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Bridge the Gap to Health

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Distanz Halbmarathon

Datum 16 Mai 2020

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The aptly named Bridge the Gap to Health Half Marathon offers not just a 13.1-mile race but also a 10K for runners and a 5K for both runners and walkers — and for both competitive and leisure walkers. It is a hilly and sometimes quite challenging run that crosses the mighty Mississippi River not once but twice over the course of the race.

Many years ago, the physician community, led by Dr. John Scott, determined a need to sponsor a prescription program to assist those who cannot always afford their medications. Patients often have to choose between food and needed medications, due to limited incomes. Quincy Catholic Charities MedAssist Program provides this service to area residents regardless of race, color, or religious beliefs.

The first fifteen years of Bridge the Gap to Health has helped the QCC MedAssist Program leverage over 49,000 prescriptions, valued at $18 million, to help those in need receive their prescription medication. All money raised from this event stays in the community. The need continues each and every day and we rely on your support to continue providing this valuable service to our friends, family, and neighbors. Donations to the QCC MedAssist program are tax-deductible.

Run along a mostly north-south course along the banks of the river in the central Illinois town of Quincy while making a contribution to this very worthy cause.

The event has hosted a multitude of competitive runners over the years, while still maintaining a family friendly atmosphere.


Half Marathon

  • 21,097km


  • 5km


  • 10km

Bridge the Gap to Health Routenkarte

Bridge the Gap to Health Routenkarte


Clat Adams Bicentennial Park



Run along a mostly north-south course along the banks of the river in this central Illinois town, the race follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at Clat Adams Bicentennial Park downtown on Front Street, between Vermont and Hampshire Streets.

From there, the race makes its two crossings of the Bay Bridge over the Mississippi (which connects Quincy with West Quincy in the state of Missouri), returning immediately back over the bridge for the remainder of the race.

After making their way back into Illinois, runners then follow the course through a series of urban parks and green spaces — including Riverview Park, All-American City Park, Gardner Park and Parker Heights Park.

Runners follow Route 7 (which turns into Bayview Drive) for the next several miles until reaching the turnaround point at about the mile 8 marker, near the intersection with Boy Scout Road. From there, the race takes runners back along the route they’ve just run, back to the finish line downtown at Clat Adams Park.

Bridge the Gap to Health Wissenswertes

This stretch of the Mississippi is part of the land made famous in Twain’s novels like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, so persons with a literary bent should especially enjoy this race.

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