Quad Cities Marathon & Half Marathon
Moline, IL USA
Sunday September 28, 2014

Quad Cities Marathon Information

Come the fourth Sunday of September, well over 5,000 pair of running shoes hit the pavement in Moline, IL in anticipation of the annual Quad Cities Marathon and Festival of Races. Some of these shoes are worn by the hundreds of volunteers that make the event possible, others by spectators who have come to cheer on their favorite runner from specially marked locations along the race course. The rest are slipped snugly onto the feet of runners and walkers, young and old, competing in a variety of race day events including a Kids Micro Marathon, 5K event, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay. The pinnacle, however, is the 26.2 mile Marathon that winds its way through downtown Moline, crossing 3 bridges, 4 cities, and 2 states on a fast, clean, USATF certified course. Organized in 1997, this Boston Marathon qualifier has not only become known across the world as a premier Midwest based competition, but an event worthy of supporting prostate cancer prevention and research, as well as the Erika Kate Foundation, benefiting families of children with life threatening conditions.

Those seeking to participate in the Quad Cities Marathon and Festival of Races can expect a weekend of fun events, kicked off by the traditional pre-race pasta party for runners and their families. This fun event features an entertaining and inspiring keynote speaker, and offers athletes the chance to meet others equally impassioned about their sport. In addition, race day Runner's Clinics and Pace Groups offer support to participants, and numerous vendors are on hand to present fitness products and information. Entertainers located in neighborhoods and cities along the race course help encourage and motivate participants in what has been termed the Quad Cities' Party in Motion. For those able to stay and celebrate their accomplishments, a post race party offers a wide selection of food, drink, and great music.

The geography of the Quad Cities area makes this race uniquely beautiful, offering spectacular views of the Mississippi River as it bends in an east/west direction through the metropolitan cities of Rock Island and Moline/East Moline, IL as well as Davenport and Bettendorf, IA. Its central location between Minneapolis, Chicago, Des Moines, and St. Louis makes it easily accessible to out of town visitors connecting through the Quad City International Airport, providing substantial accommodations and attractions for the whole family.

While in the Quad Cities area, historic sites offer a look into the cultural traditions of the Sauk and Fox tribes who frequented the confluence of the Rock and Mississippi Rivers before removal following the Blackhawk War. The famed Mississippi riverboat tells no better story than those prompted by the Rock Island Rapids. The Quad Cities were once considered an industrial boom town, with International Harvester, Caterpillar, Inc., and John Deere all calling this region home at one point in time. Botanical gardens, performing arts centers, museums, and more are all available in this friendly metropolitan area connected by six bridges that span the mighty Mississippi River.