On the road again: Outdoor fun hits the ground running this weekend

Posted Online: April 04, 2013, 7:09 pm
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By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com
The running calendar picked the right time to truly take off.

After winter extended into late March, and cool temperatures continued earlier this week, sunny and mild spring conditions finally await four area races this first weekend of April.

The highlight of a jam-packed schedule comes Sunday morning when Bettendorf's downtown Waterfront Convention Center hosts the annual Gilda's Club Run.

The cancer support center's fundraiser includes a competitive 5K, a one-mile fun run and a special buffet breakfast for all participants, compliments of the Isle of Capri.

The one-mile "Rosannadana Dash'' takes off at 8 a.m. The 5K Gilda's "Run for Laughs'' starts at 8:30 a.m.

There's also a "sleep-in and chip-in'' option for those that want to help but can't make the event.

Packet pickup and registration runs today from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Davenport's Steeplegate Inn. Raceday packet pickup and late registration starts Sunday at 6:30 a.m. at the convention center.

All participants also receive a colorful event T-shirt.

In the 5K only, the awards include the overall male and female champ, the top cancer survivors in the men's and women's divisions, and the top finishers in each age group. The largest family and corprorate teams participating also receive awards.

For more information, call Pam Tone at 563-326-7504, email pam@gildasclubqc.org, or visit gildasclubqc.org.

Home run: The Quad Cities River Bandits get the baseball season off to a running start Saturday. The local minor-league team hosts "Race to Home,'' a 5K run/walk and 12-under kids' fun run starting and finishing at Davenport's Modern Woodmen Park.

The event takes off at 8 a.m., with participants actually crossing home plate to finish on the baseball diamond.

All fun run participants receive a ribbon. The 5K awards go to the top three male and female finishers and the top three in each age group.

Packet pickup and late registration runs today from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the ballpark, or 6:30-7:30 a.m. on raceday.

There is an option for team or group registration, with the winners receiving a free suite rental ($500 value).

Proceeds benefit the Bandit Scholars program.

For more information, call Shane Huff or Ryan Wright (563-333-2768), email shane@riverbandits.com or ryan@riverbandits.com, or visit RiverBandits.com.

A real capper: Also taking place at the same time Saturday across the Mississippi River is Spring Forward Learning Center's annual "Lids for Kids'' 5K.

Exelon Nuclear sponsors the fundraiser, which starts at 8 a.m. at Rock Island's Sunset Park. The nonprofit center provides free after-school tutoring and mentoring to youngsters in need throughout Rock Island County.

For more information, call Sophie Ali (309-794-2102) or email sali.sflc@yahoo.com.

Do `The Hustle:' The 14th annual 5K fundraiser for Muscatine's Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School takes place over two days.

Tonight features the Kid's Hustle at 5:30 at the Muscatine High School track. There's also a spaghetti supper from 5-7 p.m.

The 5K Hustle takes off at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the run/walk starting and finishing at the catholic school.

Packet pickup and late registration runs 5-7 tonight and 7:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday. Kid's Hustle participants are welcome to also join an adult in the 5K at no additional charge.

Proceeds help fund the high school youth group's trip to New York City.

For details, including the divisions and awards breakdowns, call Susan Morford at 563-263-3264 or visit cornbelt.org/r/th13app.pdf.

Email bag: The QC Women's Outdoor Club is hosting a Dek-hockey introduction tonight from 5:45-7 p.m. at Bettendorf's Crow Creek Park. The fast-paced, cardio-sport can be played by all ages, and requires no previous hockey training or physical ability. To register, or for details on joining the club, call Kathy Fleener (309-798-9345) or visit qcwoc.com. ... Fleener's club also is visiting with Hy-Vee dietician Chrissy Watters from 6-7 p.m. Monday in Rock Island. Learn about the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System and other health topics. Includes free food samples and members are encouraged to bring a friend and both will receive a free gift. ... The Black Hawk Hiking Club is exploring the Hennepin Canal and the Lift Bridge 40 starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. All are welcome to join the 6.7-mile jaunt, just off Wolf Rd., between Colona and Geneseo. For a map and other details about the club, visit blackhawkhikingclub.com, call 309-496-9024 or email blackhawkhikingclub@yahoo.com.
Steve Tappa covers local running and cycling for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. Contact him at tappa@qconline.com or 309-757-4967.


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