2013 Quad Cities Marathon
Thousands of runners will descend on the Quad Cities this weekend for the 16th Annual Quad Cities Marathon. The weekend kicks off Friday night with the arrival of featured speaker Dane Rauschenberg, who ran more than 160 miles to get here.
Assistant race director, Rick McGrath, says along with Rauschenberg, who is well known for running 52 marathons in 52 consecutive weeks, about 5,200 people are signed up to compete this weekend.
"We have another gentleman by the name of Joe Salter," said McGrath, "That is coming from Florida to run the marathon and juggle the entire 26 miles. And to make it a little more difficult, he's going to run backwards."
McGrath says runners can compete in five races on Sunday including a marathon, a half marathon, a marathon relay, a 5k, and a one mile walk.
"We've got approximately 50 group entertainers on the course," said McGrath. "Everywhere from high school cheerleaders to high school bands, to bagpipes to gospel choirs. You can name it, we got it. We've got a guy playing the hammered dulcimer, which a lot of people have probably never ever seen. So that should be neat for the runners, as well as the spectators."
Race director, Joe Moreno, says a new addition to this year's marathon is called the "Pump 'n Run."
"Depending on your age, and your gender, and your weight," said Moreno, "That'll determine what percentage of your body you're going to curl and you're going to bench. And let's say you get 25 curls and 25 benches for a total of 50, the next morning at the race, we'll deduct time off for every rep that you did."
The Quad Cities Marathon Health & Fitness Expo will run tomorrow from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. at the iWireless Center, where runners can register for one of the five races. A pre-race pasta dinner with guest speaker Dane Rauschenberg starts at 5 p.m.
Races begin Sunday at 7:30 am.