Overall Rating
Overall Rating (70 Reviews)
4.6
(70 Ratings)  (70 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.8
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4.4
The TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon, a USATF certified course, is held annually on the fourth Sunday in September and captures the essence of our nation’s heartland with its consistent connection to the Mississippi River, amazing views, and Midwest charm. The race features one of the finest, most scenic river … MORE
Local Weather (Sep 24):
2022 2021 2020 2019 2018
 
H (° F ) 70 80 77 81 77
L (° F ) 52 48 60 62 55
Powered by Dark Sky
Find Nearby Lodging (hotel, rental, etc.):

Recent reviews

    bobbybengal79 FIRST-TIMER '22

    I was completing my 20 overall marathon in my 13th state. There was plenty of communication and social media posts prior to the race....I opted for to have my race … MORE

    I was completing my 20 overall marathon in my 13th state. There was plenty of communication and social media posts prior to the race….I opted for to have my race packet delivered to my home and it arrived several days to prior….There was a expo the day prior to the race that included packet pickup, which i was not able to make it to…The swag consisted of a long sleeve t-shirt, gloves, hat, and socks (all with the Quad Cities logo on it)….race day parking was easy, plenty of porta potties…the race started and ended in downtown Moline, Illinois and went into Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa and Rock island, Illinois. The start and finish area was near an arena, which included plenty of restaurants, hotels, etc…. there was even some John Deere museum that had some tractors on the outside for kids to play on… The route was nice as it traveled over a few bridges on the Mississippi River, some bike paths, residential area, and commercial businesses…plenty of water stations that included Gatorade, gels and other snacks at some stations….The race was well marked with signage as the half marathoners went a different route…overall it was a well ran production….Medals were pretty nice and had a big 25 logo to symbolize the 25 year of the race….the after party was nice …this included a band, music, and Beer (Unlimitied I think). also there was hotdogs, mac and cheese, fried rice, and other tradition post race items (bananas, milk, granola bars, etc)…I would recommend the race and would run it again

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    JRose1421 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    A great race that literally starts with a bang (from a cannon)! It's a scenic run throughout the Quad Cities that includes minor elevation changes when you run up a … MORE

    A great race that literally starts with a bang (from a cannon)! It’s a scenic run throughout the Quad Cities that includes minor elevation changes when you run up a bridge or to get along the Mississippi River. Ample snack and water stations and a great after party!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    gerry520 FIRST-TIMER '22

    The course has a mix of flat and some hills all asphalt. As a first time runner I felt comfortable and the staff was extremely helpful. Plenty of of bathrooms … MORE

    The course has a mix of flat and some hills all asphalt. As a first time runner I felt comfortable and the staff was extremely helpful. Plenty of of bathrooms and wellborganized

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Runner17 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Awesome race course - very scenic and well supported with top notch aid station volunteers. Running over bridges and all throughout the entire Quad City area. Sweet medals and swag … MORE

    Awesome race course – very scenic and well supported with top notch aid station volunteers. Running over bridges and all throughout the entire Quad City area. Sweet medals and swag for every race distance and an awesome post race bash!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Profile photo of Amber Wood
    aclements143 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This race is beautifully organized. The swag this year was good quality and plentiful! The course was also a nice change this year and provided new and beautiful scenery. I … MORE

    This race is beautifully organized. The swag this year was good quality and plentiful! The course was also a nice change this year and provided new and beautiful scenery. I love running along the river!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
    My Media

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    I had a blast! We got to cross the Mighty Miss on three bridges!! Tons of volunteer and crowd support. Crossing the finish line, the race director was waiting with … MORE

    I had a blast! We got to cross the Mighty Miss on three bridges!! Tons of volunteer and crowd support. Crossing the finish line, the race director was waiting with a high five! Great swag. All in all I’m ready to do it again. There is some elevation at the bridges. More going up Kimberly Rd and 23rd in Bettendorf, but its manageable. Some traffic in Bettendorf on River Drive that’s ok but I could live without. I loved the Swag wagon from fleet feet around mile 22? All in all a great race! (Even though I swore at mile 16, no more marathons:) You can tell the director and crew really care. If you can, get your room at the Wyndham at race start point. I didn’t and wished I had.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    cfconwayiii FIRST-TIMER '22

