Sunday, May 13, 2018 • Rock Island, IL • Course Map
One of a pair of half-marathon road race events run each year in this northern Illinois city, Moline’s Quad Cities Distance Classic Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk usually welcomes several hundred runners each year for both races combined at its annual springtime running, often with more than 500 finishers in the half marathon alone.
Featuring a starting and finish line on the campus of Moline’s Augustana College, the race takes runners on an alternately flat and hilly tour of the city, with some stretches in the second half of the race that unfold along the mighty Mississippi River.
The USATF-certified course roughly follows a pair of long, out-and-back stretches, and follows a mostly clockwise direction from the start at the college. From there, the course runs through the city streets of Moline and Rock Island, and passes by sights like Sunset Park and along the Mississippi River bicycle path.
Run on paved surfaces throughout the entire route, the race starts at the intersection of 38th Street and 7th Avenue, and finishes on the stadium track at the track and field complex at Augustana Stadium.
Runners need to be aware that the course will re-open to traffic after 10:30 AM, so if you have not finished the race after 3 hours, then you will need to move to the sidewalks to allow automobile traffic to pass. Also, because the race takes place on Mother’s Day, all finishers will receive flowers at the finish line.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled between the banks of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers in northwestern Illinois, right along the Iowa border and roughly 165 miles southwest of Chicago, Rock Island typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in May, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 32°F (in 1989) and as high as 95°F (in 2006).
On race day (May 14), the average low is 51ºF and the average high is 72ºF.
- 2015 Quad Cities Distance Classic Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Quad Cities Distance Classic Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Quad Cities Distance Classic Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Quad Cities Distance Classic Half Marathon Results
- $45 – $60 for the half marathon
- $25 – $30 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Rock Island’s Quad Cities Distance Classic Half Marathon or 5K race, visit the event website here.
Official Race Website
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