Hundreds of runners participate in the 29th annual Governor's Run

The race benefits college students

ELDRIDGE, Iowa - Nearly 400 runners of all ages took part in the 29th annual Governor's European Cross Country Run. 
The race is held at Scott County Park every year.  
Runners can choose to compete in a two mile or four mile course. 
Organizers say it's a mix between a traditional 5k and a Tough Mudder. 
Each course is full of obstacles both manmade or natural. These include running through mud, rope swings and hay barriers. 
To make the experience more exciting, prize ribbons are placed throughout the course. 
The funds raised go to the Cornbelt Running Club Nancy Kapheim Memorial College Athletic Scholarship Fund.
Organizers say local schools also win funds for their athletic programs. 
"There's a cross-country team division, so the kids who don't qualify for the state meet this week and next week come out here and compete here, and they get cash donations back to their program," says Governor's owner Craig Wagner. 
If you missed this year's race, organizers say you won't want to miss the next. 
They're planning a full day of events for their 30th anniversary. 


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