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Thursday, November 28, 2013
The Skybox welcomed all of us to the 5th Annual Street Meet. It was fantastic to have so much room indoors to eat pie, drink hot drinks and visit with friends before and after the 5K.
Overall winners and masters winners received hoodies while age group winners received gift cards or draw string bags.
We'll do it again next year.
This was the first year for the Turkey Scramble, which started and finished at the O.C. in Ozark, MO. This appealed to those who wanted to run more than a 5K on Thanksgiving and lived south of town.
Race director Chris Essick was happy with the event and intends to keep moving forward in the future.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
The first annual Operation Christmas Child 5K encouraged participation in the shoe box program. Participants could pay a nominal fee of $15 or $5 with a shoe box specifically filled with needs of children in designated age groups. Once the word spreads, this will be a large event. Awards consisted of backpacks, Chick-Fil-A "cows", coupons from the Mall and other items. The venue was all decked out for the Holidays, and runners got to rest inside while chips were removed and snacks were made available. Moo.
11TH ANNUAL PARKINSON'S 5K
Plenty of folks turned out to support this charity. It is always nice to get to run on the Greenways Trail. We appreciate the efforts of new race director Justin Milam and look forward to next year's event.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
I love days like today. You keep going nonstop while soaking up the sunshine and beautiful colors. We kicked off the morning with a 7 a.m. start on the MSU campus for their Bear Tracks 5K. This was held in conjunction with the Homecoming weekend celebration. I nearly became a part of the parade when I was leaving. I loved it.
I headed across town to the City Utilities Halloween Hustle 5K. Many were good sports with their costumes. Kids were offered bags to trick or treat along the way. It was a grand theme and a fabulous effort to begin a new event. Come back next year, and bring a friend. Boo!
You have wanted to run at Wilson's Creek for over 20 years, and today was your day. Some of us can remember one of the first road races over 30 years ago at this site. Today's event benefitted, appropriately, the Wilson's Creek Battlefield Foundation. Packets contained park passes and memberships to the Foundation. I hope we get to do it again.
The folks at Hopedale Baptist Church in Ozark were very organized. They put on a 5K this morning, followed by pancakes. The big deal is that this was part of their 125 years of service celebration. What an accomplishment! Great job HBC. Here's to 125 more.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Great weather welcomed two XC events. We were at Nixa for the COC Jr. High meet with nearly 400 kids. Branson hosted the event. It was well presented and very smooth.
We enjoyed going to Fort Leonard Wood at the Piney Hills Golf Course for the Waynesville Tiger Invitational. It was a pristine setting.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
It was another rainy Sunshine Run. John Flor led from the start in both the 5K & 10K. Most people were good sports in dealing with the rain. Joanna Small won the 10K handily, and Christy Mahan landed a strong first-place finish in the 5K.
Thanks to Mercy for all of their effort in putting on a first-class event.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
This fall is rolling in like thunder. We kicked off this first Saturday with four events, choreographed by lightning, thunder, and rain. The Evangel Homecoming was the first with those emotionally tied to the campus running in knee-deep puddles at 7:30 a.m. We delayed about 20 minutes but managed to get it in.
I quickly went across town to the PCC 5K which grew substantially this year to 300 participants. The walk immediately followed, with many families showing up to support this emotional cause. Here is the link to some great photos.
The Lomosi brothers travelled to Lamar, MO for the soggy Pink Apple 5K. Participants were no less enthusiastic to show up for the cause of breast cancer research.
Craig and I got to visit Galena, KS later that evening to time their Run Like a Girl 5K. We had so much help setting up, it looked like ants on an ant farm from a distance. This event also benefitted BCFO.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Dr. Katie coordinates this effort for the Vision Clinic. Money raised goes to help build sustainable vision centers in Haiti, El Salvador and help Special Olympics athletes get vision care here in the USA.
Tanger Outlet 5K - Branson, MO
Tanger has been supporting breast cancer research throughout the country for the past several years. With related businesses on hand, including Cox Health, those interested could learn more and contributed to this cause. It is a well-organized event with many great prizes to area merchants, shows, and hotels.
