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Tuesday, October 5 - XC @ Conway
It has been challenging of late to keep up, so I have not commented on any of the wonderful events. Last night was a flawless cross country meet at Conway H.S. with over 400 kids participating. The excitement at these meets is contagious, and it is one of my favorite events to time. The pace is fast and furious.

Sunday, October 5, 2015 - Rocktober run - Johnson Shut-Ins
I am grateful that I took the time to visit this Missouri Park. As a whole the Missouri Parks Series races have not been large, but they have exposed people to unique places. We took the time to visit Elephant rocks, about 15 miles from the Park.

Saturday, October 4, 2015 - PCC Run/Walk for Life
With over 300 runners and over 1,000 walkers, this event fills up Jordan Valley Park. It is a family-friendly, fun-filled after party with activities and entertainment. The run is just the beginning. Check into this wonderful organization to see how you can help save a baby.

Saturday, October 4, 2015 - Fast & Furriest
This race was unique in the format, with a human category as well as a human and dog category, and it location. There are some beautiful trails along Ewing Park and the Cruse Dog Park. The weather was perfect. The dogs were adorable - some in costumes. The attendance was very good. The event benefitted Rescue 1.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 - St. Jude OKC, Springfield & Tulsa
Don't judge the race by the amount of runners. These events raise around $50,000 for the hospitals and help kids who need it most. It was a very successful year for the walk/runs.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 - Tanger Outlet - Branson, MO
There were races galore today, but this one holds its own. The cause is Breast Cancer prevention. Those who know the level of prizes given will not miss it. It is always fun in Branson.

Saturday night, August 22 - Illuminating the Darkness
Stephanie and Cindy were at it again. This race was high on the fun meter with a bubble machine, fog machine, great music, confetti, lights, and reflectivity. McBride Elementary has a beautiful campus on a hill with trails and vast space. The event raised money for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Sunday, August 16 - Route 66 6.6 mile
We went with a unique distance and course, which meandered through downtown Springfield on Sunday morning. A respectable showing of 200 people made the race and ongoing events of the Festival a lot of fun.

Saturday, August 3, 2015 - MOCH - Ava, MO
Tim Shryack is the brain behind this two-year old event. He also started the Bentley Fund 5K. It was well attended and occupies a good spot on the calendar of Ava, MO. If you don't mind driving and want beautiful scenery, consider it for 2016.

Saturday, August 3, 2015 - KIDATHLON - Chesterfield Fitness Center
The Springfield-Greene County Parkboard puts this together each year. We had to relocate to Chesterfield because of the pool leak at Meador Park. Beginners and experienced athletes, age 12 & under are comfortable on the course. The Andy's frozen custard at the end is a great reward.

Saturday, August 3, 2015 - BRANSON ADVENTURE CHALLENGE
Don't B.A.C. down
Michael Maples is a Branson personal trainer, fitness enthusiast and gym owner. He put together an uber fun event involving running, climbing, kayaking, and technical trail wandering. It was taxing but doable, and I think everyone will come back next year. Bring a friend.

Saturday, July 25 - Bentley Fund 5K
This race is well supported with the coolest prizes. This year, there were logoed stethescopes. I hope you won one. The race benefits the Jordan Valley Clinic, and honors one of the key founders - Dr. Bentley.

Saturday, July 25 - Concreteman Triathlon
It was a good race with a few people. It was the 32nd year. It's a lot of hard work before, during and after. The athletes work really hard as well. I hope you enjoyed it. I can't thank the crew enough for all that they did. Special thanks to Wellness Concepts for supporting us all of these years.

Saturday, July 18 - Girls Just Wanna Run

I loved the shirts, medals, course, music, and participation. We had 741, which was not a record but still one of the largest and first women's only events in the State. The fun before the run expo was busy on Friday with vendor booths, pizza, and Q'doba. It was nice of the Kickapoo H.S. cheerleaders to take us through the Cupid Shuffle to calm our nerves and loosen us up before the gun went off.

Congratulations to Cox Health Foundation and the Meyer Center for putting on such a quality event and re-estabshing it in a new location.

Sunday, July 12, 2015
Lake Freebird is a serene place to get away from the crowds. Nestled in the community of Mountain Grove, MO, it is a privately-owned lake and great staging place for the triathlon. I enjoyed participating again, and the entire weekend on the property.

Saturday, July 4, 2015
It was a great day on the landing. This race continues to grow with over 800 participants, fireworks for prizes, the mist from Lake Taneycomo, and great camaraderie at the breakfast afterward.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Dash to the Splash - Dewey Short Trail

The Caring People relocated this year to avoid the construction underway at the former Red Roof Outlet complex. This was a rebuilding year with a respectable turnout. Numbers will increase with giveaways such as Cancun round trip air tickets, gift cards, and getaway weekends.

