Our race calendar keeps growing! Our next Challenge Series race is the Sprint for Seniors 5K, just a week away, 8 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at West Baptist. The March of Dimes 5k at Lyon College is July 6, and that's a "Step Up" bonus points race in our Challenge Series. Ashley Beller has put together The Bethany Project Melon Dash 5k in Cave City as part of the Watermelon Festival at 7 p.m. Aug. 10. The latest addition is a Big Brothers Big Sisters Zombie Fun Run 5K on the Tax Run course at 6 p.m Nov. 2. Check out our Club and Local Races calendar for details, registration, maps, and more!
We met Tuesday, May 21, in Batesville at the Citizens Bank Annex. One of the state's fastest 30-somethings, Tia Stone, talked about her recent Boston Marathon and her return to running in the past few years after a layoff starting her family.
Tia ran cross country and track for Harding University 1997-2001, then took about eight years off competitive running after marriage and children. She had no plan to return to racing, feeling burned out and needing a break. She is a stay-at-home mom with four children, now 2, 5, 7 and 8. But she did come back in 2009, and started a running blog, Arkansas Runner Mom, to share her thoughts. She enjoys racing all distances from the 5K to the marathon and finished fourth of 1,152 women in the Little Rock Marathon in March (3:07). She then set her marathon PR in Boston in April (3:03) and hopes to break 3 hours this fall!
We also heard from Adam and Jessica Hogue about the intrepid flight of Roadrunners who went hard at it in the first Outback in the Ozarks Team Relay. They finished the 200-mile overnight race in 32 hours 34 minutes. That's a 9:43 average mile for Adam and Jessica, John and Ashley Beller, Colyn Bowman, Clint James, Travis Luyet, Melanie Mathews and Jennifer Liles Dorris through snow, rain, rugged terrain from Eureka Springs to Fayetteville.
Ladies Strong to the Finish
Batesville's Women Run Arkansas clinic wrapped up with the "graduation" 5K Saturday, May 11, in Conway. Our 33 runners and walkers, along with 10 leaders, made a great day of it. Clara Nikkel won first place in Age 1-9 and Caliene Coop won 75-79, so our group claimed the youngest and oldest age divisions. Gina Mohlke finished second in her group in between. Click for results. Many ladies continue group runs throughout the year, with leaders and coaches sharing advice and encouragement, so anyone looking for running buddies at whatever pace and capability, check out the Women Run Batesville Web page or their Facebook page.
On The Road for the Long Haul
We're on a two-lane road now:
First, Melanie Loggains carries us along from a walking start in 2011 through to the St. Jude Country Music Marathon (April 27) in On the Road to a First Marathon.
Then, our friend from Missouri, Joel M. Tejeda, lets us pal along on what he calls a "training run" — Cincinnati's Flying Pig Marathon (May 5) — in On the Road and Going Long.
Read all our past travels in our On the Road archive. Send your contributions anytime; we're always on the lookout for the next journey On the Road!
Join the Club
If you're not a member yet, please click one of the registration links at left to join the fun as we continue to promote running and fitness throughout our community!
Race Directors, Are We Ready?
RACE DIRECTORS: We have your race dates posted in Club and Local Races, but your page may still show 2012 race information. Please share any updates with us by emailing Bruce Oakley, so we can update our pages.
WEB SITE: We hope you enjoy the weekly "On the Road" column (click for the archive), and our Course Maps directory page that gathers our many local race routes in one place for your training reference. We expect to add training plans as we develop them through members who coach young runners and the Women Run Arkansas clinic, and we will add links to existing advice on member blogs and similar sites.
Please send Bruce suggestions on further impovements or additions.
Meet the Challenges
Click for Challenge Series scores or the 2013 Challenge/Grand Prix calendar and information. If our Challenge Series and the ARRCA Grand Prix still leave you with race weekends open, or if you're curious about what other groups are up to, click for Hooked on a Series, Nicholas Norfolk's roundup of more challenges around the state.
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|