Bix 7 To Be Held Virtually This Summer
By David Monti, @d9monti
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(06-May) -- Organizers of the Quad-City Times Bix 7 (a 2020 RRCA Iowa State Championship) announced last night
that their event would only be held virtually this year in response to
the COVID-19 pandemic. The Davenport, Iowa, road race --an important
fixture on the USA summer road racing circuit since 1975-- was
originally scheduled for Saturday, July 25. This year would have been
the 46th running of the 7-mile road race which recorded 7,719 finishers
"Our team has been working diligently over the past months, exploring
every option to make this year's Quad-City Times Bix 7 a safe and
successful event," said race director Michelle Juehring through a
statement. "For more than 45 years, the Quad-City Times Bix 7 was held
on the last Saturday of July. This year, participants will have the
whole month of July to 'Run With The Best.'"
Registered participants for the Quad-City Times Bix 7, Prairie Farms
Quick Bix (a shorter race), and Arconic Jr Bix (children's event) will
have two options to run this year. They can either transition into
virtual race, held from July 1 - 25, or roll-over their race entry to
the 2021 race. An email will be sent to registered runners with detailed
instructions. Those who complete the race on their own will submit
their times on-line and will be able to print a finisher certificate.
They will also receive an official race T-shirt through the mail.
Juehring and her team considered rescheduling the race to the fall, but decided against it.
"There are other races on the calendar at that time of year and we did
not want to impact participation elsewhere," Juehring told the Quad City
Times. "Also at this point, we don't really know what the situation
will be then and we might have found ourselves in a position where we
would end up facing the same choices all over again."
The Bix joins other classic summer road races in the United States which
have been cancelled, postponed or switched to virtual editions
including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race 10-K
(postponed to Thanksgiving Day), Boilermaker 15-K (postponed until
September 13), TD Beach to Beacon 10-K (cancelled), and New Balance
Falmouth Road Race (virtual only).
Some of the greatest road runners in history have won the Bix, usually
held in steamy conditions. On the women's side, Catherine Ndereba of
Kenya won three times (1999, 2001 and 2003), and Joan Benoit Samuelson
won four times (1983, 1985, 1986, and 1988). On the men's side, Bill
Rodgers won twice (1980 and 1981), and John Korir won five times (1998,
1999, 2001, 2003 and 2004). American winners include Meb Keflezighi
(2002 and 2009), Ryan Hall (2010), Aliphine Tuliamuk (2007), and Molly
Huddle (2009 and 2014). The race served as a USA road running
championships in 2002, 2009, 2010, and 2017.