Please keep Casey O'Connor in your prayers. Casey, who now lives in Austin, Texas was seriously injured in a high-speed crash at the Epic 150 bicycle race here at the Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday.   He lost consciousness in the accident, and was flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.

Casey's parents, Bill and Paula O'Connor, were at the starting line to see him off, and later watched him pass through the 26-mile checkpoint.  Casey was in third place at the time. (He's has turned out to be just as fast a cyclist as he was a runner.)   They then traveled to the checkpoint at the 51-mile mark to see him again, and waited a long time for him to arrive.  When he didn't show, they left, thinking that he dropped out of the race for unknown reasons.

Casey showed up about ten minutes later.   His bike had suffered a mechanical problem between miles 26 and 51 that made it much more difficult to turn the pedals. After working on the bike for about 15 minutes at the checkpoint, he continued on, even though the problem wasn't really solved.

About an hour later, those of us volunteering at the 51-mile checkpoint heard that a cyclist had been injured in a crash. Emergency vehicles passed by the checkpoint not long after.

Several cyclists had stopped to help Casey and tried to call for help, but cellular phone service wasn't available in the valley in which the accident occured in southern Camden County.   A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier who came upon the scene drove to the top of the hill to call 9-1-1. One of the cyclists told me that Casey was unconscious for much of the time--about 30 minutes--until emergency help arrived.

The ambulance brought Casey to the Mid County fire station located on Highway 7, just west of the 51-mile checkpoint. The helicopter from Lake Regional Hospital landed at the fire station's helipad minutes later, and flew out with Casey about fifteen minutes later.

Bill and Paula O'Connor were called as soon as we found out that Casey was the victim in the accident. In a pure stroke of luck, we had asked Casey to call his parents--using a checkpoint volunteer's cellphone--to let them know that he had reached the 51-mile checkpoint and that he was OK. While he wasn't able to get ahold of them, the number he had dialed was stored on the volunteer's cellphone.  We were later able to reach Bill and Paula using that number.

I don't have an e-mail address for Paula, so I don't know anything more about Casey's condition. I'll pass along any news that I hear.

Needless to say, this accident was very sobering news to everybody at the race.   In fact, the first racer to come to Casey's aid was troubled enough by the accident that he abandoned the race and rode back to the start/finish line.

Just to be clear, the accident was unrelated to the mechanical problems that Casey had been having earlier.  It was caused by hitting (at about 30 mph) a bump in the roadway that was submerged by six to eight inches of water from heavy overnight rains.  The impact caused the left half of Casey's handlebars to snap off at the stem, leaving him unable to control the bike.  (The bike was dropped off at the checkpoint by the Camden County Sheriff's Department.)

P.S.  Lake-area resident Dr. Scott Hofer sustained minor injuries in a bike crash early in the race, and couldn't continue.

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WEEKEND EVENTS FOR APRIL 30 - MAY 1

This coming weekend and next are big race weekends for the Lake area, with multiple races to choose from.  (They're followed by four weeks of no local races--something unheard of at this point in the season.)

On Friday evening, the Bubble & Glow L.E.A.P. 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk benefits the Eldon Middle School's Project L.E.A.P. Afterschool Program. The run/walk begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Mustang Memorial Park (1400 N. Grand, Eldon), with registration and a pre-race party from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

On Saturday, we have two running races and a cycling race.

The Missouri Forget-Me-Not Horse Rescue & Sanctuary's Run with the Horses 5K/10K Run/Walk, Hidden Hills 10K Challenge, and 1K Kids Run start at 8:00 a.m. at the Linn Creek City Park.  Registration opens at 7:15 a.m.

At Bob Shore Stadium in Camdenton, Kendra's Bucket List 5K Fun Run will benefit Citizens Against Domestic Violence (CADV).  It starts at 9:00 a.m., with registration opening at 8:00 a.m.

The resurrected Ozark Gravel Road Epic (OGRE) bicycle race returns to the Lake area on Saturday.  It's attracted quite a following, with 224 cyclists registered so far, including three from the Lake area--John Weeks of Linn Creek, and Scott Hofer and Chris Orr from Lake Ozark.  It starts at 6:30 a.m. the Crybaby Campground at the very end of D Road in Miller County, along the Osage River.

Details about all of the above-mentioned events can be found further down this column under "Upcoming Events".

We want to wish Jim McDermott good luck and safe travels as he heads to Music City this weekend for Saturday's Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon.

