There are two events in July every year that many Iowans and quite a few Quad Citians participate in every year - the Bix 7 or Register's Annual Great Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). In 2023, Davenport will be the city where one only event will begin, but both events will end and together. The Bix 7 and RAGBRAI together bring 99 years of tradition to Davenport for one day of fun, running, biking, and celebrations.

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49th Annual Bix 7

Quad-City Times Bix 7 Facebook
Quad-City Times Bix 7 Facebook

Established in 1975 and named after the famous jazz musician and Davenport native,  Bix Beiderbecke, the Bix 7 road race is a seven-mile race that begins by going uphill on Brady Street.

Per usual, the 49th annual Quad-City Times Bix 7 will take place on the last Saturday of July, and this year, that falls on Saturday, July 29th. The race will begin that morning at 8 a.m., along with the Quick BIX (2-mile race). The Bix 7 begins at Brady St and 4th St and finishes at 2nd St and LeClaire St.

50th Register's Annual Great Ride Across Iowa

Photo By: Elwin Huffman - Townsquare Media
Photo By: Elwin Huffman - Townsquare Media

2023 will also mark the 50th RAGBRAI. Thousands of people from Iowa and around the world will ride 500 miles from Sioux City and the Missouri River to Davenport and the Mississippi River.

These are the stops for the 50th RAGBRAI which begins on Saturday, July 22nd

  • Start - Sioux City
    • RAGBRAI Expo
  • Day 1 - Storm Lake
    • 77 miles
    • 3,504-foot climb
  • Day 2 - Carroll
    • 62 miles
    • 1,818-foot climb
  • Day 3 - Ames
    • 83 miles
    • 1,479-foot climb
  • Day 4 - Des Moines
    • 50 miles
    • 1,216-foot climb
  • Day 5 - Tama-Toledo
    • 82 miles
    • 3,652-foot climb
  • Day 6 - Coralville
    • 80 miles
    • 3,276-foot climb
  • Day 7 - Davenport
    • 66 miles
    • 1,604-foot climb

Yes, that means both the 49th annual Bix 7 race and the 50th RAGBRAI will take place in Davenport on Saturday, July 29th, 2023.

If you like to run, register for the Bix 7 here.

If you like to bike, register for RAGBRAI here.

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