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Challenge Series Results:
Jan. 9 Freezing Day 8K, Batesville

Next Challenge Series Race:
Feb. 27 Penguin 10K, Batesville
2016 Tentative Schedule

Grand Prix Results:
Feb. 6 River Trail 15K, North Little Rock
Jan. 24 Hour Run, Pottsville

Next Grand Prix Race:
Feb. 13 Valentine's Day 5k, Arkansas Tech

Schoolwork, Women's Work

Are you ready to be one of our missionaries? You have two opportunities to help.

First, Eagle Mountain Magnet Elementary School will have an after-school track program two afternoons a week starting in late February. If you would like to help Bruce Oakley and Betsy Tucker teach basic fitness and encourage young athletes, please let Bruce know. Sessions are 3:15-4:45 Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Feb. 29-April 28. Youngsters will run and compete in "field events" appropriate to their age and development.

Second, the annual Women Run Arkansas–Batesville Clinic is upon us. The free program helps women build endurance and healthy habits, preparing beginners to complete a graduation 5K on the Saturday before Mother's Day. If you or someone you know needs advice, motivation, and accountability, let them know about the clinic. Information and online registration are available at 2016 Women Run Arkansas-Batesville. Clinic sessions begin March 1 and will be conducted at 5:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays at the UACCB campus, with the graduation 5K May 7 in Conway. Group leaders are needed to guide the ladies through their workouts. If you have an encouraging heart and know the benefits of persevering on the run, come out and share your strength. Clinic director Janie Barber and co-directors Bruce and Suzy Oakley will have a leaders information night this Thursday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m. at the Italian Grill. Come and see how you can help ladies run for life. A general clinic information night for participants is scheduled for 6 p.m. the following Thursday, Feb. 18, in Room 103 of Independence Hall at UACCB.


Roadrunners continue to hotfoot it on courses of all kinds. Kendall Townsley made his first trip to the state high school indoor track championships in Fayetteville and recorded PRs of 4:55, breaking the 5-minute mark for the first time in the 1600, and 2:10 in the 800. Seeded in slower heats based on previous times, the Cave City freshman had the tough job of pacing without close competition but his 1600 was seventh overall in the state small schools (1A-4A) and his 800 was sixth. Both times were within seconds of runners in the top heats.

Meanwhile, Southside junior Chris Lyons has been piling on the miles, running the Hour Run and River Trail 15K in the state Grand Prix series. After running about 32 minutes at the Freezing Day 8K, Chris was under the weather and struggled short of 10K in the Hour Run on the Pottsville High track, but came back strong two weeks later to run the River Trail 15K in 1:02:39. He grabbed first in his age group both days.

Michelle Huff also made the trip to the Hour Run and River Trail, taking third Masters just under 7.75 miles in Pottsville and first F45-49 in 1:15 for the 15K. Bruce Oakley was under the weather at the Hour Run, too, but wrestled just under 8.5 miles out of it for first M55-59. Crystal Cossey sped to third Masters in 1:12:38 at River Trail; Shannon Box took first M40-44 in 1:02:58; Connie Coots took first F65-69 in 1:40:44 with Linda Dale in third at 1:46:56. They had plenty of company with Joe Pool, Sharon Ward, Regina, Keith and Kaitlin Whiteside, Amanda Nikkel, Cindy Wade and Janie Barber also going the distance.

Next up is the Valentine's Day 5k at Arkansas Tech on Feb. 13. Locally, we have the Penguin 10K on a new course from downtown Batesville Feb. 27.


Our next monthly meeting is a week away, Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 pm at the Citizens Bank Annex. We'll have our usual group run at 6 pm for all interested parties. Our Challenge Series committee will report on the schedule and process and we'll have race recaps and previews. Come see where the road will lead us in 2016.

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, 1235 Punch Lane, 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

2016 OFFICERS: Rebecca Patterson, President; Genafer Foree, President-elect; Bruce Oakley, Secretary; and Donna Johnson, Treasurer.

Past Presidents
2015: Suzy Oakley 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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