Sweating it out

Dressed as Elasta-girl from the Incredibles superhero family, Michelle Hogueison found herself having to come to the rescue of her husband, Tim.

“We thought maybe we could keep going,” she said, adding that the heat got to be too much for her husband, who was dressed in the muscle suit of Mr. Incredible. 

“I was the last one in because I wanted to wait for my husband. But now he’s waiting for me to come pick him up on Brady Street, and someone’s with him,” she said after the race. 

With a time of 2 hours, 37 minutes, Michelle Hogueison was nearly a half-hour behind her 9-year-old twins Tabatha and Tanner, who were dressed as Dash and Violet Incredible.  

“We ran the whole time,” Tabatha said, adding that they kept cool by running through the water sprayers along the route. 

The Council Bluffs, Iowa, family had dressed as the Toy Story characters last year, winning the costume contest. This year, they got in too late to participate. 

Contest winners 

Dressed as the “Angry Birds,” the Kelly family of Hoffman Estates, Ill., was anything but angry when they were voted the best costume.

Greg and Amanda Kelly and their kids, Grace, 6, and Owen, 4, snatched the prize from the Runaway Brides and the Pirates of the Mississippi. 

The family walked the Swiss Valley Farms Quick Bix.

“I don’t think they could have made (the Bix 7),” Amanda said of her kids. 

Greg Kelly said it was his 26th year in the Quad-City Times Bix 7, but he’s slowed down since he and the family have started dressing up in costume. “I look at it as a way of getting them involved. It’s like a second Halloween for them.” 

The winner in the individual contest was Ashley Winters, who was “Running for Two.” 

Pregnant and due in October, she decorated her belly in a patriotic theme and bared it for all to see. Winters, who switched between walking and running, said she never thought about staying home. “I was going to be here.” 

Cheering on Dad

Brother and sister Kyle and Kyleen Irwin wished they could have been in two places Saturday, running in the Quad-City Times Bix 7 and at its finish line.

But with their dad, Jim Irwin, competing as the Rhythm City Casino Race for the Jackpot runner, the siblings instead ran the shorter Swiss Valley Quick Bix “so we could be at the finish line cheering on our Dad,” said Kyleen, 9.

He must have felt the support because Jim Irwin won the jackpot race by about 26 seconds. Most of the $3,700 prize is going to the DeWitt schools.

“He got a big check, almost taller than me,” Kyleen said.

Wearing green “Run Jimmy Run” T-Shirts, his two kids pledged to run 7 miles next year.

Wrong way

The plan was to run the 2-mile route, but 10-year-old Sam Arp missed the turnoff and ended up running the full Quad-City Times Bix 7, beating his dad to the finish line.

“You ran the whole thing? You’re kidding! I’m so proud of you,” his father Eric Arp said repeatedly as he learned of Sam’s adventure and his time of 1 hour, 14 minutes.

Sam said he saw some kids ahead of him and figured they must be running the short race.

“I just kept running straight. I finally asked a girl at about Mile 4, and she said it was the 7-mile one,” he said after successfully and surprisingly running his first Bix 7.

Sam said the longest he had run was 11/2 miles.

The Arp family of Mountain Home, Ark., was well represented in Saturday’s race as Eric and Kathy Arp, both Quad-City natives, and their six children all participated in one race or the other. In addition to Sam, the clan included: Rachael, 16; Carly, 13; Jack, 11; Alex, 8; and Josie, 6.

Eric Arp said he and his wife also were home for their 25-year class reunions with Pleasant Valley and Davenport Central. 

Family challenge

There’s no cash prize or a new car, but there are family bragging rights.

And a trophy.

That’s what Jacob Kelly, 15, of Bettendorf earned after posting the fastest Quad-City Times Bix 7 time in his family for the 16th annual Kelly Family Challenge. 

With two generations of runners in the race, Jacob was the clear winner with a time of 64 minutes. But his uncle, Jerry Kelly, was only 10 minutes behind. Eight relatives ran this year’s Bix.

It was the second year in a row that Jacob, a sophomore at Bettendorf High School, outpaced the entire family. “It’s gonna be a three-peat,” he said, already looking forward to next year.

According to his uncle David Kelly, who had been the family’s longtime winner, Jacob lacked no confidence. For Christmas, he had photographs of himself — in running shorts — taken in December alongside the statues of world-class runners Bill Rodgers and Joan Samuelson.

“It’s passed to a new generation,” Leo Kelly, Jacob’s father, said of his son’s win.






Runaway brides 

Wearing makeshift wedding dresses and veils, some from their actual weddings, a group of 16 girlfriends dressed as brides for the Quad-City Times Bix 7. 

“This is the second year we’ve done this — we’re running away from our husbands for the weekend,” Monica Nyman, of Bloomington, Ill., said after the group participated in the Bix. 

Together, the friends have been married a combined 126 years.

Nyman said the race and bridal theme are quickly becoming a tradition. “Last year, there were nine of us. This year there’s 16 of us. Next year, watch out. There’s going to be double.”


‘Be back next year’

Ken Goad had been signed up since April to walk what would have been about his 18th Quad-City Times Bix 7 when a recent medical condition took him out of this year’s race.

But the 73-year-old Galesburg, Ill., man wasn’t about to miss the fun. Wearing his race bib, Goad became a spectator instead. “I saw the first one come in,” he said.

“It’s a neat thing to be part of. I didn’t want to miss it. I’ll be back next year,” he added.

His typical Bix time is about an hour and 50 minutes, so he was enjoying seeing the beginning of the Schnuck’s Post-Race Party. “I’m usually not here for all the action. I sure appreciate all the volunteers and planning that goes into it.”


Family affair

Roy Lagerblade is no stranger to running the full, grueling seven-mile route of the Quad-City Times Bix 7. But with two grandsons in tow this year, he had to opt for the much shorter Swiss Valley Farms Quick Bix.

“The weather was helpful,” the Rock Island man said after completing the two-mile race with his grandsons, Rex, 5, and Reece, 8, of Louisville, Ky. The boys are the sons of Ross and Tracy Lagerblade.

“Their mom is a marathon runner,” he said, adding, “She probably finished in under an hour.”

Rex, who now has run two Quick Bix races, said the hardest part is “the big hill.”