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It wasn't too tough to find an available treadmill at the Davenport Y this afternoon. It was much tougher to find a runner there. "It's the running inside that I dislike so much," Russ Hart tells us. He teaches spinning in his spare time, but says he'd rather run outside. "Fresh air, variable scenery, a little bit of a challenge in the winter time."

Especially this winter. "This year it's been really tough," Hart says. "Every couple of days it snows. They're having trouble keeping the bike paths clean." City crews across the QCA are clearing sidewalks at public buildings and parks. But sidewalks many take to get to those are still snow covered.

Hart says, "We've run several times when it's been really slippery." He's talking about members of the Cornbelt Running Club, typically out three times a week. But in the past few weeks, he says, "Some of our hard core runners that normally run outside, they wouldn't run on a treadmill unless they were desperate, have this year kind of reverted to running inside occasionally."

Something that may not change soon. We've seen some sunny, warm afternoons. In fact, Meteorologist Kevin Phelps says, "This is the first time it's been above freezing since January 30th." But at the same time, we're seeing some really cold nights. So whatever thaws is re-freezing. Phelps says, "So it's gonna take probably more than a couple of weeks to melt, even just the stuff off the sidewalks."

That's been piling up for weeks, tripping up area walkers and runners. "It's just something you live with," Hart says. "You fall down and you skin up your hands or whatever, and you get up and go again." Hoping for a clear path.

While Rock Island and Galesburg have no ordinances in place for clearing sidewalks, Bettendorf requires you to clear sidewalks within 24 hours of the snowfall stopping. If you don't, city crews will, and will charge you for it. It's the same in Davenport, where you have 10 hours after the snow stops to shovel. In Moline, you must clear your sidewalks within 12 hours