Around the state:

Lebanon:

Mercy Me Run 5K/10K, Saturday

Jefferson City & vicinity:

Cinco de Mayo 5K, Saturday
Chariots of Fire 5K Fun Run, Saturday
5K Toucan Trek, Westphalia, Saturday
Pregnancy Help Center 5K, Saturday (Race starts at 9:00 a.m., with registration opening at 8:30 a.m., at Memorial Park on West Main Street across from the Cathedral of St. Joseph)

Columbia:

Chasing the Sun 5K, Saturday
Girls on the Run 5K, Saturday
Mustang Stampede 5K, Saturday
TriZou Triathlon & DuZou Duathlon, Sunday

Rolla:

Team Anita - Pay It Forward, Saturday

Sedalia:

Lub Dub Run 5K/10K, Saturday

Willard:

Frisco Railroad Run (50 mile, 50K, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10-MIle, 8K, Relays), Saturday

Bolivar:

Trek for Trikes, Saturday

Springfield and southwest Missouri:

Girls on the Run 5K, Saturday
Junior League of Springfield Charity 5K/10K, Sunday
Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners calendar

Independence:

Independence Half Marathon & 5K (inaugural race), Sunday

Kansas City:

KC Running Company calendar

St. Louis:

Roller Coast 5K/10K Race, Six Flags, Sunday
St. Louis area events: Big River Running and Fleet Feet Sports St. Louis calendars

Regional races:

Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon, Saturday
Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Marathon, Saturday (LOTO participant:  Jim McDermott)
Illinois Marathon, Saturday

Be sure to check out the Lake Area Runners Facebook page to see what they'll be doing this weekend.

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RUN FOR THE CHILDREN HALF MARATHON (updated April 26th)

The weather was absolutely perfect for the Miller County Child Advocacy Council's fourth annual Run for the Children Half Marathon in Eldon on Saturday (April 23rd). Thirty-seven runners competed at this year's race, up one from 2015.


The temperature was 45° and winds were calm
at the 7:00 a.m. start--perfect conditions for a race.

For the second year in a row, Nigher Alfaro and Alisha Eldridge were the overall men's and women's winners. (Nigher also won in 2014, making this his third win in a row.)   Nigher finished in 1:34:14, knocking 10 minutes off his 1:44:07 finish at Bridge & Dam three weeks ago, which had been the fastest half marathon finish among Lake-area men so far this year.

Alisha, crossed the line in 1:43:15. This was her third half marathon in four weeks (the others being Bridge & Dam and GO! St. Louis), and her finish times were all within one minute of one another.  (Tobby Eldridge and Steve Martonfi also made this their third half marathon in four weeks.)

   
Overall winners Nigher Alfaro and Alisha Eldridge.

The complete race results can be found here.

We want to extend a special congratulations to three first-time half marathon finishers.   Anna Vieira made this race a family affair, running with her dad and mom, John and Melinda Sykes.  Anna finished in 2:59:04, giving her at least some bragging rights for having finished four minutes ahead of Melinda.   Amy McIntyre of Jefferson City, who came to the race with Lake-area running pal Megan Hendrickson (herself a first-time half finisher at Bridge & Dam earlier this month), finished in 3:19:40. (Megan finished in 2:47:22.)  Finally, Sarah McManus, from Fort Leonard Wood, ran this half to check off an item on her bucket list.  (She said this was her first and last, but we all know how that goes.)  Sarah finished in 2:32:52.


Anna Vieira with proud mom and dad, Melinda and John Sykes.  (That John is quite a character.)


Megan Hendrickson (left) with first-timer
Amy McIntyre of Jefferson City.



Donovan and Sarah McManus, both from Fort Leonard Wood.  

Congratulations are also in order for a new personal half marathon record for Jen Wiethop. Four weeks after running a 1:57:15 at Bridge & Dam, Jen shaved 30 seconds off that to establish a new personal best of 1:56:45. Jen's running partner (and Bridge & Dam race director) Alysia Machino finished in 1:54:01, her fastest half since one year ago.   (Jen and Alysia put in another three miles of running after the race ended, so both must have plans to race again soon.)


Alysia Maschino (left) and Jen Wiethop, minutes before
heading out for three more miles.

Returning to the race this year after an absence of a year or two were Half Fanatic #3978 Dottie Ruettgers of Bonnots Mill, and Sharon Shaefer of Holts Summit, who's still going strong at age 63. Both are prolific runners whose names you'll often see in Missouri race results.

    
Dottie Ruettgers and Sharon Shaefer

After the awards ceremony had ended and most of the runners had gone home, there remained one runner still on the course, struggling with cramps and hip problems, and moving slowly toward the finish line. To the applause of all who waited for him, John Sash crossed the finish line in 3:56:17. John completed this race in 2014 (in 3:35:12) at the age of 64, and now at age 66 he's believed to be the oldest male finisher of a Lake-area half marathon. (One of the neatest things was seeing the Eldon police officer who was following John for the entire race step out of his car to congratulate John.   That officer, by the way, will be doing his first 5K in Chicago on June 25th at the Chicago Bears 5K.)


