Now that spring is finally here, it has been wonderful to get our children outside in the fresh air. From soccer camps to playing at local parks, the Quad Cities has endless opportunities to keep your kids active, while having fun. One of my favorite ways to promote an active lifestyle is through local fun runs for kids. Races are a great way to keep yourself active and promote a healthy lifestyle for your children. I don’t mind spending the money on registrations for my kids, because the fun runs are a way keep them excited about being active and healthy and the proceeds of most races benefit our community and local charities.
Below I am highlighting two of my favorite fun runs for kids in the Quad Cities and list all of the races that have kids fun runs (with links to information/registration) below. Comment on this post with your favorite Quad Cities area race (for you or your kids) and be entered to win a free ‘kids fun run’ registration to one of the following races: Run 4 the Hills, Color the Quads, Firecracker Run, Freedom Run and Quad City Marathon Happy Joe’s Kids Micro-Marathon.
RUN 4 THE HILLS - Saturday, June 7
The Run 4 the Hills Cross Country Experience Race is put on The Friends of the Bettendorf Parks Foundation, which helps fund many aspects of local parks from lighting and signage to dog park amenities and waterless restrooms. What I appreciate most about the foundation is it’s dedication to funding park activities for special needs children and providing financial support for families with financial difficulties, allowing all children to participate in park activities.
Run 4 the Hills Kids Fun Run
Location: Crow Creek Park – Bettendorf, IA
Distance: ¼ mile
Start Time: 9:15 am
Registration Fee: $15 (includes t-shirt, activities and snacks)
Activities: Home Depot kids workshop, fire truck, police squad car and Army humvees, lots of area mascots, snacks and additional activities for kids!
COLOR THE QUADS - Saturday, May 31
Color the Quads supports the Quad Cities and surrounding communities by bringing a ton of colorful happiness to the Quad Cities and helping out local charities. Color the Quads is a fun race where participates begin wearing all white and are sprayed with powdered paint throughout the race. The 2014 Mel Foster Color the Quads benefits three wonderful organizations, the Child Abuse Council, Rick’s House of Hope and the local chapter of March of Dimes – Mississippi Valley Division. The 400 yard dash and one mile fun runs are a hit with young kids as they combine two of their favorite things…being messy and running wild!
Color the Quads Kids Color Dash
Location: Middle Park Band Shell – Bettendorf, IA
Distance: 400 meter and 1 mile
Start Time: 11 am
Registration Fee: $20 (includes t-shirt, sunglasses and meal)
QUAD CITIES KIDS FUN RUNS 2014
Race for the Schools (Muscatine, IA) – Saturday, May 3
Livefit with Lupus Run (LeClaire, IA) – Saturday, May 17
Super Hero Fun Run (Geneseo, IL) – Sunday, May 18
Color the Quads (Bettendorf, IA) – Saturday, May 31
Frog Hop (Moline, IL) – Saturday, May 31
Run 4 the Hills XC (Bettendorf, IA) – Saturday, June 7
June Bug Jog (Hampton, IL) – Saturday, June 7
One Tough Cookie Obstacle and Mud Run (New Liberty, IA) – Saturday, June 7
Maple City 4 Road Race (Geneseo, IL) – Saturday, June 14
Leevon Ritter Memorial (LeClaire, IA) – Friday, June 20
Royal Ball Run for Autism (Milan, IL) – Saturday, June 21
Greek Cultural Fest and Hercules Hustle (East Moline, IL) – Saturday, June 28
Pioneer Trailblazer (Rock Island, IL) – Saturday, June 28
Hy-Vee Kids Road Race (Davenport, IA) – Sunday, June 29
Firecracker Run (East Moline, IL) – Friday, July 4
Moonlight Chase (Eldridge, IA) – Saturday, July 12
Wells4wellness (Moline, IL) – Saturday , July 12
Jr Bix – Friday, July 25
Freedom Run (East Moline, IL) – Thursday, August 7
Silvis Home Run (Silvis, IL) – Saturday, August 23
Bettendorf Rotary Run with Carl (Bettendorf, IA) – Saturday, September 1
Drew’s Faithful Feet (Geneseo, IL) – Saturday, September 6
St. Ambrose Killer Bee Bumble Rumble (Davenport, IA) – Saturday, September 20
QC Marathon Happy Joe’s Kids Micro-Marathon (Moline, IL) – Saturday, September 27
Riverbend Make-A-Wish Foundation Walk/Run for Wishes (Davenport, IA) – Saturday, October 4
GiGi’s Super Hero Run (Bettendorf, IA) – Saturday, October 4
Cornbelt Running Club Pumpkin Dash (Davenport, IA) – Sunday, October 19
YMCA Turkey Trot (Davenport, IA) – Thursday, Nov 27
Please comment below with your favorite race (for you or your kids) in the Quad Cities. Everyone who comments will be entered to win a FREE kids fun run registration for the following races: Run 4 the Hills, Color the Quads, Firecracker Run, Freedom Run and Quad City Marathon Happy Joe’s Kids Micro-Marathon.
*If you know of any local races with kids fun runs that are not listed above, please let us know and we’ll add them to the list!