Unlike most of the runners from Kenya who compete on the United States road running circuit, Silas Kipruto is tall enough to pass for a basketball player.

And on Saturday he pretty much slam-dunked the rest of the field in the 37th annual Quad-City Times Bix 7.

The 6-foot-4 Kipruto slipped into the lead just before the halfway mark of the race, then thoroughly dominated the second half on his way to an 11-second victory over a pack of fellow Kenyans.

He earned $12,500 for his victory, which he said was more difficult than his triumph in the Wharf to Wharf 6-miler in California last weekend. He said the Bix 7 is much hillier and the weather was much more severe.

"I see the course (Friday) and it's not flat," he said of the Bix 7.

Kipruto, 26, said the terrain kind of reminded him of back home in Kenya. He said the weather was more of an obstacle than the course. The race-time temperature of 77 degrees was the warmest since 2006 and only six degrees short of the record high for the event.

"Very humid," Kipruto said as he tried to dry off for a post-race television interview. "Very, very humid."

The humid conditions were reflected in the finishing times. Kipruto's winning effort of 32 minutes, 36 seconds tied for only the 50th-best mark in the race's history.

Four Kenyans followed him across the finish line, led by Allan Kiprono, who led for part of the first half of the race. Lani Rutto was third, Shadrack Kosgei fourth and Linus Chumba, another early-pace-setter, placed fifth.

The top American finisher was Abdi Abdirahman, who took sixth in his second Bix appearance. He was second in 2002.

Abdirahman and other runners in the field said the Kenyan domination began much sooner than the turnaround.

American Christo Landry, who finished 10th, was proud of the fact that he ran the second mile in only 4 minutes, 20 seconds, but he said he lost ground on the leaders in that stretch.

"The guy in the lead (Kipruto) started pushing it at the top of the first hill," Landry said. "He didn't really pull away from anyone yet but he was really pushing the pace. He already was taking control of the race."

Kiprono and Chumba were right with Kipruto until they reached the end of McClellan Boulevard and turned to head for home.

"He went ahead of me at that point and then he really started pushing the pace," Kiprono said. "I keep chasing him but I couldn't keep up."


UPDATE: Unlike most of the runners from Kenya who compete on the United States road running circuit, Silas Kipruto is tall enough to pass for a basketball player.

 

And on Saturday he pretty much slam-dunked the rest of the field in the 37th annual Quad-City Times Bix 7.

The 6-foot-4 Kipruto slipped into the lead just before the halfway mark of the race, then thoroughly dominated the second half on his way to an 11-second victory over a pack of fellow Kenyans.

He earned $12,500 for his victory, which he said was more difficult than his triumph in the Wharf to Wharf 6-miler in California last weekend. He said the Bix 7 is much hillier and the weather was much more severe.

“Very humid,’’ he said as he tried to dry off for a post-race televisions interview. “Very, very humid.’’

His winning time of 32 minutes, 36 seconds tied for the 50th best in the history of the race.

Four Kenyans followed Kipruto across the finish line, led by Allan Kiprono, who led for much of the first half of the race. Lani Rutto was third, Shadrack Kosgei fourth and Linus Chumba, another early-pace-setter, was fifth.

The top American finisher was Abdi Abdirahman, who took sixth in his second Bix appearance. He was second in 2002.

— Don Doxsie


UPDATE: Caroline Rotich took control of the women’s field near the midpoint of today’s Quad-City Times Bix 7 and never looked back.

The 27-year-old Kenyan covered the seven-mile course through the streets of Davenport in 36 minutes, 42 seconds to top fellow Kenyan Jelliah Tinega by 1:04.

“I was with a pack (including Tinega and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom) near the turnaround and I was able to get ahead and I just took off,’’ Rotich said. “After that, I never slowed down.’’

Rotich’s winning time was the fastest for a female competitor at the Bix 7 since Susan Chepkemei of Kenya established a course record with her winning time in 2004.

A first-time entry in the Bix 7 and fourth-place finisher in this year’s Boston Marathon, Rotich said she felt strong from the start in a race that served as a tune-up for the World Championships.

Tinega finished in 37:46 while Diane Nukuri-Johnson, a former University of Iowa runner from Burundi, took third in 37:59. Madai Perez of Mexico was fourth in 38:33.