The final finisher, John Sash from Olean.

Many more race photos can be viewed here.

Finally, a huge thank-you goes to Christy Kidwell, Debbie Fair, and all of the other organizers, volunteers, police, fire and other officials who gave us another great race.  This is a wonderful event on a nice, quiet course through mostly residential streets of Eldon, and is worthy of our continued support.  If you haven't run this race before, please consider doing so next year.

The date for next year's race is Saturday, April 22nd.

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BIG SUR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON (posted April 24th)

Two of our Lake-area runners traveled to California this weekend to run in one of the most scenic marathons in the world--the Big Sur International Marathon. The course is on coastal Highway 1, offering a near continuous view of the Pacific Ocean for 26.2 miles.

Todd Raney finished in 4:03:38, placing 73rd (of 228) in the men's 45-49 age group.  Ashley Pryor finished minutes later, in 4:10:57.  That placed Ashley 69th (of 274) in the women's 30-34 age group.

California marks the 39th state in which Todd has finished a marathon.  His state total for finishes under four hours remains at a stubborn 15.

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2016 ARCHIVES

2015 ARCHIVES

2014 ARCHIVES

2013 ARCHIVES

2012 ARCHIVES

2011 ARCHIVES

2010 ARCHIVES

2009 ARCHIVES

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BUBBLE & GLOW LEAP 5K & 1-MILE FUN RUN/WALK (posted March 31st)

Eldon Middle School's Project L.E.A.P. Afterschool Program will be holding their second annual Bubble & Glow L.E.A.P. 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk on the evening of Friday, April 29th. The run/walk begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Mustang Memorial Park (1400 N. Grand, Eldon), with registration and a pre-race party from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

For some participants, you'll save on entry fees by registering on or before April 15th.  For complete details and a registration form, click here.

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RUN WITH THE HORSES 5K/10K, HIDDEN HILLS CHALLENGE, & KIDS' 1K RUN/WALK (posted March 10th)

The Forget-Me-Not Trot gets a new moniker along with a few other changes this year, but the beneficiary remains the same--the Missouri Forget-Me-Not Horse Rescue & Sanctuary (Facebook page).  The Run With the Horses will be held on Saturday, April 30th, at the Linn Creek City Park. The run/walk starts at 8:00 a.m., with race-day registration opening at 7:15 a.m.

In addition to the 5K/10K run/walk options of years past, a 1K run/walk is being offered for kids age 7 to 12, and, for those looking for something more challenging, the "Hidden Hills Challenge"--a 10K race that includes some of Linn Creek's brutally hilly roads.

The 5K/10K entry fee is $20 if you pre-register by April 15th, and $25 after.  Pre-registration is advised in order to be guaranteed a t-shirt.   The kids' 1K entry fee is $10.  It doesn't include a t-shirt, but does include an ice cream voucher.

Click for a flyer/registration form (.doc or .pdf).  Online registration is also available through the Rescue's website.

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KENDRA'S BUCKET LIST FUN RUN  (posted January 14th )

Citizens Against Domestic Violence (CADV) will be hosting a new event on Saturday, April 30th.   Kendra's Bucket List Fun Run, named in memory of Kendra Grant, a 28 year-old Camdenton resident who was killed in an automobile accident on December 12th, will be held at Camdenton's track at Bob Shore Stadium at 9:00 a.m.  Race-day registration will open at 8:00 a.m.


Kendra Dawn Grant
1987-2015

Registration information can be found here.

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OZARK GRAVEL ROAD EPIC (posted January 8th)

After a one-year hiatus, the tough-but-popular Ozark Gravel Road Epic ("The OGRE") bicycle race will return to the Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday, April 30th.   Josh Schrock is the organizer of this year's race, which will offer the usual 150-mile OGRE distance, as well as a 50- and 80-miles options.

Seventy-five cyclists have already registered, including locals Scott Hofer and Chris Orr, and former Lake-area cyclist Louis Niewald who now lives in Joplin.

Online registration can be found here.

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LAKE REGIONAL 5K FUN RUN/WALK (posted February 12th)

Among local races, the Lake Regional 5K Fun Run/Walk joined the big leagues last year following the biggest improvements in the race's eight-year history.  This year's 9th annual race on Saturday, May 7th, promises to be just as popular, with technical t-shirts, professional race timing by Split Second Timing, and--perhaps best of all--a post-race, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast that's free to all registered participants.  (Others can enjoy breakfast for just $5.)

Proceeds from the event will benefit Lake Regional Hospital's Cardiac Rehab department.  The 5K run starts at 8:00 a.m., with walkers starting immediately after.  Race-day registration will open at 7:00 a.m.

