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Latest Grand Prix results:
April 5 Capital City Classic 10K
Next Grand Prix race:
May 3 ToadSuck 10k
Grand Prix links

Latest Challenge Series results:
1040 Tax Run 5k
Next Challenge Series Race:
May 3 Pioneer Day 5K

2014 Schedule | Standings

No Taxation Without Acceleration

The 2014 Tax Run (results) is in the books with Kristen Treadway defending her women's title and Jordan Brimer taking the men's title despite a brief early detour. Dwayne Dickey has a very few Large T-shirts left over. The race, one of two official club events, built our account to help cover our expenses and support of such programs as the Women Run Arkansas clinic. The Toddler Trot and Tax-Free Kids' Run were big hits once again.

The Tax Run is a Step Up race for bonus points in our Challenge Series. Click for updated standings.

April is also Autism Awareness Month, and Genafer Foree reported at our monthly meeting that the Colors of the Spectrum 5K and Fun Run on the Pioneer Day course in Melbourne raised more than $4,000 for the cause April 5.

Speaking of Pioneer Day, next up in the Challenge Series is the Pioneer Day 5K, Saturday, May 3, 8 am, in Melbourne.

Next up in the Grand Prix, unfortunately simultaneous, is the ToadSuck 10k, Saturday, May 3, 8 am, in Conway.

Latest Links

• Grand Prix: Click for Cap City 10K local results and Cap City 10K full results. Check out the individual and team standings under Grand Prix links.

• Bruce Oakley's April 8 UACCB talk, "Run For Your Life!" as our latest "On the Road" column.

• Click for the presidential runs and 2014 calendar, which includes Grand Prix, Challenge Series and other area fundraiser races.

Spring Fashion

We still have club T-shirts available free to our members in men's, women's and youth sizes, and we have racing singlets on the way for those who ordered them ($25.18 each). Details on both are available in On the Road to Fashion.

You Go, Girls!

The 2014 Women Run Arkansas—Batesville clinic is in full swing, and we do mean full: More than 200 women signed up this year and many entered the Tax Run as their first 5K after a couple of weeks training on the course. The ladies have also completed their first two of three timed "Magic Miles" and we are proud of their progress. Visit WRA-Batesville for links to the clinic Facebook page, beginner's running information, results of the Magic Miles, and more.

Those Crazy Kids

We have a fitness boom in our community, with the women's clinic the most obvious evidence. The young folks are in on it, too, with new Roadrunner Chris Dickie getting a formal running club going at UACCB. The enrollment management director has started group runs for staff and students, with about 20 members so far> He is working on ideas about cross-campus competition with Lyon College, including a campus-to-campus 5K race and perhaps regular timed events throughout the school year. If you have ideas to share about group games, instruction clinics that have helped you, or inspirational speakers who might help with campus wellness or the running club, please pass those along to Chris or Bruce.

It's not too soon to start thinking about the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project Kids Triathlon (mid-July), either. The club will offer free running mini-clinics and course bicycle tours as the event draws near. This year's clinics will be by reservation only, however, so parents wishing to get their children a bit of coaching and event overview should be checking their calendar for arranging mutually convenient dates and times.

Race Directors, Check Our Dates

RACE DIRECTORS: See our 2014 race calendar with confirmed 2014 dates and a few remaining tentative dates matching the 2013 calendar, and our Club and Local Races page. Please be sure we have your information right and let us know if a date still in question is indeed correct. Email Bruce Oakley at Jeff Owens of the Batesville Parks Department asks that we use temporary markings such as chalk, bright duct tape or signage on the park trails rather than permanent paint cluttering the surfaces.

Marathon Habits Survey

The club received the following request for distance runners to assist in a research project:

My colleagues and I are currently investigating the training habits and dietary practices of non-elite marathon runners. We are doing so with the hope of gaining more insight in this area in order to assist the runners, registered dieticians, sport nutritionists, personal trainers, running coaches, and all health and wellness professionals who may have clients interested in participating in, or currently training for, marathons.

The study involves the completion of an anonymous online survey, which contains questions regarding demographic information, training strategies, and dietary practices during marathon preparation. Completion of the survey is both completely voluntary and anonymous as no identifiers will be used. With your approval of your club’s participation, we would ask that you forward this email containing the hyperlink to the survey below to all club members. The survey should take approximately 15 – 20 minutes to complete and participants may discontinue their participation at any time. The link to the survey will remain open until June 30, 2014.

Survey Link:

I have attached the Information Sheet for this study, which includes the specifics of the study, as well as the contact information of all principal investigators. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Oklahoma State University.

If you or any running club member have any questions regarding this study, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Thank you in advance for your time.


John Sellers, M.S., CSCS, CPT

Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant

Health & Human Performance Program

Oklahoma State University

192 Colvin Recreation Center

Stillwater, OK 74078

(918) 625-9945

Email Bruce Oakley at if you would like the Information Sheet on the survey.

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.

Our Officers

2014 OFFICERS: Bruce Oakley, President; Suzy Oakley, President-elect; Rita Cooke, Secretary; and Rebecca Patterson, Treasurer.

Past Presidents
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 16, 2014