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 For 30 years, Cynthia Sayles-Albers' family has made the top of Brady Street hill their home the day of the Quad-City Times Bix 7.

They were there again Saturday — Cynthia and a family friend, Dell Wagner, of Muscatine.

"It's a tradition, a Bix tradition," says Cynthia, who now lives north of Milwaukee.

Over the years, thousands of Quad-Citians have forged their own Bix 7 customs, and they were on display Saturday.

The Funktastic 5 played near Palmer College. A band member said it was their 14th consecutive year.

A coalition of seven churches called P.U.N.C.H. (People Uniting Neighbors and Churches) joined to again pass out cookies and other goodies to Bix spectators near 14th and Brady.

Popsicles were available to runners as they cruised down Brady Street hill toward the finish line.

The Big River Brass Band played outside The Center. The water station outside The Center has been run by the same people for years.

For Sayles-Albers, the Bix has always been a race that her family has embraced — for its mix of professional runners and novices. On Saturday, she said, her sister and father were running, and so was her brother-in-law. And she was right where she wanted to be — cheering them all on. "Where else do you get to see world-class runners on the same stage as your father and your sister," she said.

— Ed Tibbetts

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