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Dwight competing in 25 events for Summer Iowa Games’ 25th anniversary

[ 1 ] May 11, 2011 |

Father Time catches up with everybody, but that doesn’t mean life has to pass you by.

Those aren’t Tim Dwight’s exact words, but that is his message.

It’s been his message ever since Dwight retired from the NFL as a receiver and return specialist following the 2007 season.

When Dwight isn’t working in the solar energy business, the former City High and University of Iowa star in football and track is busy searching for new ways to stay active.

His latest endeavor will be to compete in 25 events at the Summer Iowa Games in July to mark its 25-year anniversary.

Among the events on Dwight’s to-do list are a 5-kilometer run, the 200-meter dash, archery, table tennis and free-throw shooting, among others.

By participating in so many events, Dwight, 35, wants to spread awareness about the importance of being physically fit.

“One thing we’re sort of missing out on in our society nowadays is being athletic in general and taking part in activities that promote health, that promote tradition, promote competition and teamwork,” Dwight said.

This also is another unique way for Dwight to challenge himself physically now that he’s retired from playing football.

And for his competitors, it’ll be a chance to compete against one of the best and most well-known athletes this state has ever produced.

Some of the events, such as the 200, will cater to Dwight’s strengths. He won the race four times in high school and has been clocked in under 21 seconds.

Dwight’s goal now is to break 23 seconds, which most people in their mid-30s would only dream of doing.

But on the other hand, shooting free throws is hardly one of Dwight’s strengths. And yet he looks forward to giving it a shot, no pun intended. He described himself as being about a 50 percent free-throw shooter on a good day.

“I’m going to try and be as competitive as possible,” Dwight said. “But I’ve got to start training for this come June.”

Retired City High track and field coach John Raffensperger has known Dwight long enough to know that if anybody can handle such an extensive workload, it’s Dwight.

“You never want to put anything past him, not being able to do something,” Raffensperger said. “You just put a challenge out there for him, and he’ll rise to the occasion if he can.

“And even if he can’t, he’ll still do it.”

Since retiring from the NFL, Dwight has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and competed in triathlons and other road races.

The Iowa Games provided one of the first stages for Dwight to showcase his immense talent.

He was still a few years from becoming a star in both football and track and field when the Iowa Games started in 1987.

Dwight broke 11 seconds in the 100-meter dash for the first time while competing in the Iowa Games before his freshman year of high school. He also competed in the 200 and the 400 at the Iowa Games.

He has stayed involved with the Iowa Games over the years, including running in a relay race about a decade ago with former Northern Iowa star hurdler and current Iowa assistant track coach Joey Woody.

But unlike Dwight, who played 10 seasons in the NFL, most of the competitors in the Iowa games aren’t celebrities.

They’re just ordinary folks who enjoy the opportunity to compete on a big stage once a year.

They’re people whose playing days are behind them but who still have a burning desire to keep playing.

“It gives motivation for people once they’re outside of high school or college to keep pursuing a sport or an activity that they fully enjoy,” Dwight said. “And they can practice it throughout the year and compete against other participants.

“I think it’s very important to keep these kinds of activities involved in the community. It brings people together. It’s a great venue.”

It’s a great venue that’ll be even better this summer because of Dwight’s presence.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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