quad cities fun runs for kids {closed}

Now that spring is finally here, it has been wonderful to get our children outside in the fresh air.  From soccer camps to playing at local parks, the Quad Cities has endless opportunities to keep your kids active, while having fun.  One of my favorite ways to promote an active lifestyle is through local fun runs for kids.  Races are a great way to keep yourself active and promote a healthy lifestyle for your children.  I don’t mind spending the money on registrations for my kids, because the fun runs are a way keep them excited about being active and healthy and the proceeds of most races benefit our community and local charities.

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Below I am highlighting two of my favorite fun runs for kids in the Quad Cities and list all of the races that have kids fun runs (with links to information/registration) below.  Comment on this post with your favorite Quad Cities area race (for you or your kids) and be entered to win a free ‘kids fun run’ registration to one of the following races: Run 4 the Hills, Color the Quads, Firecracker Run, Freedom Run and Quad City Marathon Happy Joe’s Kids Micro-Marathon.

RUN 4 THE HILLS – Saturday, June 7

The Run 4 the Hills Cross Country Experience Race is put on The Friends of the Bettendorf Parks Foundation, which helps fund many aspects of local parks from lighting and signage to dog park amenities and waterless restrooms.  What I appreciate most about the foundation is it’s dedication to funding park activities for special needs children and providing financial support for families with financial difficulties, allowing all children to participate in park activities.


Run 4 the Hills Kids Fun Run
Location: Crow Creek Park – Bettendorf, IA
Distance: ¼ mile
Start Time: 9:15 am
Registration Fee: $15 (includes t-shirt, activities and snacks)
Activities: Home Depot kids workshop, fire truck, police squad car and Army humvees, lots of area mascots, snacks and additional activities for kids!

COLOR THE QUADS – Saturday, May 31

Color the Quads supports the Quad Cities and surrounding communities by bringing a ton of colorful happiness to the Quad Cities and helping out local charities. Color the Quads is a fun race where participates begin wearing all white and are sprayed with powdered paint throughout the race.  The 2014 Mel Foster Color the Quads benefits three wonderful organizations, the Child Abuse Council, Rick’s House of Hope and the local chapter of March of Dimes – Mississippi Valley Division.  The 400 yard dash and one mile fun runs are a hit with young kids as they combine two of their favorite things…being messy and running wild!

Color the Quads Kids Color Dash
Location: Middle Park Band Shell – Bettendorf, IA
Distance: 400 meter and 1 mile
Start Time: 11 am
Registration Fee: $20 (includes t-shirt, sunglasses and meal)


Race for the Schools (Muscatine, IA) – Saturday, May 3

Livefit with Lupus Run (LeClaire, IA) – Saturday, May 17

Super Hero Fun Run (Geneseo, IL) – Sunday, May 18

Color the Quads (Bettendorf, IA) – Saturday, May 31

Frog Hop (Moline, IL) – Saturday, May 31

Run 4 the Hills XC (Bettendorf, IA) – Saturday, June 7

June Bug Jog (Hampton, IL) – Saturday, June 7

One Tough Cookie Obstacle and Mud Run (New Liberty, IA) – Saturday, June 7

Maple City 4 Road Race (Geneseo, IL) – Saturday, June 14

Leevon Ritter Memorial (LeClaire, IA) – Friday, June 20

Royal Ball Run for Autism (Milan, IL) – Saturday, June 21

Greek Cultural Fest and Hercules Hustle (East Moline, IL) – Saturday, June 28

Pioneer Trailblazer (Rock Island, IL) – Saturday, June 28

Hy-Vee Kids Road Race (Davenport, IA) – Sunday, June 29

Firecracker Run (East Moline, IL) – Friday, July 4

Moonlight Chase (Eldridge, IA) – Saturday, July 12

Wells4wellness (Moline, IL) – Saturday , July 12

Jr Bix – Friday, July 25

Freedom Run (East Moline, IL) – Thursday, August 7

Silvis Home Run (Silvis, IL) – Saturday, August 23

Bettendorf Rotary Run with Carl (Bettendorf, IA) – Saturday, September 1

Drew’s Faithful Feet (Geneseo, IL) – Saturday, September 6

St. Ambrose Killer Bee Bumble Rumble (Davenport, IA) – Saturday, September 20

QC Marathon Happy Joe’s Kids Micro-Marathon (Moline, IL) – Saturday, September 27

Riverbend Make-A-Wish Foundation Walk/Run for Wishes (Davenport, IA) – Saturday, October 4

GiGi’s Super Hero Run (Bettendorf, IA) – Saturday, October 4

Cornbelt Running Club Pumpkin Dash (Davenport, IA) – Sunday, October 19

YMCA Turkey Trot (Davenport, IA) – Thursday, Nov 27

Please comment below with your favorite race (for you or your kids) in the Quad Cities.  Everyone who comments will be entered to win a FREE kids fun run registration for the following races: Run 4 the HillsColor the QuadsFirecracker RunFreedom Run and Quad City Marathon Happy Joe’s Kids Micro-Marathon.

