B-rrry Scurry Goes BATTY October 31, 2020



B-rrry Scurry LogoClinton Community College will host the 40th Annual B-rrry Scurry 4-Mile Run on Saturday, February 6, 2021.  The 2021 CCC B-rrry Scurry will be a hybrid race, combining a virtual run with a run featuring a very limited number of participants.  Mark your calendar for the Saturday, October 31 for the special “B-rrry’s Gone Batty” online registration special of $25 including fees.  The “Batty” registration rate will be available October 31 only online at www.eicc.edu/brrry.  The registration fee increases November 1. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Clinton Community College safety protocols, a very limited number of participants will be running the B-rrry Scurry 4-mile certified race course at Noon on Saturday, February 6.  Spectators will be encouraged to watch the race along the route, wearing masks and social distancing. For the remaining runners and walkers, B-rrry Scurry will have a virtual race for 2021.  Virtual participants can complete a 4-mile course of their choosing from January 30 through February 6 and submit that time for inclusion as a 2021 CCC B-rrry Scurry 4-Mile Run Finisher.  All finishers receive the B-rrry Scurry 40th Anniversary medal, race shirt, and goodie bag valued at more than $40.

Proceeds of the B-rrry Scurry race benefit CCC students through B-rrry Scurry scholarships.  Through the years, 112 CCC students have been awarded B-rrry Scurry Scholarships.  One B-rrry Scurry Scholarship recipient wrote, “As a devoted full-time student and mother, I would like to express my appreciation for being awarded the B-rrry Scurry Scholarship.  I take pride in academic success, and am grateful for the assistance brought by the B-rrry Scurry.  Thank you for being a source of enthusiasm and reminding students that hard work does not go unrecognized.”

The history of the Clinton Community College B-rrry Scurry goes back to 1981 when a group of organizers started the race as a scholarship fundraiser for Clinton Community College students.  They chose the first Saturday of February, a date not in conflict with other area races.  Due to being a winter run, the most fascinating aspect of the B-rrry Scurry is the weather.  February temperatures have ranged from 35 degrees below zero to 60 degrees above zero.  No B-rrry Scurry Run has been cancelled, however 1996 was a race for the hardy with temps reaching a wind chill of 50 below zero.  The winner that year was Clinton’s John Borah and he proudly wears bib number 96 each year in honor of that accomplishment.

The CCC B-rrry Scurry is the first race in the Clinton area Mississippi River Challenge.  Sponsored by Hy-Vee and Howes & Jefferies Realtors, the challenge was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.  The Mississippi River Challenge medal is earned by finishers of the CCC B-rrry Scurry 4-Mile Run, the Pam Pray Memorial 4-Mile Run, and one of the three Clinton Half Marathon Races. The Mississippi River Challenge medal, a large commemorative medal, will be back for 2021.   There is no fee to participate, however only the runners and walkers that complete all three races will earn the medal.  “Area runners and walkers love to support local causes, and earning the Mississippi River Challenge medal gives them an added incentive,” commented  B-rrry Scurry Race Director Ann Eisenman. “We look forward to a time when we can gather together, run races, and enjoy the post-race party again.  For now, we must focus on the safety of all participants. The 2021 B-rrry Scurry may be unique, however our mission of raising scholarship funds for CCC students will be the same.”

Eisenman spoke enthusiastically about the changes in place to ensure safety for all.  “We look forward to a time when we can gather by the hundreds and run races again.  For now we must limit the runners on race day.  The limited number of runners on the course on February 6 will make for an exciting race.  New course records could be set!”  Prize money is awarded to the male and/or female that sets a new B-rrry Scurry course record on the out-and-back flat-and-fast 4-mile course.  Jessica Langford of Rockford, IL holds the women’s record in a time of 23:21.  Bryan Glass of Geneseo holds the record of 20:15. All 2021 B-rrry Scurry participants receive the on-of-a-kind 40th Anniversary B-rrry Scurry medal, official originally-designed 2021 colored TECH race shirt, have their names listed in the Clinton Herald, receive the BS Goodie Bag valued at more than $40, and are eligible for some great door prizes.  The B-rrry Challenge encourages area businesses and organizations to get involved while competing for the top award. 

B-rrry Scurry race volunteers are dedicated folks, so appreciated for their commitment to the race, Clinton Community College, and the community.  Anyone interested in volunteering for the B-rrry Scurry is encouraged to contact Clinton Community College at 563-244-7001.  To register, visit our website at www.eicc.edu/brrry.
“See” YOU online or on campus on Saturday, February 6 for the 40th Annual Clinton Community College B-rrry Scurry 4-Mile Run!  Call Clinton Community College 563-244-7040 or contact B-rrry Scurry Race Director Ann Eisenman at aeisenman@eicc.edu for more information.