The entry fee is $30.  Technical t-shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register on or before April 15th

Online registration is available here.   A mail-in registration form can be downloaded here.

A big crowd is expected for this year's race.  The "I Can 5K!" group that made their 5K debut last year will be among those participating. 


The "I Can 5K!" group at the 2015 Lake Regional 5K.

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TA-TA TROT 5K RUN/WALK (posted March 30th)

The fifth annual Ta-Ta Trot 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, May 7th, at the Department of Public Safety Building in Eldon (map).

The run/walk starts at 8:00 a.m., with race-day registration opening at 7:15 a.m..  T-shirts are only guaranteed for those who pre-register on or before April 24th; all others will receive t-shirts while supplies last.  The entry fee is $15.

For more information and a flyer/registration form, please click here.

The race is once again being organized by the "We Bleed Pink" team of Jayna Gray, Kari Salsman and Holly Thomas, and is a fund-raiser for the Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer.

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LAKE RACE 5K RUN/WALK (posted March 20th)

The second annual Lake Race 5K Run/Walk, one of a series of events held as part of the Lake Race powerboat races, will be held on Sunday, June 5th at 9:00 a.m.  The race will take place at Beaver's at the Dam Bar & Grill just west of Bagnell Dam on the Lake Ozark strip.  Race-day registration will be open from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.

For those who pre-register on or before May 4th, the entry fee is $25 for adults and $20 for children 6-18 years of age.  (Children five and under are free.)  After May 4th, the fees rise to $30 for adults and $25 for children 6 to 18.  Be sure to register early, as t-shirts are only guaranteed for those who pre-register; all others will receive a t-shirt while supplies last.

Online registration is available.   A downloadable, mail-in registration form can be found here.

The race will be professionally timed by Split-Second Timing of Rolla.  The raffle that proved so popular at last year's event will return this year.  (Let's hope that the rains don't.)

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9th ANNUAL SUMMER NIGHT GLOW 5K RUN/WALK (posted March 1st)

The Lake area's most kid-friendly and family-oriented run/walk of the year returns on the evening of Friday, June 10th. The non-profit Children's Learning Center's 9th annual Summer Night Glow 5K Run/Walk (Facebook page) will be held at Camdenton High School, with the run/walk starting at 8:00 p.m., and race registration and kids activities starting at 6:15 p.m. 

A notable addition to this year's festivities will be an actual photo booth. Participants will be able to get in the booth, have their photo taken, and receive a four-photo strip to take home.   And, to make it even more interesting (as well as consistent with the night glow theme), the booth will feature blacklighting, so the photos won't be of the usual (boring) shopping-mall photo booth variety.

For individual participants, the entry fee is a minimum contribution of $25 if you register by the pre-registration deadline of May 27th.  The fee is $30 on race day. 

Teams of four or more can pre-register for $20 per person through May 27th.  On race day, the fee is $25 per person.

T-shirts can only be guaranteed for those who pre-register. 

Check out the race flyer for additional details.  

Online registration is now open.

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HALF MARATHON, MARATHON & LONGER RUNNING RACES
IN MISSOURI AND VICINITY
2016

