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Lt. Governor Simon to promote bike safety in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 09:23

CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will join Secretary of State Jesse White, officials from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB) to launch a new online bicycle safety quiz and promote bicycle safety in Illinois.

“Just as drivers must share the road with bikers, we as bicyclists need to do our part to keep roads safe,” said Simon, a member of the LIB and Carbondale Bicycle Club. “Whether I am biking along the streets or paths of Chicago or on quiet roads in southern Illinois, I follow the rules of the road and do what I can to keep myself and fellow travelers safe.” 

Simon will help unveil LIB’s “Illinois bicycle safety quiz challenge,” which is available for free to all bicyclists and motorists. Lt. Governor Simon earned gold level on the quiz, which can be found at


Local Girl Goes to Wales to Play Rugby PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Salyars   
Monday, 01 July 2013 14:04

Megan Salyars has been selected to represent the United States at an International Rugby Tournament to be held August 14 to August 24, 2013 in Wales in the United Kingdom. She graduated from Central Community Schools DeWitt in 2012 where she participated in softball, volleyball, powerlifting, choir and theater. She has been awarded National and World records in her age and weight for powerlifting.


Currently, she is a sophomore at the University of Northern Iowa where she is studying Movement and Exercise Science, with minors in coaching and entrepreneurship while participating on the UNI Women’s Rugby team.  As a member of the team, she has represented the University of Northern Iowa at the National 7s tournament in Houston, Texas where we placed 7th over all.

This summer, she was invited to participate in the Midwest Select Rugby Camp at Palmer College.  This camp consisted of all the top rated rugby players from the Midwest Division I Colleges. At the end of the camp, the coaches chose the top 25 players from the Midwest to participate in an International Rugby Tournament that is being hosted in Wales, United Kingdom, this year. By earning a spot on this team, she will have the opportunity to play against some of the world’s best female rugby players.  It is an honor to be chosen to participate on this team.  She was recruited to play rugby at the University of Northern Iowa, and she never dreamt to love this sport so much or to be given such a wonderful opportunity.

Sadly, the International Rugby Tournament is not affiliated or sanctioned by a college or university thereby, requiring the players to be responsible for fundraising for their expenses. She is currently soliciting local businesses for financial donations to offset her $2,000 in expenses. Donations can be sent to 2587 282nd Ave DeWitt, Iowa 52742.

Thank you for your support.

Team Runablaze Iowa - Flogel & Ries run USA Half-Marathon Championship PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cal Murdock   
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 08:27
Jason sets best in 1:06:34 and Ellen runs 1:20:15

Des Moines - June 4, 2013

Learn more about the team, visit the web site that includes the resume of the team athletes and past running highlights.  1300 of the best Iowa runners, race directors, coaches, volunteers & fans receive this e-mail.

Runablaze Iowa is sponsored by:

Iowa's best running specialty stores:
Fitness Sports - Des Moines
Runners Flat - Cedar Falls
Running Wild - Cedar Rapids, Coraville, Iowa City & West Burlington

Iowa's on-line registration leader: - Bettendorf

Iowa's best races:
Red Flannel, Loop the Lake, Market to Market, Hy Vee road races, Dam to Dam, Marathon to Marathon, Clive Running Festival, Sturgis Falls, Fifth Season, Midnight Madness, Park to Park, Capital Pursuit, IMT Des Moines Marathon and Living History Farms.

And now for the "News" . . .
Jason Flogel set a PR by over a minute in the USA Grandma's Half-Marathon Championships (Duluth, June 22) in 1:06:34.  Jason comments, "I broke every PR of mine from mile 7 onward. It was easily one of the deepest fields I've ran in as I placed 59th overall." Ellen Ries finish 45th in the women's field running a 1:20:15.  There were 39 US men under 1:05 and 34 US women under 1:18.  Dam to Dam top women finishers did well, Kelly Brinkman (Dam 2nd) was 3rd in the Half and Pasca Cheuiyot (Dam 3rd), training in Ft Dodge ran a 2:34:25 in the marathon.
Nate Hopp won the Hog Wild Days 5K (Hiawatha, June 22) in 16:01.
Old News . . .
Robyn Friedman, now a master's runner, won the Rhino Rampage 5K (Des Moines, June 15) winning the entire race in 18:35.
Randy Bill, Chris Robertson and Mason Frank were part of a 12 man Ragnar Relay team that competed at the Madison to Chicago 200 mile relay (June 8-9).  The team won the event in 19:44:22, a sub-6 minute pace.  Mason reports, "Randy led the team with an average pace around 5:16 per mile for (his 3 legs) 20 miles.  I was our second fastest runner with a 5:26 pace for 20 miles and Chris was in the mid 5:30s."
Mason continues, "We were battling another team for most of the night but ended up pulling away and winning by 14 minutes. It was a brutal race with everyone running three separate times, each time about 5-6 hours apart.  Staying up all night and running at that caliber three times was very taxing on the body."
Marie Schofer is back on the roads.  In her hometown she ran the Mt Vernon Chocolate Stroll (June 1) in 21:07.  At the Lisbon Jugglefest 5K (June 9) ran 19:51.  Marie states just two months post-pregnancy, "I've been in a normal running routine for the last few weeks and look forward to getting back to workouts and more races in the next few months."

