One of the first highlights of the Quad Cities River Bandits' 2013 season at Modern Woodmen Park was the first-ever Bandits Race to Home 5K presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics that included more than 300 runners and walkers and raised more than $5,000 toward the Bandit Scholars Program. On Tuesday, the River Bandits announced the opening of registration for the second annual race, set for 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Early race registration is available at www.riverbandits.com/5K through Dec. 31 and costs $20. The registration fee includes a T-shirt and a ticket to a 2014 River Bandits game. All participants who register early will also be entered into a drawing for a free suite rental for 16 people at an April or May 2014 Monday through Thursday home game. All proceeds benefit the Bandit Scholars Program.
"With outstanding participation last spring, the people of the Quad Cities made the first Bandits Race to Home 5K the perfect start to another River Bandits season and a fantastic event to benefit the Bandit Scholars Program," said team owner Dave Heller. "For the same affordable price in the 2014 race, the Quad Cities community will again receive a unique race experience and a free River Bandits game while supporting the Bandit Scholars Program that helps Quad Cities area students pay for college."
The race will have the same two-state route as the 2013 event. Participants will again begin near the ballpark near the corner of West 2nd Street and Western Avenue in downtown Davenport, Iowa, cross the Centennial Bridge to Rock Island, Ill., head over to the Rock Island Arsenal, then back across the Arsenal Bridge before finishing at home plate inside Modern Woodmen Park.
A Fun Run for children 12 years and younger, with River Bandits mascot Rascal, will also take place later in the morning April 12. Contestants will race Rascal from outside the left field wall of the stadium and finish just inside the gate of Modern Woodmen Park. Each contestant will receive a Fun Run ribbon. Early registration for the Fun Run costs $12, or $15 with a T-shirt.
The full schedule of registration fees for the 2014 Bandits Race to Home 5K presented by Palmer Chiropractic Clinics is as follows:
|Date of Registration
||5K (includes T-shirt)
||Fun Run (12 & younger)
||Fun Run w/ T-shirt
|Through Dec. 31
|Jan. 1 - March 19
|March 19 - April 10
Individual prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers, as well as to the top three males and females in each age group, each of the 13 age groups - 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75-plus. One lucky contestant will also have the opportunity to participate in the River Bandits' "Race the Game" promotion in April 2014.
"With the inclusion of two states and two iconic bridges on a picturesque route along the Mississippi, as well as finishing at home plate inside Modern Woodmen Park, a T-shirt and a ticket to a future game - the Bandits Race to Home 5K offers unique experiences that no other running and walking event can - and it all goes the great cause of the Bandit Scholars Program," said Race Director and River Bandits Director of Marketing and Promotions Shane Huff. "The River Bandits cannot wait for another memorable event next spring."
All proceeds benefit the Bandit Scholars Program, which annually awards the Keith Lucier Memorial Scholarship and the Bandit Scholarship. Each scholarship pays the entire first-year college tuition for two Quad Cities-area students.
Further race information will be available at www.riverbandits.com.
UP NEXT: Modern Woodmen Park is a nominee for the "Best Minor League Ballpark" in the 2013 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, and fans can vote once per day at 10Best.com until the winner is announced Aug. 14. The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park Wednesday, Aug. 7. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at 563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.
ABOUT THE BANDITS: The River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, and a number of new bounce houses . The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans can see the first team in Minor League Baseball history with back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks - 2012 top pick Carlos Correa and 2013 top pick Mark Appel, as well as 2012 first-round draft choice Lance McCullers. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, the second half of this season is one every fan will not want to miss!