Christmas Half Marathon, Challenge Series Notes
Weather warnings prompted us to postpone the White River Christmas Half Marathon to Saturday, Dec. 21, at 9 am. Travel permitting, competitors will run in anything — rain, snow, cold — but the extremes: lightning, ice storm, hurricane.
We will have the Landers lobby available for registration and packet pickup 5:30-7 pm Friday, Dec. 20. Depending on the size of the field, chip distribution may still take place on race day, with Friday packet pickup just for T-shirts and goodie bags.
The race postponement means our Challenge Series final tally won't be ready for awards at the club Christmas party Dec. 17. Many of the titles are settled with 29 runners locked into an award, but another 16 runners still have a mathematical chance at those or up to eight more places. If the Christmas Half is stormed out again Dec. 21, we will freeze the results at 13 races with awards set as the competition stands. We will present series awards at the January club meeting.
Nearing The Finish
2013 is running out fast, with the Christmas Half as our last Challenge Series race. Most of the Challenge Series champions have been decided, but a few divisions are still up for grabs in the last 13.1 miles, so lace 'em up and put 'em down at 9 a.m. Dec. 21 at Fellowship Bible Church in the former Landers Theater in downtown Batesville!
We have eight runners who have already achieved Iron Runner status, including two who have run all 11 possible races in the Challenge Series. Another eight runners can hit Iron at the Christmas Half finish line!
We'll celebrate 2013 back at the Landers on our monthly meeting night, Tuesday, Dec. 17, for our Christmas party. We will welcome the new club officers, chosen by acclaim at our monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Citizens Bank Annex. Bruce Oakley will serve as 2014 president, with the new slate of Suzy Oakley as president-elect, Rebecca Patterson as treasurer and Rita Cooke as secretary.
Make plans now to attend the party, as we also thank officers ending their 2013 terms and hand out our club and Challenge Series awards. The popular barbecue from Cowboy's returns again this year, so please email email@example.com with your family's attendance count so we can feed everyone.
Approaching The Start
Bruce Oakley didn't have to run for office, but he's eager to run in office as 2014 president, and he's already checking calendars and making training schedules. A typical training season is 3-4 months, and the Penguin 5k/10k (our first local race) is Feb. 22, so any runners wanting a formal training plan from our coaches for a Penguin target should begin now. Targeted training for the Tax Run in mid-April would begin in January. Contact Bruce if you need a plan.
Speaking of coaching, Bruce has added a wrap-up of key ideas from the August RRCA coaching class in Little Rock. See the path your training plans will follow as you go On The Road With A Coach.
Besides helping you with your own training, he is looking for running buddies in the 2014 Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix series. With guidance from Coach Suzy, he hopes to run a dozen races in the series. If Suzy runs most of those as well, the Roadrunners will have a solid start toward a consistent team presence at events around the state. Jennifer Dorris, Betsy Tucker, Dana Dowell and Rebecca Patterson will likely run several Grand Prix events each, so the women look to be well represented. Rusty Hinges ran the entire Grand Prix series in 2013, and the Patterson men, Shawn Sr. and Jr., will join Rebecca at some of the events again this year. With 20 races in the series, we'll need more teammates to fill the calendar — we're not planning to match Rusty's feat.
We encourage you to join in raising our club visibility and serving as ambassadors for our energetic local running community. Click for the presidential runs and 2014 calendar. Let Bruce know if you will help represent the Roadrunners at any of these races.
Race Directors, We Want To Hear From You
RACE DIRECTORS: We have published a 2014 race calendar with confirmed 2014 dates and some tentative dates matching the 2013 calendar, and we will soon be updating our Club and Local Races, so please tell us if your race's date is correct. We will also be selecting our 2014 Challenge Series races, so advise us if you would like your race included. Email Bruce Oakley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Club for 2014
Not a member? Have a running buddy or wannabe who's not yet a member? Spread the word and click one of the registration links above left to join the fun as we continue to promote running and fitness throughout our community!
2013 OFFICERS: Dwayne Dickey, President; Bruce Oakley, President-elect; Suzy Oakley, Secretary; and Ken McSpadden, Treasurer.
|2012: Davy Insell||2011: Jennifer Liles-Dorris||2010: Andy Buschmann||2009: Robert Barber|
|2008: Joe Pool||2007: Sandy Pool||2006: Ken McSpadden||2005: Rita Cooke|
|2004: Kay Hermansen-Pool||2003: Ken McSpadden||2002: Sam Cooke||2001: Joe Pool|