Hot Time, Summer In The City
It wasn't your father's White River 4-Mile Classic, what with temperatures barely reaching the 80s Saturday morning Aug. 1, but we had a good crowd and a fun day on Main Street Batesville. Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix leaders Mark Ferguson and Brian Sieczkowski led the way among 208 runners, with Lady Razorback Samantha Mohler taking the women's crown. The sun returned to full strength the following week and even a 7 a.m. start still left it warm and sticky for 123 runners at the Bethany Project Melon Dash 5K in Cave City Aug. 8. Cavemen cross country star Kendall Townsley hit the tape first, followed closely by another Lady Razorback, former Batesville Pioneer Logan Bishop. Grand Prix and our own Challenge Series standings have been updated with the results.
Batesville Pioneer Boys Cross Country Coach Harold Wilson filled us in on plans for the home meet Oct. 20 at the Sulphur Rock campus. The chief need is for a support crew to monitor and direct runners on the course, with four races from 4:30-6:30 p.m. We have 10 club members planning to assist beginning at 3 that afternoon, and would like 10 more. Let Bruce Oakley know if you can help. Coach Wilson and Bruce stepped off a 1.5-mile junior high course and a second loop that completes a 3.1-mile senior high course, with a large infield making for open viewing of most of the run. This will be the first home meet in many years, so pass the word to Pioneer parents, fans and friends to come see these hard-working athletes on their home turf.
Speaking of meets, it's almost time for our own monthly meet: Tuesday evening, August 18, at 7 pm, back at the Citizens Bank Annex. We'll have our group run at 6 pm for all interested parties. We'll wrap up the 4-Mile and Melon Dash, and look ahead to Band On The Run 5K on Sept. 12, the new BGMC 5K on Sept. 19, and assorted plans for local schools.
Keeps You Running
Bruce Oakley has been leading Monday-Wednesday-Friday runs on courses for upcoming races. We're quiet locally until Band On The Run 5K on Sept. 12, so we'll step back to once a week on that hilly Sara Low 5K course. The plan is Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. from the starting line at the main entrance at Batesville High. With the start of cross country season, Bruce will already be running a heavier schedule, so contact him or check here, our Facebook page or the Women Run Batesville clinic Facebook page for updates or cancellations. Stay in touch, and keep on running!
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!
2015 OFFICERS: Suzy Oakley, President; Rebecca Patterson, President-elect; Bruce Oakley, Secretary; and Donna Johnson, Treasurer.
|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|