    Expo was great and packet pick up was super easy Weather was perfect Course was flat and fast with a couple of overpasses Staff and volunteers were great Cannon firing … MORE

    Expo was great and packet pick up was super easy
    Weather was perfect
    Course was flat and fast with a couple of overpasses
    Staff and volunteers were great
    Cannon firing to start the race was awesome
    Post race party was top notch with chocolate milk, fruit, Oreos, hot dogs, Mac n Cheese
    Recovery area had massage and chiropractor tables
    I would recommend this race

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    5

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Profile photo of Margaret Bussan
    mbussan210 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is a whole weekend event. I love being in the QCA for every part of the race- kids race, expo, run, after party. All of it is amazing! MORE

    This is a whole weekend event. I love being in the QCA for every part of the race- kids race, expo, run, after party. All of it is amazing!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    mclubbens FIRST-TIMER '22

    What wasn't there to like about this marathon? This was my 14th marathon, including Boston in 2019, and it is by far one of my favorites. Ironically, I didn't even … MORE

    What wasn’t there to like about this marathon? This was my 14th marathon, including Boston in 2019, and it is by far one of my favorites. Ironically, I didn’t even sign up for this race until two weeks prior after the original marathon I had signed up for (the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon) was cancelled.

    Expo:
    I wasn’t able to make the expo, but had someone else pick my packet up for me. They were able to park and get in and out without any issues. The swag included with the packet was more than I was expecting and included a quality long sleeve shirt, a hat and gloves with the event branding.

    Lodging:
    There are tons of hotels in the Quad Cities area so finding one at a decent rate wasn’t a problem, even less than two weeks prior to race day.

    Getting to the Start Line:
    I like to get to a race early enough that I have enough time to get to the start line, warm up and use the porta potties at least once and this was by far the easiest experience of any medium to large sized race. We were easily able to find a spot in a parking structure right next to the start.

    The Main Event:
    The race itself was fantastic! The organizers were energetic and the start went off without any hitches aside from the start cannon firing a few seconds early. Did I mention there was a start freakin’ cannon? The course was awesome, with views of the Mississippi River for 3/4 of the race. Some of the sections were a little more challenging than I expected like the first bridge and some uphills on the Bettendorf side, but they had bagpipers and ample crowds out there to keep us motivated and moving forward!

    Post Race:
    The after-race party was a blast, with a band and plenty of beer to go around. The finisher medals were top notch as well as the awards (I got a nice glass plaque for finishing first in the Masters division).

    All-in-all this was a great race and I will definitely be back to run it again!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5
    My Media

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Profile photo of Taylor Canales
    oliviac247 FIRST-TIMER '22

    The TBK Quad Cites Marathon is more than just a race. It offers so much more. From yoga to social events, even wine outings! There’s a race for every age … MORE

    The TBK Quad Cites Marathon is more than just a race. It offers so much more. From yoga to social events, even wine outings! There’s a race for every age and capability group. Each course is scenic and flat. Everything from registration to the after party is so streamlined. The volunteers and staff are so helpful and willing to answer any questions. This event is absolutely one of my favorites!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The whole week in preparation for the event is so much fun and carefully organized so the participants have the best time! You have all the information, the expo was … MORE

    The whole week in preparation for the event is so much fun and carefully organized so the participants have the best time! You have all the information, the expo was very organized and the race day was very smooth and fun!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
    My Media

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Profile photo of John Pitzel
    slomojohn REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The Quad Cities Marathon is just a solid race experience. There are no bad surprises, it's well organized. stocked, and staffed, and just a pleasant all around race experience. There … MORE

