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Race Packet Pickup & Expo Information

The Running Wild Sports & Fitness Expo is the official race headquarters for the Quad-City Times Bix 7.

Packet pickup, late registration and Expo are located in the RiverCenter South Hall at 136 East Third Street, Davenport. Hours are: Thursday, July 22 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be limited packet pick-up race morning from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. No in-person race registration available on Saturday morning.

Race Number

Your numbered bib Is unique to you, must be securely pinned to the front of your running clothes (top or shorts) and must be visible at all times. Anyone running without an official bib will be removed from the course and not be recorded as a finisher. Please check printed information on bib to assure that all your personal information is correct. Mark any medical information (diabetes, medication, etc.) on the back of your bib.

You must wear your assigned D-tag timing chip or you will not be timed. Attach the D-tag per the instructions (see link). Timing and scoring are determined by the D-tag. Upon crossing the finish line you need NOT remove your D-tag; it is disposable and can be discarded in a trash receptacle.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT trade bib numbers or D-tags with anyone.

Race Course

Quad-City Times Bix 7 & Prairie Farms Quick Bix start at the intersection of Brady & 4th Street.

The race will begin at 8 a.m. sharp with all participants in place by 7:40 a.m. Corral entry points are listed here. Enter the starting area only from River Drive, 2nd St. or 3rd St.

Starting Line Map

The Course

The Quad-City Times Bix 7 race starts at the intersection of Brady & 4th streets, goes up Brady Street Hill, turns right onto Bix (Kirkwood) Blvd, turns up Jersey Ridge Rd., turn right onto Middle Rd., and turn right onto McClellan Blvd., to a turnaround at River Drive. The course follows back the same way, turns left onto 3rd street to the finish line. Splits will be given at all mile markers. There will be a timing mat at the “halfway” point on the course to record a mid-way split. Water will be available on the course. Run on the right side of the street, with traffic.

The Prairie Farms Quick Bix starts on Brady St (with Bix 7 runners), turns right on 15th St., turns right onto Perry St., turns left onto 4th St. to the finish line.

This is a challenging race course. If at any time you feel any danger signals of hypothermia (dizziness, dry skin, and cessation of sweating, nausea, cramps, goose bumps or incoherent thought or speech), flag for medical assistance and get into the shade.

Course Map and Additional Info

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Additional Course Info

Bix 7 – Starts on Brady St., turns right onto Kirkwood Blvd., turns up Jersey Ridge Rd., turns right onto Middle Rd., and turns right onto McClellan Blvd., to a turnaround at River Drive. The course follows back the same way, turns left onto 3rd street to the finish line.

QuickBix – Starts on Brady St (with Bix 7 runners), turns right on 15th St., turns right onto Perry St., turns left onto 4th St. to the finish line.

How steep is Brady Street Hill?
The hill is about a 7 to 9% grade, or 4 to 5 degrees, for around one third of a mile.

Finish Line

Unofficial times will be displayed as you cross the finish line. Complete results with your official chip time will appear Sunday in the Quad-City Times. Because of the large number of runners, we must keep participants moving rapidly through the finishing area. Please follow these instructions:

  • Do not stop at the finish line.
  • Proceed through the finishing area.
  • Congratulations! Now just follow the path to the Quad-City Times Bix 7 Walmart’s Post-Race Party.

Race Guide will be available for download race weekend.

Parking, Hotels & Travel

Looking for a place to stay?

The Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf is proud to be the host hotel for this year’s Bix 7. As Iowa’s largest hotel complex with over 500 comfortable rooms, we have just the room for you! Enjoy our fitness rooms, indoor pool, hot tub and three on-site dining options. Call 1-800-THE-ISLE or click here to book your stay today.

Parking information in downtown Davenport can be found here.

Participant Number

Your numbered bib must be securely pinned to the front of your running clothes (top or shorts) and must be visible at all times. Anyone running without an official bib will not be recorded as a finisher. Please check printed information on bib to assure that all your personal information is correct. Mark any medical information (diabetes, medication, etc.) on the back of your bib.

