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Bix 7 race organizers unveil big plans for the 50th year

Quad-City Times Bix 7

This summer marks the 50th Quad-City Times Bix 7 Road Race.

And organizers are hoping to draw in some of the people who ran in the first one.

This year's races will include the main seven mile course, the shorter Quick Bix and Junior Bix races, plus a new race for seniors.

Race Director Michelle Juehring says people who sign up for the Senior Bix will get access to the main race and the Quick Bix.

"The route of the Senior Bix is flat, it's fast, it's going to be down at LeClaire Park, along the river, an out-and-back course, just beautiful."

"We're going to have music and food trucks," she said. "It's a way to celebrate the generation that helped us get to fifty years."

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, a life-size bronze statue of former race director Karl Ungurean will be placed on Bix Plaza, at the corner of Fourth Street and River Drive in Davenport. Ungurean also founded the Cornbelt Running Club.

This year, Juehring says, there's something for everyone.

"If somebody has never done the race, I hope that they come out and do it this year, whether it's the full seven or just two miles or the virtual race."

"And if you've done it, but it's been a while, this is the year to come back," she said. "We truly want to make this not only the biggest homecoming for the Quad Cities Area, but the biggest non-marathon race, right here in the midwest."

The races and other festivities will be held the week of July 22.

"I'm really really hoping that this summer, everyone pulls back and says, hey, let's meet again, down at Fourth and Brady at the start line, let's do this."

People can register online now.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.