Saturday July 27th, 2019
Distance: 7 miles · Kids Race
This race attracts the greatest long distance runners in the world competing to win thousands of dollars in prize money. It is said to be the highest purse of any non-marathon race. Tremendous spectator support, entertainment and post party. Come and try to conquer this challenging course along with over 15,000 other participants, as you "Run With The Best."
In 1975 the first Bix 7 race marked the largest gathering of runners to date in the Quad-Cities -- 84. It was also the first time runners were allowed to run on city streets.
The Bix 7 was founded by John Hudetz of Bettendorf, who wanted to bring to the Quad-Cities some of the excitement he felt when he ran his first Boston Marathon in 1974.
The race matched a pair of world-class runners -- Steve Hoag of Minneapolis, who finished second behind Rodgers in the 1975 Boston Marathon, and Lucian Rosa of Sri Lanka. Rosa, who later became the track coach at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, won in a time of 34:33.8.
There were only three female entries, led by Parkside student Kim Merritt of Racine, Wis. Her winning time of 41:04 was 24 minutes better than her nearest pursuer.