Posted Online: March 07, 2013, 9:41 pm

On the road again: Get Thunderstruck this weekend

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By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com

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Steve Tappa, sports writer for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus.
Snow remains on the ground. Rain is forecast for this weekend. And, with temperatures expected in the mid-40s, muddy conditions are expected.

However, that's perfectly fine for the first Thunderstruck 10-mile trail run.

The radical event takes off at 9 a.m. Saturday, rain or shine, or whatever develops in between, at Andalusia's Loud Thunder Forest Preserve.

The out-and-back course starts and finishes at the Hauberg Trailhead, and features however many repeats participants wish of a five-mile loop along the Andalusia Slough of the Mississippi River.

Larry Sandhaas, the race director of Muscatine's Wildcat Den 50K, cooked up the idea with Valerie Olson and some other trail-running enthusiasts.

There's no entry fee, but according to Sandhaas, "bring your sense of humor, love of the land, a snack to share, and some friends who either love to run, are willing to tend to our bon fire, or who are willing to serve as a search party for whoever gets lost in the woods.''

For more information, visit facebook.com/Thunderstruck10Mile.

Sandhaas also can be reached by phone (309) 236-5901 or email (lsandhaas@hotmail.com).

Also Saturday: The Black Hawk Hiking Club's latest jaunt starts 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hampton's Empire Park.

The outdoor enthusiasts plan to work their way to and around Campbell's Island. Watch for the hike signs. Guests are welcome.

Club membership is open to anyone after their third hike and upon payment of dues, $10 per individual and $20 per family of more than three.

For information, or to get signed up for the club, call 309-496-9024 or email blackhawkhikingclub@yahoo.com. You can also visit blackhawkhikingclub.com.

Also this weekend: The QC Women's Outdoor Club is exploring a different kind of adventure indoors this weekend.

Moline's Krav Mag is hosting a self-defense course for the group Saturday from noon to 2 p.m.

Kathy Fleener, the club's events coordinator, advises participants to be there by 11:45 a.m. to sign in. Comfortable clothes and lots of water are advised, too.

The group has a waiting list worked up for this popular event.

For details, email either qcwockel@yahoo.com or events@qcwoc.com.

You can also call Fleener (309-798-9345) to get signed up for the organization's many adventures.

Help wanted: Fleener also notes volunters are still needed for Rock Island's annual Wellness Fair on March 28.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the QCCA Expo Center.

If able to help with the club booth, please contact Beth Stone no later than March 15 at bstone@qconline.com or 309-737-1853.
Steve Tappa covers local running and cycling events for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. Contact him at tappa@qconline.com or 309-757-4967.