Racing to midnight in Silvis

Posted Online: Aug. 12, 2014, 10:33 am
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By Leon Lagerstam,
SILVIS -- Instead of running in a 5K race, David Hays will run it.

By becoming Silvis Home Run 5K race director, Mr. Hays resurrected an event that seemed to have crossed its final finish line two years ago.

The former Silvis Family Run wasn't held in 2013 because there was no race director, Mr. Hays said.

As a 14-year Silvis Park District employee, Mr. Hays' tasks have included preparing the 5K course for race day; "and when they didn't have the race, my heart sank."

So with the help of previous director, Silvis Fire Chief Dave Leibovitz; new race-results coordinator Dale Manley; and a host of sponsors, Mr. Hays is ready for the Aug. 23 event, which will dovetail with the city's 13th annual Moonlight Parade.

The race will kick off with a one-mile run at 8 a.m., and the 5K at 8:30 a.m., at Schadt Park, on 4th Avenue and 12th Street.

A quarter-mile fun run will be held at 8 p.m. at Anchor Lumber, 1505 1st Ave., to lead into the lighted Moonlight Parade at dusk.

For more information, costs, or to register, visit, call Mr. Hays at 563-676-7887, or email

Active or retired military can get a $5 discount, if they use a military2014 code when registering at ""

Cornbelt Running Club and Live Uncommon members and city employees can get $2 discounts.

Race-packet pickups will be from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at 2010 10th St. Race-day registrations also will be accepted.

The race will benefit Silvis' Little League, the fire department brotherhood, Main Street, and Heartland Softball, Mr. Hays said.

Food, refreshments, medals for top finishers, children's activities including a bounce house, and door prizes will be featured. A post race party will be held at The Triangle Inn, 1650 1st Ave.

Mr. Hays said he's been working hard to let people know "this race is back. I've put in 400 to 500 hours getting ready for it. It's grown to be a big part of my life."

Mr. Hays also saluted race sponsors River City Sign, Camera Corner, Anchor Lumber, Blackhawk Bank, Athletico, Pepsi A.D. Heusing, and Miller Trucking and Excavating, as well as "Dave and Dale, who I couldn't have done this without their help," he said.

"I'm glad it's back," said Chief Leibovitz, who directed the event for about half of it's previous 30-year history. "It helps fill in the Moonlight Parade schedule."

The free Moonlight Parade festivities begin at noon, after the race, and have two stages featuring various entertainment. Craft vendors will begin at noon, while food vendors open at 2 p.m. A "Kid's Zone" will be free from 4 to 8 p.m. A bike rodeo will be held at Schadt Park from noon to 3 p.m., and a Zinnia Princess will be crowned at 7 p.m.

Scheduled Moonlight Parade activities

Stage 1 -- The old Maid Rites parking lot
--Noon: Nyquist's Roundhouse Martial Arts
--1 p.m.: Junior High jazz band
--2 p.m.: St. John Lutheran's Kids of the Kingdom children's choir, St. John's 
--2:30 p.m.: St John's Cherub Chimers
--3 p.m.: United Township High School cheerleaders cheer clinic
--4 p.m.: Dance Connection Tap and Jazz
--5 p.m.: Rush Hour dance performance

Stage 2 -- Railway Park Gazebo
--Noon: Children's entertainer/ventriloquist Steve Couch
--1 p.m.: KWQC's Greg Dutra and Gary Metivier
--2 p.m.: Mallard of the Quad City Mallards
--3 p.m.: Children's magician Rick Eugene
--4 p.m.: Greg Aguilar acoustic set
--5-8 p.m.L Superhero Balloon Guy; Chuckles the Clown and Laura, from Clown Around Inc., with free face painting and balloon characters. 


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