Joe Moreno lifted his right hand, tilted his head forward, smiled broadly and placed the aforementioned hand at his heart.
He then tapped his ticker three times.
“Rock Valley Physical Therapy has a special place in my heart,’’ said Moreno, the race director of the TBK Quad Cities Marathon.
While singing the praises of Rock Valley Physical Therapy, the event’s longtime half-marathon relay sponsor. Moreno lauded a bevy of local business entitiesresponsible for the TBK Quad Cities Marathon reaching its silver anniversary.
The TBK Quad Cities Marathon will take place Sunday, Sept. 25, and feature 5 races, covering 4 cities and 2 states.
On a sun-kissed middle-of-May afternoon at race sponsor Crawford Brew Works (Bettendorf, Iowa), Moreno also expressed gratitude and admiration for the mayors of the four cities that have long stood by the TBK Quad Cities Marathon, offering a variety of manpower and logistical support. Mayors Mike Thoms (Rock Island), Sangeetha Rayapati (Moline), Mile Matson
(Davenport) and Robert Gallagher (Bettendorf), each shared important snippets about the marathon uniting a community and what makes the final Sunday so special.
“The marathon is far-reaching,’’ said Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms. “It gives the Quad Cities a chance to showcase the many things that make it unique and separates it from other communities. Each city involved truly has something special to offer.’’
Founded 36 years ago in Moline, Illinois, by Milan, Ill., native Steve Layer, Rock Valley Physical Therapy features 61 clinics, across eight regions covering Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. Rock Valley employs nearly 500 and houses clinics in all four of the cities involved in the marathon, Rock Island, Davenport, Moline and Bettendorf.
“I and so many others admire Rock Valley’s loyalty, its enthusiasm and its passion,’’ added Moreno, who on this day noted that TBK Bank has signed to remain the event’s title sponsor through at least 2027. Moreno also unveiled a new race logo, several race-course changes and shared everyone’s excitement at being able to finally utilize the recently-completed I-74 bridge span.
“It’s one thing to sponsor something, but it’s another to be invested fully with something that impacts so many in our community,’’ Moreno added, noting RVPT is in year No.16 as part of the TBK Quad Cities Marathon.
“I get butterflies knowing whenever there is something marathon-related, knowing that I’m going to see those Rock Valley blue shirts everywhere, running, volunteering, making a difference. Rock Valley is family to me, it’s where I go when I struggle with my knees.’’
Danny Fleener, MPT, CMPT, OCS, Director of Outcomes/Clinic Manager for Rock Valley Physical Therapy (Moline), is a gifted runner with numerous completed marathons across the United States to his credit. Flenner said Rock Valley Physical Therapy’s lengthy and dedicated service to all that is the TBK Quad Cities Marathon, is a point of pride for the RVPT family.
“Rock Valley is happy and proud to be associated with the (TBK) Quad Cities Marathon,’’ said Fleener, who – along his distinguished running career – mastered the New England Challenge a few years back, finishing six marathons in six states over six days.
“We love partnering with like-minded people who care about their community and want to celebrate something special.’’
In addition to its commitment to the TBK Quad Cities Marathon, Rock Valley Physical Therapy will offer its “Rock Your Run’’ support to a bevy of local races this running season, including the Sept. 5, “Run with Carl,’’ of which Rock Valley has been a longtime supporter and sponsor.
“We have 7-8 video clips ranging in length from 45-90 seconds, with different topics around running,’’ Fleener said. “The videos will be shared on a number of Rock Valley social media platforms and will be themed “Rock Your Run.’’ This will coincide with local races – including the TBK Quad Cities Marathon.’’
By: Johnny Marx, Storyteller