On The Treasure Trail
The Roadrunners had a good crew out Saturday (Feb. 7) at the River Trail 15K (click for River Trail results) in North Little Rock. Contrary to a warm, sunny forecast, the wind came back out for us with apparent unfinished business from the Hour Run (Jan. 25, click for Hour Run results) in Danville. Besides that, the 15K field grew a bit this year, so T-shirts ran out and were being mailed to late check-ins. And a box of the age-group awards stayed in storage, so those souvenir cups ran out after 40-44 age groups. But all in all it was a good day for the club, as Bruce Oakley took third in Grand Masters, and Michelle Huff grabbed fourth in 45-49. They picked up cups for Shannon Box (fourth, M40-44), Crystal Cossey (third, F40-44), and Ashley White (fifth, F30-34). Our friends, Kathy Pickens, Linda Dale, and Rusty Hinges will have cups mailed to them.
The 2014 Grand Prix age-group awards ceremony followed at Cregeen's Irish Pub in downtown North Little Rock. Bruce has plaques and Go! Running gift cards for Betsy Tucker, Julie Roulier, Tyler Bishop, and Clara Nikkel. The plaques for Clara's age group were incorrectly engraved, so they are being redone and we'll arrange mail delivery or pickup at another Grand Prix event.
Let's Meet For A Heart To Heart
We show Heart Month a little love with a cardiologist from WRMC as guest speaker at our second club meeting of 2015 at 7 pm Tuesday, Feb. 17. Please come learn about how to take care of our most important muscle, and bring any questions you may have about precautions and warning signs as we push our hearts through all the miles. We'll also have race roundups, previews, and club business reports. Our club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in Batesville at the Citizens Bank Annex with a friendly group run from there at 6 before the meeting.
Thanks and welcome aboard to those who have activated their 2015 membership already. Click for the latest members list of 33 paid memberships with family coverage giving us 67 members (as of 1/26). To get started yourself, please click for 2015 online registration.
For The Ladies
Online registration is open for Batesville's free Women Run Arkansas clinic, a March to May training series to help ladies work together to establish new fitness habits and challenge themselves with a graduation 5K May 9 in Conway. Visit the state Women Run Arkansas page, our local WRA-Batesville page, or our local WRA Facebook page to find out what it's all about. We will hold an information/registration meeting in late February. We are yet to decide which two evenings (5:30 pm) we will run, aiming for the most convenience for the most participants. Spread the word to all interested ladies throughout the area and please have them email Bruce Oakley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or comment on Facebook to share a scheduling preference.
The annual Penguin Run 5K/10K races are Feb. 28, with the 10K as our February event in the Challenge Series. The March race is a new fundraiser at 10 am March 17, the St. Pat's Paces 5k and Leprechaun Lap kids run. It is a fundraiser for the Montessori Christian Academy, 2417 East Main, and will begin at the back of the school playground near LaCroix Optical. Check the calendar and get ready for a great year and a new challenge!
Share The Load
We have a few runners looking for teammates in a group challenge in this year's Outback in the Ozarks 200-mile relay. It's in October this year, but registration opened Jan. 14. Several of our members have run together the first two years of this event and are planning to do it again. Brad Runsick has taken an interest and is seeking to join or form a team. The event Web page is http://outbackintheozarks.com/, and the Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/outbackozarksgazelle. You can find Brad's posts on our WRRR Facebook page. Bruce and Suzy Oakley are interested in joining a team and Bruce (email@example.com) can pass the word to connect those of you who might not be able to find each other on Facebook or on contact lists. Bruce and Suzy are also signed up for the Arkansas RRCA 2015 Grand Prix and encourage any of you running two or three of the state series races to sign up to help us score in the club team competition.
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, 475 Fayrene Street, 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!
2015 OFFICERS: Suzy Oakley, President; Rebecca Patterson, President-elect; Bruce Oakley, Secretary; and Donna Johnson, Treasurer.
|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|