Run the River!

Lace up your running shoes and hit the pavement. It’s time for the annual Quad Cities’ Marathon!

The race, which will be celebrating its 18th anniversary on Sunday this year, hosts over 10,000 runners, family members and volunteers every year. And all for a good cause, too. The marathon benefits both the prostate cancer research/screening and the Erika Kate Hope Alliance, which helps families of children with life threatening heart conditions.

As a runner, an advocate for healthy living and Elementary Education major, those reasons would most definitely get me up and on that race track. It’s fun to run, but raising money for these organizations makes it all the more worthwhile.

marathonIf you didn’t know the Marathon covers 5 races, 4 Quad Cities, 3 bridges, 2 states and 1 island. Its scenic views are almost incomparable to any other race around. And you’re like me, even over 13 miles is just way too much. The great part is you don’t have to run all 26 miles to get these views, as the event offers a marathon relay so you get to split up the route, half marathon (13.1 miles), 5k (3.1 miles), Pump-N-Run, one mile walk and a mini-marathon for kids.

Grab a friend, spouse or bring your entire family down to the race to participate, volunteer for fun, or come and cheer on the participants. I can’t wait until I get my chance next year to try and run the half-marathon.

The marathon takes place this Sunday, September 27. Sign up last minute today here.

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Katy Williams Henderson A life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is a Preschool through 4th Grade ESL Teacher at a local elementary school. She attended St. Ambrose University, graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with ESL and Reading concentrations and an English minor. She is working on a Master's in Early Childhood Education. She loves running, traveling, cooking, working with kids, spending time with her husband and her family and friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. Her writing credits include the Dispatch-Argus Newspaper, Radish Magazine, Midwest Writing Center and being a writing tutor at SAU and now for The Princeton Review's Tutor.com.

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