Sun, Fun and Runs: Your spring, summer and early fall guide to running in the Quad Cities



If you ask any runner in the Quad Cities they will tell you that it’s been spring now for almost a month and that means that it’s officially running season.  Ask Mother Nature and she may tell you that she isn’t quite ready to pack up her hoodies and stocking caps just yet.  Snow or shine, the Quad Cities is known for hosting some of the biggest and best running events of the year and once again, Hola America gives you a few of them to add to your fitness calendar.


Being Hola America, it just wouldn’t feel right if we didn’t kick off our list with the area’s biggest and best Cinco De Mayo parties and runs.  On Saturday, May 5th, the Ganzo’s Cinco de Mayo 5k takes over the streets and neighborhoods of West Davenport.  In its sixth year, Ganzo’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina has quickly become the go-to spot to celebrate everything Mexican on the 5th and it also hosts the area’s largest post-race and all day and night fiesta starting at 8:30am. For more information on this race visit,



On Saturday, May 19th, the Rock Island Arsenal will host the inaugural Run the Rock 5k/10k and what better day for a run on the Arsenal than on Armed Forces Day. With a kid’s run also available and awesome finisher’s medals, this is a great way to show your support for the men and women of the Military.  For more information visit,




Closing out May is the First Step Riverfront 5k Presented by WIU of the Quad Cities.  A scenic and flat course, runners start at the WIU-QC campus and head down and back River Drive finishing back at the campus.  Proceeds from this race go to The Children’s Therapy of the Quad Cities, a center that has been providing services to children with disabilities in the area since 1949.  For more information on this event visit,


Mud and cookies…..ok, now that I’ve got your attention, on Saturday, June 2nd, the One Tough Cookie mud run takes place at the Girl Scouts of America’s Camp Liberty in New Liberty, IA.  This 3 mile run with obstacles along the way provides a challenging and fun atmosphere for all runners. Designed for runners over 14 and over, a course for runners 8-13 is also available along with a Muddy Buddy course for kids 7 and under.  For more information visit,



On Saturday, June 2nd, the streets will be flooded with pink and white as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure returns to downtown Moline.  Runners are encouraged to show their support for those they know or have lost to breast cancer. Everything kicks off early starting at 6:30am at the Race Day Expo where runners can visit sponsor booths, participate in a group warm up and survivors can bring a guest to Survivor Village for a complimentary breakfast from Hy-Vee and pose for the annual Survivor photo.  For more information visit,




To finish out June is a race that has quickly become a favorite for road runners and beer samplers alike.  The Microbrew Mile Series offers the area’s only 1 mile race along with a 6k that ends with the Micro Brew Mile Craft Beer Festival.  Tickets to the festival are only $10 with your race registration and proceeds from both events go to The Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities, The Chris “SPEY” VanSpeybroeck Memorial Scholarship and the Mississippi Bend Trykes – Chapter of AMBUCS.  For more information visit,


The term, “Suns Out, Guns Out,” take on a literal meaning on the 4th of July at the 36th Annual Firecracker Run in East Moline.  The Firecracker Run offers some of the best themed races this summer, one being the Guns and Hoses Challenge where teams comprised of current or retired QC area Police and Fire Departments combine there finishing times to win a traveling trophy to display for the year.  The FCR also offers a challenging 5k or 10k along with a kid’s run, a 1 mile race, a hospital bed race and a great post-race party to kick off your 4th of July festivities.  For more information visit,




On Saturday, July 28th, over 10,0000 people will take over Brady Street and frankly all of Davenport for the 44th Annual Quad City Times Bix 7.  A two day event hosting some of the world’s fastest runners will make their way up Brady Street Hill and complete a scenic 7 mile race passing through Kirkwood Blvd, Middle Road, McClellan Blvd and finishing on 3rd Street.  You can also sign up for the Battle Up Brady race the evening before the race as well, the Quick Bix or the Jr Bix, as well as participate in the Bix at 6 training runs in June and July.  For more information visit,



Break out your camo and show your support for those who served on Thursday, August 2nd at the Freedom Run 5k in downtown East Moline.  One of the few night runs of the summer, runners have their choice of a 5k, the Double Time 5.8 mile loop, the Frontline Mile run/walk and even an MIA Division for those that can’t attend the event but still want to support. And for the little soldiers there is a Ground Pounder Fun Run which includes a kid friendly obstacle course and run.  For more information visit,




As Tough Mudder and Spartan runs have become more popular over the past few years, the Quad Cities has its own mud run rivalry the best of them.  The Case Creek Mud Run takes place on Saturday, August 11th in Coal Valley, IL and the kid’s run takes place on September 9th at the same location.  A tire wall, a ninja scaling wall and a long ½ mile creek walk are just a few of the obstacles you will need to get through before earning your mud stripes.  For more information visit,


To wrap up August and the dog days of summer is a race that holds a special place in the heart of the residents of Silvis, IL.  For 37 years, the Silvis Family Run has been a staple in the community and has kicked off the Silvis Festival and Moonlight Parade.  Proceeds from this event will go to the Cornbelt Running Club Junior Track & Field, The Silvis Fire Department Brotherhood & F.A.S.T.  For more information visit,


Just before the fall season fully kicks into gear, QC runners will get 5 races in 4 cities with 3 bridges in 2 states and 1 island. I wish I could say I made all that up but that is the catchphrase for the Quad City Marathon which takes over the QC community on Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd.  Whether you are training for your first ½ or full marathon, a 5k, the marathon relay or the Pump N’ Run, the QCM offers something for everyone no matter what age or skill level.  For more information visit,



Whether it’s trudging through a muddy course, beating your last personal record or you just like to collect the finisher’s medals, the Quad Cities offers a plethora of races to pick from.  Being a runner and especially one in the Quad Cities is something to be proud of. And once you become one, you see just how great our running community is. So gather your family and friends, grab your running shoes and let this famous running quote sink in before you hit the pavement this running season.  “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far.”

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