You must wear your assigned D-tag timing chip or you will not be timed. Attach the D-tag per the instructions(see below). Timing and scoring are determined by the D-tag. Upon crossing the finish line you need NOT remove your D-tag; it is disposable and can be discarded in a trash receptacle.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT trade bib numbers or D-tags with anyone.

FAQ

When is the race?
  • Bix & QuickBix: 8:00 am Saturday, July 25, 2020
  • Jr Bix: 6:00 pm Friday, July 24, 2020
Contact information
How long is the Bix?
Bix: 7 Miles QuickBix: 2 Miles Jr Bix:

  • Age 8-12: 7/10 Mile
  • Age 6-7: 1/2 Mile
  • 5 & under: 70 yards
How much does it cost?
  • Bix & QuickBix: $40 by June 1, $45 by July 10, $50 late entry
  • Jr Bix: $16 until July 24, $20 late entry
When does registration end?
  • Mailed applications must be postmarked by July 17.
  • Online registration ends at 11:59 pm July 24.
  • The last chance to register is in person at the River Center packet pick-up sessions on the Thursday and Friday before the race.
What do I get for registering?

Bix & QuickBix:

  • The Official 2020 Quad-City Times Bix 7 Race Shirt (you pick your size)
  • Free Commemorative Poster
  • Yearly award pin for 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45th time participants
  • Publication of name and official finish time in the Quad-City Times
  • Walmart’s Greatest Post Race Party
  • 4 FREE Bix at 6 training runs for registered runners

Jr Bix:

  • Official Jr Bix T-Shirt
  • Jr Bix “Victory” Medal
  • Name printed in the Quad-City Times
  • Admission to “Family Block Party.”
  • Parents are invited, too!

You will pick up your T-shirts at Packet Pickup. Additional shirts purchased in the registration process will be mailed as soon as they are available.

Is there an age restriction to run?
There are no age restrictions on the Bix. Categories are: 15 and under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80 & over.
What is the race route?
  • Starts on Brady St, turns right onto Kirkwood Blvd, turns up Jersey Ridge Rd, turns right onto Middle Rd, turns right onto McClellan Blvd, to a turnaround at River Drive. The course follows back the same way, turns left onto 3rd street to the finish line.
  • QuickBix: Starts on Brady St (with Bix 7 runners), turns right on 15th St, turns right onto Perry St, turns left onto 4th St to the finish line.

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How steep is Brady Street Hill?
The hill is about a 7 to 9% grade, or 4 to 5 degrees, for around one third of a mile.
Can I be in the race if I am in a wheelchair?
Yes, wheelchairs are allowed in the race. Other wheeled devices, such as strollers and bicycles, are not.
Can I bring my child with me in the race?
For the safety of the runners, strollers are not allowed. Children strapped to an adult or carried are permitted. As a reminder, the temperature on the day of the race may be very high. Be safe.
Are pets allowed?
As much as we love them, pets are not allowed.
How do I participate in the costume contest?
101.3 Kiss FM will hold the costume contest in the Quad-City Times parking lot after the race.
How is the race timed?
We use a disposable timing chip called a D-tag. These chips are located on the race bib. To use, peel the chip off the race bib and attach to your shoe. These chips do not need to be collected after the race.
I’ve registered. Now what?
  • If you ordered an extra T-shirt, it will ship as soon as it is available.
  • The Running Wild Sports and Fitness Expo is the official race headquarters for the Quad-City Times Bix 7. The expo is located in the RiverCenter South Hall at 136 East Third Street, Davenport.
  • Packet pick-up, late registration and expo hours are: Thursday, July 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday, July 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be limited packet pick-up the morning of the race from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. No late registration available on Saturday morning.
  • If you choose to pick up your packet on race day, T-shirts, posters and pins may not be available.
  • Plan to be at the race early to park and get in position.
What’s the Bix at 6?