    The Quad Cities Marathon is just a solid race experience. There are no bad surprises, it’s well organized. stocked, and staffed, and just a pleasant all around race experience. There are some touches that I didn’t expect, but were wonderful – two gel stations for the half, for example, in addition to plentiful aid stations. Just a delightful day in the Quad Cities.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    mrbartender1 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was the 1st time I ran the half marathon though I did do a leg of the relay once. You could not have asked for more perfect conditions then … MORE

    This was the 1st time I ran the half marathon though I did do a leg of the relay once. You could not have asked for more perfect conditions then they had on race day. The race directors introduced a new course in 2022. Much of the previous course was used so for the mighty Mississippi river views stay prominent to what built this race over the past 24 years. Much of the complaints, the gated bridge that was used in the half and the “seeing the finish yards away but still have 5 miles to go” in full have been addressed. Crossing the new bridge over the Mississippi into Iowa really brings much excitement to see the views and architect work that went into the design of the bridge. For the race directors themselves, this is a team that not only very responsive to questions but also take into consideration the many types runners there are. From the 5k to the half to the full they provide the best experience one could ask for no matter if this is their 1st race, their 1st challenge of a longer distance or if this is their race they love. They not only start Facebook lives daily the week of leading up to race day to keep you informed they also want to make sure you have the best experience of a race and after party one could ask for. I have run a half in multiple states of different city sizes and this by far makes me want to return. Clearly marked course, super awesome logo, and views that make you forget that you’re actually running a race. Great job by everyone, this is a race you don’t want to miss.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    jptodd FIRST-TIMER '22

    Very well organised event all round, road closures and marshaling were particularly well managed and ensured runner safety throughout. Road closures stayed in place until the very last finishers (not … MORE

    Very well organised event all round, road closures and marshaling were particularly well managed and ensured runner safety throughout. Road closures stayed in place until the very last finishers (not me, but I watched them come in!). Aid stations well stocked and well staffed by enthusiastic helpers. The race had a real community feel with different local groups managing aid stations, and the community, rightly, seems proud of its event. Lots of free car parking very close to the start/finish area, and a good post-race refreshments area. Very supportive announcers at the finish. Varied course, with the river crossings providing the wow moments and some nice relaxed park running in the latter stages. Highly recommended event, really exceeded expectations.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Profile photo of Michael Cohen
    divefin FIRST-TIMER '22

    Really good race with a lot of crowd support. Beautiful course running along the river with a couple of bridge crossings to help keep you honest. Would definitely recommend it … MORE

    Really good race with a lot of crowd support. Beautiful course running along the river with a couple of bridge crossings to help keep you honest. Would definitely recommend it and I will be back to run it again.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    1joanna.connors REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Across the bridges, and along the river makes for beautiful scenery while visiting the Quad Cities. Plenty of water and food stations. Lots of volunteers to help along the way. … MORE

    Across the bridges, and along the river makes for beautiful scenery while visiting the Quad Cities. Plenty of water and food stations. Lots of volunteers to help along the way. Great swag bag and after party.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    Profile photo of Kim Mann
    dr.kimmm REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The scenery and crowd support along the race is great. The course itself is amazing and checks off every box. You get to run across an interstate bridge, how cool … MORE

    The scenery and crowd support along the race is great. The course itself is amazing and checks off every box. You get to run across an interstate bridge, how cool is that?! There are plenty of water/gel stops along the course. The first 6-7 miles is flat and easy to warm up the legs before the (few) hills start. Running along the river is beautiful and there is always something nice to look at and distract you from the discomfort that may be arising in your legs. It is a very well executed race that is worth training and traveling for. Also, the Pump N Run option is one of the many fun and unique features of this race. Highly recommend the Quad Cities Marathon!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    rororuns FIRST-TIMER '22

    If you need IL or Iowa I highly recommend TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon - 25th Anniversary I did the 1 miler and Half Marathon. This was State #31 for … MORE

    If you need IL or Iowa I highly recommend TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon – 25th Anniversary I did the 1 miler and Half Marathon. This was State #31 for me IL! It’s in Moline IL.

