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.
With our beautiful river trails, the Quad Cities the perfect venue for advocates of active and healthy lifestyles. Lifestyles of balance and happiness. Biking, running, walking, swimming, galore! You name it. But with the state-wide and even national pull for our Bix 7, Marathon and even the Firecracker, it is evident the QC is the place-to-be for races!
So turn up those iPods and lace up those sneakers, it’s time for the annual Lagomarcino’s Cocoa Beano 5K.
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.
The Mississippi Valley that we are nestled in has a storied history, generations of people living, building, and battling on the banks of the fourth longest river in the world. While it may seem that back in times of the olden days communities were more directly tied to the terrain, may it be through their means of transportation or agriculture, that was more out of a means of necessity. Today the advancements of our technologically focused lives may not get us outside as often as those who settled our land, but we can choose to step outside and enjoy the beauty of the Quad. There are still many adventures for us to be had here.
Not sure where to start? Plan for Adventure, LLC, (PFA), may just be what you’re looking for. It’s an outdoors club focused on helping you seek, set, and fulfill your adventure goals and there are so many different ways they can help.
It was warm September morning and I was midway through an intense mountain biking workout at Scott County Park. Just as I rounded return that would lead me into a grove of trees, a deer ran across the path just 3 feet in front of me. My initial reaction was to jerk my handlebars in the opposite direction of the deer, resulting in what could only be described as an amateur version of aerial acrobatics that unfortunately was not captured on camera. I stood up and dusted myself off, hopped on my bike, and finished my work out with a huge grin on my face.
I was recalling a day just two months prior when I was biking with my son, Alex, at Scott County Park. He was insistent that we ride Area 51 (the Double Black Diamond route…or REALLY TOUGH for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term).