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Challenge Series Results:
Jan. 14: Lady Pioneer 7k

Next Challenge Series Race:
March 18 St. Pat's Paces 5k, LaCroix Optical

Grand Prix Results:
Dec. 10: CASA Half Marathon, Pine Bluff

Next Grand Prix Race:
Jan. 22 One Hour Track Run, Pottsville

One's Done

We're by the river and through the woods, to Pioneer territory! Our first Challenge race is in the books, the inaugural Lady Pioneer 7k to support the Batesville High softball team.

Southside cross country star Chris Lyons won the race, with Batesville Junior High cross country standouts Kaylee Clark and Madelyn Cunningham setting the pace for the ladies.

Series status is updated with the results and the series schedule is sketched out, but we hope to add two more races to reach our plan of one a month. We are missing February (no Penguin Run this year) and November events.

Up next locally is the Freezing Day 8K, 8 am Saturday, Jan. 21, at Main Street Gym in Batesville. It's a fundraiser for the Maxfield Park project downtown. If you need a cool soak after a warm run, the Freezin' for a Reason Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics follows at 10 am at Batesville High.

Registration is also open for the Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix. First race in the Grand Prix is Jan. 22, the Hour Run in Pottsville.

Click to renew club membership for 2017, $15 individual or $25 family. Genafer Foree has the president's reins, and we are working on some videography and promotional ideas, as well as stronger race and education support. Here's looking to a great run for us in 2017!

We Meet Again

It's time to meet once again: Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 pm at the Citizens Bank Annex. We'll have our usual group run at 6 pm for all interested parties. Janie Barber, director of the free Women Run Arkansas-Batesville clinic will fill us in on the March-May sessions, and Brandon Haling will talk a bit about club promotional videography ideas. We'll again recap recent races and programs, then look ahead to a brand new running year.

Join the Club

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! Register online or mail membership and other printable forms to: White River Roadrunners, 3071 Peggy St., Batesville, AR 72501. We have club T-shirts available free to our members in men's, women's and youth sizes, so join today and pick up a tech shirt to run in the best Roadrunner style!

Our Officers

2017 OFFICERS: Genafer Foree, President; Jonathan Dorris, President-elect; Bruce Oakley, Secretary; and Donna Johnson, Treasurer.

Past Presidents
2016: Rebecca Patterson 2015: Suzy Oakley 2014: Bruce Oakley 2013: Dwayne Dickey
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

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Last update: January 15, 2017