Another sure sign of summer in the Quad Cities is the Bix 7 race. I have great admiration for the conditioned athletes that run this race, but more so for the average folks who push themselves to run the Bix, often in sweltering heat and humidity.

If you're considering getting out of your comfort zone and running the Bix 7 this year, annual training runs, known as the Bix @ 6, begin tonight on 4th Street outside the Quad City Times building.

The training runs will take place the next four Thursdays leading up to the race on July 29th.

I'll be cheering you on from the top of the Brady Street Hill, here in front of the Rock n' Roll Mansion.