Date
Race Name
Distances
Location
       
  NOTE:  HIGHLIGHTED DATES INDICATE THAT THE EVENT'S 2016 DATE HAS NOT YET BEEN ANNOUNCED AND/OR CONFIRMED
       
Jan 2-3 The Pistol Ultra Run 
100K:  Ashley Pryor, Scott Page & Todd Raney
50K:  April Boicourt
50K relay, 50K, 50 miles, 100K, 100 miles Alcoa, TN
Jan 16 Runner's Choice 5K/10K 5K & 10K Columbia, MO
Jan 16 Cabin Reliever 20K &
Resolution 5K
20K & 5K Rogersville, MO
Jan 16 David's Trail Endurance Run 40K, 25K & 7K
(40K cancelled due to flooding)
Mountain Home, AR
Jan 17 Houston Marathon
Marathon:  Todd Raney
Marathon & Half Houston, TX
Jan 23 St. Louis Track Club Frostbite Series Half Marathon & 4-mile St. Louis, MO
Jan 23 Wildwood Frozen Feet 13.1M Trail Race Half Marathon Wildwood, MO
Feb 6 Chocolate Rush Half Marathon & 5K Half Marathon & 5K Olathe, KS
Feb 13 Run with the Wind 25K 25K; solo and 3-team relay Sarcoxie, MO
Feb 13 Heart of the Ozarks Half Marathon, relay & 10K West Plains, MO
Feb 14 Fort Smith Marathon Half & Marathon Fort Smith, AR
Feb 14 Austin Marathon
Kara O'Connor; Casey O'Connor (possible)
Marathon & Half Austin, TX
Feb 14 Mercedes Marathon
Marathon: Todd Raney
Marathon, Half & 5K Birmingham, AL
Feb 20 Psycho Wyco Run Toto Run 50K, 20-mile & 10-mile trail runs Kansas City, KS
Feb 21 Shelby Forest Loop Marathon
Marathon: Todd Raney
Marathon & Half Millington, TN
Feb 27 Soggy Bottom Endurance Run 100-mile, 100-mile relay, 40-mile, 40-mile relay; 4-mile (afternoon) and 10-mile on Feb 28 Sparta, MO
Feb 28 Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans
Marathon: Todd Raney & Amy Harrell
Half:  Ashley Pryor, Heather Doyle & April Boicourt
Marathon & Half New Orleans, LA
Feb 28 The Cowtown
50K/Marathon/
Half/10K/5K
Fort Worth, TX
March 6 Little Rock Marathon
Marathon: Jim McDermott
Marathon, Half & 10K Little Rock, AR
March 12 Lucky 13.1 Half Marathon & 5K Half Marathon & 5K Peculiar, MO
March 12 Dublin's Pass ShamRox Run 15K & 5K Springfield, MO
March 12 Rock 'n' Roll DC
Marathon:  Todd Raney
Marathon, Half & 5K Washington, DC
March 13 ShamRox Columbia 15K & 5K Rocheport, MO
Mar 20 Bataan Memorial Death March
Rona Schaefer, Paul Schaefer, Ryan Lewis & Wayne Meckley
Marathon White Sands Missile Range, NM
March 18,19,20 3 Days of Syllamo Day 1:  50K
Day 2:  50 miles
Day 3:  20K
Blanchard Springs, AR
March 19 Sedalia Half Marathon Half Marathon & 5K Sedalia, MO
March 20 Relay & Run for 21K Half Marathon & Relay St. Louis, MO
March 26 Missouri Race Series 10 miles, 10K & 5K Lee's Summit, MO
March 26 Highline Run for Scouting Half Marathon & 5K Springfield, MO
April 2 Do or Die Half Marathon & 5K Half Marathon & 5K New Franklin to Rocheport, MO
April 2 Badge of Honor Run Half Marathon/10K/5K Poplar Bluff, MO
April 2 Bridge & Dam Half Marathon & 10K Half Marathon & 10K Lake Ozark, MO
April 2 Big Party Half Marathon Half Marathon & 5K Springfield, MO
April 2 Charlottesville Marathon
Marathon: Todd Raney
Marathon & Half Charlottesville, VA
April 3 Brew to Brew 43.5 miles--solo and relays Kansas City to Lawrence, KS
April 9 Go Girl Run--Springfield Half Marathon & 5K Springfield, MO
April 9 Rock the Parkway Half Marathon & 5K Kansas City, MO
April 9 Mission Run in the Ozarks Marathon/Half/5K Mountain Home, AR
April 10 Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh
Marathon: Todd Raney
Marathon & Half Raleigh, NC
April 10 Hogeye Marathon & Relays
Marathon/Half/Relays Fayetteville, AR
April 10 GO! St. Louis
Marathon: Amy Harrell
Marathon/Relay/Half St. Louis, MO
April 16 Missouri Race Series 10 miles,10K & 5K Jefferson City, MO
April 16 Garmin Marathon
Marathon: Todd Raney
Marathon/Half//10K Olathe, KS
April 23 Run for the Children Half Marathon Half Marathon Eldon, MO
April 23 Royal Running Series 10K/20K trail race Lake of the Ozarks State Park
April 24 Big Sur International Marathon
Marathon:  Todd Raney
Marathon Big Sur, CA
April 24 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Marathon/Relay/Half/5K Oklahoma City, OK
April 30 Illinois Marathon
Marathon/Half/10K/5K Champaign-Urbana, IL
April 30 Frisco Railroad Run 50 miles/50K/
Marathon/Half/10-mile & 8K
Willard, MO
April 30 Rock 'n' Roll Nashville
Marathon:  Jim McDermott
Marathon & Half Nashville, TN
May 1

Independence Half Marathon (inaugural race)

