Runner Bling For Christmas
We had a great time at our December meeting/Christmas party at the Landers on Tuesday, Dec. 16, with dinner from Elizabeth's, installation of 2015 officers, presentation of 2014 club and Challenge Series awards, and approval of the 2015 Challenge Series. Good food, fellowship, and fanfare. Congratulations to our 32 age-group winners and six club award winners. We also had 14 Iron Roadrunners, all of whom won other awards as well. We'll have a full wrap-up posted soon. In the meantime, please get started on your next great year of running by renewing your club membership. Click for 2015 online registration.
It Keeps You Running
Our local 2014 season is in the books, but we're turning the page to 2015. Our next races are already on the calendar:
First up is Mac and Michelle's New Year's Prediction Run, starting 9 am Jan. 1 at the Batesville Municipal Building, 500 E. Main. It will be followed soon by a new race in the Challenge Series, the Freezing Day 8K, Jan. 17 from Main Street Gym. Stop by the gym to register. It is a Main Street Batesville fundraiser on a slightly modified 8K course from the 2011 Christmas Half, essentially the old 4-Mile Classic course with a mile loop through the North Park addition. The modification is START/FINISH at the gym instead of the Landers. We also will have the usual Penguin Runs in February and another 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 on the Hope Lutheran/LaCroix Optical lots. Start your training plans early for a great year and a new challenge!
Ain't It Grand?
The 2014 Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix series finished Saturday (12/13) with the CASA Half Marathon in Pine Bluff. A couple of our runners have locked in award-winning seasons. Bruce Oakley finishes fourth in Masters (40+), second in Grand Masters (50+), and first in 55-59. Depending on how trophies are distributed, Bruce could get the Grand Masters first trophy, because the Masters winner is also the Overall winner and would not get both trophies. The Grand Masters winner is second in Masters and so would pick up that trophy vacated by the Overall winner, leaving the Grand Masters to Bruce. Betsy Tucker is third in Masters, third in Grand Masters, and second in 55-59. Clara Nikkel wins second in 0-9, and Tyler Bishop is third in 20-24 with a mathematical chance to finish second if he runs CASA. Rusty Hinges and Rick Farrar are first and second in 75-79. A couple of ladies would have been in the thick of things in age groups with another race or two: Michelle Huff is one point shy of sixth in 45-49 with at least two fewer races than every woman ahead of her. She finished no worse than second in her group in any race and would be in a tight contest for third with three more finishes. Julie Roulier likewise is eighth in 50-54, five points behind a runner with an extra race, but several races short of the top six. The men's team is 10th and the women are eighth. The women would be running for fifth or sixth with a full schedule, as they are five races short of all teams ahead of them.
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|