The Mexican and Dutch cultures both get celebrated this weekend, and local runners and cyclists are joining the party through a trio of special events.|
Both a bike ride and 5K are planned to help mark Cinco de Mayo. Fulton's annual Dutch Days celebration also includes a road race on this jam-packed first weekend of May. Here's a glance at the many events:
Cinco de Biko: Russell Construction hosts this fundraising bike ride Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m.
The event starts and ends at Davenport's Front Street Brewery and includes stops in Rock Island (Bent River Brewery and the Rock Island Boat Club) and Davenport (Great River Brewery and 11th St. Precinct).
Participants pick up a special bead from each location, and those with beads from all five stops are entered into a raffle prize drawing. All participants also receive post-ride food at the after-party.
All ages and paces are welcome. The event runs rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.
To register or for more information, email Lee Marbach (email@example.com) or visit the Russell Construction website (russellco.com).
Nacho Ordinary 5K: Davenport's Ganzo's Restaurant hosts the 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. Saturday as part of its weekend-long Cinco de Mayo celebration.
The post-race party includes free beer and tacos, live music, the awards ceremony and kids activities such as face painting and a bounce house.
Packet pickup and late registration runs 4-8 p.m. today and 7-8:30 a.m. race day at Ganzo's, the event's starting and finishing point.
A portion of the proceeds benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Event parking available across the street in the old K's Merchandise Parking Lot.
For more information, call Charles Stelk at 563-271-0029 or visit nacho5k.com/#!registration/c1qxr.
The weekend also includes live music tonight, Saturday and Sunday; a taco-eating contest and a performance by Ballet Folklorico on Saturday; and food specials all day Sunday.
Steve Klooster Memorial: This 5K run/walk is part of Saturday's activities at Fulton's annual weekend-long Dutch Days celebration.
At 7:45 a.m., a quarter-mile Kid's Fun Run precedes the 8 a.m. adult event, with both races beginning and ending at the old Fulton Fire Station.
Packet pickup and race-day registration starts at 6:45 a.m.
Fun run participants receive a goodie bag. Trophies are available in the 5K, and a randomly-drawn grand prize winner receives a free Gateway Culligan water cooler for a year.
For more information, call Jean Roeder at 815-589-4945 or visit cityoffulton.us.
Dutch Days in downtown Fulton includes arts and crafts, concession stands, windmill tours, antique tractor displays, dancing and costumes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both today and Saturday.
There's also a 3 p.m. parade Saturday, and more fun today-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Heritage Canyon.
Spring Tailwind Century: The QC Bicycle Club's annual 100-mile spring ride starts at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, with bikes loaded on trucks at Ben Butterworth Parkway, prior to a 7 a.m. bus departure for participants to the event's secret starting point.
Please bring a blanket to cover your bike during transport. A secure area is provided for any gear not needed during the bike ride back.
There is a stop 50-60 miles into the ride with water, Gatorade, sub sandwiches and other goodies provided. The route also has plenty of small towns offering services.
The event is limited to 90 participants, so if you are planning to ride, sign up at GetMeRegistered.com or call Janette Harrington at 563-343-0464. Visit qcbc.org for more information.
CBRC 24-hour Run: Eldridge's North Scott High School track hosts the Cornbelt Running Club's 32nd annual event starting at 7 a.m. Saturday.
Running, walking and even crawling is permitted. Participants may leave the track at any time but need to notify the volunteers keeping track of their laps. Restroom facilities are within walking distance of the track, and showers are available at the North Scott Racquetball & Fitness Center.
Plaques to all who cover 100 kilometers or more. Trophies to the overall male and female winners.
Registration includes an event T-shirt, pre-race dinner and post-race breakfast. Proceeds benefit the club's Chldren's Running Programs.
The event is limited to 60 participants. For more information or to register, contact Karl Ungurean by phone (563-324-2250) or email (UngureanK@mchsi.com), or visit the website cornbelt.org.
Steve Tappa covers local running and cycling for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-757-4967.
Also this weekend
Moline's Trinity Lutheran Church hosts the Frog Hop at 8 a.m. Saturday. The 5K race and one-mile family fun walk supports Trinity's Youth Mission Trip to New Jersey for Hurricane Sandy Relief. Late registration runs tonight (5:30-7:30 p.m.) and race day starting at 6:30 a.m. For more information, contact Robyn Graham at 309-269-6500 or email@example.com. ... Aledo's Rescue Run starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at Hofmann Farms. This six-mile event offers 17 challenging obstacles not including muddy conditions. Registration includes a SWAG bag. Organized by the Seaton and Reynolds Volunteer Fire Departments. For details, contact Brandon Hofmann at 309-299-4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ... Palmer College's 8K Charity Run is 10 a.m. Saturday in Davenport. Registration includes a post-race brunch from Panera. Proceeds from the 8K and 2-mile walk goes to Operation Palmer Promotes Play. For more information, contact Caitlin Painchaud at 224-715-3011 or email@example.com. ... The Black Hawk Hiking Club visits Mississippi Palisades Park in nearby Savanna at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. For details, call 309-496-9024 or visit blackhawkhikingclub.com. ... The QC Bicycle Club's Spring Picnic offers a ride (9 a.m.) and lunch (noon) Sunday at Hampton's Illiniwek Park. The club provides hamburgers, chicken breasts, brats, veggie burgers, macaroni salad, coleslaw and drinks. Please consider bringing a dish to share. The rides and lunch are open to members and guests at no charge.
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