Palmer College’s “Articulating Spine” has long been a crowdpleaser at the annual Bix 7 race. The course begins with a long, steep ascent up Brady Street, and the vertebral discs-with-legs pictured above are just at the top of the hill, which is also the heart of the Davenport campus.
The Bix 7 is a seven-mile race that began in 1975 with only 84 runners, including 3 female entries. Lucian Rosa of Sri Lanka won the inaugural men’s race in a time of 34:33.8; Kim Merritt of Wisconsin won the first women’s race in 41:04. Today the number of runners tallies nearly 20,000, and the overall course records have been lowered to 31:51.99 (men) and 35:24 (women). A history of each race is available online.
We wish all participants, including Palmer’s Spinal Column, the best during this year’s Bix 7, which will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2013.
Note: the top picture is from Bix 7 2002; the bottom picture is from Bix 7 1996.