CCC B-rrry Scurry 4-Mile Run is just a week away

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2/1/21

B-rrry Scurry 2021 LogoThe 40th Anniversary Clinton Community College B-rrry Scurry 4-Mile Run is scheduled for Noon on Saturday, February 6, in a new hybrid version.  A very limited number of 40 past winners plus sponsor representatives will take to the streets of Clinton, with hundreds of virtual runners and walkers choosing their own 4-mile route to complete the race.

B-rrry Scurry Race Director Ann Eisenman commented, “Runners and walkers have been so understanding of the challenge we face in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. We must adhere to safety guidelines and limited number of people. The field of 40 past winners and sponsor representatives allows the community to come out and cheer for their friends and family. Seven past winners will toe the line of race day, with others that could give them a run for their money and perhaps a new course record for both men and women.”

The B-rrry Scurry started in 1981 as a running event for a group of Clinton Community College runners. These hearty souls chose the first weekend of February to avoid conflicting with other area races. Co-founder Dr. Mark Schroeder shared these memories of 1980, “A number of CCC staff, students and community members enjoyed jogging on a regular basis. We formed an informal jogging group that met after work to go for a run. Many of us competed in area races that were offered on the weekends. The races were all held in the warmer months of the year and were almost exclusively 10,000 meters in length.  The new college President wanted CCC to become more visible in the community and connect with community leaders and organizations.  We were on a run one day and I came up with the idea of a winter run sponsored by the college. The President said “go for it”. There were literally no open dates to hold a race in the warmer months, but the winter was wide open.  I decided to plan a race for the first Saturday in February. Obviously, a very cold time of the year. The good news was that there were no other races scheduled on that date.”

And with that, the B-rrry Scurry was founded as a 10 kilometer run the first weekend of February. The B-rrry Scurry has not been cancelled despite the weather which is very unpredictable in mid-winter.  Dr. Schroeder shared this memory, “The first race was held at 12 Noon on February 4, 1981. The temperature at race time warmed up to -4 degrees from a low of -19 at 8 a.m.  I recall the switch board operator said to me around 8 a.m. on race day, ‘How are we going to contact all of these runners to let them know the race is cancelled due to cold weather?’ I told her that these runners do not care how cold it is and they will show up. They did -  around 300 of them!” 

The coldest B-rrry Scurry was 1996, with wind chills of minus 30 degrees. Men’s record holder Bryan Glass of Geneseo, IL recalls one of the warmest B-rrry Scurry days was in 2005, when the temperatures rose to the mid-50’s.  Glass ran the current 4-mile race course in record time of 20:15. The following year Glass came close to improving that time, missing by just 15 seconds in the brisk temps. Glass now teaches and coaches cross country in Springfield, IL, and will be returning for the anniversary run. 

The Women’s record time was set by Jessica Langford of Rockford, IL in 2009 with a time of 23:21. She is a 3-time champ in the Women’s division.  Kelley Timmerman of Geneseo, IL has captured Women’s 12 B-rrry Scurry titles.  A 5-kilometer run was added to the 10K race, so that more runners and walkers could participate. In 2000 the route was changed to the current USA Track & Field certified flat and fast 4-mile distance that twists and turns through historic Clinton neighborhoods.

Eisenman commented, “We are excited to host past winners of the B-rrry Scurry including Bryan Glass, Tyler Sullivan, Mary Toohill, Tracy Stevens, John Borah, Jon Betz, and Hal Carlson. The field includes sponsor representatives and some real speedsters.”

The runners and walkers make the race fun to watch, however it is the volunteers and sponsors that make race safe and a wonderful fundraiser for Clinton Community College students. Eisenman continued, “The B-rrry Scurry mission is to raise scholarship dollars for our students.  It is because of the dedicated volunteers and supportive sponsors that we have had 40 years of success. The past Race Directors such as Dr. Mark Schroeder, Alan Campbell, Anne Schmidt and so many others gave of their time and energy to build this event.  With such a strong foundation and important mission, we are able to produce a great event year after year, all to benefit students.  We look forward to a fun race to watch on February 6.  The community is invited to join us along the race route and cheer on the participants.” 

Packet Pickup will be held as a drive-thru event on Wednesday, February 3 and Thursday, February 4, from 3 – 6 p.m.  or by special arrangement.  Out of town packets will be sent in the mail.   To register to participate virtually, visit www.eicc.edu/brrry. Contact Race Director Ann Eisenman at 563-244-7040 or aeisenman@eicc.edu for more information.