Dozens turn out for annual Ethan’s Tractor Run

5K Run/Walk

T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY Runners sprint from the starting line during the annual Ethan’s Tractor Run Saturday at the Marshalltown Community College Cross Country Course. Participants could run or walk the 5K route. Immediately preceding was a quarter-mile Kids Fun Run.

Runners and walkers of all ages turned out Saturday morning to make sure the memory of the late Ethan Hungerford, a youngster who loved tractors, lives on.

They gathered for the annual Ethan’s Tractor Run 5K Run/Walk at the Marshalltown Community College Cross Country Course. Participants received a t-shirt with an illustration by Ethan Hungerford, who, at age 7, died of complications arising from bone marrow cancer in 2004.This year, the shirt depicted a drawing of tractors going through a crop field.

The participants ranged from youngsters to businessmen to competitive runners.

Ali Erickson, Tiffany Eibs and Emmi Meier showed up to support the Hungerford family, with youngster Meier looking forward to running the quarter-mile Kids Fun Run held before the main event.

“I work with Tim, and wanted to show support,” Erickson said.

John Mustaine of State Center, owner of Mustaine’s Towing Service, brought his three children.

“We started doing the event as a family,” Mustaine said. “The kids — two sons and a daughter — are more competitive than I … I do it to get out and have fun.”

Mustaine also helped sponsor the event.

Fitness enthusiast Matt Tullis of Marshalltown was fired-up and ready to go.

“It is a for a good cause on a great course. I like to run and compete,” the Marshalltown Community School District educator said while warming up.

The MCC Cross-Country Course served as host for the third consecutive year said Event Coordinator and Ethan’s dad, Tim Hungerford, who was busy working with family members and volunteers taking care of last-minute details. He said the event “is meant to give people an opportunity to have fun and get money for college.” Proceeds go to the Ethan Hungerford Memorial Scholarship.

The 2018 winner was Tayiah Siegert of West Marshall High School. The scholarship is awarded to a BCLUW, East Marshall, GMG, Marshalltown or West Marshall student to continue their education at MCC.

“Everybody’s welcome, it doesn’t have to be a competitive race,” Hungerford said. “You can just come out and walk or bring your dog out and walk, just to get the experience and support the scholarship.”

Overall female and male winners received a $100 cash prize and trophy.

Medals were awarded to female and male winners in the 13-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus categories.

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Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or mdonahey@timesrepublican.com