Quad Cities Marathon

Quad Cities Marathon

Quad Cities Marathon

( 11 reviews )
90% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Moline,
    United States
  • September
  • 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Other, Relay
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

Angie Maske-Berka

Iowa, United States
177 212
"10 Years Later"
Aid Stations
Course Scenery
Expo Quality
Elevation Difficulty
Race Management
Angie Maske-Berka's thoughts:

September 26, 2021. Normal Late summer early fall temps, got warmer as the day went on.

Pre-race / expo: The expo was held the Saturday before the race from 10am to 6pm. This was your only chance to pick up your packet. However you could have someone pick it up for you.
Registration (approx $55?) you received a short sleeve gender specific tech shirt, bib, chip for timing on back, post race food, post race beer, and a poster .

Pre-race: No issues with parking Just need to make sure you have enough time to maneuver through the area as the main streets are closed for the race. Lots of parking in the lot adjacent to the Tax Slayer Center. Plenty of port-a-potties lined up before the race. Hand washing stations were also stationed near them.

Race: The full marathon and half marathon started at the same time, the 5k started 15 minutes later. It was also the finishing shoot, which was set up with tents on either side. The race is chip timed so not a huge problem with timing, lots people in one spot. It was nice the 5k runners didn't start at the same time.

There were some announcements and a live singing of the National Anthem, then a cannon was shot.

Course: The half sticks with the full until mile 8, crossing the Mississippi into Bettendorf, IA, then to Davenport. When the full splits and goes into Rock Island, IL, the half comes back to Arsenal Island.
-Terrain is all surfaces, pavement, asphalt, bridge grate – pay attention to not get tripped up
-Aid stations, water and lemon lime Gatorade stops along the course, Gu stops, there were some orange slices if I remember correctly. (Didn't seem like there were as many as in the past.)
-Port-o-potties on the course
-Spectators along the course, except on Arsenal Island
-Bands, live music, singers, DJ’s on the course
-Each mile was marked
-There were volunteers at every intersection
-The course is pretty flat, bridge crossings and one hilly area
-Photographers on the course, free downloads
-Participant tracking was available via app

Post Race: After crossing the finish line a medal is handed to you. Tubs of ice with bottles of water available. Chocolate milk at another location. There was a food tent with fruit, chips, granola bars, cookies and bagels. Hot dogs and pizza if I remember correctly. Massage tents set up. Then there was a stop with Pepsi and tent with Michelob Ultra. At the end of the finishers area was the stage for awards and a band playing live music.

Overall: I like this race, it’s well organized, decent course and decent price. It's also on a Sunday, so I can attend the Hawkeye football game.

My Race: It was the 10 year anniversary of my first half marathon at this same race, a friend from IN was running, and it was the last year we could run the I74 bridge. It was another busy weekend and I really hadn't been training for a half marathon, but I couldn't not run it. I didn't run my best race, but I didn't run my worst race. There were no surprises on the course, except for seeing friends cheering me on.

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