Overall Rating
Overall Rating (50 Reviews)
4.5
(50 Ratings)(50 Reviews)
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2.8
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4.5
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4.5
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4.3
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
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    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. As I said, 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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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!

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    jjohnson13112 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Very good aid stations approximately every mile. Nice variation in fuel such as water, Gatorade, gels, fruit, and candy. Ample Porta potty availability throughout course. MORE

    Very good aid stations approximately every mile. Nice variation in fuel such as water, Gatorade, gels, fruit, and candy. Ample Porta potty availability throughout course.

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    evershaw REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This race has many unique features, such as running over the I-74 and Centennial bridges, Modern Woodman Park home of the River Bandits, and experiencing Rock Island’s Arsenal Island. Great … MORE

    This race has many unique features, such as running over the I-74 and Centennial bridges, Modern Woodman Park home of the River Bandits, and experiencing Rock Island’s Arsenal Island. Great volunteers throughout the course and a lively finish line!

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    mrbartender1 FIRST-TIMER '21

    I participated by doing a leg in the marathon relay. This was the 1st time I had done Quad Cities or a relay and everything was well organized and well … MORE

    I participated by doing a leg in the marathon relay. This was the 1st time I had done Quad Cities or a relay and everything was well organized and well marked. From bus routes to the course to all areas in-between. I saw only a small portion of the course but from just that 1 leg I determined that this is the race that I want to do as my 1st full. I am a larger guy with big shoulder and tall torso my only complaint is that I wished they had a 3XL option for the shirt. Party after was fun easy to get around plenty of food and when they ran out they had more coming in a reasonable amount of time.

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    cj-carpenter2 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    You run in four cities and a military installation. That means crossing the Mississippi River twice (two different bridges). You also go by an exhibit of tanks and artillery. There's … MORE

    You run in four cities and a military installation. That means crossing the Mississippi River twice (two different bridges). You also go by an exhibit of tanks and artillery. There’s plenty of water, gu, oranges, and portopoties on the course. The volunteers know their stuff. If you get into trouble, you will get help quickly.

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '21

    5 years ago I ran this as my first full marathon and had such an amazing time that my whole family goes every year now to run the 5k and … MORE

    5 years ago I ran this as my first full marathon and had such an amazing time that my whole family goes every year now to run the 5k and party. This race is so well put on and the whole feel is amazing, they really make everyone feel welcome and wanted at the race.

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    Runnerdoug REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Always a great time at the Quad Cities Marathon weekend. Great little Expo, wonderful volunteers, awesome finish party. I ran the 5k because of injury, but have run the half … MORE

    Always a great time at the Quad Cities Marathon weekend. Great little Expo, wonderful volunteers, awesome finish party. I ran the 5k because of injury, but have run the half marathon and the course is really neat. The RD and staff do an excellent job of looking out for runners, including greeting them when they finish.

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    validus FIRST-TIMER '21

    The organizers were on top of questions and communicated well. The course along the river and over multiple bridges was beautiful. Post-race refreshments were perfectly handled. Once I finish my … MORE

    The organizers were on top of questions and communicated well. The course along the river and over multiple bridges was beautiful. Post-race refreshments were perfectly handled. Once I finish my 50 states, this is one I will return to!

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    daphne.donald REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The course is along the beautiful Mississippi River. I have run the marathon 8 times and the half 3 times. You start in Illinois and quickly cross the river to … MORE

    The course is along the beautiful Mississippi River. I have run the marathon 8 times and the half 3 times. You start in Illinois and quickly cross the river to Iowa run up the only real hill and then back down to run along the river. You cross a 2nd bridge to finish in Illinois. The full course runs through Arsenal Island (Rock Island). There is a pretty golf course and some beautiful homes. For the full marathon, you turn away from the finish line and run out 3 miles then back to the finish. Lots spectators at the finish line, really good crowd, loud and fun. The RD, Joe is awesome! Always at the finish line giving high 5’s to finishers. He puts on a great race. Lots of spectators along the course, local musicians, high school band and local cheerleaders. Lots of activity the day before the race too. Yoga, children’s run, good expo, a shake out run. GREAT community event.