The Bix at 6 is a set of 4 training runs available to registered Bix participants. Runs start at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, June 25, July 2 & July 9. You must be registered for the Bix or QuickBix to participate. Runners who register at the Bix at 6 will receive a free Bix at 6 T-shirt.The start line is at the corner of 4th and LeClaire Streets. Parking is in the Quad-City Times parking lot. 

What’s the Brady Street Sprints and how can I enter?

The race is exactly a quarter mile climb, steeply ascending Brady Street hill. Ten races highlight the evening. Two men’s and women’s open races (29 & under and 39 & under for each), two Masters’ races (40 & over, men’s and women’s), High School relays (boys’ & girls’), Bix 7 Sponsors Race (Bix sponsors only) and the Corporate Challenge Race (any Quad City company may recruit the fastest runners they can find). The finals will be televised on KWQC with cash prizes for top finishers. Time trials take place during the first three Bix at 6 training runs – 7:00 p.m. at 5th and Pershing Street. The top 3 finishers each night will make it into the final round, which will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 23.

Where do I park?

There are three downtown parking ramps, as well as street side parking and the Modern Woodmen Park parking lot (which requires a bit of a walk). Make sure you’re there early enough to get in place before the race starts.

Where can I stay when I’m in town?

The official hotel of the Bix 7 is the Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf. Call 1-800-THE-ISLE for more information or to book a room.

How do I return my chip?

You don’t need to return your chip! With the D-Tag disposable timing chips, you won’t need to stop and remove the chip after the race or pay for a lost chip.

Driving and Parking

The location of the finish line is the same as last year, 3rd St. at Iowa St. Please study the map carefully and note the detours. All lots which charge a fee will also be open on a first-come, first-serve basis, so arrive early.

What to Do the Day of the Race

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Arrive Early

Many thousands of entrants and spectators will converge on the downtown area, so allow plenty of extra time for parking and plan to arrive at the starting area no later than 7:30 a.m.

Enter the lineup early. It may take 10 minutes or longer to find your spot. All runners should be in place and ready to start by 7:40 a.m.

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Water

It is vitally important for entrants to be fully hydrated before starting this race. Water will be available at all line-up areas. Take advantage of it!

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Race Day Parking

You can park in all 3 city parking ramps for $2 starting at 5pm on Friday, all day Saturday or all day Sunday. The locations are;

  • River Center ramp – Enter East of Brady on 2nd & 3rd.
  • 101 Main Street ramp – Located North of River Drive.
  • 202 Harrison Street ramp – Enter on Harrison and on Ripley between 2nd & 3rd.
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Spectators

Spectators may enter on 5th St. using both the East & West sidewalks on Brady St. ONLY to the North sides of 4th St. NO spectators will be allowed on Brady St. or south of 4th St. until after all participants have cleared the Start Line.

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Warm-Up Area

Because Brady, 3rd St. and 4th St. will be blocked off, runners should warm up along 2nd St. both to the east and west of Brady St. Then proceed to your color coded area for lineup. See map for directions to your color coded area.

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Lineup

Color Coded Lineup Areas! Brady St. from the starting line back to River Drive will be flagged off for the lineup. Only those wearing an entrants’ number will be allowed within that area. NO ONE except seeded runners will be allowed to enter the lineup from the front at 4th & Brady. All other runners must enter from their own color coded area. See separate color coded area instructions & map.

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How the clock works

It will take some time after the starting gun is fired for many to reach the starting line. Your official D-tag (net) time will appear in the Quad-City Times the morning after the race. 

NOTE: Quick Bix! A clock will be at the start and finish lines. Official D-tag (net) timing will take place.

Walmart

Wal-Mart Post-Race Party

Celebration time begins after the race and Walmart knows how to throw a party! After you cross the finish line, make your way to the Quad-City Times parking lot. Walmart, along with our other great sponsors, will be waiting with food, fun and beverages.