A sunny 29 degrees and a brisk breeze welcomed the 409 runners and walkers to the 41st Annual Clinton Community College B-rrry Scurry 4-Mile Run on Saturday, February 5. The participants, age 2 through 85, were happy to gather again to complete the flat and fast route through the historic neighborhoods of Clinton, Iowa.
Winner of the female division was Olivia Dietzel of Cuba City, Wisconsin in a time of 23:08, breaking Jessica Langford’s B-rrry Scurry record of 23:21. Men’s record holder Bryan Glass of Springfield, Illinois won the CCC B-rrry Scurry in the male division with a time of 21:48. Glass’ record is 20:15.
The B-rrry Scurry raises funds for scholarships for Clinton Community College students. Since the beginning in 1981, 116 students have received B-rrry Scurry Scholarships including the Jim Thyne Memorial B-rrry Scurry Scholarship named in honor of one of the founding race directors.
After a year limited to just 40 participants and a virtual event in 2021, runners and walkers were eager to enjoy the fun atmosphere of the race this year. And they love the instant and accurate results that chip timing offers. More than 100 volunteers helped with registration, food, door prizes, and manning the course which runs throughout historic neighborhoods of Clinton. The City of Clinton and Clinton Police Department assist to make the race route safe for all participants. Race Director Ann Eisenman commented, “Once again, Mother Nature offered a beautiful winter day for the hearty souls that came out to run the 41st CCC B-rrry Scurry. We have been blessed with fantastic weather year after year. Thank you to the dedicated volunteers and enthusiastic B-rrry Scurry runners and walkers who make this race a favorite for area athletes. Today was a perfect day for a winter run!”
The B-rrry Scurry record for coldest temperature was set in 1996, when the mercury dipped to 15 degrees below zero, with wind chill at 55 degrees F below zero.
In addition to the age-group awards, B-rrry Scurry also hosts a B-rrry Challenge to all businesses and organizations. The winners are determined by the number of people the respective organization has entered in the race. Winner of the Large Group (over 150 members) award was ADM. In the Small Group Challenge (less than 150 members), the winner was the Riverfront Running Gang.
The Mississippi River Challenge offers participants of three Clinton races – the CCC B-rrry Scurry 4-Mile Run, the Pam Pray Memorial 4-Mile Run(April 3), and one of the three Clinton Half Marathon Races(September 13) - the beautiful Mississippi River Challenge medal, a large commemorative medal sponsored by Howes & Jefferies Realtors and Hy-Vee. There is no fee to participate, however only the runners and walkers that complete all three races will earn the medal. This is a great incentive for people to demonstrate their commitment to improved health. All three races will benefit from this partnership.