39th Annual Quad-City Times Bix 7

July  25, 2013

Thursday night's Battle up Brady is the starting gun for the 39th Annual Quad-City Times Bix 7 festivities. More than 20-thousand runners are expected to take part in this weekend's seven mile race through Davenport.

Race spokesman, Glenn Kass, says many of the world's top runners are coming back to battle the challenging course.

"On the men's side, Silas Kipruto of Kenya is back," said Kass. " And he is the two-time consecutive defending champion on the men's side. If he wins Saturday, he will be the first person in Bix history to win three consecutive titles ... And on the women's side, Caroline Rotich from Kenya. She finished second at Bix last year, and she has won previously here. So she's back to give it a go and see if she can reclaim the Bix title."

Other runners include Betsy Saina from Kenya, in her first professional run since a standout collegiate career at Iowa State University. And two-time Bix 7 champion Meb Keflezighi.

Kass says runners and spectators who haven't been to the area since last year's race, may be surprised by the new look of downtown Davenport.

"Well I think one of the things you're going to see is some of the work that 's been done in downtown Davenport with some of the buildings," said Kass. "You know, in the past there have been several buildings that were less than desirable to look at. And with all the work that the city of Davenport has done, as such a great partner with the race, with different developers that have done things downtown, I think folks are going to notice a much improved scenery around the race course and that's always a good thing." 

For the first time ever, teenage runners will get a chance to win money for their high schools. Premier Buick and GMC dealers will offer a one thousand dollar prize to the high school of the first boy and girl athletes to cross the finish line, in what they're calling the High School Challenge.

It's not too late to sign up for the Bix 7. Late registration and packet pick-up goes from 5 to 9 pm tonight (Thurs) at the River Center in Davenport, and tomorrow from 9 am to 9 pm.