SCC to Host Dirty Hawk 5K on October 29


SCC will host the first-ever Dirty Hawk 5K on Saturday, October 29 in West Burlington. This mud run will take racers on a 5K loop, over, through and around SCC’s West Burlington campus with plenty of obstacles along the way.

Race coordinator Pam Peterson says the idea for this event is the result of almost two years of discussion and planning.

Organizers wanted to develop a fun event that would appeal to the entire community that was also unique to SCC.

"There isn’t a mud run or obstacle race of this size in the area, and the response we’ve had so far has been great,” explains race coordinator Pam Peterson. “We haven’t even started heavy promotion yet.”

The event is a college-wide endeavor. Various student clubs and departments are busy building obstacles and will provide support for the event.

Peterson says that there will be a dozen obstacles over the length of the course. Racers will navigate a corn maze, scale a climbing wall, tackle a tire ladder, climb a hay bale pyramid, and face a fire pit.

“The course will challenge serious racers but won’t overwhelm for the average person,” she explains. “And there’ll be mud. Lots and lots of mud.”

The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, with heats starting every 30 minutes.  The race is open to adults and youth, and racers can also register as a team. Persons with registrations postmarked by September 25 will receive a $10 early bird discount and be guaranteed a race shirt. Registrations will be accepted until race day.

“We’re working hard to make it a fun event for racers and spectators. Since it’s Halloween weekend, we’re looking forward to seeing some crazy costumes too,” says Peterson.

Race information and registration forms are available at or, at the SCC Welcome Center, or by contacting Pam Peterson at or (319) 208-5185.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Race proceeds will support SCC student clubs and organizations.

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