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BETTENDORF – A new bridge. A new course. A new logo. The TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon celebrated its 25th anniversary by making everything old seem new again during a kickoff event Thursday, May 19, at Bettendorf’s Crawford Brew Works. However, with a renewed sense of vigor after COVID-19 impacted the last two events, founding Race Director Joe Moreno promised the same great time participants had prior to the pandemic during this fall’s festivities, Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 24-25. “It’s been a long winding road,” Mr. Moreno said after addressing those in attendance, including volunteers, sponsors, and the mayors of the four cities the race runs through annually. “But we’re still here to hit a great milepost.” Along with unveiling details for this year’s event, Mr. Moreno and John DeDoncker, president of the Midwest Division of TBK Bank, also jointly announced the title sponsor had already renewed support for the five years following this fall’s festival of running. TBK Bank’s current sponsorship deal was due to run out after the 2022 event. Financial details were not disclosed. “We love this race,” Mr. DeDoncker said. “This is the 21st year for us as sponsor – and we continued to sponsor during the pandemic. So why would I in a million years want somebody else to step in our shoes? We’ve got a fabulous thing going.” Added Mr. Moreno, “The support we continue to get shows we’re still in it for the long run.” The kickoff event also marked the official beginning of registration for the QC Marathon’s seven associated races:
- The 26.2-mile marathon.
- The Rock Valley Physical Therapy-sponsored marathon relay, which divides the full marathon course into varying lengths for a five-person team to tackle.
- The 13.1-mile Mel Foster Co. Half Marathon.
- The Palmer Chiropractic Clinics 5K run/walk.
- The Rudy’s Tacos 1-mile run/walk for prostate cancer.
- The Happy Joe’s Kids’ Micro-Marathon, a non-competitive event for children.
- The Orthopaedic Specialists Pump-N-Run, a side competition mixing weightlifting with one of the running events.