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2015 Grand Prix Results:
April 4 Capital City Classic 10K

Next 2015 Grand Prix Race:
May 2 Toad Suck Daze 10K

2015 Challenge Series Results:
April 11 1040 Tax Run 5k

Next 2015 Challenge Series Race:
May 2 Pioneer Day 5k

2015 Schedule
2014 Final Standings

Another Month, Another Meeting

Our next monthly club meeting is 7 tonight (Tuesday, April 21). We'll have the usual 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.

Taxes Filed!

Tax Day has come and gone and we've got everything in the books! Our Challenge Series standings are updated with the results of the 1040 Tax Run, fourth race in the series. Jackie Franks Griffin, who recently qualified for the Boston Marathon, showed she can handle the short form as well, winning the Tax Run at 19:16.02. The former Southside star's little jaunt during a visit with parents Patti and Rick Franks was just off the women's course record of 19:07 by Kristen Treadway in 2013. John Fairris of the Williams Baptist cross country team made his first race in Batesville one for his files with his victory in 18:44.

Next up is the Pioneer Day 5k in Melbourne on May 2. Upcoming events recently added to the calendar are the 2nd Annual Football Frenzy 5K in Newark May 8, the "Lil Bit" Olympics May 30 at Batesville Pioneer Stadium and the Fourth Annual Bethesda Day 2 Mile June 13 in Bethesda. The Football Frenzy benefits Cedar Ridge Timberwolves football. The Lil Bit Olympics is an elementary track meet for boys and girls 5 to 10 years old. The 2 mile is a simple out-and-back race benefitting Bethesda Community Center.

In the Grand Prix, a few Roadrunners made the trip to Little Rock for the Capital City Classic 10K on April 4. Next Grand Prix event is the Toad Suck Daze 10K May 2.

The Ladies Are On The Move

Workouts began March 2 in the annual free Women Run Arkansas clinic. After the first four weeks of the free training series, the ladies ran a timed "Magic Mile" along the river park trails. They have moved to Eagle Mountain to work on the Tax Run Course on Mondays at Thursdays at 5:30 pm, preparing for the graduation 5K May 9 in Conway. The second Magic Mile is Thursday, April 16, at Batesville High's fast, newly refinished track. Participants can check for news on our local WRA-Batesville page, or our local WRA Facebook page.

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, and the Facebook page is You can find Brad's posts on our WRRR Facebook page. Bruce and Suzy Oakley are interested in joining a team and Bruce ( 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!

Our Officers

2015 OFFICERS: Suzy Oakley, President; Rebecca Patterson, President-elect; Bruce Oakley, Secretary; and Donna Johnson, Treasurer.

Past Presidents
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    

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Last update: April 20, 2015