— Steve Batterson


UPDATE: Scenes from the Quick Bix: A barbershop quartet serenaded walkers with “Hello Mary Lou” on the downhill stretch of Perry Street on the Quick Bix. Several other bands and singing groups provided inspiration.

On the Brady Street hill, spectators contratulated a mom-to-be who wore a T-shirt that said “First Bix, First Baby.”

On the pedometer, the Quick Bix took 8,530 steps.

Two National Guard soldiers walked with full packs, to many cheers, claps and shouts of “Thanks.” Wonder what was in the packs?


UPDATE: Caldwell Trophy winner Jen Paul, LeClaire.


UPDATE: Tim Hird is Newell winner.


UPDATE: There are reports of lots of runners going to the medical tent. One guy reportedly is being carried in.


UPDATE: The men’s division winner of the Quad-City Times Bix 7 is Silas Kipruto, 26, of Kenya in 32:32. He finished about 30 second ahead of the rest of the runners.


UPDATE: The women’s division winner of the Quad-City Times Bix 7 in 36:41 is Catherine Rotich, a 27-year old from Kenya.  Rotich’s winning time is fastest for a female at the Bix 7 since 2004 when Susan Chepkemei set course record of 35:24 Jelliah Tinega is second female finisher in 37:41.

 


UPDATE: Jim Irwin wins the jackpot prize and crowd went wild! Medics spraying w water and having him drink water. He's smiling.


UPDATE: Current women's leader Caroline Rotich is running her first Bix 7. She finished fourth in the Boston Marathon earlier this year.


UPDATE: Many runners are passing the turnaround point.


UPDATE: Quick Bix men’s winner is Nick Kane of Joliet, Ill. He was wearing a black Michael Jordan jersey.


UPDATE: A sea of bobbing heads makes its way up Brady Street hill.


The Quick Bix course is lined with musical acts ranging from a country singer to a Dixieland band.


UPDATE: The lead runner just made the turn at Kirkwood.


UPDATE: The lead runners are climbing Brady Street hill.


UPDATE: And they're off. The 2011 Quad-City Times Bix 7 gets under way.


UPDATE: Vocalist Jack Carey is now preparing to sing The National Anthem, preceding the starter's gun.


UPDATE: There are reports of major traffic backups on the I-74 bridge and River Drive in Davenport. They’re not going to make it in time for the start.


UPDATE: Race director Ed Froehlich: "This is the best day we've had in many years. We've got a nice breeze, and it's a great day for Bix."


UPDATE: A parade of police officers on motorcycles just headed up Brady Street.


UPDATE: Spectators are already claiming their spots along Kirkwood Boulevard.

Meanwhile Jackpot runner Jim Irwin’s mom and a friend are in line at the VIP tent, ready to cheer him on. Their shirts say, “Run, Jimmy, Run!”


UPDATE: Volunteers are setting up for the after race party in the Quad-City Times parking lot.


UPDATE: I think I can, I think I can...

How’s this for motivation? Just 7 miles to the beer tent.


UPDATE:  Wake up, runners. It’s almost race time. Time to get your game face on and shake off those first-timer nerves.

Quick Bix or full Bix 7? Listen to your body, and don’t overdo it.


UPDATE: Runners are beginning to head out and make their way downtown for the start of the Quad-City Times Bix 7.

One runner is dedicating today’s Bix 7 run to his Dad. It will be a year next week since he passed. “I owe him everything,” he tweets.


EARLIER STORY: Good morning, Quad-Cities. It’s a big day for the Quad-Cities with the running of the Quad-City Times Bix, the conclusion of the RAGBRAI bike ride and the annaul downtown street festival. It’s currently 71 under partly cloudy skies.

If you’re heading out to run/walk or watch the Bix 7, expect partly cloudy skies and a race time temperature of 74 degrees. Allow some extra time to negotiate downtown traffic as there are numerous street closings and detours. Parking is at a premium.

For the early risers, you’ll find areas of fog before 7 a.m.

As for the remainder of the day, it will be sunny, with a high near 90 degrees. The wind will be from the east wind at 5 mph.

Tonight we will see more areas of fog after 1 a.m. and a low around 69 degrees.

Enjoy the festivities.

-- Compiled by Rick Rector

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