Arctic Challenge teams will play outside Saturday and benefit charities

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Burlington Bent River Brewing Co. is challenging people to shake off their winter cobwebs and get outdoors for the 2022 Arctic Challenge Saturday on Jefferson Street.

If the new year goal is a change in fitness, Arctic Challenge provides motivation to gather friends and head outdoors during Iowa's coldest month.

"The great thing about the Arctic Challenge is that it is just fun. The challenges themselves are not that difficult, but doing them in the snow or in extra cold weather while drinking with your friends is just fun," said owner Becky Anderson. "It's also fun to come watch. The competition isn't steep, more like hilarious."

The event, thought up by Anderson, also aims to do something charitable for the surrounding community.

At noon, teams of five will start their five tasks at Bent River, 500 Jefferson St., a brewpub in the renovated JC Penney building specializing in craft beer, with a full bar and menu, and ale selections that include a creamy, non-allergenic peanut butter flavor.

The 500 block of Jefferson Street will be closed from the alley to Fifth Street to through traffic, starting at 10 p.m. today (Friday) to accommodate the event, reopening at 5 p.m. Saturday. Bent River's closed-for-the-winter outdoor patio will be open.

The charity of each team's choice will receive their $50 entry fee, along with a portion of food and beverage sales.

Challenges may include the beer mug relay, keg roll race, snowball throw, snowball toss, polar bowling, tug of war, or similar challenges depending on the weather. The fifth challenge will be announced the day of the event.

"So far there are four teams with their sign-up sheets in but we have two more that we are expecting. We usually have 5 to 7 teams. That's about all we can accommodate at this time," said Anderson.

Teams already signed up as of Thursday include Team Y Not, with Gina Crabtree, Amanda Kantzavelos, Angel Beck, Sara Hecox, and Crystal Bivens raising money for Burlington Area YMCA.

The returning team of The Ice Holes, Zach Libben, Joel Levitt, Dustin Vancil, Bruce Gorrell and Matt Stoner, will compete for American Alzheimer's Association.

Babes-N-Beers team members Stephanie Libben, Sherri Gorrell, Kara Stoner, Johnna Libben and Olivia Perry are benefiting YMCA Domestic Violence Center.

Making up the team The Fast and Flurrious, raising funds for Des Moines County Humane Society, are David Kroll, Devin Rohr, Dustin Evans, Annette Siebers and Ethan Siebers.

A winter storm predicted to possibly bring up to five inches of snow today (Friday) could arrive just in time.

For those who prefer to be a spectator, Steamboat Senior Center, 501 Jefferson St., is inviting people to come inside their building from noon to 5 p.m. to watch the action in front of the center. Ned Francis, the "one man band" will play from 1 to 3 p.m. Donation is $5.

Entertainment at Bent River will follow the challenge.

To learn more about Arctic Challenge, call Burlington Bent River at (319) 209-2773, or visit

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