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Like any running event that attracts international competitors, the TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon is quite familiar with last-minute circumstances preventing elite performers from coming to town.

However, for the first time in recent memory, longtime elite runner coordinator Ian Frink reported Saturday a deep and talented list of contenders remained mostly unchanged leading into today's 7 a.m. start at the John Deere Commons.

None of the 16 men and only one of the 13 women on the marathon distance's commitment list are a late scratch.

The exception was Wisconsin's Lisa Johnson, the eighth seed in the female field.

Three of the best half-marathoners will be missing, though.

Second-seeded woman Jane Bareikis and fourth-seeded man Arturs Bareikis are both skipping the trip from Chicago. Top-seeded Kenyan Benson Cheruiyot also will miss the men's 13.1-mile chase.

Injuries or travel troubles usually are the culprit when elite runners pull out at the last minute, but Frink reports the four are healthy scratches.

Going the extra mile: United Township freshman Raven Miller was the fastest female Saturday at the Rudy's Tacos Mile.

Phil Young, the operator of Davenport's Fleet Feet runner's store, was the men's winner in a field-best 4:41.

Formerly known as The Walk for the Cause, the Prostate Cancer fundraiser and awareness-builder has turned into another competitive race at the QCM.

This was the second year participants were able to pair today's longer races with the mile in a discounted promotion called the "Rudy's combo."

Facts & figures: Coming off last year's 20th anniversary, the QCM's participation numbers were expected to dip some this fall, and the difference is about 400 fewer competitors this weekend.

A total of 4,595 were registered at the close of business Saturday, which actually marks the event's lowest turnout since 2009, when the QCM attracted 4,327.

While every distance saw a decrease, the number of half-marathoners (1,925) and relay runners (808) both make up the smallest field for their races since 2011. The 5K (1,031) dipped to totals not seen since 2010, and the 506 marathoners is the second smallest in event history.

Too bad, because a half-hour earlier start is expected to couple with the event's best weather in six years to make for more than favorable distance running conditions.

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