Elite Runners

2020 Elite Running Program (Full Marathon and Half Marathon):

(Program Revised: Jan. 2020)

The TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon and Mel Foster Half Marathon welcomes elite runners to our event. Athletes are provided entry waiver and lodging assistance on a case-by-case basis.

Our event no longer provides travel assistance or meals.

Elite Runner qualifying times are listed as Level A or Level B. Level A athletes are provided lodging, waived entry, and elite status for race day. Level B athletes are provided waived entry and elite status for race day. 

Athletes must provide certified results for the following qualifying times within the past two years. Special consideration for elite entry may be granted for athletes not meeting the above standards, provided the athlete submits exceptional times at shorter distances.

Prize Money structure has also been updated for our 2020 event. To view our prize money- click here.


Event Level A Level B
Open Men - Marathon 2:25:00 2:45:00
Open Women - Marathon 2:50:00 3:10:00
Masters Men - Marathon 2:40:00 3:00:00
Masters Women - Marathon 3:05:00 3:25:00
Men - Half Marathon 1:10:00 1:17:00
Women - Half Marathon 1:20:00 1:27:00

Elite Coordinator: Ian Frink,
Email: click here;  or the TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon Main Office: (309) 751-9800

PED/Drug Testing Statement: The  TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon promotes a drug-free race environment to protect the health of athletes and to preserve fair competition. The QCM Race Committee reserves the right to drug test overall winners, and top finishers, for Performance Enhancing Drugs following completion of our marathon. Drug-test samples may be collected and processed by an independent certified collection agency. The samples are collected and analyzed under a published protocol using certified laboratories.