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - Pitch in for Patriots
It was the first year for this event. The School of the Ozarks is on the College of the Ozarks campus. How lucky are these kids who get to dwell in such beautiful surroundings. I love the serenity of the lake, the horlticulture, the old buildings, and the layout. We had great attendance from students, parents, community, and faculty.
Prime Gets Fit
Clayton Brown put this event together for Prime employees. All it takes is one person to fire the starting gun, then it's one foot in front of the other. Get moving!
Brain Injury Awareness
Who wants to think about this? I am glad some do and make it their career to care for the injured. John Klay heads up this effort each year. We are glad to help.
Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 7th Annual Summit Run
This race moved from the Summit School location this year to CrossFit Kids on Woodland St. It was fun working with Grant & Melissa Wistrom and the Summit parents. The awards were made by the High School students. Many kids volunteered, and most of them ran. There were over 200 participants in the mile and 5K. It was a great effort, and we look forward to next year.
We're Bookin' It
I love the characters who dress up to come out and promote reading. I have spotted many Dr. Seuss personalities in appropriate get-ups. Chris Baumann leads the effort, and money is used to buy books for the kids.
Saturday, September 7, 2013 - Autism Run before the Walk 5K
I like working with the Holcombs and staging at Jordan Valley Park. We watched the center city wake up this morning, and 80 runners came out to participate. There were many more who came to walk later. It takes someone with passion to step up the fundraising and research for a disease like Autism.
Run 2 Remember - Buffalo, MO
I enjoyed hosting Christine Cornelius while she managed packet pick-up for this event here at the Store. I learned much about her many dimensions in life. She was pleased with the growth of the event and plans on continuing with more sponsors. Award winners received Cardinals tickets, Branson show passes, and other swag. Great job!
Christine's Son at the Race
Friday, September 6, 2013 - ipourlife Glow Run 5K
It wasn't an act of Congress, but it took a meeting with City Hall to get permission to host this race at night, beginning at 8:55 p.m. Great job to Debbie Hedgepeth, Julie Higgins, and the ipourlife staff for caring so much to do something different. I enjoyed all of the glow paint, lights, and chalk art. Music was brought to us by Brenton Miles.
Countdown to the 1st Glow Run
Monday, September 2, 2013
This was the 3rd annual Half Marathon and 5K on the Frisco Trail to benefit the History Museum on the Square. I would much rather run mileage with a few friends than go it alone. The prettiest part of the trail is west of Willard in a woodsey section near Walnut Grove. Come out and join us next year.
Blessed to have these people in my life.
Saturday, August 31 - K-Life Labor Day Race
It's always fun on the landing. The second generation of K-Life staff keeps this race running smoothly. It draws many from out of town on their last weekend getaway before school begins.
This was a come-back year for the Willard Parks. After much changing of staff, the triathlon was revived, and a kids tri was added. There were no issues with either, and those who participated enjoyed it. Where else will you find a bike course that challenging but in the Ozarks? Great job J.C., Anne, and the Willard Parks Staff. This race has a lot of potlential. We just need for you to tell your friends.
Saturday, August 24 - Nevada Triathlon & Kids Triathlon
We traveled to Nevada, MO this weekend, where I learned several things. The guy who inventend carpet tack strips has a huge ranch in El Dorado Springs, MO. It is beautiful and stretches for miles.
The Cerner Company has invested generously in the town of Nevada. In an effort to promote health & fitness around the community, they have funded community centers, training programs, and the building of trails.
The triathlon, headed up by Steve Marquardt and his wife, tripled in size because of their effort in spreading the word. It consisted of a pool swim at the Walton Aquatics Center, then a bike and run on the surrounding streets.
The Lomosi's, along with Kris Slater, enjoyed covering this race in Bolivar, MO. Considering all that was going on in the community this weekend, it was a generous showing. Wren Hall did an excellent job as race director.
Saturday, August 17 - Haley's Hope Hot 'N Hilly
I am so glad that people turned out for this. It doesn't get any flatter, but obviously many were up for the challenge. Thans for keeping Haley's Hope alive.
Saturday, August 17 - Branson Mountain Man
It was a small field today. There are just so many choices.
The kids were fun as always.
