WEEKEND EVENTS FOR MARCH 8-9
There are no local events this weekend, but don't despair. Beginning next weekend, there will be at least one local 5K nearly every single weekend until mid July.
There are a few 5Ks going on around the state, and not much else. Here are some links:
Clinton: Clinton Soccer 5K/10K (Saturday)
Springfield: Shamrock the Roads 5K (Saturday)
Columbia: SuperScout 5K (Saturday)
Columbia: Superhero Showdown 5K (Saturday)
St. Louis (Ballwin): Shamrock Shuffle (Saturday)
Kansas City: Leprechaun Lane 5K/10K (Saturday)
The biggest national event of the weekend is the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday. The big question is whether Lindsay Lohan will be running it. Last summer, she reportedly told her coach that she wanted to do so. She's had such a troubled past (admittedly, most of it has been self-inflicted) that I hope she runs and completes it.
With the relatively nice weather expected on Sunday, the Lake Area Runners will probably be pounding the pavement.
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CHICAGO MARATHON (updated March 4th)
The opening of registration for the Chicago Marathon has been delayed until Wednesday, March 19th. It was originally scheduled to open on Wednesday, March 5th, but has been delayed to allow completion of tests of their new registration process. The announcement was made via e-mail on Tuesday evening (March 4th).
You may recall that registration for last year's race was suspended shortly after opening due to computer problems. Obviously, they didn't want a repeat of that snafu, and presumably announced the last-minute postponement after discovering some still unresolved issues.
My thanks go to Denny Gillen for forwarding the e-mail announcement.
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LITTLE ROCK MARATHON, HALF MARATHON, 10K & 5K (updated March 4th)
March 4th update: The race directors posted a video message on the race's Facebook page this afternoon. In it, they explain the reasons for the race stoppage and the actions they took. They also instruct those affected by the stoppage how they can receive finishers medals. As to be expected, some of the comments in response to the video show that many hard feelings remain.
If I may interject my own opinion here, while the miscommunication to the affected runners was indeed unfortunate, the race directors were caught in a very difficult, urgent situation--one that gives race directors nightmares. The decision to stop the race was a good one. Had they not done so, and a participant, volunteer, police officer or spectator been killed by a lightning strike, the race directors would be handling a much tougher set of questions today, with no good answers.
Weather was a major issue at Sunday's (March 2nd) Little Rock Marathon (Facebook page). Due to an approaching thunderstorm, race officials decided to close the marathon course at a location that was the 18-mile mark on the way out--and the 24-mile mark on the return--at around 11:00 a.m. (three hours after the race began). Runners were to be given the option of taking a shortcut to the finish line, or boarding buses at a nearby Walmart store that would drive them to the finish. As often happens in hectic situations, some of the instructions were miscommunicated and/or misinterpreted. Some runners report being told the race was over and that they needed to go into Walmart to wait for a bus. Others ignored the instructions and continued running to the finish line. The confused situation has led to some hard feelings, especially by those who were on mile 24. (Some of the Marathon Maniacs are particularly upset.)
Here's a story by a Little Rock television station: Confusion Surrounds Rerouting of Little Rock Marathon
The weather had been deteriorating all morning, with falling temperatures--dropping from 50° at the start to 37° at 11:00 a.m.--on top of 10-15 mph winds and light rain, mist and sleet. From the finish line webcam, it appeared that many runners were unprepared for the worsening conditions.
The marathon had sold out its 3,500 slots, yet only 1,810 finishers were listed in the results (compared to 2,446 in 2013). That suggests a large number either failed to show up or didn't cross the finish line. The results are a bit suspect, as well. They show the final marathon finisher crossing the line in 5:34:24, yet there were many marathon participants who anticipated finishing in more than six hours and were allowed to start at 6:00 a.m.
It's sad to see a race disrupted by weather. It leads to disappointment for athletes who have trained for months, and hardships for race officials, volunteers and spectators. It's best to just accept it and move on.
Despite the weather, it was a good day for Mark Chepses and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials contender Leah Thorvilson (Facebook page). They were the overall men's and women's winners, in 2:25:42 and 2:42:39, respectively. This was Chepses' fourth consecutive Little Rock Marathon victory. Thorvilson won her fifth.
Only one person from the Lake area participated in the event. Cheryl Tillery of Eldon finished Saturday's 5K fun run/walk in 53:57.
LITTLE ROCK MARATHON, HALF MARATHON, 10K & 5K
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
MARCH 1-2, 2014
NUMBER OF FINISHERS
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ST. PATRICK'S DAY 5K RUN/WALK (posted February 11th)
The Eldon Parks & Recreation Department will be holding its annual St. Patrick's Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 15th, at the Department of Public Safety Building in Eldon (map).
