Ready to run

Ethan’s Tractor Run returns Aug. 19

T-R FILE PHOTO Runners and walkers of all ages participated in last year’s Ethan’s Tractor Run 5k.

For the second year in a row, Ethan’s Tractor Run 5k run/walk will be held at the Marshalltown Community College cross country course, and organizer Tim Hungerford said registration has already begun.

“I think people liked it better, they like the grass and course,” he said of the switch to MCC’s course last year. “For me, it was easier to set up, and safer; I didn’t have the traffic control, and you don’t have to go up that big hill on 235th Street.”

This year’s event is set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 19. Previously, the 5k had been held in the area of the Mid-Iowa Antique Power Show and Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.

Those wanting to participate may register any time until the morning of Aug. 19, when the run begins. However, Hungerford said there are a limited number of tee shirts for registrants.

“There’s a chance, if you wait till the last minute, you might not get one,” he said. “We’ve already had people send [registration forms] in and do it online on Active(.com); our goal is always 100 people.”

Other promotional items may be placed in the runner’s bags that are given to participants. Door prizes, including gift certificates, will also be given out at the event.

“We have door prizes, giveaways along with the awards for the run,” Hungerford said, adding he is still searching for more business partners for the event.

Prizes will also be awarded to various participants. A cash prize of $100 will be given to the first overall male and female to cross the finish line. If either the first male or female are student-athletes, they will instead get a gift certificate. The overall winners will also receive trophies.

Medals will be awarded to the first male and female in each age group, including 12 and under, 13-17, 18-29, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70 and older.

Race packet pick up will take place 7:45-8:15 that morning, and packets can be picked up early on Aug. 16 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Marshalltown Mall.

Prior to the 5k, a kid’s fun run will take place. After the race, a breakfast of muffins and fruit will be provided. Hungerford said proceeds will go toward the Ethan Hungerford Memorial Scholarship, established in the memory of his son Ethan Hungerford, who died at age 7 due to complications from a bone marrow transplant in 2004.

“It always goes toward the scholarship,” Hungerford said. Last year’s sole scholarship awardee was Marshalltown High School student Bridget Carroll. The scholarship is provided for area students to go to MCC.

Registration can be done online at or at the Ethan’s Tractor Run Facebook page. Filled out forms can be submitted to 2680 Ridge Rd, Marshalltown.


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