Revised St. Pat's Paces Course
To avoid swampy fields, we have an alternate course on campus lanes for the St. Pat's Paces 5K. We'll start between Montessori Christian Academy and LaCroix Optical, run to the highway and out to the far end of UACCB, then snake through the parking lots and return to finish behind LaCroix. The Leprechaun Lap will be on LaCroix Drive. Here's the view from Maps satellite:
Renewal is right around the corner after a season of sickness, snow, and scheduling slips. Spring is on the way and the signs are out there: Batesville's free Women Run Arkansas clinic has started, the Chase Race 2 Mile n Conway and Valentine's 5K in Russellville are in the books, high school track picks up this week, and the St. Pat's Paces 5k for the Montessori Christian Academy steps off this Saturday, March 14. Along the way, the Penguin Run 5K/10K for Special Olympics got moved to the following Saturday, 5 p.m. March 21 at Kennedy Park. Let's help winter out the door with a remembrance of our recent races.
After a strong finish in a limited Grand Prix schedule in her first year of running, Michelle Huff has committed to a full calendar in 2015. She hit the Bona Dea Trail at the Valentine's 5K, finishing eighth in the masters section and 14th overall female. Click for Valentine's 5K results. Batesville's Natalie Trower and Laura Talley also made the trip.
Two weeks later, icy roads forced postponement of our Challenge Series February event, the Penguin 10K. The race and companion 5K will now be an evening competition, with Mac's Race Timing on hand at 5 p.m. March 21. That shifts the 10K from the second to the third event in our 2015 series, with this Saturday's St. Pat's Paces moving into second position.
March came in with a rush, as the Roadrunners had men's and women's Grand Prix teams on the flat, fast streets of Conway for the Chase Race 2 Mile i n Conway. Will Henry led the way with a sixth place finish at 10:48.42 for first in Male 20-24, with Bruce Oakley winning first Grand Master in 12:25.72, and Todd Coleman right behind at 12:30.55 for second in 45-49. Jonathan and Jacob Dorris and Rusty Hinges filled out the team. Michelle Huff ran a strong PR of 13:54.31 for second in 45-49 (half a second out of first), leading the way for Jennifer and Kinley Dorris, Suzy Oakley and Donna Johnson. Jonathan Dorris ran a sparkling Paws Mile with his dog for fourth overall in 6:02.95. Bruce Oakley and Salsa, slowing a bit with age, still grabbed a trophy for the fourth straight year, 10th at 7:58.93.
The Girls Are Back In Town
Workouts began Monday, March 2, in the annual free Women Run Arkansas clinic. Online registration is still open for the March to May training series that helps ladies work together to establish new fitness habits. They challenge themselves weekly with workouts at 5:30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays with a graduation 5K May 9 in Conway. Workouts are starting at the Riverside Park amphitheater, with a move in later weeks to Eagle Mountain Elementary. Visit the state Women Run Arkansas page, our local WRA-Batesville page, or our local WRA Facebook page to find out what it's all about.
Pick Up Your Pace And Be Special
Our attention returns closer to home this weekend with St. Pat's Paces 5k. A free Leprechaun Lap for youngsters will start at 9:30 on the green at UACCB, with the 5K following at 10. The race benefits the Montessori Christian Academy, 2417 East Main, and will start beside the school playground between Hope Lutheran Church and LaCroix Optical. The course adds a bit of cross country to our Challenge Series, as it is mostly grass around the perimeter of UACCB, with a few short woodland, road, and sidewalk sections. Parking will be available at LaCroix Optical and Hope Lutheran.
After putting in some miles for our schoolchildren, give a thought to our Special Olympians. The Penguin Run 5K/10K for Special Olympics moves to 5 p.m. March 21 at Kennedy Park. The 10K will again be included in our Challenge Series.
You Seek Yoga
We will offer some masterful advice from guest speaker Marnie Davis at our monthly club meeting at 7 pm Tuesday, March 17. Marnie is a yoga instructor who will show us the benefits of flexibility, inner strength, and gentle ways. We'll also have race roundups, previews, and club business reports. Our club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in Batesville at the Citizens Bank Annex with a friendly group run from there at 6 before the meeting.
Thanks and welcome aboard to those who have activated their 2015 membership. Click for the latest members list of 33 paid memberships with family coverage giving us 67 members (as of 1/26). To get started yourself, please click for 2015 online registration.
Share The Load
We have a few runners looking for teammates in a group challenge in this year's Outback in the Ozarks 200-mile relay. It's in October this year, but registration opened in January. Several of our members have run together the first two years of this event and are planning to do it again. Brad Runsick is forming a team. The event Web page is http://outbackintheozarks.com/, and the Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/outbackozarksgazelle. You can find Brad's posts on our WRRR Facebook page. Bruce and Suzy Oakley are interested in joining a team and Bruce (firstname.lastname@example.org) can pass the word to connect those of you who might not be able to find each other on Facebook or on contact lists. Bruce and Suzy are also signed up for the Arkansas RRCA 2015 Grand Prix and encourage any of you running two or three of the state series races to sign up to help us score in the club team competition.
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|