Half Marathon & 5K Independence, MO
May 7 Trail to a Cure Ride/Run/Walk Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Rocheport, MO
May 7 Wisconsin Marathon
Marathon:  Todd Raney
Marathon/Half/5K Kenosha, WI
May 8 Kalamazoo Marathon
Marathon:  Todd Raney
Marathon/Half/10K/5K Kalamazoo, MI
May 14 Running with the Cows Half Marathon & 5K Bucyrus, KS
May 14 RiverTownRun Half Marathon & 5K Washington, MO
May 14 Missouri Race Series 10 miles, 10K & 5K Joplin, MO
May 15 Divas Half Marathon & 5K Half Marathon & 5K Branson, MO
May 21 Go Girl Run--Columbia Marathon/Half/5K Columbia, MO
May 21
(tentative)
Striker Life Half Marathon Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Whiteman AFB, Knob Noster, MO
May 21 Joplin Memorial Run
Marathon: Jim McDermott
Marathon/Half & 5K
Marathon added for 2016
Joplin, MO
May 21 Table Rock Half Marathon Half Marathon & 5K Branson, MO
May 21 Berryman 50-Mile & Marathon 50-Mile & Marathon Steelville, MO
May 22 Rockford Marathon
Marathon: Todd Raney
Marathon, Half & 10K Rockford, IL
May 28 Midwest Active Katy80 80-mile team relay Katy Trail State Park
May 29 Vermont City Marathon
Marathon: Todd Raney
Marathon & relay Burlington, VT
June 4 GO! Missouri KT82 Trail Relay 82-mile Katy Trail relay race St. Louis, MO
June 4

Hospital Hill Run

Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Kansas City, MO
June 11 Marathon to Marathon Marathon, Relay, Half & 5K Storm Lake, IA
June 12 Revel Rockies Marathon
Marathon:  Todd Raney
Marathon & Half Denver, CO
June 18 Missouri Race Series 10 miles, 10K & 5K Columbia, MO
June 25 In2Action Trail Run Half Marathon & 5K Columbia, MO
July 2 Midnight Madness 50-Miler 50 miles Tulsa, OK
July 10 MIssoula Marathon
Marathon:  Todd Raney
Marathon/Half/5K Missoula, MT
July 23 Psycho Psummer Trail Run 50K, 20-mile, 10-mile Kansas City, KS
Aug 13 Harder Than Hell Half Marathon Half Marathon Nixa, MO
Aug 21 Anchorage RunFest
Marathon: Todd Raney
49K/Marathon/Half/5K Anchorage, AK
Sep 3 Forrest Gump Challenge 50K, Marathon, Half & 5K Reeds Spring, MO
Sept 3 Pocatello Marathon
Marathon:  Todd Raney
Marathon/Half/10K/5K Pocatello, ID
Sep 4 Flatlanders 6/12 Hour Run 6 or 12 hours Fenton, MO
Sep 4 Go Girl Run--Kansas City Half Marathon & 5K Kansas City, MO
Sep 5 Run 2 Remember Half Marathon (new in 2016), 10K & 5K Willard, MO
Sep 5 Heart of America Marathon
Marathon Columbia
Sep 10 Azalea Half Marathon 5K/10K, Half Nixa, MO
Sep 10 Chesterfield Half Marathon Half St. Louis, MO
Sep 17-18 Mark Twain 50/100 50 & 100 miles Mark Twain Forest
Sep 17 North Shore Trail Run 5K/10K, Half Lawrence, KS
Sep 18 Lee's Summit Half Marathon Half Lee's Summit, MO
Sep 18 Salt City Run for the Rock Half Hutchinson, KS
Sep 18 Tunnel Light Marathon
Marathon: Todd Raney
Marathon Hyak, Washington
Sep 18 Konquer the Konza Trail Races 25K & 10K Manhattan, KS
Sep 24 Kyleigh Phillips Memorial 5K & Half Marathon Half Marathon & 5K Osage Beach, MO
Sep 25 Broadway Bridge Run 5K/10K, Half Kansas City, MO
Sep 25 Quad Cities Marathon Marathon/Half/5K Moline, IL
Sep 30 Frog Hill Half Marathon & 10K Half Marathon & 10K Waynesville, MO
Oct 1 Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival
10K, Half Columbia, MO
Oct 1 Run the Burg 5K/10K, Half Warrensburg, MO
Oct 1 Rock Bridge Revenge 7 miles, 25K, 50K Columbia, MO
Oct 1 Panther Run 5K/10K/15K Springfield, MO
Oct 1 Arkansas Traveller 100 100 miles Perryville, AR
Oct 2

