Looking A Lot Like Christmas
Our December meeting will be at the Landers on Tuesday, Dec. 16, with dinner from Elizabeth's, installation of 2015 officers (elected at November meeting), presentation of 2014 club and Challenge Series awards, and a quick rundown of the proposed 2015 Challenge Series. Good food, fellowship, and fanfare. Please email, text, or message Bruce with a family count if you plan to attend so we can provide for all. We will have the usual group run at 6 for those needing to build appetites, with dinner at 7. See you under the lights downtown on Main Street!
The Challenge Series final standings are in, with the completion of the Christmas Half Marathon. Iron Roadrunners and age group awards will be presented at the Christmas party, so we encourage honorees to attend.
It Keeps You Running
Our local 2014 season is in the books, but we're turning the page to 2015. We have elected our new officers and will install them at Christmas dinner next week, Dec. 16. Our committee has met and ironed out plans for the 2015 Challenge Series to be approved then, too. And 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 proposed Challenge Series, the Freezing Day 8K, Jan. 17 from Main Street Gym. 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 finishes 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, 80 Reed St., 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!
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|