Boys & Girls Club Water Run

Water was the theme today as the aid station workers were armed with super soakers and wore inflatable ducks. This is a wonderful fundraiser for the kids, and everyone went away feeling good. Even the timing staff had squirt guns. How else can you get their attention?

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - Tooth Trot

I feel like I made some new friends in working with these race organizers. That is the best part of my job. The packets were unique with toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. The prizes were also very health with tooth whitener and circular brushes for the kids. Remarked winner Kyle Sartain, "My Mother will be proud of me."

Run for a Vet

You learn a lot about people as a race timer. It is much like being a ref at a ballgame. The way some react to a situation when in oxygen debt may be different than when you see them in another situation. With Becky Lowrance, it is always the same -- kind, caring, and calm. Not only did she win the women's division today, she gave her time to map out the course for this organization a few weeks after her own event. It was a good showing with 118 entrees on a hot, humid day.

Nixa Youth Triathlon

I cannot say enough about the organizational skills of David Liss. He has a great support system with family and the Nixa community. The food, music, participation level, talent, and structure of this event are always first class and consistent. We enjoy being a part of it.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - White River Valley Trail Trek

It looked as though everyone was having a great time this morning. The 5K & 13K kicked off at 9 a.m. sharp. (Next year, it is suggested that we start earlier.) The temperatures reached the 80's by the time the last finisher schlepped across the finish line. Just under 100 people participated, and the folks from the State Parks from Jefferson City and Branson were on hand. It was a fun crowd.

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 24th Annual Cox Medical Mile

For 25 years, Cox Health has been bringing forth this event primarily for kids. There is kids training for six weeks leading up to the mile. There are kids shirts for those who participate in the training. There are many activities on the campus the day of the race; including, pet therapy, bounce houses, and great food. Participants may choose to run a mile or a 5K.

Good money was raised for the Children's Miracle Network, and those who showed up with a great attitude had a wonderful experience. Thanks for participating.

Glendale Dirty Bird Adventure Race

The girls softball team at Glendale High School brought this event back for a second year, and it was a lot of fun. Both years, there has been rain, but that did not dampen the experience of the 70 people who participated. Enthusiasts can choose to compete individually or on a team of two. Be ready to jump, run, carry, and crawl. See you next year.

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - Table Rock Half Marathon & 5K

We look forward to this race because we get to work with Becky Lowrance and the people from Skyline Baptist Church. There is much joy in the air. I didn't witness any complainers or naysayers. It rained this year, which is better than the heated furnace we sometimes experience. It was not a record year, but that is the trend. Thanks to those of you who came out to support this worhwhile organization.

Saturday, May 16, 2015
The State of Missouri Parks Association is hosting a series of eight trail runs this year. The Cuivre River State Park, near Troy Missouri, was the site for the Dericotte Dash. The park encompasses 6,000 acres, includes Lincoln Lake, has many miles of trails and offers programs for the whole family. We have six more events. GET OUT AND SUPPORT YOUR STATE PARKS!

We drove, without hiccuping, the 230 miles back to stage the JDRF Rock and Run 5K/10K, held at Farmer's Park. The race, coorldinated by Jennifer Cotner-Jones, started at Cumberland Presbyterian Church, ran through the Ravenwood neighborhood, then finished by the pavilion. It was fun, festive, and prodeced good funds for the Juvenile Research Diabetes Foundation.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
We've been almost too busy to sleep around here. Today was busy with four events. The Ava Lions hosted their 5K again, drawing local favorites.

The Lamar folks hosted Miles 4 Missions at the United Methodist Church coinciding with Truman Days. It is a big effort for the area offering a 5K, 10K, and pancakes afterward.

Laclede Electric hosted a 5 & 10K. The rain affected everyone, but the die hards showed up and ran.

Josey McPhail hosted the 2nd Annual ROAR Run at the Republic Middle School track. Any kinks from last year were worked out, and 699 people participated. The milers completed four laps on the track, and the 5K took off and landed at the stadium. Everyone from Kindergarten to the principals was involved. The community surely came together to make good things happen. Very impressive.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - Law Day 5K
Crista Hogan, along with her assistant Melanie, host this event. We staged from the new park maintenance facility on the Jordan Valley Trail. It is fun being downtown, and the colors popped. It is a good tune-up for the weekend and meaningful to the Springfield Metro Bar Association.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - S.U.C.

They came, they climbed walls, ran, crawled on their bellies, climbed, lifted, threw, finished, ate, drank beer. Then it was over. The third annual Springfield Urban Warrior Challenge is a unique event. It draws good crowds for participation and spectating. The cadets and MSU, led by T.S. Wisdom get the job done. Something new is added each go around. It takes an army.

