CRI hosts two races during the fall semester in recognition of our Eagle Spirit- Iron Eagle Challenge and the True Blue 5K.
These two races are on back-to-back weekends in October. The True Blue 5K being on October 11 and Iron Eagle Challenge held on October 18.
Iron Eagle Challenge
The Iron Eagle Challenge is a partner adventure race through campus, where partners must bike, paddle, and run through the designated course while completing mystery challenges along the way. The mystery challenges will be both mentally and physically engaging.
Personally, I have never competed in the Iron Eagle Challenge, though I really want to! I have had friends run it and say that it was incredibly fun and a definite challenge.
“I’ve done the Iron Eagle twice, and both times I had a blast! It’s impossible to make it through without many episodes of laughter,” said Amanda Kepshire, Iron Eagle Challenge participant.
“The Iron Eagle will help to develop camaraderie in a challenging way while learning about an individual and teams strengths and weaknesses,” said Phillip German, Southern Adventures Graduate Assistant. “It helps individuals problem solve, learn about themselves, and have fun all at the same time.”
Food will be available at the end of the race, and prizes are awarded for best team costumes, best placed finishers, and a number of other giveaways. Participants also receive an Iron Eagle t-shirt.
“The first year I did the race, my partner and I dressed up as Buzz Lightyear and last year my team was Batman and Robin. People really go all out with their team names and costumes,” said Kepshire.
True Blue 5K
The True Blue 5K, is just that.. a 5K. Racers will race through campus beginning and ending at the RAC.
Though I haven’t participated in the Iron Eagle Challenge, I have done the True Blue 5K twice. The first time I did it was two years ago, and it was the first race I had ever done in my running career.
Now as I’ve said before, I am not much of a runner – but it was still fun. There were volunteers scattered throughout the course who would cheer you on as you ran by them.
Some of the racers had some extra fun by dressing up! At my first race, there were two people dressed as Smurfs and another dressed as a fairy. Last year, there were people with superhero capes and frilly tutus.
President Keel even ran my first time! Along with GSU President, other local Statesboro celebrities will participate in the race.
So even though it’s an early morning race, people still have a lot of fun!
“The marching band drumline, the cheerleaders, and GUS are there to kick off the race and cheer for us at the finish line,” said Emmy Richards, Group Fitness Program Director. “There is food at the finish line and awards given for top finishers in their age groups. Early registration also guarantees you a t-shirt!”
Participation is open to all ages ranging from babies in strollers to grandparents and even your four legged friends can tag along. Keep in mind that you don’t have to run if you don’t want to, there are always people who choose to walk the course!
If you are part of an organization earning Homecoming Points, if anyone in your organization registers by October 3, they can earn points for the organization.
“The True Blue 5k really kicks off game day excitement and GSU spirit!” said Richards.
If interested and want to register visit:
True Blue 5K: http://w3.georgiasouthern.edu/cri/trueblue5k
Iron Eagle Challenge: http://w3.georgiasouthern.edu/cri/iec