Q-C party erupts for 43rd year | Local News

Look!

Up on the hill!

It’s a race! It’s a reunion! It’s a community celebration!

As 12,606 runners and walkers took to Davenport’s Brady Street hill shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, the 43rd annual Quad-City Times Bix 7 road race proved to be all of those things.

The coolish weather — 68 degrees under sunny skies — produced plenty of smiles among participants and the thousands of people lining the course.

With the low temp, 73 percent humidity and a dew point of 59 — not yet in the sticky range — there weren’t any big heat issues in the medical tent. Only 22 people were treated, and none was transported from there to hospitals.

Race crowd favorite Joy Ripslinger, the Assumption High School running standout, succeeded in beating the elite runners with her 2.25-mile head start. She flew through the course to win the Isle Casino Beat the Elite event that comes with $2,500 prize money that she will donate to charity.

Another crowd favorite, Joan Benoit Samuelson, running this year for the first time in the women’s 60-and-over age category, didn’t just beat the course record, she obliterated it, finishing five minutes and 52 seconds faster than another woman her age. She also won the women’s masters (40 and over) for the 15th time.

Not to be overlooked — four men, one in his 60s and the rest in their 70s — participated in the seven-mile race for the 43rd time in a row, a distinction held by only those four. They are Ed Lillis, 71, of Rock Island;  Don Fish, 67, of Davenport; Gary Fischer, 75, of Iowa City; and Steve Clark, 70, of Chicago’s western suburbs.

Costumes included the ever-popular Palmer College of Chiropractic spine, a half dozen Marilyn Monroes, Elvis, a penguin and Batman. Several groups hiked in military gear,…

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