The run/walk starts at 8:00 a.m. The pre-registration deadline is March 12th. Registering on or before that date gets you a guaranteed t-shirt on race day and a discounted entry fee of $15. After March 12th, the entry fee is $20. Race-day registration will be open from 7:00 to 7:45 a.m.
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SHAMROCK 'N' ROLL 5K RUN/WALK & 1-MILE FUN RUN (posted March 1st)
Kids' Harbor Child Advocacy Center (Facebook page), the Osage Beach-based organization that assists abused and neglected children, will be holding their Shamrock 'n' Roll 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday, March 15th, at Tan-Tar-A's Hidden Lakes golf course. (Hidden Lakes is located inside the resort next to the Timber Falls indoor water park, and shouldn't be confused with The Oaks golf course that's located along Route KK. Here's a map to the starting line at Hidden Lakes.) The run course will be on Hidden Lakes' cart paths.
The 1-mile fun run/walk starts at 9:30 a.m., and the 5K at 10:00 a.m. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.
Click here for a flyer/registration form.
With the 5K starting at 10:00 a.m., anyone who was planning to do the Eldon St. Patrick's Day 5K at 8:00 a.m. should have plenty of time to get to the Shamrock 'n' Roll 5K in time for the start, although you may have to skip the St. Pat's awards ceremony.
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IMPACT MEDICAL MISSIONS 5K/10K RUN/WALK (posted March 2nd)
The fourth annual Impact Medical Missions 5K/10K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, March 22nd, at the Linn Creek City Park (map). The 5K/10K will start at 9:00 a.m.; walkers will start at 9:15 a.m. Race-day registration will be open from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
T-shirts will be guaranteed to those who pre-register by March 10th. All others will receive t-shirts while supplies last on race day.
The entry fee is $20 per individual, or $40 per family.
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HOPE RAY DUNKLEE MEMORIAL RUN (posted January 30th)
The Morgan County Caring for Kids Coalition (Facebook page) will be holding the Hope Ray Dunklee Memorial Run on Saturday, March 29th, at Versailles High School. The event is named after Hope Ray Dunklee, an infant who succumbed prior to birth to an incurable genetic defect known as Trisomy 18. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Coalition's Back to School Health Fair.
The event will include a 5K run, a 2-mile walk, and a half-mile run for kids 10 and under. Starting times vary for each event.
The registration fee is $25 for the 5K run and 2-mile walk, and $10 for the half-mile kids run, until March 10th. After that, the fee rises to $30 for all events. T-shirts are only guaranteed for those who register by March 10th.
Click here for complete information and a registration form.
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ELDON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL 5K SPRING COLOR RUN/WALK (posted January 28th)
The second annual 5K Spring Color Run/Walk, organized by Eldon High School's Student Council, is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd. The run/walk starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Eldon Career Center at 110 S. Pine Street, which is located two blocks west of the Department of Public Safety building where most Eldon 5Ks begin (map). This is a non-timed event designed for family fun.
The entry fee is $25 until April 25th, and $30 thereafter. T-shirts can only be guaranteed for those who register by April 25th.
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LAKE REGIONAL 5K FUN RUN/WALK (updated March 6th)
The 7th annual Lake Regional 5K Fun Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd, at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach. The 5K run will begin at 7:30 a.m., with walkers starting immediately after. Race-day registration will open at 7:00 a.m.
The entry fee is $20 until April 3rd. After that, the fee will be $25.
The course will presumably be the same as last year.
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ROCKIN' WELLNESS WALK/RUN (updated February 18th)
The Citizens for Health & Wellness, a community organization based in Versailles, will be holding their second annual Rockin' Wellness Walk/Run on Saturday, May 3rd, at Versailles High School. The 5K/10K will start at 8:00 a.m., and the 2-mile walk at 8:15 a.m. A half-mile kids fun run will start at 9:30 a.m.
For all the details, including a registration form, please click here.
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TA-TA TROT 5K RUN/WALK (posted February 11th)
The Lake area's second largest 5K, the Ta-Ta Trot, will be returning for its third annual event on Saturday, May 10th, at the Department of Public Safety Building in Eldon (map).
The run/walk starts after a balloon release at 8:00 a.m. Race-day registration will be open from 7:00 to 7:45 a.m. If you register on or before April 25th, you'll be guaranteed a t-shirt on the day of the event. All others receive t-shirts as supplies last. The entry fee is $15.
For a flyer/registration form, click here.
The event is organized by the "We Bleed Pink" team of Jayna Gray, Christi Morris, Kari Salsman and Holly Thomas, and is a fund-raiser for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. The ladies will be participating in the Avon Walk in New York City on October 18-19th.
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BLUE RIBBON 5K RUN/WALK (updated February 25th)
The first annual Blue Ribbon 5K Run/Walk benefiting Camdenton-based Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S), will be held on Saturday, May 31st, at the Linn Creek City Park (map). The run/walk will start at 9:00 a.m., with race-day registration opening at 7:30 a.m.
