Posted Online: March 06, 2014, 9:34 pm

On the road again: Looking forward to St. Patty's weekend

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By Steve Tappa,

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Steve Tappa, sports writer for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus.
It is difficult to believe that St. Patrick's Day is only a weekend away.

A big part of the local holiday fun again is the 32nd annual St. Patty's Day Race hosted by Davenport's Center for Active Seniors, Inc.

Registration is open now through race day, March 15, in downtown Davenport. Russell Construction is the presenting sponsor for a fourth straight spring. Proceeds beneift CASI's mission of providing programs and services to local seniors and their families.

"The winter of 2014 stands as one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record for the Quad-Cities,'' said Laura Kopp, CASI's chief executive officer. "The snow and cold are really hurting our registration numbers as runners, walkers and holiday revelers cannot even fathom being outside yet.

"We are hoping for a break in the weather, which will get everyone thinking of spring and the great outdoors again. This is our largest fundraising event and the success of it all relies on the participation of our community.''

The St. Patty's Race annually is part of the larger holiday celebration in downtown Davenport. The festivities include a parade and the QC Bicycle Club's "Cruisin' the Celtic Isles.''

The road race features the Eye Surgeons Associates Costume Contest and the Lighting of the QC School Challenge.

New this year is the Unity Point Health Trinity Corporate Challenge, where companies and their employees compete for a travelling trophy, with the organization featuring the most participants earning the bragging rights.

Distances include a 5K, one-mile family fun run/walk and a half-mile tot trot.

Non-runners can help with the cause by volunteering to support the race.

To sign up, or for more information, visit or contact Sarah Arp at 563-386-7477 ext. 229 (office), 563-343-0038 (cell) or e-mail

This weekend: The QC Women's Outdoor Club is hiking Scott County Park this Saturday "in search of spring,'' the organization jokes.

The hike is free to all comers, with club members meeting at the Whispering Pines Shelter at 8 a.m.

Participants are encouraged to bring a camera, photograph proof of spring, and share it with the club.

To join in the club's weekly adventures, visit, e-mail or call Vanessa McNeely at 563-940-8022.

Also Saturday: The Black Hawk Hiking Club visits the Hennepin Canal Visitor's Center this weekend at I-80 East and Route 40 South.

Starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, hike along an old path originally intended but never used by animals. The path no serves as a way of towing boats along the canal's main line and feeder routes.

View the locks and aqueducts as well as animal life. The Center is closed on Saturdays, but pit toilets are available.

For more information about the club and it's near-weekly hikes, visit or email

Next week: The QC Bicycle Club's general meeting has been moved to Tuesday, March 11.

Rock Island's Bent River Brewery hosts the meeting at 7 p.m. The public is invited. Food, pop and beer is provided.

The featured speaker is Dr. Robert Kaminski, the leading provider locally of Active Release Techniques. Kaminski as been a chiropractor since 1987 and utilizing A.R.T. since 1998.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Denise Duethman at 309-721-7276 or
Steve Tappa covers local running and cycling for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. Contact him at or 309-757-4967.