2,000 runners decide to Bridge the Gap in Quincy

t was the perfect morning for a run and about 2,000 other people had the same idea.

It was the 13th Annual Bridge The Gap to Health race that started along the Quincy riverfront.

According to

race organizer Carrie Kimber, it's something that benefits not just the participants but the entire community.

"Every dollar that is generated from the race goes to the MedAssist program, which is done through the Quincy Catholic Charities program And it's a program that helps people that basically fall through the cracks. It's the people that don't necessarily qualify for assistance but they need assistance getting their prescription drugs," said Kimber

Runners started their trek from the
Quincy riverfront and made their way across the Quincy Memorial Bridge and then back into Illinois across the Bayview Bridge.


This is my first time and I'm not real good on inclines so the coming back part was a little rough on me, but the rest wasn't too bad," April Ball.

Her race partner, Vikki Stuart said,"

A little warm, but it's a great course. You know you've got a little incline, got the flat, just love running across the river, you know hometown is Hannibal, so we love to run across the river always."


his year, more than 2,000 people took part in the race.Everything from a half marathon, to a five k and a six k race and even a one mile leisure walk. People from across the Midwest like what the race offers.


It wasn't too bad of a race, it was my first one this year. I felt pretty good, it's a pretty flat race and i'd like to compete and make better time," said Jason Radel.

So as the runners made their way along the course, the race organizer liked what she saw, but she also likes what the race means for hundreds of people in the area.

Kimber said
the event has grown each year since it was first held and she hopes the numbers increase for 2014.


ace results will be posted beginning Sunday afternoon at