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Posted: March 17, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Run through Four Cities in the Quad Cities Marathon

Quad Cities -- Put on your running shoes and get ready for the 12th annual Quad Cities Marathon on Sunday, September 27, 2009. The 26.2-mile course runs through two states, four cities, four bridges, and uses existing running and biking trails along the Mississippi River. Runners and watchers alike will be entertained by the many bands that line the course.

The Quad Cities Marathon Course is "runner friendly" and labeled flat and fast. The John Deere Commons area in Moline, Illinois, is the Start/Finish Line for all the events. The Marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. and offer prize money that will be shared between the top finishers. The time of year and type of course provide a setting for good qualifying times for the Boston Marathon.

There is a combination of five running/walking events including:
- Quad Cities Marathon -- USATF certified 26.2-mile course through Moline, Bettendorf, Davenport, and Rock Island.
- KJWW Half-Marathon -- 13.1-mile course featuring same start/finish as marathon.
- Rock Valley Physical Therapy 5-Person Marathon Relay -- same course as marathon with distances ranging from 3.3 to 6.3 miles.
- Palmer Chiropractic 5K -- out and back course open to all ages and abilities including runners and walkers.
- Happy Joe's Kids Micro-Marathon -- for kids of all ages offering three distances: ¼-mile, ½-mile and 1-mile; all finishers receive ribbons and goodie bags. This run is on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
- The Isle Mile for Prostate Cancer -- a non-competitive one- mile walk to raise funds for awareness, education.

"We have more races to give more people the opportunity to participate in The Quad Cities Marathon," said Joe Moreno, Race Director. "The marathon relays and half marathon give marathoners, who may be training for another event, a chance to train in a competitive race. The shorter distances of the Fun Runs are great for children who want to participate with Mom or Dad." Be sure to attend the Happy Joe's Pasta Party on Friday night.

Runners have high praise for the course, organizers, volunteers, and the whole experience. "I'd recommend this marathon to anyone who is looking for a fast time and lots of personal attention!" "This race was well organized with a great post-race set up. I've run several marathons, but have never had this much course support. Great race!"

For more information on the Quad Cities Marathon or to register, call 309-751-9800 or visit their web site at www.qcmarathon.org. For information on the Quad Cities or lodging, contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit their website at www.visitquadcities.com

The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline/East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois. The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.


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