*If you know of any local races with kids fun runs that are not listed above, please let us know and we’ll add them to the list!

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31 Responses to quad cities fun runs for kids {closed}

  1. Katie May 2, 2014 at 6:50 am #

    I’ve never done a kids run with Logan, but I like race for the cure!

  2. jen sissel May 2, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    Jr box was fun 🙂 would love to do color the quads! !

  3. Julaine E May 2, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    My son liked the Color Run last year. Might need to try some of these other races with him! Thanks!!

  4. Nicole May 2, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    We love the Bix and Jr Bix!!

  5. Jenny May 2, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    It’s a tie, we love the Bix 7 and Cocoa Beano!

  6. Jenn May 2, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    The whole family does the bumble rumble and Killer Bee each year. We all love it.

  7. Lindsey May 2, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    Don’t have a favorite as we have never tried, but would love to start this year!

  8. Amanda krahl May 2, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    I wold love to do the Color Run this year. We always do the kids bix.

  9. Holli E May 2, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    I’m sure my son would love the Color the Quads Kids Color Dash. The pictures speak a thousand words!

  10. Alex H May 2, 2014 at 11:12 am #

    I think the Color Run would be a blast for kids!

  11. Rachel Pratt May 2, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    We LOVE the Royal Ball Run! Great run for a great cause!

  12. Deanna Kieliszek May 2, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Firecracker run would be fun to start the holiday.

  13. Beth Enk May 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    We haven’t done a run with my son yet but the color run sounds like fun.

  14. Kelly J May 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Thank you for this blog post. My daughter is 2 and LOVES running. I have been meaning to research the kids runs for her. My husband and I both really enjoy the Quad City Triathlon (sprint distance), but have taken a break from participating until the kids are bigger (no option for kids and currently no time to train properly for parents!).

  15. barbarajoyful May 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    Color the Quads looks awesome!!!

  16. Emily Timmerman Keag May 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    I’m going to put B in his first Junior Bix this year.

  17. Stacy Motley May 2, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    I think my kiddos would like Color the Quads

  18. valharlynn May 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Thanks for the shout out on our One Tough Cookie kids run! We are excited to offer a mud and obstacle run for kids (they’re hard to find) and 100% of the proceeds go to Girl Scouts in eastern Iowa and western Illinois! If you have any questions visit our website. We’d love to see you there!

  19. Laura Fontaine May 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    I’ve done several runs, pushing the kiddos in the stroller, and the Freedom Run was great last August. Really patriotic and people all throughout East Moline were waving flags, giving high fives, and cheering everyone on. It really was a great community and patriotic event. And my kiddos were waving at everyone like they were on a carriage ride- lol.

  20. Brandy Huesmann May 2, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Eddie will be doing the Jr Bix with his therapy group!

  21. Marlena U. May 2, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    We did Color the Quads last year and it was so fun! Every year we do the Jr. Bix, too and the kids have a blast!

  22. Kara May 2, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    My kids love the St Patricks Day Race, but I am very excited to run the QC Marathon for the first time this year!

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    stockingfamily4 May 2, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    I have loved doing races with my kids! Such a fun way to encourage healthy habits 🙂

  24. Katie May 2, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    My boys have enjoyed the Bumble Rumble and Drew’s Faithful Feet!

  25. laura May 3, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    My kids all have wanted to participate but we’ve never had the opportunity to register them all. I did the marathon relay last year and have never done a more inspiring race than that one. The atmosphere is unbelievable. I hope all my kids will love running one day.

  26. Candace May 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    My son’s favorite is the Happy Joe’s race!

  27. Lisa Lynn Eveleth May 3, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    LIVEFIT WITH LUPUS Kids Fun Run on May 17th will be fun!! We are also having a bounce house, face painting, crafts, games and a circuit training boot camp for the kids!! A full day of FUN for entire family with LIVE entertainment all day from bands (Just Chords, Jason Carl Band, Soul Storm and Franti Project! http://www.livefitwithlupus.com.

  28. Michelle Dobson May 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    Loved Run for the Hills last year. He definitely wants to do it again this year!

  29. Kristi May 6, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    There are many great races in the Quad Cities. Wells4wellness is a great one, with proceeds used in the right way. Many races are mostly for awareness of a cause. Awareness is important too, but some fundraising races use the money directly for their mission. Anyway, 5K races are fun and addictive!

  30. Terri Tucker May 6, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Royal Ball Run

  31. Jen Milner May 8, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    Would love to try the color the Color the Quads run. We did Cocoa Beano last year and loved it.

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