This summer for the 47th edition of the Bix 7 runners will have to wear face coverings before and after the race.
There will also be a wave system to stagger runners at the start and give them more space.
Business owners in downtown Davenport are happy that the race is coming back.
Dan Bush is the owner at Armored Gardens and says he’s ready to welcome people who visit the Quad Cities over the weekend of the race.
“The Bix is our homecoming. I have friends from all over the country that come just for it to see their family either to run or see the race,” Bush said. “I like to watch it personally. I’m not a runner — it’s a good time for everybody and it’s a family thing. That’s what makes it really fun.”
Bush thinks this will help many businesses in the area.
“For us, it’s such a positive thing just because missing out on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a big hit. Because that’s our second biggest weekend of the year, so our biggest comeback is huge for us,” said Bush.
Ashante Eason is a server at Double Crown Bar and Grill. She moved to the Quad Cities two years ago and is excited for the race.
“I’ve heard that this race has been going on for a few years and lots of people go ahead and they participate and they have fun doing it,” said Eason.
She feels the return of the Bix 7 will help the Quad Cities.
“It brings people out of town, it’s good for all types of businesses downtown, hotels, bars, restaurants and it’s going to bring a good revenue for everybody,” said Eason.
Organizers of the Bix 7 say they will follow CDC guidelines because a lot of runners come from across the country and around the world.