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 It was a race of their own Saturday morning as two dozen Chick-fil-A employees produced 4,000 chicken sandwiches for the runners and walkers to gobble up.

Working in a makeshift kitchen in a food truck, the local Chick-fil-A employees cooked up fresh sandwiches to be given away at the Quad-City Times Bix 7 postrace party.

Jeremy Tatman, owner of the 53rd Street store in Davenport, said the corporate office provides the truck and hires the local Chick-fil-A employees for the day.

"They can make 22 sandwiches at a time," he said, describing the assembly-line fashion. Working back-to-back to each other, employees hand-breaded the fillets, put them in the fryer, toasted the buns and placed the signature two pickles on each.

Once wrapped up, the Chick-fil-A sandwiches were sent down a chute to a waiting table outside where other employees put them in insulated bags. In every bag of 50 sandwiches, an employee was required to check and record the chicken's temperature, he said.

Even with the cramped quarters and fast pace, Tatman said, "The employees like it. It's new and a first for them, so they really enjoy it."

— Jennifer DeWitt

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