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - One Sole Purpose - High Street Baptist Church
Dan Wells, his wife and family, and the folks at High Street coordinate this effort. The trophies with actual Converse shoes are a favorite for collectors. The venue is large enough to host the 600-700 who attend. The hills are challenging, but this is the Ozarks. It was a great effort.

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - Bradleyville Scholarship Run - Bradleyville, MO
Prize money, hot dogs and burgers waiting at the finish, scenery, and great expectations keep this race on many favorite lists. There are always some ringers from Arkansas, Kansas, and Springfield who make the trip south. There are hundreds of school children who may only run this one time each year. The generosity of Leon Combs makes it all possible. He continues to open up his beautiful home to everyone following the event. Everyone who graduates from Bradleyville H.S. has the opportunity to attend college because of this race.

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - Knobnoster 9K - Knobnoster State Park

We enjoyed the drive, half in the dark beginning at 4:30 on Saturday, to Knobnoster State Park, near Whiteman AFB. We did not see any stealths, which is the point, I guess. There were some military folks at the race, however. The event was scenic, laid back, and enjoyable. It was the first of an eight-part adventure through Missouri State Parks.

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - CMH Heroes for Hospice - Bolivar, MO
There is always room for heroes. There were many at Bolivar on Saturday. The money is used for kids undergoing treatment at the Hospital. The participation is exceptional with over 200, and it was a beautiful day to boot.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Work to Wellness 5K - Columbia, MO
We enjoyed being on the Katy Trail this weekend. It is a beautiful venue with a wide, thickly-layered chat platform. Good money was raised for the Kids Chance, Inc. Over 130 participants donated or ran in the 5K on the out-and-back course. Leslie Earls was the race director, and if you would like to donate, please contact her at Peak Sport and Spine Rehab or e-mail at learls@pssrehab.com.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Easter Seals Walk/Run
Jordan Valley Park has become quite popular for hosting runs and walks. This weekends Easter Seals 5K participants got more than they signed up for, as they overlapped the color run and got some color thrown at them. No one seemed to mind, and it was all in good fun. Easter Seals has many good sponsors and raises money by their generosity and pledges from walkers and runners.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Liv's Run for Life 5K - Republic, MO
When you turn tragedy into celebration, a lot of people will support you. Angela Rose organized a 5K in honor of her daughter Olivia, who was killed in a car accident this past year. Over 400 people signed up to run. Many more volunteered.
Awareness was also raised for organ donation, and some of the recipients were present to make the event even more meaningful.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Blue Eye Bulldog 5K - Dogwood Canyon, Lampe, MO
It was a cold, wet day in the Canyon, but that did not dampen the spirits of the 200 people who signed up to run and support the Blue Eye Elementary School. The drive to get there and back is very beautiful as well.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Seize the Day 5K - JVP
The Epilepsy Foundation benefitted from this event. There were timed runners, untimed runners, and walkers. Over $30,000 was raised. Booths and activities were abundant throughout the Park. That is, until the rain began, then everyone disappeared. Goals were met, and fun was head.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Carol Hilmer 5K - Holiday Island, AR
It's a nice getaway for our staff to get down to this retirement village. Once the race was over, the golf clubs came out, like any other day.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Big Party Half & 5K - Jordan Valley Park
This was the third year for this event. Moving the start and finish to Jordan Valley Park was helpful. I loved the new pacers, huge mile markers, confetti, and the people in general. I have never worked with folks that have more joy, patience, and love than the Camp Barnabas staff. The campers are so full of spirit, it is contagious.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Tiger Color Streak - Ozark, MO

Tara Holcomb took over a race director a few years ago. She made this race fun and simple. The course winds through a beautiful neighborhood and ends of back at the School. The mile is not timed, and that brings even more kids into the mix. There were over 200 in the 5K alone. There were color stations along the way.

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Glade Top Trail Run

This race is quickly becoming a favorite among trail frequenters. A scenic drive from Springfield to Ava and then some, the destination does not disappoint. Liz Kyger, along with her track/cross country team and boosters does a fantastic job of organizaing, promoting, getting sponsors, and awards. A meal is served afterward to all participants. I can smell the campfire now.

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Miller Mega Man

There is a lot of pristine country between here and Miller, MO. This race started and finished at the High School, with an out and back 5K and 10K. The 5Kers had it easy but not the 10 runners, who ran out then back on the 7 sisters hills. The entry form fully disclosed the pain to come. Participation was strong with a collective effort to raise money for athletic department improvements. Thanks to Dennis Bailey for all of his hard work.

