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Mount Trashmore trails opening, Trashmore 5K pushed to later this week

Participants in the Trashmore 5K-Dash to Bash Epilepsy run on a trail at Mount Trashmore in 2017. (Contributed to The Gazette by Trashmore 5K).
Participants in the Trashmore 5K-Dash to Bash Epilepsy run on a trail at Mount Trashmore in 2017. (Contributed to The Gazette by Trashmore 5K).

CEDAR RAPIDS — Rain and road closures have pushed back the opening of new hiking and biking trails at Mount Trashmore, along with the annual Trashmore 5K-Dash to Bash Epilepsy, to later this week.

The Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency will hold a ribbon-cutting to mark the opening of a new trail system as well as a new overlook near the top of the mound.

The ceremony will be held at the base of Mount Trashmore, 2250 A St. SW, at noon Thursday. Once the ribbon is cut, the trails to the top will open but they will be available only to hikers and bicyclists.

Vehicles will not be allowed except to transport someone with mobility challenges. All users will need to check in at the scale house because the covered-over former landfill is a regulated site.

The Trashmore 5K-Dash to Bash Epilepsy was rescheduled from last Saturday to this Saturday. The race winds through Czech Village before climbing to the top of Mount Trashmore.

The event begins at 8 a.m. at the National Czech and Slovak Museum, 1400 Inspiration Place SW. People can sign up for the race online at Trashmore5K.com until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Registration is $35. Registrants can pick up packets from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at NewBo City Market or at 7 a.m. the morning of the race.

Those who can’t make the new time may request a refund at the website or leave the payment as a donation.

The race proceeds support the Epilepsy Foundation of Iowa for seizure education and outreach.

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A Avenue remains closed, which prompted the delay, but is expected to be reopened by Thursday, said Joe Horaney, a spokesman for the Solid Waste Agency.

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