Saturday, August 10 - Caveman 5K - Springfield Underground
Once again, people put forth a tremendous amount of effort to look prehistoric for the Cave Man 5K. It was a unique and classy venue at the Springfield Underground, hosted by the Griesemer family. Proceeds go to the Springfield Catholic Schools.
This is the costume contest winning family of Chan and Kristie Rogge, and kids, Tyler and Zach. (Kristie is Marilyn Grier's daughter.)
Saturday, August 10 - HILLBILLY MUD RUN - Billings, MO
Chris Essic did a wonderful job in organizing this event -- building the obstacles, securing the venue, finding sponsors, and volunteers. There were mostly family members in the key spots. I really appreciated all of the themed costumes. It was an hilarious, fun-filled day, making some great memories.
Saturday, August 3 - BENTLEY FUND 5K
Tim & Ruth Shryack keep this event going to raise money for the Jordan Valley Clinic, named after Dr. Bentley. There is not a nicer family in the community than the Bentley family. They give back in so many ways. The turnout for today was good and only hampered somewhat by the rain.
The winner, Lincoln Shryack, was no surprise at 17:44. We are especially proud of Jacob Elwood. This was his debut race after an uninvited bout with cancer two years ago. Jacob was 5th in 19:48.
The female winner, Elizabeth Heffernan, finished in 21:53.
Saturday, August 3, - KIDATHLON
Sometime in the early 90's, we started a kid's triathlon over at the Village Green pool in the Village Green neighborhood. Robin Kastner came up with the name "Kidathlon" and the shirt design that year. Ten years ago, the Springfield/Greene County Parkboard restarted this tradition, making it bigger and better.
There were at least 20 kids who signed up for this year's race that stayed in bed. Who could blame them? But, props to all of the kids who did show up.
Saturday, July 27 - 30TH ANNUAL CONCRETEMAN TRIATHLON
In 1982, Drury swim coach Brian Reynolds started the Ozarks Triathlon, held out at Fellows Lake. We were always involved with the timing and run portion of the event. Wiith the help of the Springfield Aquatics Swim Club, the race grew for the first few years, encompassing a 1,000 meter swim, 23.5 mile bike, and 5 mile run.
After a few years, their interests turned elsewhere, so we took over the race. For a while, it was the Antler Triathlon, sponsored by Tom Baird. Then, I named it the Concreteman when Conco was the sponsor, and stuck with that. Around 12 years ago, the Sunrise Optimists joined us. They became the breakfast makers, car parkers, and course sentries. They receive the proceeds from the race and utilize them to help kids in the community. We always appreciate their hard effort.
Now, we have lengthened the race to an Olympic distance and offer a sprint. This was one of our smoothest years. We feel that there is room for growth at this venue.
We also appreciate Wellness Concepts, who are always eager to support local running. There were more kayakers than ever, and it was nice of Darrel Simon to come back in from the mighty Mississippi to help out. Sherry Thompson, Shelly Chamberlain, Eric Wilbur, Matt Allen, Derek, and a few others were also out there in the boats.
The folks from DiVentures, who claim to have a great time in the water, make everyone feel so much better.
Thanks for everyone's help & support.
There is no better value for your money, so tell your friends and family and get them out next year.
Saturday, July 20 - GIRLS JUST WANNA RUN
The Cox Foundation, along with the Meyer Center, put on a top-notch event today. Phelps Grove Park was vibrating with activity. There were 916 entrants.
The 7:30 start time avoided the severe heat, but it was still sweltering out there. I really appreciated the neighborhood hose on Holland St.
Chloe Andrews, Age 15, was the winner today in 20:38. Rosie Laughlin took top masters in a close second overall of 20:44. Margarate Gates captured grand masters in 29:22. Well deserved ladies. Photos will be published here when available.
Sunday, July 14 - 13th Annual Lake Freebird Triathlon
After all of these years of timing the race, I finally participated. I had great fun. The swim is manageable in a beautiful lake. The bike course was scenic and also very manageable. The run course is scenic and no joke. It is very challenging. Cynthia MacPherson is a generous host, and we enjoyed the whole weekend. It is much more fun to come and train with some friends than to do it on your own. Consider making this one of your summer stopovers next year.
