The Rock Island Gran Prix is happening August 31-September 1 in downtown Rock Island. Kart racing is where IndyCar, Formula 1 and some NASCAR drivers learn their race craft so you may be watching motorsports starts of the future racing through downtown city streets one inch off the ground at speeds up to 80 MPH. Event includes vendors, car show, nightly outdoor concerts and other activities downtown. Event features 16 feature races with practice and heat races Saturday and Finals on Sunday.
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.
The Moonlight Chase in Eldridge, Iowa, is a fun race you won’t want to miss. If you’re a longtime road racer, a running newbie, or a race fan – this one is unique and…of all things…lovely.
I’m a woman who thrives for days on chocolate, a little bit of coffee, de-stressing, and running. It is the perfect balance to creating a healthy lifestyle balanced with some moderation. Personally, I know a lot of people feel the same. How would we get along in our crazy lifestyles without taking a break to embrace our active java and chocolate junkie lifestyles?
Stretch out your weary bones from late night fireworks. Lace up those running shoes, and fuel that body with water and food (and maybe bring a portable fan post-race) because it’s time for the annual 4th of July Firecracker Run in downtown East Moline.
The Quad Cities is home to many outdoor adventures. From the riverfront trails to the parks filled with nature paths, there is ample opportunity for runners, walkers, hikers and bikers to get active and enjoy the beautiful scenery this area has to offer.
Next to coffee, what gets you through the day best? Chocolate, of course! As a Pre-K teacher, I’m constantly in the discussion, debating with my co-teachers over who is going to buy the monthly chocolate purchase to save a little of our sanity on those “off days.” Of course, along with chocolate and coffee, exercise is part of that ultimate combo-pack to boost your overall daily attitude and well-being.
Time to lace up those running shoes hit the road again for the trademark Quad-Cities race of the summer: the Bix 7.
Beginning in 1975, the idea from the race came from John Hudetz, who wanted to bring the liveliness he experienced at the 1974 Boston Marathon to the Quad-Cities area. The idea sparked the seven-mile road race, marking the first time anyone in the QC area was allowed to run on the physical street for a road race.
It’s time for annual Fourth of July race that graces the streets of downtown East Moline early in the morning every Independence Day.
An important part of leading a healthy lifestyle is keeping active. And in a community filled with recreational facilities, it couldn’t be easier to enjoy doing so. But one “facility” stands out more than any other — the Mississippi River. With a beautiful view and a warm breeze, the river trail provides the best scenery to stay healthy this new year.