Fall 2018 Kid-Friendly Races in the Quad Cities

As our kids are getting older (we have four boys ages 9, 7, 4, and 2) we are on the lookout for great races for them in which to participate. It’s a bonus, of course, if Dad can run as well. We’ve identified a few races and walks around the Quad Cities that offer great experiences for kids and families.

Even though it’s listed below I wanted to call attention to the new walk this year:  Addi’s Faith Foundation’s: Walk by Faith since you get free admission to the zoo for the day! Check out more info about the story of this great organization founded by a Quad City native, Amber Bender and her family after fighting cancer in their young daughter, Addi.


Nick Teddy Trot & Family Fun Run/Walk
Saturday, September 8
Port Byron, IL
200 yards to 1 mile starting @ 9 a.m. (8 and under)
Kids’ zone, raffles, silent auction

Who doesn’t want to be cheered on by a Teddy Bear?

Case Creek Obstacles KIDS Mud Adventure Run
Sunday, September 9
Case Creek Obstacles, Coal Valley, IL
1.5 mile @ 9 a.m.
$49 (ages 6-14) + $5 for parents of kids (6-9 as parents join kids on the course)

Kids Micro-Marathon – part of the TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon
Saturday, September 22
River Drive, downtown Moline, IL
1/4, 1/2, 1 mile at 1:30 p.m. (17 & under)
$15 (by 9/11) or $20
Jump houses, balloons, face painting, Happy Joe’s Pizza, shirts, goodie bags and medals for all

Lederhosen Kinderlauf (with 5K and Oktoberfest)
Saturday, September 29
Schweibert Riverfront Park, Rock Island, IL
1/2 mile @ 9 a.m. (10 and under), costumes optional
Socks! plus, post race party, bounce house, German food, kids activities

The Lederhosen 5K and Oktoberfest is one of our family’s favorite events. The kids love the games and we love the food. This is also a great race for younger kids to try the 5K (although there is a kids’ run) – the 5K course is nice and flat!

Addi’s Faith Foundation – Walk by Faith
Sunday, September 30
Niabi Zoo, Milan, IL
1 mile walk @ 8:30 a.m.
$15 for kids/$30 for adults
Swag bag, zoo admission, bounce houses, food, face painting and more

Riverbend Walk for Wishes
Saturday, October 6
Lindsay Park Yacht Club, Davenport, IA
1 mile @ 10:45 a.m.
Free (4 and under), $20 (5-12), $30 (13+)
Free drink with registration

Blue Grass Pumpkin Dash
Saturday, October 20
Blue Grass, IA
races by age @ 10:30 a.m.
Kids up to 12, costumes optional
Pumpkins, hot dogs, chips, beverage, trick or treat stations and snacks

Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 22
Davenport Family YMCA
Little Turkey Dash (under 2), 200 m (2-5 years), 400 m (6-10 years) @ 8 a.m.
1 mile Family fun run/walk @ 8:30 a.m.
Post race party with food, fun and heated tents

The Turkey Trot is a great ‘end of the season’ race. These moms, Christiana Headley and Cara Banks love running QC road races with their boys Charlie and Carson.



About the author

Meghan Cooley Meghan Cooley moved to the Quad Cities from St. Charles, IL, as an Augustana College student over 20 years ago. She left briefly after graduation and then returned to work in admissions and then marketing at Augustana College for 18 years. She now works as a consultant for admissions marketing and social media. She also does copy editing and writes for the Quad City Moms Blog. Now a true Quad Cities transplant, Meghan lives in Rock Island with her husband, Luke (R.O.W.V.A. and Augustana grad and Modern Woodmen employee) and four boys. She loves living in the Quad Cities and finds it the perfect place to raise a family, plan a date night, and go on adventures.

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