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    matttclair REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I live in quad cities and am lucky to have this as my home course. Top notch race race directors make this a must do race. Expo and race start/finish … MORE

    I live in quad cities and am lucky to have this as my home course. Top notch race race directors make this a must do race. Expo and race start/finish are at local arena meaning plenty of parking and easy to get to. A great stretch to the finish in Downtown Moline with many spectators on both sides. Love the course route. Vast majority is right on Mississippi River. Mostly flat route. Hills to get on bridges and 1 hill around mile 2. Unique race in that you run on an interstate bridge and across military island. Race starts with a cannon blast. Race shirt was great this year. Also have great merchandise for purchase. Expo had dogs!!!

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    jessers26 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Fun race - between a fun with lots going on packet pick up and race there is also yoga Beautiful course - running along Mississippi River is breathtaking Awesome medal … MORE

    Fun race – between a fun with lots going on packet pick up and race there is also yoga
    Beautiful course – running along Mississippi River is breathtaking
    Awesome medal and race shirt
    Great race director

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    Awesome volunteers. Well organized. Plenty of aid stations. Awesome medals and swag. Very flat and fast course. Great to PR at. Pacers were excellent and right on pace with their … MORE

    Awesome volunteers. Well organized. Plenty of aid stations. Awesome medals and swag. Very flat and fast course. Great to PR at. Pacers were excellent and right on pace with their times. Its awesome to run through 4 cities and arsenal island. The senery is beautiful even during the rain. Very well organized cant say that enough.

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    sbdalnodar FIRST-TIMER '19

    Running through the four cities is pretty cool. The course is real flat, except for the bridges. There is a down and back portion for the last 6 miles (3 … MORE

    Running through the four cities is pretty cool. The course is real flat, except for the bridges. There is a down and back portion for the last 6 miles (3 down, 3 back), which I liked cause I knew where all my aid stations where on the return.

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    laura.l.long REPEAT RUNNER '19

    A well managed race with beautiful scenery throughout the course. Love that you run across the I74 bridge and get to go through two states and the arsenal. MORE

    A well managed race with beautiful scenery throughout the course. Love that you run across the I74 bridge and get to go through two states and the arsenal.

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    judd8422 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I have ran the Quad Cities Times Bix 7, 15 times, this race matched up very well to the Bix. I liked the smaller numbers of runners and was surprised … MORE

    I have ran the Quad Cities Times Bix 7, 15 times, this race matched up very well to the Bix. I liked the smaller numbers of runners and was surprised by the amount of spectators along the way. The volunteers and spectators were amazing!

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    epeterson415 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Amazing scenery, high energy, dedicated volunteers, awesome race production! I would highly recommend it to others! I've done one of the QC Marathon events for the past 9 years! MORE

    Amazing scenery, high energy, dedicated volunteers, awesome race production! I would highly recommend it to others! I’ve done one of the QC Marathon events for the past 9 years!

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    kaylanwendt REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Great course. The organization and flow of this race is exceptional! Barely any hills and very scenic going across 2 bridges. This race is great to see all of the … MORE

    Great course. The organization and flow of this race is exceptional! Barely any hills and very scenic going across 2 bridges. This race is great to see all of the Quad City area.

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    andy REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The QC Marathon and Half was a great race. I loved starting in Illinois and then making our way across the Mississippi river into Iowa. The cool rain helped keep … MORE

    The QC Marathon and Half was a great race. I loved starting in Illinois and then making our way across the Mississippi river into Iowa. The cool rain helped keep you fairly comfortable. There were plenty of people out, cheering you on, along the way. Running by the river was awesome. I especially enjoyed running on the Rock Island Arsenal. The run back across the Mississippi, into Illinois, was great because it let you know that the finish line was near. The best part of the race was having the race director, Joe Moreno, greet you at the finish line. I highly recommend this race.

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    Tororuns FIRST-TIMER '19

    It was ok. Some volunteers couldn't answer some basic questions, but hey, volunteers right. Gotta have 'em. Pace teams not well organized. Course was very good. A steady rain actually … MORE

    It was ok. Some volunteers couldn’t answer some basic questions, but hey, volunteers right. Gotta have ’em. Pace teams not well organized. Course was very good. A steady rain actually made things better. Warning, there is a metal grated bridge on going onto Rock Island. Can be tricky footing.

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