On the road again: Charity runs spice up the weekend

Posted Online: Sept. 04, 2014, 9:35 pm
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By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com
While the area's annual celebration of Hispanic heritage planned for this weekend has been canceled, the run that accompanies the event is still a go for Saturday morning.

The VIVA Quad Cities 5K run/walk helps raise money for college scholarships for local students. The "Run for Viva" takes off 8 a.m. Saturday from Bettendorf's Isle Casino Hotel.

Packet pickup and late registration runs on site 4-7 tonight or 6:30-7:30 race morning.

The fast and scenic route includes water stops on the course, awards for the usual age-group divisions and post-race refreshments for all registrants.

For more details, call Andrea Douglas at 563-459-1213, email andrea.douglas@alcoa.com or visit vivaquadcities.com.

Warrior 5K: Rock Island's Washington Junior High also hosts a fundraising 5K to benefit students at 8 a.m. Saturday. The event starts and finishes at Rock Island Public Schools Stadium. The race includes Hep's Half-Mile Fun Run starting at 9 a.m.

Washington students are either participating in the Warrior 5K or volunteering to help behind the scenes with proceeds going to the WJHS reward fund. The post-race party includes an awards ceremony.

Packet pickup and late registration runs 3-7 tonight at Washington and on site race morning from 6:30 to 7:30.

For more information, email Kathy Evanchyk at kathy.evanchyk@risd41.org.

Drew's Faithful Feet: Geneseo's St. Malachy's Church hosts this inspirational charity race starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The event remembers the short life of Drew Schaaf, who died suddenly in 2010 at just 2 1/2 weeks old. Schaaf's actual footprints are used as the race symbol and all proceeds go to mothers and children in need.

The race includes a 5K run/walk followed by a half-mile kids' run for ages 12-and-younger (9:30 a.m.) and 200-yard kids' dash for 6-and-younger (9:45). The out-and-back course begins and ends at the church.

A post-race party includes food, refreshments, entertainment and awards.

Late registration and packet pickup runs on site 4-7 tonight and 7-8 race morning.

For details, call Devon Schaaf at 309-236-5481 or email Kate Kies at katekies25@gmail.com.

Clinton Half Marathon: Looking for a warm-up to the QC Marathon later this month? This 13.1 mile race starts 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Besides the half marathon, there's a 10K and 5K jointly offered starting at 7 downtown at Ashford Stadium.

Online registration runs through 7 p.m. Saturday at GetMeRegistered.com.

There's also a Kings and Queens CrossFit Challenge for all race participants during Saturday's late registration and packet pickup.

For more information, call Dr. Brian Peck at 563-242-0223, email ed@ywcaclinton.org or visit clintonhalfmarathon.com.

Black Hawk Hiking Club: The group visits Clinton's Eagle Point Park starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Operated by the city, this 200-acre park of spectacular bluffs along the Mississippi River has a 1937 Stone Tower that provides a picturesque view of the River and surrounding area. The north end overlook provides a panoramic view of the widest part of the entire Mississippi River. For details about the club, or to join their many adventures, visit blackhawkhikingclub.com or email blackhawkhikingclub@yahoo.com

QC Women's Outdoor Club: A hike is in store this Saturday, too, at Muscatine's Wildcat Den State Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A potluck lunch offers a break between morning and afternoon explorations of the park's beautiful acreage. Please bring a dish to share, something to drink and hiking attire.

There is no fee for club members, with the group providing plates, napkins and table service.

Registration ends at 11 tonight at GetMeRegistered.com.

For more information, or to join in the club's many adventures, call Kelly Fleener at 309-798-9345, email membership@qcwoc.com or visit qcwoc.org.

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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Speaking of the QC Marathon, the early registration deadline falls next Friday at midnight. Save $5 and the hassle of last-minute lines by visiting GetMeRegistered.com. The event, which includes a Pump N' Run competition, takes off Sept. 28. ... Looking for an even longer run? The inaugural Hennepin Hundred Ultra Marathon is next weekend, Sept. 12-13, on the Hennepin Canal Trail. The 30-hour race offers 100 and 50-mile options for individuals and a 100-mile relay. For more information, visit muddrunner.com. ... The area around Bettendorf's Middle Park Lagoon will be closed to vehicle, foot and bike traffic Sept. 15-17 due to resurfacing of the parking lot and adjoining bike path. The street and bike path will be closed from Fairmeadows Drive, by 18th St., to east of the lagoon. For more details, call the city's parks and recreation department at 563-344-4113. ... The QC Bicycle Club offers another Full Moon Ride on Tuesday. The 28-mile social ride takes off at Moline's Airport Park on Indian Bluff Road at 7:45 p.m. going to Coal Valley and then near Orion. Participants must provide a headlight, tail light and be able to maintain a 15 mph pace. For more information, call Jim Hudson at either 309-756-0953 (evenings) or 309-787-9660 (days).


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  Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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