MO' Cowbell Marathon

5K, Half & Marathon St. Charles, MO
Oct 2 Haulin' Bass Trail Runs 8K & 15K Stockton, MO
Oct 9 Chicago Marathon
Marathon Chicago, IL
Oct 9 Double Road Race 10K+5K Overland Park, KS
Oct 9 Prairie Fire Marathon Marathon/Half/5K Wichita, KS
Oct 15 Bear Creek Run Half Marathon Columbia, MO
Oct 15 Waddell & Reed Kansas City 5K, Half & Marathon Kansas City, MO
Oct 15-16 Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs 15K, 25K, 50K Lampe, MO
Oct 16 Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis 5K (on Sat.), 10K & Half Marathon St. Louis
Oct 16 Des Moines Marathon Marathon/Half/5K Des Moines, IA
Oct 16 Lake Perry Rocks 5K, Half, 50K Meriden, KS
Oct 21-22 Outback in the Ozarks
200-mile team relay Eureka Springs, AR
Oct 22 America's Pro-Life Half Marathon & 5K Half Marathon & 5K Jefferson City, MO
Oct 22 The Bison 50 50-mile relay & solo Topeka, KS
Oct 23 Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race 5K/10K, Half St. Louis
Oct 30 Fayetteville Half Marathon Half & 5K Fayetteville, AR
Oct 30 Marine Corps Marathon
Todd Raney
Marathon Arlington, VA
Nov 5 Team RWB Veterans Day Half Marathon & 4 Miler Half Marathon & 4-Miler St. James, MO
Nov 5 Ozark Trail 100 100 miles Steelville, MO
Nov 5-6 The Skippo Trail Race 10K/20K/30K St. Louis, MO
Nov 6 Kansas Half Marathon Half Marathon & 5K Lawrence, KS
Nov 6 Bass Pro Shops 5K, Half & Marathon Springfield, MO
Nov 6 St. Louis Half Marathon 5K, Half St. Louis
Nov 12 Longview Half Marathon Half Marathon Kansas City, MO
Nov 13 Gobbler Grind Marathon Marathon/Half/5K Overland Park, KS
Nov 19 Honoring Our Heroes
(inaugural race)
Marathon/Half/5K Salem to Rolla, MO
Nov 19 AdventureMax Springfield Trail Run 10K, Half Highlandville, MO
Nov 19 White River Marathon for Kenya Marathon/Half/5K Cotter, AR
Nov 20 Route 66 Marathon Half & Marathon Tulsa, OK
Nov 20 Pilgrim Pacer Run 5K/10K, Half, Marathon Shawnee, KS
Dec 3 Alternate Chili Trail Run 10 miles Kansas City, KS
Dec 3 Cheese & Sauerkraut 10-Miler 10 miles Columbia
Dec 3 You Don't Know Jack 50K/Marathon/Half/25K/15K Carthage, MO
Dec 3 St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend Marathon/Half/5K Memphis, TN
Dec 11 Half & Half / Double Half Half & Marathon Tulsa, OK
Dec 31 Run for the Ranch Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half and 6-Hour Run Springfield
Dec 31- Jan 1 The Pistol Ultra Run 50K relay, 50K, 50 miles, 100K, 100 miles Alcoa, TN
       
       

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TRIATHLONS AND DUATHLONS
IN MISSOURI AND VICINITY

2016
Date
Race Name
Distance(s)
Location
       
  NOTE:  HIGHLIGHTED DATES INDICATE THAT THE EVENT'S 2016 DATE HAS NOT YET BEEN ANNOUNCED AND/OR CONFIRMED
       
April 2 MaxTrax Duathlon Short course: 1.5-mile run, 7.5-mile bike, 1.5-mile run
Long course: 1.5 mile run, 15-mile bike, 3-mile run
Columbia, MO
 Apr 16 Neosho Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon
(Duathlon new for 2016)
Triathlon: 300-yard indoor pool swim, 12.5-mile bike, 3.1-mile run;
Duathlon: (distances not yet available)
Neosho, MO
Apr 24 The Chain of Rocks Bridge Duathlon 1.5-mile run, 12-mile bke, 1.5-mile run St. Louis, MO
April 30 Trek for Trikes Not a true duathlon (run/bike/run), but offers a 10K run or bike, or a 20K bike.  Mostly on the Highline Trail.  Event raises funds to provide adaptive tricycles to children with disabilities. Bolivar, MO
May 1

TriZou Triathlon & DuZou Duathlon

Triathlon:  400-meter pool swim, 14-mile bike, 3-mile run
Duathlon: 1-mile run, 7-mile bike, 1-mile run
Columbia, MO
May 15 Kansas City Triathlon
Sprint: 500-meter swim, 20K bike, 5K run
Olympic: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
Kansas City, MO
May 21 Sedalia Spring into Summer Duathlon Short course: 2-mile run, 5-mile bike, 0.5-mile run
Long course: 2-mile run, 12-mile bike, 2-mile run
Sedalia, MO
May 22 St. Louis Triathlon Sprint:  750-meter swim, 12.4-mile bike, 5K run
Olympic:  1500-meter swim, 24.8-mile bike, 10K run
St. Louis, MO
May 22 Midwest Meltdown Triathlon & Duathlon Short course triathlon: 750-meter swim, 10.4-mile bike, 5K run
Long course triathlon: 1.5K swim, 20.8-mile bike, 5.2-mile run
Duathlon: 1-mile run, 10.4-mile bike, 5K run
Paola, KS
Jun 5 Legend Free State Tri

