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Iron Challenge 2019: A day of racing, family fun and overcoming obstacles

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (FOX47) – Saturday February 23, is presenting locals the opportunity to support two local organizations that focus on healing, while also enjoying some outdoor fun.

Iron Challenge 2018 (Courtesy: Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch)

The 2nd annual Iron Challenge features multiple fat tire bike races, 4k nature runs and horse-drawn sleigh rides among other family-oriented events (See the full list of activities here).

More importantly, 100% of funds raised go towards Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch and Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge; two organizations focused on helping others overcome challenges of all kinds.

“Whether it be meth, whether it be heroin or any of the other opiate addictions that are going on, we believe that there’s hope.” Said Tom Truszinski of MnTC.

Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge Rochester Center Director Tom Truszinski

“The beautiful thing about the Iron Challenge is you don’t have to be a biker. You don’t have to be a runner. You just have to have a person with a heart”.

Open since 2014, the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge center in Rochester focuses on helping Southeast Minnesotans overcome drug or alcohol addiction.

The center raises funds needed to combat the drug and alcohol abuse epidemic through events like the Iron Challenge.

Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch is the site for all the fun at Iron Challenge 2019

Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch is hosting the challenge and event competitions as they promote their message of overcoming struggles.

“We help people with physical challenges, with cognitive challenges, with families with autism and military family’s all have their unique challenges that they face and so we’re here to help them in those challenges.” Said the ranch’s Executive Director Tracy Bashore.

Iron Challenge 2018 (Courtesy: Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch)

“We like the word challenge because the Iron Challenge is about helping people overcome challenges through the donations that we get through that. That’s what Ironwood is about.”

Attending the ranch and seeing the races is free for anyone to enjoy. Registration the day of the bike or running events is possible (9:45 a.m) or click here to pre-register.

Clyde the camel is a popular stop for anyone visiting the Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch

Opportunities to donate or volunteer with either Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch or Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge are available anytime.

For more on the Iron Challenge including course information and equipment details visit the challenge’s official page here.

Jack Keenan

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