Coming Right Up
Good luck to those traveling Saturday, Oct. 25, to Conway for Soaring Wings. Our next local races are Nov. 1, with a morning choice of the Highrock Hop 10 Mile Trail Race, newly designated the RRCA State Championship for 10 miles, or the 5 Mile Trail Race as race 11 in our own Challenge Series, both at 9:30. Remember, "No Whining!" A rescue team has refloated the rescheduled and renamed Duck N Hide 5K in Newport, so it will be an option at 5 that evening. With sympathy for the unintended distraction from the High Rock Hop and for the hardship the double dip places on runners needing both races for Iron Man or age group eligibility, it will be the 12th race in our Challenge Series. The 2015 Challenge Series committee will work out a plan to avoid such conflicts. We'll close our 2014 series with the Christmas Half on Dec. 6.
Get Out The Vote; Prepare To Serve
As the year runs down, we need to gear up for election season. Please email Bruce (firstname.lastname@example.org) your nominees for our club awards: M/F Runner of the Year, M/F Most Improved, Volunteer of the Year, and Spirit Award. We'll want to put together a ballot by Nov. 4 so that we can hold e-mail voting before our November meeting and have time for award engraving before the Christmas meeting. Thoughts also should be turning to 2015 President Suzy Oakley's fellow officers. Rita Cooke is our secretary and Rebecca Patterson is our treasurer, and those officers typically continue if they are willing, but we will be looking for a president-elect. We will want to nominate, discuss and approve 2015 officers at the November/December meetings. We also need a Challenge Series committee to select races and nail down rules on handling commitment to the series, schedule changes, schedule conflicts, and other such complications. We would like at least five members who want to take a role in that process and further their involvement in the club. And it's time for Christmas planning and we need four or five members willing to serve there as well. We have the Landers ballroom reserved for Tuesday, Dec. 16, and the Cooke farm cabin at High Rock is also available for a mid-December Saturday if we would prefer to have a trail run before dinner and meeting. Committee discussion and suggestions to be presented for membership vote at next meeting, please.
Had A Meeting Here Tonight
Mayor Rick Elumbaugh filled us in Tuesday, Oct. 21, on Community Center and trails progress among Batesville's fitness initiatives. When finished, the center will house a competition pool with metric and standard distances in 8 or 10 lanes depending on setup. That's room for a lot of competitors and large events. The gym also will offer room for multiple volleyball courts as a potential tournament home. The outdoor pool area includes separate sheltered space for up to four simultaneous parties. Remedial field work continues to perfect the new youth baseball diamonds and the soccer complex, but those fixes open another door to major competitive events here. The one youth event held at the new fields saw all area hotels booked solid and every local restaurant setting revenue records, the mayor reported. The trails will continue to be developed in accordance with the long-term plan to ring the city, but segments are completed as grants become available. Next up is extending the trail from Douglas Road to the Baja at Batesville High. Each succeeding leg would extend from the previous stopping point. The trail would cross a private lot on some of the proposed legs, so easements from the landowners will need to be secured. Roadrunners are encouraged to continue working to improve our fitness community.
Roadrunners and our friends took full advantage of fantastic racing weather Saturday (10/18) with great success here, there and everywhere. In the 10th race of our Challenge Series, Cave City coaches Tim Appleget (fourth) and Jimmy Hodges (fifth) followed up their Katz Tracks 5K Top 10 finishes with great runs at the WRMC "Run the Wave" 5K. Their cross-country team leader, eighth-grader Kendall Townsley, took a wrong turn from second place near the end of the race and ended up backtracking to finish behind his coaches. The Cavemen had a good team turnout as they gear up for the close of their season Tuesday in Jonesboro at the Valley View Invitational. Jordan Brimer added the Run the Wave title to his Tax Run championship from earlier in the year, and Ashley Beller took another women's first. Grady McMahan noted that he and his son Dawson hit PRs as they continue to improve and enjoy. Check the results for fine performances by many of our regulars.
The Batesville Pioneers rolled down the road to Hot Springs for the Lake Hamilton Invitational at Oaklawn Park. Tristen Driver led the way for senior boys, with Trey Peugeot and Nofel Naoman running PRs, while ninth graders Jake Ward, Brock Sturdivant and Hayden Mace made strong 5K debuts moving up from junior high for the Lake Hamilton junior varsity race. They will strengthen the senior high team at district (10/25) and state (11/8) championships. The senior girls also had a good day. Junior Cassie Taylor, a cheerleader in her first year running, lopped a minute and a half off her best run, while ninth grader Lauren Smith finished as third scorer in her first varsity 5K. Steady senior Anna Wehrung, a Pioneer Prancer in her first season on the team, also had her fastest time.
Pioneer alums got in the weekend act, too, with freshman Lauren Garrison running her season's best 21:32 for the new Williams Baptist team at the UALR Invitational in Little Rock.
Farthest from home, Michelle Huff shows how aiming high and working hard with indomitable spirit can carry us over all manner of obstacles. She won First Place Survivor (sixth woman overall, third masters) in the Dallas Komen Race for the Cure in 22:29. Just a year ago, she won First Survivor at the Little Rock Race for the Cure. That was her debut 5k, about five months after she decided to start running as breast cancer recuperative therapy. She has now run 15 races and has lots of hardware, winning overall and age group trophies in almost every one. Her 5K time is two minutes faster and continuing to drop. Ladies, she's starting to think about the 2015 Grand Prix series and eager to make a good team showing. Survive? She's moving on: Overcome!
Those Crazy Kids
Speaking of high schoolers, there's a lot of action in the area. Batesville and Southside have new coaches, and Cave City has a new program! We have information pages for the Batesville Pioneers and Cave City Cavemen, with results, schedules and more to come. If other area schools would like splash pages as well, coaches should contact Bruce Oakley. We'll get parental permission before posting any life details if we profile young runners. Check our team pages and follow the links to official results from their meets. State championships are Nov. 8 at Oaklawn.
Join the Club for 2014
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|