: Stacey Snyder & Tales of Antarctica
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Hartman Reserve Nature Center
Stacey Snyder, an Expanded Learning Program Teacher in Waterloo, was one of 150 travelers who who made the journey to Antarctica on the ship National Geographic Explorer in November. Come and hear her stories.  

February 15

Frosty Buns Race Series: Winter Warrior Duathlon
Noon – 3:00 pm
Ingawanis Woodland, Janesville
The Duathlon is a combination of snowshoeing and fat biking. You can borrow snowshoes (first-come, first-served) but you’ll need your own fat bike. Individual or relay team registration available. 

February 19

Iowa Gravel Expo Pop-up Series: What Does it Take to Host an Event?
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Second State Brewing
February 19 topics: Iowa City Gravel and Have a Plan. Think of this as an informative fireside chat.   

March 7

Frosty Buns Race Series: The Sticky Stride
8:00 – 11:00 am
Trailhead at River Hills School, Cedar Falls
There will be a 5K, 10K and Kids’ 2.5K. Sticky stride? Hartman is hosting their Maple Syrup Festival the same weekend!

We’re also keeping our eyes open for the Cedar Valley Winterfest date. Annually, Impact Outdoors partners with area businesses to offer a fun afternoon for families at an area lake with activities that include ice fishing, snowshoeing and ice skating.

And here’s more fun…


Bundle up the kids and head to the sledding hill next to the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. Need a restroom or a place to warm up? Stop in and see us. The visitor center is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturdays, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sundays noon until 4:00 pm.  

Ice Skating

Bundle up and head to Gateway Park in Cedar Falls. When temps are consistently below freezing and the ground is frozen, the rink will be prepped. Once the layers are frozen on the rink, skating will be available and lit until the park closes at 10:30 pm. “Heated” restrooms are available and a shelter will give skaters a break from the elements.

Cross-country Skiing

When the trails are covered in snow, head out to enjoy the peace that comes from skiing wooded, Cedar Valley Trails. George Wyth State Park, Katoski Park and Byrnes Park are groomed to support both classical skiing and skate skiing. Please mind the signs stick to the proper side of the trail. Need to rent skis? Visit CrawDaddy Outdoors in Waverly or contact UNI Recreation Services. Want to learn to cross-country ski? Free ski lessons in classical and skate styles will be offered at no charge by Cedar Valley Nordic Skiing throughout the winter depending on weather. Be sure to read all their Facebook posts for information about renting skiis and who to contact if you're interested.


Take a leisurely pace on the trails or take part in the January 11 Snowshoe Race at Hartman Reserve Nature Center. Snowshoeing is good for beginners but it can be a workout, burning 600 calories per hour depending on the intensity of your workout. Want to give snowshoeing a try? CrawDaddy Outdoors, Hartman Reserve Nature Center, The Runner's Flat and UNI Recreation Services rent snowshoes.

Ice Fishing

Pick up your fishing license and pack your bucket, rod and jigs. It’s time to fish and one of the most popular to do is George Wyth Lake in George Wyth State Park. No matter the temperature, always check the ice. The DNR recommends a minimum of 4 inches of clear blue ice. Need a fishing license? Stop in at SCHEELS in Cedar Falls

Fat Biking
Head out on more than 100 miles of snowy trails on your fat bike! Don't have a bike? Contact Bike Tech to purchase or rent a fat bike.   

Winter weather in Iowa can be unpredictable. Be sure to check links for weather related announcements on the day of the event.

If you need more ideas of Things to Do and Places to Eat & Drink while you’re in Cedar Falls, contact the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 800-845-1955 or stop in and see us at 6510 Hudson Road.

We’d be happy to help! 

(Snowshoe Race is January 11, 2020 at Hartman Reserve Nature Center)

Winter Walks, Runs and Fun | Snowshoe Race is January 11, 2020

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  2. cross-country skiing
  3. fat bike
  4. fat bike race
  5. frosty buns
  6. ice fishing
  7. ice harvesting
  8. ice skating
  9. outdoor rec
  10. sledding
  11. snowshoe race
  12. snowshoeing
  13. things to do
  14. trails
  15. walking
  16. winterfest

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