Andrew McGuire really didn't move to Davenport to run the Quad-City Times Bix 7.
But, he said, it was about darned time that he ran the Q-C race.
"I wanted to do it the last five years," said McGuire, a 24-year-old Wisconsin native and a first-year student at the Palmer College of Chiropractic. "It's kind of, I guess, ironic. I was right here so I wasn't going to miss out."
McGuire crossed the finish line in 36 minutes, 16 seconds for a 22nd-place finish that made him the low Quad-City resident and, as such, winner of the second Gregg Newell Trophy.
He finished one spot and 16 seconds ahead of Charlie Paul, an Iowa State sophomore who lives in LeClaire, Iowa.
McGuire described himself as an "under the scope" runner on arrival at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and that's what he was Saturday as well.
He is an unknown commodity on the Q-C running scene, having run only a Palmer-sponsored 8K since moving here in August of last year.
"I don't do a lot of races," said McGuire, who is in his third trimester at Palmer. "I just don't don't have time. I do one workout a week, and that's all I have time for. Palmer is pretty aggressive, very time-consuming.
"I have two things, school and running. Both are working out well right now."
McGuire, who prepped in Wisconsin Rapids, had his first exposure to the hilly Bix course Thursday.
But he learned about the race several years ago from a pair of UW-Oshkosh teammates.
"Every summer, this was their big race," he said.
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McGuire never quite found time to join them during a college career in which he finished sixth in the indoor mile at the NCAA Division III nationals during his senior year. He was ninth, a spot shy of all-American status, in the outdoor national meet that same year.
He certainly was thrilled with Saturday's Bix debut.
"I'm very excited," he said. "I wasn't training too hard so I'm happy with the result."
Plus, even in the rain, he found the Bix atmosphere intoxicating.
"This was an excellent race," he said. "I loved it. The whole thing was awesome. There are so many people cheering you on. I would love to be back here next year. That's my plan."