Here is a link to the photographs.
July 13 - 4th Annual Dragon's Breath 5K
It was an honor to be a part of this year's Dragon's Breath. The dragon theme was consistent throughout the signage, t-shirts, medals, and awards. Everyone came out to support the wonderful Wellness Clinic. It was good fun.
July 4 - Firecracker 5000 - Branson Landing
It is much more than the name. There were over 700 folks in the 5000, 10000 and 1 mile. Chris Essick secured great door prizes, medals and overall awards. With the growth, there were some challenges, but most were in a happy holiday mood.
June 29 - Inaugural Bank of Billings 5K
Congratulations to Allan Cibert and the crew from the Bank of Billings. They had ample food and door prizes, a scenic course, great weather, and classy awards.
Many said they would return next year and bring a friend.
The Wellness Concepts Crew at Billings, MO
Bill & Sherry Thompson, Scott Espy, Steve & Jill Aleman, Lea & Mike Baxter
June 22 - ARC Run for "Red"iness
There was a military theme at the Red Cross Run for "Red"iness this year. Andrew Johnson, a service hero himself, appropriately won in 17:26. Rosie Laughlin flew like a missile to stay ahead of the other females, and finished in 21:07.
The robotic water hydrant is always a big hit with the kids. I cannot say the same for our dog Otis, who cowers under the trailer.
There was an army of door prizes. A nice touch, near the end, was the recognition of all military past and present who were on the scene.
June 15 - Dash to the Splash
We had around 300 runners who dashed and splashed. A major draw of this event is the free White Water ticket. Cinda Bauer and the crew from the Caring People put the race together and secure the great prizes and giveaways. Peter Herschend, founder and owner of the Park, was on hand to get the race started and hand out awards.
The first male was Jesse Herd, part of the Branson XC team, who was followed by many of his teammates. His time was 17:15. Brigette Caruthers, recent graduate of Branson H.S., was the first female in 19:26. Thanks to all for supporting the Caring People.
June 8 - June Jingle Jog
The Mo. Rehab Facility in Mt. Vernon is very important to the entire State for those who need that type of support. It is a beautiful campus, atop a hill. The runners enjoy it once they have mastered that hill, but it is a challenging finish. Thanks for all who ran today.
June 8 - Taneycomo 5K
James Cummings is a new race director, but he had a great mentor in Becky Lowrance. It was especially touching to me to be present at the Relay for Life last night on the Branson Cedar Ridge track for the packet pick-up. The Simply Red Salon, who put on the 5K, participated in the Relay 4 Life by providing balloon animals, cookies, water, hair braiding, and clown noses. All proceeds were donated to R4L, as well as those from the 5K. Great job everyone!
June 8 - Hope 4 You - Joplin, MO
Joe and John Lomosi have become quite familiar with the Joplin area, and the race organizers are very pleasant to work with us. There were over 200 runners this morning and just as many walkers, who were not timed. This race benefits The Breast Cancer Foundation.
June 1 - Ken Coleman 5K
Folks who are involved with Boys & Girls Town are very passionate. Events like their 5K help bring awareness to its services and purpose. Over 120 people showed up in the rain on race day. This was the 2nd annual event, and it will continue to grow.
June 1 - Cox Medical Mile
We had another fun season training the kids for the mile. We had over 80 in the program who were able to make it to practice among their other activities.
The rain hurt us on race day this year. This is still a very unique event with the various mile heats beginning on Montclair and running downhill to National.
The 5K always draws a good crowd. It winds through the nearby neighborhood to finish at the Meyer Center.
The kids carnival was abbreviated, and a few inflatables were placed inside the gym, along with food and activities. It was a very well done event.
MAY 25 - TABLE ROCK RUN
This is a scenic, flat run, but it rained a good amount this year. The rain takes your mind off the distance but distracts a little from the scenery. Becky and the crew from Skyline Baptist did a good job to present a warm and welcoming event.
