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Latest Grand Prix Races:
Aug. 9 Hope Watermelon 5K
Aug. 2 4-Mile Classic
Next Grand Prix race:
Aug. 30 ARK 5K Classic
Grand Prix links

Latest Challenge Series Races:
Aug. 9 Melon Dash 5k
Aug. 2 4-Mile Classic
Next Challenge Series Race:
Sept. 6 Band on the Run 5k

2014 Schedule | Standings

Moving Up In The World

Congratulations to our sturdy Roadrunners who represented us so well at the 2014 Pikes Peak Ascent. Several of our friends and family completed the challenging climb Saturday, Aug. 16, in Colorado's rarefied air. Click for local 2014 Pikes Peak Ascent results from

Meeting At The Landers

Our August meeting is almost here, and we're shifting from Citizens Bank Annex to the Landers Theater (Fellowship Bible Church). Our group run starts from there at 6 p.m. this Tuesday Aug. 19, before the meeting at 7. We'll have the usual race recaps, previews, and planning updates on the agenda, plus special guest Gwendolyn Graves, co-founder of 5K FANATICS, to talk about the group she helped launch this year.

A Classic Record And A Fantastic Festival

The ladies had the pedal all the way to the metal at the 36th annual 4-Mile Classic, with Jordan Hamric of Memphis taking home a $450 bonus for breaking the course record, winning in 22:39.58. She topped Leah Thorvilson's 22:50.16 from 2009, the first year on the current course. Men's record holder Daniel Kirwa (19:45.07 in 2011) returned to win in 20:04.97, his third victory in four years. He sat out the 2013 race. The field of 257 was the third largest in our showcase race since the formation of our club in 2000, behind the 274 in 2009 and 259 in 2010.

The bonus pool for course records attracted a fast bunch, as last year's winning men's time would have been seventh in the 2014 field and the women's winner would have been fighting off a challenge to finish fifth. Our 2011 Runner of the Year Logan Bishop, now at U of A, finished fifth among women behind Hamric, Thorvilson (3rd) and Razorback teammates Valerie Reina (2nd) and Samantha Mohler (4th). Despite all that tough competition, our Roadrunners women's team finished fourth in the Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix points for the race. They are now just short of sixth place despite having two fewer races than every team ahead of them.

A week later the action moved from downtown Batesville to the heart of Cave City for The Bethany Project Melon Dash 5k, mid-evening at the annual Watermelon Festival. Kendall Townsley, a rising eighth-grader who will shine for the new Cave City High/Junior High cross country teams, came home first in 20:22.06. Kendall was second most of the way until Brandon Haling, 21, visiting from Oxford, Arkansas, missed the last turn a quarter mile from the finish and then had to backtrack. Kendall's new coaches, Tim Appleget and Jimmy Hodges, took first and second in their respective age groups. Layne Sargeson, 18, of Sage claimed the women's crown in fourth overall with a time of 21:57.72. Nearly 100 finishers enjoyed the post-race picnic featuring slices of famous watermelon, a cookout, and plenty of atmosphere. The Bethany Project appreciates the support!

Mac's Race Timing Service and Roadrunners Betsy Tucker, Joel and Brandie Cannady, and Rick Franks managed a double-Melon this year, first tackling the Hope Watermelon 5K the same morning in the Grand Prix. Catch up with the updated series standings in the state Grand Prix and our own Challenge Series.

Latest Fashion

We still have club T-shirts available free to our members in men's, women's and youth sizes, and our last couple of racing singlets to deliver to those who ordered them ($25.18 each). Details on both are available in On the Road to Fashion.

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! Register online or mail membership and other printable forms to: White River Roadrunners, 80 Reed St., Batesville, AR 72501.

Our Officers

2014 OFFICERS: Bruce Oakley, President; Suzy Oakley, President-elect; Rita Cooke, Secretary; and Rebecca Patterson, Treasurer.

Past Presidents
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: August 16, 2014