    Superbly organized race, great weather, stunning fast and unique course (run 4 cities in 2 states on both sides of the Mississippi River and get on a military base too) , the swag is amazing (long sleeve, gloves, beanie and socks), tons of course support and cheer stations 9 water stops I think is what I counted , and a local bar owner docs his boat and hands beer cans to runners 😂 🍺, oh delicious food at the finish (mac n cheese, chicken fried rice and soda as well as beer), affordable hotels near the start, free easy parking, free photos, and the race director high fives all finishers! I am still so frikin happy I did this race for IL. There was a farmers market near the finish that was super fun to visit.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
    My Media

    1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

    Please login to reply to this review.

    FearTheTurtle FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was my 17th marathon. Since I had run the Twin Cities Marathon, I decided it was time to run the Quad Cities Marathon. Nice small towns with very enthusiastic … MORE

    This was my 17th marathon. Since I had run the Twin Cities Marathon, I decided it was time to run the Quad Cities Marathon. Nice small towns with very enthusiastic crowds. I have never run a race with so few marathoners (only 370 runners. it’s their half that draws many more runners), but you would never know it by the preparation, volunteers and whole atmosphere. Some beautiful scenery along the Mississippi. You also run by a military cemetery, which is always moving. Course is generally flat. The small hills are toward the first half of the race. One huge warning: there is NO shade. Even though I drank at every water stop (which there were ample) and took nutrition every 4-5 miles, it turned out that wasn’t enough for me. It was warm and the sun was shinning. I cramped up around mile 20 and found I was very dehydrated by the end of the race. Lastly, be prepared to bring your own stuff to refuel after the race. They have a very limited post-race event. By the time I finished (at under 4 1/2 hrs), I only saw some potato chips, water and soda. I heard there might have been other food, which means they ran out early – very bad form. I desperately needed some electrolytes so I didn’t stay long. Went back to my hotel where, from experience, I stash drinks and food to refuel. Would I run it again? Not sure. The actual race was well run and my getting dehydrated was not their fault. I just wish there was something more than water and chips at the finish for the runners.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

    2 members marked this review helpful. Agree?

    M_Sohaskey Oct 03, 2021 at 10:20pm

    Congrats on lucky #17, Jack! Heat + no shade makes for one tough marathon, so nice job getting it done. And if you're looking to thread the needle between Twin… MORE

    Congrats on lucky #17, Jack! Heat + no shade makes for one tough marathon, so nice job getting it done. And if you're looking to thread the needle between Twin Cities and Quad Cities, there's also a Tri-Cities Marathon in Richland, WA that's hosted each October by the 3 Rivers Road Runners (though it was canceled this year due to COVID). 😊 Thanks for the excellent review, and hope you'll continue to share your racing adventures here on RaceRaves! LESS

    Please login to reply to this review.

    FearTheTurtle Oct 04, 2021 at 3:24am

    LOL. I was looking to do the Tri-Cities Marathon, but since it was cancelled, I jumped to the Quad Cities. I am hoping to do Tri-Cities next year.

    LOL. I was looking to do the Tri-Cities Marathon, but since it was cancelled, I jumped to the Quad Cities. I am hoping to do Tri-Cities next year.

    Please login to reply to this review.

    tbtcernin FIRST-TIMER '21

    As a first time half marathon runner, this was the best course possible!! Not too many hills, but a few challenging ones! I was nervous going into this, but just … MORE

    As a first time half marathon runner, this was the best course possible!! Not too many hills, but a few challenging ones! I was nervous going into this, but just being able to run across the bridges and take in the scenery was worth it! Running across the Mississippi River, what an experience! I’m sure we will do it again next year! Just hoping to beat my time from this year!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
    My Media

    Was this review helpful?

    Please login to reply to this review.

  1. Races
  2. Quad Cities Marathon & Half Marathon