Health & Fitness Expo: Saturday, September 22, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Marathon: Sunday, September 23, 7 a.m.
TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline IL
An eagerly awaited autumnal tradition will get the blood pumping on September 22 and 23, as the weekend brings with it the Moline TaxSlayer Center's Active Endeavors Health & Fitness Expo on September 22 followed by the annual Quad Cities Marathon, presented by TBK Bank, on September 23, the latter a Boston Marathon qualifier and the only such event in the country to incorporate fave races, four cities, three brides, two states, and one island.
On September 22, the TaxSlayer Center and Active Endeavors will host a number of preparatory events for Sunday's runners, with this year's expo boasting more than 40 booths featuring health-and-fitness products and information; official race merchandise; registration and packet pick-up for Sunday's varied races; and a number of guest presenters speaking between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The day will also feature Body Dynamics' Pump & Run, in which you can bench and curl a percentage of your body weight to earn a reduction in your rare-day run time; a casual shake-out run at 8 a.m. outside the TaxSlayer Center; the 11 a.m. Rudy's Tacos One-Mile Run/Walk for Prostate Cancer; bus tours of the marathon course beginning at 11:30 a.m.; a non-competitive, 1:30 p.m. Happy Joe's Kids Micromarathon with jump houses, balloons, goodie bags, and pizza for all finishers; and a 3:30 p.m. runner's session with race director Joe Moreno, who will reviews the ins and outs of the Quad Cities Marathon course and discuss how a pace group can help you get to the finish line in your goal time.
Meanwhile, on September 23, the TBK Bank's official Quad Cities Marathon events all get underway, with the full marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, and 5K all beginning promptly in front of the TaxSlayer Center at 7 a.m. A post-race party with chiropractic care, massages, music, food, drinks, a PR Bell, and more await the runners at the finish line, and award ceremonies will be held at the tent right of the stage area at 9 a.m. (for the 5K0, 10:30 a.m. (for the half-marathon), 11 a.m. (for the full marathon), and 11:30 a.m. 9for the five-person relay).
Admission to the September 22 Active Endeavors Health & Fitness Expo is free, with varying registration prices for the September 23 races, and more information on the weekend is available by visiting QCMarathon.org.