The Penguin Has Landed!
And Everyone Is Set For Takeoff!
The 2014 Challenge Series got off to a sunny, hot start Saturday, Feb. 22, with the Penguin 10K (results). (The 5K will alternate years with the 10K in the series scoring). Click for the first round of series standings.
It's a strong beginning to the racing season, with everyone looking ready to run.
Area women will have plenty of opportunity to keep on keeping on: The 2014 Women Run Arkansas—Batesville clinic registration/info night will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Josephine Raye Rogers Women's Center at WRMC. The first run for the free clinic for women will be 5:30 p.m. March 4, at Fitzhugh Park. Visit WRA-Batesville for more.
The just-for-fun bunch will have a chance, too, as the Batesville Pioneer Boosters invite fans and family to visit their page and sign up for the Color Me Wild 5K Fun Run, 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1.
Race Directors, Check Our Dates
RACE DIRECTORS: See our 2014 race calendar with confirmed 2014 dates and a few remaining tentative dates matching the 2013 calendar, and our Club and Local Races page. Please be sure we have your information right and let us know if a date still in question is indeed correct. Email Bruce Oakley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jeff Owens of the Batesville Parks Department asks that we use temporary markings such as chalk, bright duct tape or signage on the park trails rather than permanent paint cluttering the surfaces.
Grand Prix In Gear
We had a good start to our Grand Prix season with a dozen in Danville, a flock at River Trail and some more at Run the Line, and we continue filling up the team calendar. We have teams set for the Spring Fling in Cabot and nearly set for the Capital City Classic 10K. We expect a women's team for the postponed Valentine's 5K and may have enough with the new date (Sunday, March 16) for a men's team. Bruce Oakley plans to run a dozen races in the series. Jennifer Dorris, Betsy Tucker, Beth Christian, Dana Dowell and Rebecca Patterson will likely run several Grand Prix events each, so the women look to be well represented. Rusty Hinges ran the entire Grand Prix series in 2013, and the Patterson men, Shawn Sr. and Jr., will join Rebecca at some of the events again this year. Eric Sessums is signed up and looking at half a dozen races. Brian Yeager, Tyler Bishop and Davy Insell joined Eric at the River Trail.
We appreciate the big turnout helping to raise our club visibility and serving as ambassadors for our energetic local running community. Click for the presidential runs and 2014 calendar, which also includes our Challenge Series and other area fundraiser races.
Bruce has training schedules available for various distances. A typical training season is 3-4 months. Contact Bruce if you need a plan.
We have a wrap-up of key ideas from the August RRCA coaching class in Little Rock. See the path your training plans will follow as you go On The Road With A Coach.
Marathon Habits Survey
The club received the following request for distance runners to assist in a research project:
My colleagues and I are currently investigating the training habits and dietary practices of non-elite marathon runners. We are doing so with the hope of gaining more insight in this area in order to assist the runners, registered dieticians, sport nutritionists, personal trainers, running coaches, and all health and wellness professionals who may have clients interested in participating in, or currently training for, marathons.
The study involves the completion of an anonymous online survey, which contains questions regarding demographic information, training strategies, and dietary practices during marathon preparation. Completion of the survey is both completely voluntary and anonymous as no identifiers will be used. With your approval of your club’s participation, we would ask that you forward this email containing the hyperlink to the survey below to all club members. The survey should take approximately 15 – 20 minutes to complete and participants may discontinue their participation at any time. The link to the survey will remain open until June 30, 2014.
I have attached the Information Sheet for this study, which includes the specifics of the study, as well as the contact information of all principal investigators. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Oklahoma State University.
If you or any running club member have any questions regarding this study, please feel free to contact me at any time.
Thank you in advance for your time.
John Sellers, M.S., CSCS, CPT
Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant
Health & Human Performance Program
Oklahoma State University
192 Colvin Recreation Center
Stillwater, OK 74078
Email Bruce Oakley at email@example.com if you would like the Information Sheet on the survey.
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.
2014 OFFICERS: Bruce Oakley, President; Suzy Oakley, President-elect; Rita Cooke, Secretary; and Rebecca Patterson, Treasurer.
|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|