Scheduling conflicts have prompted changes in a number of events, and we have gotten notices of races our friends support a little farther from home. A quick rundown: The Duck 'N' Run in Newport has been shifted to Nov. 1 instead of Oct. 4, with a modified Halloween theme and further details to come. The Cushman Miner's Day 5K scheduled for Oct. 11 has been cancelled. It was a Challenge Series race, and we will substitute the 3rd Annual Katz Tracks 5k, already scheduled for that same day, Oct. 11, in Melbourne. Our next Challenge Seres race is the Band on the Run 5k, Sept. 6 at Batesville High on the Sara Low course. For those of you who may be out of town that day, there is also the Keep Our Women Safe 5K in Jonesboro, raising funds to combat domestic violence. We have also been invited to the untimed Color for Life Fun Run at 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at Loberg Park in Hardy. It's a 5K fundraiser for New Beginnings Pregnancy Help Center at Ash Flat. Back on the local calendar, the Afterglow 5K on Sept. 13 needs course traffic guides and other volunteers for the night event.
The State Of Things
Bidding for the 2015 state Grand Prix series opens soon and will close before our next monthly meeting. Let Bruce Oakley know if you have any objections to keeping the 4-Mile Classic in the series. It's also time to nominate our friends for state RRCA awards for Runner of the Year in various levels, or for any of the awards for special service to the state running community. See David Meroney's state rep blog for details.
Moving Up In The World
Congratulations to our sturdy Roadrunners who represented us so well at the 2014 Pikes Peak Ascent. Several of our friends and family completed the challenging climb Saturday, Aug. 16, in Colorado's rarefied air. Click for local 2014 Pikes Peak Ascent results from pikespeakmarathon.org.
A Classic Record And A Fantastic Festival
The ladies had the pedal all the way to the metal at the 36th annual 4-Mile Classic, with Jordan Hamric of Memphis taking home a $450 bonus for breaking the course record, winning in 22:39.58. She topped Leah Thorvilson's 22:50.16 from 2009, the first year on the current course. Men's record holder Daniel Kirwa (19:45.07 in 2011) returned to win in 20:04.97, his third victory in four years. He sat out the 2013 race. The field of 257 was the third largest in our showcase race since the formation of our club in 2000, behind the 274 in 2009 and 259 in 2010.
The bonus pool for course records attracted a fast bunch, as last year's winning men's time would have been seventh in the 2014 field and the women's winner would have been fighting off a challenge to finish fifth. Our 2011 Runner of the Year Logan Bishop, now at U of A, finished fifth among women behind Hamric, Thorvilson (3rd) and Razorback teammates Valerie Reina (2nd) and Samantha Mohler (4th). Despite all that tough competition, our Roadrunners women's team finished fourth in the Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix points for the race. They are now just short of sixth place despite having two fewer races than every team ahead of them.
A week later the action moved from downtown Batesville to the heart of Cave City for The Bethany Project Melon Dash 5k, mid-evening at the annual Watermelon Festival. Kendall Townsley, a rising eighth-grader who will shine for the new Cave City High/Junior High cross country teams, came home first in 20:22.06. Kendall was second most of the way until Brandon Haling, 21, visiting from Oxford, Arkansas, missed the last turn a quarter mile from the finish and then had to backtrack. Kendall's new coaches, Tim Appleget and Jimmy Hodges, took first and second in their respective age groups. Layne Sargeson, 18, of Sage claimed the women's crown in fourth overall with a time of 21:57.72. Nearly 100 finishers enjoyed the post-race picnic featuring slices of famous watermelon, a cookout, and plenty of atmosphere. The Bethany Project appreciates the support!
Mac's Race Timing Service and Roadrunners Betsy Tucker, Joel and Brandie Cannady, and Rick Franks managed a double-Melon this year, first tackling the Hope Watermelon 5K the same morning in the Grand Prix. Catch up with the updated series standings in the state Grand Prix and our own Challenge Series.
We still have club T-shirts available free to our members in men's, women's and youth sizes, and our last couple of racing singlets to deliver to those who ordered them ($25.18 each). Details on both are available in On the Road to Fashion.
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.
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|