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     It's months before we see thousands of runners hit the streets in Davenport for the Bix 7 road race, but a kickoff event Wednesday night got the excitement started early. Organizers are hoping for the best year yet and encouraging military members especially to take part.

     The goal is to get 20,000 people involved.  Organizers say one way they hope to attract more runners is encourage active duty U.S. military members to sign up. They will get free registration which a couple thousand soldiers are expected to take advantage of.

     This is the 40th year for the race so organizers really want a huge turnout. They've put a lot of effort into coming up with new ways to attract runners who either haven't tried before or could be returning.

     "We've had over 20,000 people in the race before but it's hard to sustain that number and that's why we need to do few new things to bring more people in. We just don't have a large enough population base to sustain year after year," said Ed Froehlich, race director.

     This year's race will also be an American National Championship. Organizers also started a charity to benefit late-term hospice care for local vets. That, on top of the free sign up for military members really a salute to those who serve.

     Runners will tackle the course on July 26th.

 

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