If you pre-register on or before May 16th, the entry fee is $20, or $15 per person for families of three or more. After that date, the entry fee rises to $25 (or $20 per person for families of three or more.)
Click for a flyer/registration form.
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7th ANNUAL NIGHT GLOW 5K RUN/WALK (posted February 27th)
The Children's Learning Center's 7th annual run/walk gets a new name this year--the Night Glow 5K Run/Walk (known previously as the Summer Night Stride 5K)--but the fun is certain to be the same. The new name comes with a greater emphasis on the "glow in the dark" feature of the evening event, similar to the numerous glow runs that have popped up around the country.
The event will be held on Friday, June 13th, at Camdenton High School. The run/walk will start at 8:00 p.m., with race registration and the childrens' activities starting at 6:00 p.m.
More details and a flyer/registration form will be posted when available.
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HALF MARATHON, MARATHON & LONGER RACES
|Jan 25||Runner's Choice 10K/20K
Todd Raney (20K)
|10K & 20K||Columbia, MO|
|Feb 8||Chocolate Rush Half Marathon & 5K||Half Marathon & 5K||Overland Park, KS|
|Feb 8||Psycho Wyco Run Toto Run||50K, 20-mile & 10-mile trail runs||Kansas City, KS|
|Feb 15||Heart of the Ozarks||Half Marathon & 10K||West Plains, MO|
|Feb 23||The Cowtown
Todd Raney & Pete Russo
|Fort Worth, TX|
|March 1||AdventureMax St. Louis Trail Run||Half Marathon & 10K||Innsbrook, MO|
|March 2||Little Rock Marathon||Marathon, Half & 10K||Little Rock, AR|
|March 14,15,16||3 Days of Syllamo||Day 1: 50K
Day 2: 50 miles
Day 3: 20K
|Blanchard Springs, AR|
|March 15||Lucky 13.1 Half Marathon & 5K||Half Marathon & 5K||Peculiar, MO|
|March 15||Dublin's Pass ShamRox Run||15K & 5K||Springfield, MO|
|March 22||Sedalia Half Marathon||Half Marathon & 5K||Sedalia, MO|
|March 23||Relay & Run for 21||Half Marathon & Relay||St. Louis, MO|
|March 29||Highline Run for Scouting||Half Marathon & 5K||Springfield, MO|
|March 29||Forrest Gump Challenge||50 Miles, Marathon & Half||Reeds Spring, MO|
|March 30|| Hogeye Marathon & Relays
Todd Raney (marathon)
|April 6||GO! St. Louis||Marathon/Relay/Half||St. Louis, MO|
|April 12||Rock the Parkway||Half Marathon & 5K||Kansas City, MO|
|April 12||Big Party Half Marathon||Half Marathon & 5K||Springfield, MO|
|April 19||Go Girl Run--Springfield||Half Marathon & 5K||Springfield, MO|
|April 26||Run for the Children||Half Marathon & 5K||Eldon, MO|
|April 26||Garmin Marathon||Marathon/Half//5K||Olathe, KS|
|April 26||Illinois Marathon
Harold Selby (marathon)
|April ??||Kansas Half Marathon||Half Marathon & 5K||Lawrence, KS|
|April 26||Frisco Railroad Run||50 miles/50K/
Marathon/Half & 8K
|May 2-3||Outback in the Ozarks
Lake-area team(s) being formed
|200-mile team relay||Eureka Springs, AR|
|May 3||Trail to a Cure Ride/Run/Walk||Half Marathon, 10K & 5K||Rocheport, MO|
|May 4||Divas Half Marathon & 5K||Half Marathon & 5K||Branson, MO|
|May 10||Joplin Memorial Run||Half Marathon & 5K||Joplin, MO|
|May 10||Running with the Cows||Half Marathon & 5K||Bucyrus, KS|
|May 17||Bridge the Gap to Health||Half Marathon, 10K & 5K||Quincy, IL|
|May 24||Go Girl Run--Columbia||Half Marathon & 5K||Columbia, MO|
|May 24||Table Rock Half Marathon||Half Marathon & 5K||Branson, MO|
|June 7||Hospital Hill Run||Half Marathon, 10K & 5K||Kansas City, MO|
|June ??||Maryville Marathon||Marathon/Half/10K/5K||Maryville, MO|
|June ??||JC Green Giant||13 miles||Jefferson City, MO|
|June 29||Double Road Race||10K+5K||Overland Park, KS|
|July 5||Midnight Madness 50-Miler||50 miles||Tulsa, OK|
|July 12||Psycho Psummer Trail Run||50K, 20-mile, 10-mile||Kansas City, KS|
If you're planning to do an event and want to let others know, e-mail me and I'll add your name to the list of participants.
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Jefferson City Road Runners
Columbia Track Club