Ethan’s Tractor Run slated for Saturday morning at MCC cross country course

T-R FILE PHOTO - Ethan’s Tractor Run will again bring runners and walkers from all stages of life to the Marshalltown Community College campus cross country course Saturday. As in previous years, one item participants will receive is a t-shirt with an illustration by the late Ethan Hungerford, who died of complications due to bone marrow cancer in 2004.

August in Marshall County means its almost time for the annual Ethan’s Tractor Run 5k Run/Walk at the Marshalltown Community College cross country course.

“There will be a kids’ fun run first — a short run — and then the 5k,” said run coordinator Tim Hungerford.

Despite the run being less than a week away, he said there’s still time for people to register.

“You can sign up the morning of,” Hungerford said. “Hopefully, people come out and support it.”

Hungerford’s late son, Ethan, is the event’s namesake. He died due to complications from bone marrow transplant in December of 2004 at the age of 7.

Hungerford said the run and Ethan Hungerford Memorial Scholarship are meant to give people an opportunity to have fun and get money for college.

“For me, one of the big parts is the t-shirts, which always has Ethan’s artwork on it,” he said. This year, the shirt depicts a drawing of tractors going through a crop field.

To sign up for the run, students will pay $20 and adults $25, and “family packs” of four registrants come in at $60. Proceeds go to the memorial scholarship, which is awarded each year to a local student to help with college costs.

The winner of this year’s scholarship was Teresa Siegert of West Marshall High School.

Along with same-day registration from 7:45-8:15 a.m. preceding the 8:30 start time, Hungerford said people can also sign up from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Marshalltown Mall, 2500 S. Center St. — packets can also be picked up at that time.

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

“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.”

For those in a competitive spirit, there will be a trophy and $100 cash prize for the overall male and female winners. Additionally, medals will be awarded to the top-finishing male and female in each of the run’s age groups –12 and under, 13-17, 18-29, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70 and older.


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