MAY 23 - LOST & FOUND 5K
I love the two-lap venue at Jordan Valley Park. An evening race is still a novelty in Springfield. The balloon release was larger than ever, but holding it in the Cardinals' stadium made it a little less intimate. Nevertheless, this was our biggest 5K at 638 entries, and it is a very emotional and worthwhile event. I look forward to next year.
MAY 18 - 1ST ANNUAL LEC POWER RUN
Joe & John Lomosi made the trip to Lebanon this weekend. Randall Jones and the crew at Laclede Electric put on a classy 1st year race. With 100 participating, it will be the first of many. It was a warm & windy day.
MAY 18 - RUNNING OF THE SQUIRRELS
This is always a fun event. The shirts with the "Run like a Squirrel" theme and the medals were a big success again. The kids race was super cute.
We found some white squirrels again this year hanging out at the Manor.
MAY AT OZARK RACING SYSTEMS
During the last few weeks we have been a lot a places and seen a lot of faces. I am happy that I do not have to pick a favorite event. That changes from year to year.
Today, on May 11, we returned from Lamar, MO, where we had a delightful overnight stay, a 5k walk/run, along with a 10k, pancakes, and Truman Days Celebration on the Square.
We also timed a race in Ava, MO, which is beautiful travelling country. Thanks Joe and John Lomosi.
Last night, on May 10, we got to host the Girls on the Run. I am honored to be on the board of this group, and the race culminates all of the hard work and planning by the coaches, committee, and girls.
4/20/13 BLUE EYE BULL DOGS 5K AT DOGWOOD CANYON
Who does not like the opportunity to go to Dogwood Canyon? Running there is an added treat. Over 210 folks showed up for this first-year event. We appreciate the opportunity to hang out there.
4/20/13 CAROL HILMER MEMORIAL 5K
This is a destination race. If you have never been to Holiday Island, AR, it is worth the drive. It is a island where the biggest decision of the day may be how many holes of golf you want to play. There is a memorial service before the race wherein you can dedicate and contribute in the name of your loved one. It is very touching.
4/20/13 LEAN GREEN RUNNING MACHINE
This race has been around for several years now. It benefits the Wilder PTA, emphasizes recycling, and is a lot of fun for the family. Southern Hills provides many rolling hills to build strength, and there were some good times over the course.
4/20/13 CAMP BARNABAS WORLD'S BIGGEST PARTY HALF MARATHON
There were many great things about the Camp Barnabas half -- the most meaningful was seeing the kids at Jordan Valley Park at the finish. Everyone seemed to like the course, the bands, the food, the fellowship, and the venue. Give us your feedback as we start planning for next year's party.
4/19/13 KAA RUN 4 KIDS
This was a Friday evening race on the campus of Branson Intermediate School. Branson has the most beautiful schools from elementary up through the high school -- tourist dollars at work. The 5K started and finished at the school, covering two loops. There was much enthusiasm and sportsmanship throughout.
4/13/13 OZARK TIGER STREAK
Here are some real winners.
We had a great level of participation at the Ozark Upper Elementary School for today's Tiger Streak 5K. It was exciting for the kids to compete against their own pods. There was also an open division for the regular runners. The PTA realized some good fund raising and everyone had a great time.
Someone had to hang out at Panera this morning, so it might as well have been me! With so many events locally being held on this day, it was a smaller group than usual. Brian Hammons and Rosie Laughlin did the CASA race first. Any way that you got there, we are glad that you came. The Springfield Public Schools Foundation benefitted from the event. Southern Hills provides wonderful, undulating hills -- great for building strength.
We enjoyed working with Margaret Drake and the folks at Freeman Hospital this morning. The mile and 5K event were well supported. Joe and John Lomosi had a pleasant experience on a beautiful morning, and everything went smoothly.
CASA RUN FOR A CHILD
There were a lot of superheroes out this morning. This is a scenic, flat course throughout some of the older neighbors of Springfield. There were a lot of folks out in costumes, which added a fun element to the race.
Time to rest.
Well basic training may suck, but this race didn't. That's how it was named "Embrace the S.U.C."
Over 350 people did embrace it. They were very proud and muddy when they finished. They will never see the city the same, but when they hit the MSU Plaster Stadium, it was like an oasis. There was music with 97.3 Radio, food tents, fruit, drinks, Q'doba naked burritos, and engraved dog tags.
