This was my first time making the trek to Clinton, Iowa for the B-rrry Scurry, and it was definitely worth the drive! This was the 38thannual race, and is a race founded on great traditions and local legends.
The unique four-mile race is a fast, flat, out-and-back course through a local neighborhood. The course starts at Clinton Community College, which is ideal if you need to stay indoors before the race. Fortunately, the weather on Saturday was perfect for running. Also unique is the race start time: noon.
The race directors and volunteers were energetic, helpful and excited for the race. The race usually averages about 500-600 runners and entices locals and runners from Illinois and is held the first Saturday of February every year.
The race also makes itself distinct by awarding the winner of the race a lifetime of free future entries to the race. This award went to Isaiah Ditta. Ditta, age 16 and a member of the Clifton-Central 1A Illinois State Championship Cross-Country Team finished with a time of 21:35. His teammate Trevor Swanson finished second with a time of 22:06 outkicking Steven Froeschle (time 22:10) at the end. The Top Female Finisher was Rebecca Mallon (10thoverall) with a time of 25:24 followed by Jessica Iasparro finishing at 25:37. 414 runners finished this year! The Overall Male and Female Winners also receive the race shirt in a large frame making a spectacular award, and each received a medal. The top three finishers in each age group also received race medals.
The after party was full of fun, food (fruit and tons of cookies!), and good times of socialization as locals and past runners caught up and congratulated each other. This winter race is certainly worth the drive and the long-lasting tradition is has created for itself! Be sure to mark your calendar for this one next year!