Weekend warriors have many reasons to be thankful this holiday season when looking back at all of the fitness-oriented organizations and many healthful events run locally in their stead.|
Included are a couple of Turkey Trots serving as the milepost to Thanksgiving next week. Local cyclists also have reasons to celebrate.
Habitat Turkey Trot: Augustana College's Habitat for Humanity chapter hosts their annual fundraiser Saturday at 9 a.m.
The 5K road race runs through the Rock Island campus, starting and finishing at Ericson Field on the Paul Olsen Track. Post-race refreshments are provided.
Everyone is welcome — students, staff, faculty and community members. All proceeds benefit local families in need.
In a fun wrinkle, four cards are handed out during the race, and a fifth card is awarded at the finish line. The person with the best poker hand receives a prize. All participants are eligible.
For Augie students, there also are IM Cup points awarded for the top eight times.
Augie's Greek Groups have a doubly special incentive to run, with a cash prize to each fraternity and sorority that averages the best time for their top five runners.
To register online, visit eventbrite.com/event/3226782393# or email email@example.com.
Run for the Red: DeWitt hosts the fifth annual American Red Cross fundraiser Sunday at noon.
This 5K run and health walk starts and finishes at the corner of 14th Street and 8th Avenue, with the route winding through a scenic residential section of the city.
Race-day registration runs 10:45-11:45 a.m. at the DeWitt Fitness Center. The post-race fun also happens inside the center and includes door prizes and refreshments.
Long-sleeve tech shirts are guaranteed to the first 200 registrants. Trophies are awarded to the top three finishers and medals go to the top three in each age division.
Early packet pickup is tonight from 5-7 p.m. at the Center. Online registration is available at gatewayredcross.org, or call Kira Nauman (563-242-5223) for more information.
Galesburg Turkey Trot: The city's 37th annual Thanksgiving run actually is Sunday at 9 a.m.
The 5K run/walk starts and finishes at the Lake Storey Pavilion.
Online registration has closed, but race-day registration is available with packet pickup from 7:30-8:45 a.m.
Trophies and frozen turkeys go to the top male and female. The top three in each age division also receive an award.
The post-race party includes refreshments and door prizes, including some frozen turkeys.
For more information, contact Doug Slaton at (309) 289-8614 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Galesburg Recreation Department at (309) 345-3683.
YMCA Turkey Trot: Davenport's downtown YMCA is the site of the area's only real Thanksigiving morning race.
The event starts at 8:30 a.m. with a one-mile family fun run and includes a five-mile run and two-person relay starting at 9 a.m.
A cap of 2,500 participants has been established, so register promptly. Online registration runs through midnight Sunday at getmeregistered.com or sign up at any area YMCA.
Local schools that bring in 100 registrations receive a YMCA pool party. The run also features a stroke awareness group and opportunities to participate despite being out of town that day.
Packet pickup and late registration runs Wednesday (noon-7 p.m.) and Thursday (6:30-8 a.m.). Proceeds benefit the local YMCA.
Participants receive shirts, awards and a post-race party inside the YMCA. Parking is available down the street at Modern Woodmen Park.
For more information, visit scottcountyfamilyy.org or contact Missy Knott (563-359-9622 or email@example.com) or Laura Cox (563-391-7771 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
RAGBRAI: Sign-ups for the QC Bicycle Club's Preferred Charter Bus Service is now open for the 41st annual summer cycling journey across Iowa.
RAGBRAI runs July 21-27 in 2013, and the QCBC provides reserved, family-friendly campsites for the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world.
The charter begins and ends in Bettendorf, and the QCBC's host hotel provides complimentary shuttles to the QC International Airport. The weeklong campsites include cold beverages for sale, charging stations for hand-held devices, portable sanitation units, basic bike maintenance tools and other goodies.
Interested in joining the fun? Visit qcbc.org/ragbrai.
Winter rides: The QCBC's winter schedule of bike rides starts this weekend. Group rides are offered each Saturday morning, Sunday afternoon and Wednesday mornings. If interested in joining any of these days and times, visit qcbc.org/rides for more information.