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2015 Grand Prix Results:
Dec. 12 CASA Half Marathon, Pine Bluff

First 2016 Grand Prix Race:
Jan. 24 Hour Run, Pottsville

2016 Challenge Series Results:
Jan. 9 Freezing Day 8K, Batesville

2016 Tentative Schedule

And They're Off

The 2016 Challenge Series schedule is not yet settled, but we're already pounding the pavement with the Freezing Day 8K stepping off from the Main Street Gym. Mark Wilhite put the race together as a fundraiser for the Maxfield Park project for more downtown picnic space. 2015 Runner of the Year and Cave City Caveman Kendall Townsley picked up right where he left off, running strong ahead of Southside's Chris Lyons and Pioneer volunteer Bruce Oakley. Michelle Huff scored a top 10 finish to lead the ladies. Click for Challenge Series standings. Next up is the Penguin 10K, though there is talk of a changed venue. We'll keep you posted.

A New Challenge

After discussion of the 2016 Challenge Series at the Christmas party, we voted to accept the Freezing Day 8K as the first race in the year's series and settle the rest at our monthly meeting next Tuesday, Jan. 19. Click for a Challenge Series overview explaining the current setup and looking at the questions raised. You can also see the 2016 Challenge Series proposal that has been updated to reflect subsequent testing and discussion. You can also click for the combined state Grand Prix/tentative Challenge Series calendar.

Plan to come to the monthly meeting at 7 pm at the Citizens Bank Annex. We'll have our usual group run at 6 pm for all interested parties. We'll settle the Challenge Series schedule, have race recaps and previews, and see where Rebecca Patterson will lead us.

Starting The New Year Right

Mac and Michelle's Prediction Run got 2016 off to a great start in downtown Batesville. No fee, no watches, no electronic aids, just us and our self-images being shattered or affirmed. The Pattersons proved the most capable prognosticators, with young Erynn taking the ladies' title, off by only 3 seconds, and dad Shawn Sr. off by just less than 2 seconds. The poorest predictor was also a helpful dad escorting a young daughter, as Brian Wagner was off by 7:49 trotting with Ashley. Janie Barber showed few signs of a running layoff as she came in almost 11 minutes faster than expected to take the ladies' sandbagger trophy. Overall winner was fleet Lady Razorback Logan Bishop, being chased by all the boys, with Southside Southerner Chris Lyons second and Cave City Caveman Kendall Townsley third. Click for Prediction Run results at Mac's Race Timing. And please activate or renew your club membership! You can do it online at RunSignup: White River Roadrunners.

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, 1235 Punch Lane, 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

2016 OFFICERS: Rebecca Patterson, President; Genafer Foree, President-elect; Bruce Oakley, Secretary; and Donna Johnson, Treasurer.

Past Presidents
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: Jan. 13, 2016