Overall Rating
Overall Rating (41 Reviews)
4.6
(41 Ratings)(41 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.9
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
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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    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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    rachengnell17 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Run this race! There are a lot of hills to defeat that are so satisfying! This was year number three for me. Hoping to run this race next year too. MORE

    Run this race! There are a lot of hills to defeat that are so satisfying! This was year number three for me. Hoping to run this race next year too.

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    Zaviesmom REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I've run the half marathon for several years and I love it. Beautiful course and very well run. I ran a leg the marathon relay this year and it was … MORE

    I’ve run the half marathon for several years and I love it. Beautiful course and very well run. I ran a leg the marathon relay this year and it was still pretty good, but there was a lot of waiting around due to the bussing schedule. If you want to run across the Mississippi a couple of times and have a fun time doing it, this is a race for you.

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    lentz.lynne FIRST-TIMER '19

    Awesome aid stations. The volunteers were all in good spirits despite the rain. The expo was well staffed with lots of goodies and vendors. The race itself was easy to … MORE

    Awesome aid stations. The volunteers were all in good spirits despite the rain. The expo was well staffed with lots of goodies and vendors. The race itself was easy to navigate. I came from out of town and had no problems finding everything I needed.

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    kwenstrup FIRST-TIMER '19

    I really enjoyed this race. Fun layout and it was interesting running in the area I grew up. It rained almost the entire time but I would run that race … MORE

    I really enjoyed this race. Fun layout and it was interesting running in the area I grew up. It rained almost the entire time but I would run that race in the rain again. It’s fun to be a part of my community and see the Quad Cities in a different light.

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    tghn REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Plenty of great views over the I74 bridge and along the Mississippi River. the course is relatively flat. the post race party cannot be beat. MORE

    Plenty of great views over the I74 bridge and along the Mississippi River. the course is relatively flat. the post race party cannot be beat.

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    pterwelp FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great course, easy to get to expo and start/finish. weather was raining all day...but can't control that! All the aid stations were prepared and fun. MORE

    Great course, easy to get to expo and start/finish. weather was raining all day…but can’t control that! All the aid stations were prepared and fun.

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    HannahHulk REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Another awesome year of this race! I LOVE living in the Quad Cities and this race is a demonstration of how wonderful our community is. The race director and team … MORE

    Another awesome year of this race! I LOVE living in the Quad Cities and this race is a demonstration of how wonderful our community is. The race director and team work extremely hard to make sure this race goes off without a hitch. And they take suggestions to improve the race year after year. Last year some of us got stopped by a train and this year they had race officials recording and timing mats to prepare for if it happened again. Fortunately it didn’t happen this time – but it did start raining cats & dogs at about mile 6! I had trained really hard and nothing was going to stop me from getting under 2 hours (PR) – but it definitely helped to have so many INCREDIBLE volunteers and spectators out there. I got Gatorade and GU’s – and medical was always around if anyone collapsed. This race is extremely well organized and I am so happy it is a part of our annual traditions in the QC!

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    dymondx3 FIRST-TIMER '19

    My first full marathon, at 65 years young! I did the training, yet the nerves were still there race day morning. It was raining, but not too warm. Canon fires … MORE

    My first full marathon, at 65 years young! I did the training, yet the nerves were still there race day morning. It was raining, but not too warm. Canon fires and the party begins! This was the most exciting day I can remember! Despite the weather, the streets were lined with cheering people, plenty of cow bells, bands and bagpipers!! Organized with all the water stops, aid stations and nutrition boosters needed along the 26.2 mile ped-tour. As it is advertised…5 races, 4 cities, 3 bridges, 2 states & 1 island. Incredible!!
    Plus, I finished 2nd in my division!

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    M_Sohaskey Oct 04, 2019 at 12:39pm

    WOW, well done and congrats on conquering your first marathon, Peggy! The hard-earned euphoria of crossing that first marathon finish line is unrivaled. And brilliant job on your age group… MORE

    WOW, well done and congrats on conquering your first marathon, Peggy! The hard-earned euphoria of crossing that first marathon finish line is unrivaled. And brilliant job on your age group runner-up! Glad you were able to enjoy the whole journey — it certainly sounds like Quad Cities won't be your last marathon, so I hope we can help you find many other similarly worthy candidates here on RaceRaves. Keep up the hard work, and keep running strong! LESS

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    canken123 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race is amazing. Every year it gets better. The expo is full of great vendors. The town's have tons of support. Its scenic. I will return every year. MORE

    This race is amazing. Every year it gets better. The expo is full of great vendors. The town’s have tons of support. Its scenic. I will return every year.

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