Resurrection Run - E. Grand Church of Christ
If 6'8" David Wilcox can fit underneath the arch, it must be tall enough. This was a good effort by race director Chris Chiarino to raise money to send kids to camp. The race will benefit by rerouting the course to avoid traffic next year. I know the Church appreciates each person who showed up to run.

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Things were hopping on the Branson Landing this morning. We had nearly 200 people sign up for the Keller Williams 2nd Annual 5K. The coolness of the morning may have kept some in bed, but it was a good showing.

3/28/15 - Highline Run for Scouting

What a weekend! We were very busy, and there were many more events in the area with some great times. We had winds, but not a bad day out on the Highline Trail for the Run for Scouting. It made a difference in the half (Jackie Stiles still ran a 1:28) but not so much in the 5K. It was a fun day. I love the treats from Hammons Products, Krispy Kreme coffee, Q'Doba, and the warm building provided by CNH Reman near Willard. It was a great effort, and we are so fortunate to have such a resource as the Highline Trail.

3/28/15 - Bridge & Dam Run - Lake of the Ozarks
This was Alysia Maschino's frist time as a race director, and boy could we all learn from her! Accolades are all over Facebook on the superb job she did in publicity, promotion, and volunteer attainment. It was fun running over the dam and starting/finishing on the Strip. The course is certified and changing for next year. Try it out if you want a change in scenery.

3/28/15 - Pipkin Pirate Dash
The name says it all. It's run like a pirate, dress like a pirate, talk like a pirate, and act like a pirate day. Most are there for the fun of it, but there are some serious runners in the 5K. Hillary Lindsey is the 2nd year organizer of the event, and the money goes to help promote health and fitness at Pipkin. Because of the event, they will now purchase 25 new Chrome Books for the kids, says Hillary.

3/28/15 - Foot Pursuit
This is a very unique and fun race. We moved to the Southern Hills pool for staging and ran a scenic, rolling, loop through the neighborhood. The costumes were very cute, and it was hard to pick the winners. Robbers started a 3 p.m., then the cops started one minute later. It was very exciting, and it took about a mile for the bad guys to be apprehended. In the end, everyone was free to go after a lot of cameraderie and refreshments.

3/21/15 - Dash for Down 5K
Little Nia Lomosi had a race today, and 187 people showed up. The race has drawn over 200 people consistently int he past, and we are looking forward to 2016 to make it even bigger and better.

Shamrock Shuffle 3/14/15 - Marshfield, MO
It was fun being back in friendly Marshfield. The location changed to the Baptist Church, with a scenic, out and back, rural course. Pancakes were provided by the Church afterward. Attendance was good.

Irish Dash 3/14/15 - Branson, MO
The Landing wakes up slowly, like a sleepy village. So, we have to be fairly quiet until the hotel guests start stirring. We had a fun party after 7 a.m. The course was scenic, running along Lake Taneycomo, through Alexander Park, the disc golf course, then turning around on a dirt road. The early morning mist made it magical. Thanks for joining us.

It was the tenth year for this little race. It felt like spring and offered an awakening to the racing legs. It is nice to be able to utilize the Exposition Center for pre and post-race activities. There is much going on downstairs in the way of gymnastics and all over the city in the way of swimming, basketball, and other sports to name a few.


This event, put on by McKenna Loveland, was a huge success in fund raising and the increase in awareness of this affliction. Half of the folks registered showed up to run. It was int he teen's with a steady snow fall. Some would see it as an adventure. It was a lot of fun with beautiful pictures.


The Polar Bear Run is a long-standing tradition in Southwest Missouri. It started over 30 years ago, and some have never missed - even in 14 inches of snow. Miller Jewlers was a constant for many years in keeping it alive with their sponsorship. The YMCA keeps it going and does a tremendous job. We are glad to be a part of it.

2015 FEEL THE LOVE 5K - 2/7/15
We were back at the CCM this morning. The course followed a scenic path around the Phelps Grove neighborhood. Jerry Ragsdale led from the beginning and won movie tickets and a bottle of wine. Our overall female, Victoria Robinson, who was only 19 had to forgo the fottle of wine and settle for a chocolate medallion and movie tickets. Teams were given 48 oz. of chocolate for each member and everyone snacked on strawberries, bananas, crackers, graham crackers, and marshmallows covered with chocolate or white chocolate. Churchill's Coffee topped off everything for the grand finale.

Jack Frost Run - 1/31/15

We had nearly 300. People were happy and celebratory. We enjoy this very much. The race offers great prizes, food, and warmth in the Catholic Campus Ministry.

RRS Estimated Time Run - 1/17/15

This is a fun way for us to have people over to our place. It is more of a gathering than a race. Participants received gift certificates for guessing in the top fifteen closest category. The overall winner received 12 free races for 2015.



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