About Runablaze Iowa
Runablaze Iowa athletes are based throughout Iowa.  Formed in 2006, the purpose of the team is to improve post-collegiate Iowa distance running. Major Iowa running specialty stores, Iowa races and Iowa runners at those races support Runablaze Iowa.

Cal Murdock - Team Manager
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 24 June 2013 08:27

Quad Cities extends winning streak to four games, wins 10th of 12 meetings with Kane County

DAVENPORT, Iowa (JUNE 22, 2013) – Jesse Wierzbicki waited until his sixth and final at-bat in the 11th inning Friday night to extend several personal and team streaks, but he delivered a walk-off RBI single for the Quad Cities River Bandits, who completed a rally from a 5-0, seventh-inning deficit for a 6-5 win over the Kane County Cougars in front of 4,077 at Modern Woodmen Park.

The River Bandits (3-0 second half, 41-31 overall) won their fourth straight game and defeated Kane County (0-3, 30-39) for the fifth time in as many games at Modern Woodmen Park. For a second consecutive game, Quad Cities had 15 hits, with shortstop Carlos Correa and left fielder Ruben Sosa each collecting four hits to lead all players. Correa laced a one-out triple inside the first-base line with one out in the 11th inning before Wierzbicki extended a seven-game hitting streak and 21 game on-base streak with a single to right-center field against Stephen Perakslis (1-3), who has suffered each of his losses this season against Quad Cities.

Quad Cities held Kane County to just four hits, and left-hander Colton Cain no-hit the visitors while walking one batter in the first four innings. In the fifth inning, however, he walked Cougars third baseman Jeimer Candelario, and first baseman Rock Shoulders doubled to left field for his team's first hit. With the infield in and one out, right fielder Reggie Golden hit a ball off the glove of shortstop Carlos Correa that went into shallow center field and brought in two runs for a 2-0 lead. Cain allowed two hits and two earned runs while walking two and striking out four in five innings. Kane County extended the lead with home runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Center fielder Albert Almora drove a Jamaine Cotton pitch out to left field for a two-run shot in the sixth, and Shoulders led off the seventh with his league-high 14th homer and a 5-0 lead. The Cougars did not record a hit the rest of the game.

After failing to score in the first six innings against left-hander Michael Heesch, the River Bandits found their offense in the seventh against right-hander Armando Rivero, making his Minor League Baseball debut. Designated Brian Blasik drew a leadoff walk, and second baseman Austin Elkins homered for the second straight game to make it 5-2. Sosa, center fielder Brett Phillips and right fielder Teoscar Hernandez each singled to close within 5-3, and catcher Roberto Pena's two-out infield single trimmed the gap to 5-4.

In the ninth inning, Phillips drew a leadoff walk, went to second on a sacrifice and scored the tying run when Golden bobbled Correa's one-out single to right-center field. Right-hander Juri Perez (2 2/3 innings), and right-hander Gera Sanchez (1 1/3 innings) combined to no-hit the Cougars for the final four innings, though Quad Cities pitchers matched a season high with six walks.

Saturday's victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Sunday, June 23. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Sunday, June 23.

The River Bandits and Cougars will play the series finale at 5 p.m. Sunday, when Quad Cities looks for its third sweep of Kane County this season. River Bandits All-Star right-hander Lance McCullers (3-4) will start against Cougars right-hander Felix Pena (2-1).

UP NEXT: To celebrate “Half-way to Christmas”, the River Bandits will give away three free 32” flat-screen TVs on Flat Screen Family Sunday presented by KWQC and B100. The first 1,000 fans will receive free sunglasses from Mediacom for the home stand finale. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at 563-324-3000 and online at Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 08:33

Stefanie Brown will resume day-to-day management of the River Bandits and Modern Woodmen Park

DAVENPORT, Iowa (JUNE 18, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits announced on Tuesday that Executive Director of Modern Woodmen Park Stefanie Brown is resuming day-to-day operation of the Midwest League club, as former General Manager Harold Craw is leaving to pursue other opportunities outside the organization.

“The River Bandits and Main Street Baseball thank Harold Craw for his great work on behalf of the organization and wish him and his family the best as he pursues other opportunities,” team owner Dave Heller said. “We are so grateful that Stefanie Brown has agreed to resume day-to-day management of the River Bandits and Modern Woodmen Park.”

UP NEXT: When the Chicago Cubs affiliate, the Kane County Cougars, visits Modern Woodmen Park on Thursday, the River Bandits will host another  Mega Cubs Fantacular Giveaway, Ladies' Night and a Thirst-Day Thursday presented by Rock 104-9, the Quad Cities' CW and the River Cities' Reader. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at 563-324-3000 and online at Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: The River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, a Mediacom Frog Hopper,and a number of new bounce houses. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans can see last year's No. 1 overall draft pick, Carlos Correa, as well as first-round draft choice Lance McCullers. The Astros also just made the very first selection in the major league draft earlier this month and could have top pick Mark Appel play in the Quad Cities. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, the second half of this season is one every fan will not want to miss!


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