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First 2015 Grand Prix Race:
Jan. 25 One Hour Track Run

First 2015 Challenge Series Results:
Jan. 17 Freezing Day 8k Male
Freezing Day 8k Female

Next 2015 Challenge Series Race:
Feb. 28 Penguin Run 10k

2015 Schedule
2014 Final Standings

Let's Meet

We have our first club meeting of 2015 at 7 pm Tuesday, Jan. 20, with the usual group run at 6. We'll 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 group run from there at 6 before the meeting.

Thanks and welcome aboard to those who have activated their 2015 membership already. Click for the latest members list of 30 paid memberships with family coverage giving us 60 members (as of 1/19). To get started yourself, please click for 2015 online registration. For those who need a reminder of our fun in 2014, click for an On the Road wrap-up of our awards.

Maybe Not Freezing, But Pretty Cool

The weather warmed up late in the week to turn the first Freezing Day 8K into a brisk morning run Saturday in Batesville. Race director Mark Wilhite said totals weren't in yet but he estimated the run raised about $1,000 for Main Street Batesville. High school runners from Batesville, Southside, Cave City and Nettleton were among the 74 to compete, with age also well-served from 5 to 64. Bruce Oakley won in 32:05 and Ashley Beller led the women. Click for male results and female results.

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 opens this Wednesday, Jan. 14. Several of our members have run together the first two years of this event and are planning to do it again. Brad Runsick has taken an interest and is seeking to join or form 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.

Looking Forward To It

Bruce and Suzy Oakley traveled to Conway on Sunday, Jan. 18, for the directors meeting for the Women Run Arkansas clinics, coming around again in March. We will have the usual Penguin Runs in February and another new fundraiser at 10 am March 17, the St. Pat's Paces 5k and Leprechaun Lap kids run. It is a fundraiser for the Montessori Christian Academy, 2417 East Main and will begin on the Hope Lutheran/LaCroix Optical lots. Check the calendar and start your training for a great year and a new challenge!

Ain't It Grand?

The 2014 Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix series finished Saturday, Dec. 13, with the CASA Half Marathon in Pine Bluff. A couple of our runners racked up award-winning seasons. Bruce Oakley finishes fourth in Masters (40+), second in Grand Masters (50+), and first in 55-59. He gets the award for third Masters, though, because Masters winner Mark Ferguson is also the Overall winner and each runner gets only the highest available award. Betsy Tucker wins the award for third in Masters, also finishing third in Grand Masters, and second in 55-59. With others receiving awards in higher classifications, Julie Roulier gets the award for fifth in 50-54. Clara Nikkel wins second in 0-9, and Tyler Bishop is third in 20-24. Rusty Hinges and Rick Farrar win first and second in 75-79. We had several near misses: Beth Christian finished 5 points shy of fifth in 35-39, running one less race than the woman in fifth; Michelle Huff seventh but 19 points shy of fourth in 45-49 with two fewer races than the woman in fourth and no score worse than 18 points; Linda Moser Dale finished fifth and undefeated in 65-69 but two races short of awards eligibility; Shawn Patterson Jr. finished second in 15-19 but two races short of awards eligibility; Will Henry finished fifth in 20-24 but two races short of awards eligibility; Rick Franks 8 points shy of fifth in 60-64 with two fewer races than the man ahead of him. The men's team is 10th and the women are eighth. The women would be running for fifth or sixth with a full schedule, as they are five races short of all teams ahead of them.

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: January 18, 2015