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.
BEST KID WALKS AND RACES FOR FALL 2018:
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
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
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
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