Thank you to the Quad-Cities for your support in helping the 5,000-plus race participants this year. In our 20-year history, it was our hottest race ever. We did everything we could to make it as safe as possible.

We asked the community to help in providing course support, more volunteers and aid stations, ice, freezer sticks, water showers, and you came through. What could have been a disaster was averted. A big shout out to our medical sponsor, UnityPoint Health Trinity, for the additional medics, provisions, and planning - the race day medical issues were minimal.

Despite hot conditions the event was another success due to course support, pacers and the bicycle support team, VIPs at the speaker series, various events throughout the weekend, the expo, shake-out run, volunteers, race committee, sponsors, the Quad-Cities, and the Rock Island Arsenal.

We accomplished our mission of providing a great experience. All skill levels from runners, walkers, young and old, we raised substantial funds for a great beneficiary, Us Too Greater Quad-Cites prostate cancer initiative, as well as other charities with our Charity Bib Program. We gave special needs children the ride of their life in the Pammy's team tricycles. We entered many children into the races and outfitted them with shoes thanks to SCRA, RDA, Hubbell-Waterman, and Moline Foundation grants.

As founder and race director for 20 years, I'm overwhelmed with pride. The positives and impact on our community are immeasurable.

I thank everyone involved and our presenting sponsor, Triumph Community Bank. What an honor to serve our community with passion, we "run this town.”

Joe Moreno

East Moline

Editor’s note: Moreno is Quad-City Marathon race director

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