The Quad-City Times Bix 7 has been honored by Runner’s World magazine.
The annual race through the streets of Davenport was named one of “20 Iconic American Races That Aren’t Marathons’’ in a recent blog item by Jenny McCoy at runnersworld.com.
“Legendary for their course, their history, or simply their name, these races should be on any runner’s bucket list,’’ according to the magazine.
The item on the Bix 7 talks about the race’s endless array of steep hills and notes that “the race regularly draws top talent from around the globe.’’ It also mentions that it has become a regular mid-summer stop for such racing luminaries as Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson and Meb Keflezighi.
The Bix 7, scheduled to be run for the 43rd time on July 29, has been among the largest non-marathon road races in the Midwest every year for three decades. It has attracted at least 12,000 entries every year since 1987.
The race has been honored frequently by Runner’s World through the years. It has appeared on similar lists in the past and in 1993 it was named by the magazine as the country’s “most community spirited race’’ after it drew 18,246 entries in the midst of a major flood.