Tell your friends; make a team, and come out next year to compete or volunteer.
4/6/13 - UGANDA LIVING WATER 5K
It was so windy out at Fellows Lake, we lost a tent, but we didn't lose any runners.
The folks at Springhill Baptist Church put on a fun 5K and Mile Walk. The money benefitted the Uganda Living Water Foundation, to help build wells in Uganda. One well costs $6,500. It was a great effort on their part and a beautiful venue.
4/6/13 - BELIEVE IN GIRLS 5K
It turns out that the Girl Scouts share the same motto as the Boy Scouts -- "Be Prepared." Did you know that there are 17,000 girls in our Council? It covers a large part of the state.
There was not a huge amount of people in attendance at today's event due to so many other great events. We initiated our new certified 5K starting and finishing at MSU Lot #24. It was well received.
30/30/13 - LACI'S HOPE
There is always good support for the Randy Coldin Foundation. This year, we added a 10K through the Park Crest neighborhood. This is not the first time runner's had to endure the rain on this course. The Bolin family Thank you for your support on behalf of Laci.
JDRF EGG SHELL SHUFFLE
We started and finished at Cox Pediatrics this year at the corner of Walnut Lawn & National. This race grew considerably with the addition of a 10K.
Parents with small children stayed after to hunt Easter eggs in the nearby field. If was a fun, festive way to kick off the weekend.
HIGHLINE RUN FOR SCOUTING
We added a great new finishers medal, redesigned t-shirt, photos at the finish that were immediately printed, and an individual results kiosk.
There was plenty of water and restrooms on the course, and food afterward. Springfield ReGen was a perfect venue with plenty of space to dry off and stay warm and plenty of parking. Check out some of our sponsors and join us next year -- the last Saturday in March.
3/23/13 - PITTER PAT
This is one of the funnest races in Springfield, and the Jr. League makes it so. The weather is hardly noticeable in the sea of green.
We were close to 600 registrants. Many stayed home due to the cold. Great food, music, prizes. See you next year.
3/16/13 - ROTARY 5K AT THE FINLEY
It was beautiful by the Finley River this morning. I wish you could have been there. We had a rabbit who peeled off at the finish, leaving Miles Marshall from Garden, KS to win in 17:37.
Cristy Mahan was the first in the women's at 22:40.
3/16/13 - DASH FOR DOWN'S SYNDROME 5K
I know how much the Lomosi family appreciates your support on this event. A few hundred people showed up to walk or run. Many chose not to be timed.
It was great of Elite Mercedes Benz to sponsor.
3/2/13 - MO WINTER GAMES
Rosie & Taylor
A few people braved the weather this morning to run the 5K. It was beautiful with the snow falling on the stately homes. Nearly everyone won a medal and burned a lot of calories.
It was fun going to the dedication and trail opening at the Dry Sac afterward. The smell of a bonfire is one of my favorites. There was quite the crowd and selection of chili. We enjoyed exploring the new trail and it's 11% grade hill.
2/9/13 - FEEL THE LOVE 5K
I was pleased with 100 people today for our first Valentine's 5K. Runners could sign up for team or individual prizes, consisting of wine, chocolate, movie passes, and carnations, along with some gift cards.
Thanks to Twin Oaks Chiropractic for the chair massages, Lov*el Headbands, and Lili's Floral for their donations. Also, thanks to Running Chics.
Let me know what you think, and we will look for a sponsor for next year.
2/2/13 - Bolivar Polar Bear Run
I always enjoy this race. It's the area's longest-standing running tradition, started by Charlie Miller over 30 yrs. ago. We had snow, sleet, and ice on the way down with sunshine a warmer temps on the way back.
RRS ESTIMATED TIME 3000 - 1/12/13
Today was a small gathering to help kick off the new year. We had a great sale, pancakes with ham, hats for everyone, and bags for the top 15 winners.
It was a clinic type of atmosphere with Marshall Reed from Ultimate Health & Rehab to do some hands-on body work and answer questions.
Thanks for coming. We really enjoyed it. The vacation in 80 degree temps last week really helped.