Sprint:  500-yard swim, 12-mile bike, 5K run
Olympic:  1500-meter swim, 40K bike, 10K run
Legend 70:  1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
Legend 100:  2-mile swim, 80-mile bike, 18-mile run

Lawrence, KS
June 18 Tinman Triathlon Short course: 400-meter swim, 13-mile bike, 3.1-mile run
Long course: 1,000-meter swim, 19-mile bike, 7-mile run
Topeka, KS
June 18 Warsaw Area Kids Triathlon Four age-appropriate distances for kids up to age 15 Warsaw, MO
June 19 Warsaw Area Sprint Triathlon 500-yard swim, 12-mile bike, 5K run Warsaw, MO
July 9 Big Shark New Town Kids Triathlon 0.62-mile swim, 20-mile bike, 4-mile run New Town St. Charles, MO
July 10 Big Shark New Town Triathlon 0.62-mile swim, 20-mile bike, 4-mile run New Town St. Charles, MO
July 10 Summer Roundup Triathlon Sprint: 500-meter swim, 12.3-mile bike, 5K run
Olympic: 1500-meter swim, 40K bike, 10K run
Jasper, MO
July 10 Shawnee Mission Triathlon & Duathlon Short course: 500-meter swim, 9-mile bike, 3.2-mile run
Long course: 1,000-meter swim, 18-mile bike, 4.5-mile run
Shawnee, KS
July 10 Lake Freebird Triathlon Triathlon:  660-meter swim, 14-mile bike, 5K run
Beginners (non-competitive):  300-meter swim, 10-mile bike, 1.3-mile run
Mountain Grove, MO
July 10 Mighty Max Kids Triathlon Four age-appropriate distances for children up to age 14 Columbia, MO
July 17 Show-Me State Games Triathlon & Duathlon Triathlon: 0.5-mile swim, 15-mile bike, 3-mile run
Duathlon: 15-mile bike, 3-mile run
Columbia, MO
July 23 Concreteman Triathlon Short course:  500-meter swim, 12.5-mile bike, 2-mile run
Olympic: 1,500-meter swim, 25-mile bike, 10K run
Springfield, MO
July 30 WIN for KC Women's Triathlon 500-meter swim, 10-mile bike, 5K run Smithville, MO
Aug 6 Warrensburg Triathlon SuperKids Tri:  (distances not available)
Trio-Tri:
  3-person relay
"98.5 The Bar" Tri:  300-meter swim, 10-mile bike, 5K run
Warrensburg, MO
Aug 7 Stockton Lake Tri Wild-Life Challenge Short course: 500-meter swim, 10.4-mile bike, 5K run
Long course: 1,000-meter swim, 20.8-mile bike, 10K run
Stockton, MO
Aug 7 Matt Mason Memorial Cowboy-UP! Triathlon 500-meter swim, 11-mile bike, 5K run Kansas City, MO
Aug 7 Ironman Boulder Triathlon 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run Boulder, CO
Aug 12 Republic Youth Tigger Tri Distances to be announced Republic, MO
Aug13 Republic Tiger Tri Super Sprint: 150-yard swim; 6.1-mile bike, 1.5-mile run
Classic Sprint: 300-yard swim, 12.2-mile bike, 5K run
Republic, MO
Aug 20 Frisco Runaway Triathlon 300-meter pool swim, 12-mile bike, 5K run Willard, MO
Aug 20 Lake St. Louis Triathlon Short course:  0.25-mile swim, 12.3-mile bike, 2.5-mile run
Long course: 0.93-mile swim, 24-mile bike, 10K run
Lake St. Louis, MO
Aug 21 Jackson County Triathlon Short course: 750-meter swim, 11.75-mile bike, 3-mile run
Long course: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 5-mile run
Lee's Summit, MO
       
Aug 27 Cedar Creek Triathlon & Duathlon Triathlon: 400-meter swim, 11-mile bike, 5K run
Duathlon: 1-mile run, 11-mile bike, 1-mile run
Olathe, KS
Sep 4 Des Moines Triathlon
(formerly the Hy-Vee Triathlon)
Sprint: 400-meter swim, 20K bike, 5K run
Olympic: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
Des Moines, IA
Sep 11 Ironman Wisconsin
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run Madison, WI
Sep 11 Legend Ad Astra Triathlon Sprint:  500-yard swim, 12-mile bike, 5K run
Olympic:  1500-meter swim, 40K bike, 10K run
Legend 70:  1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
Lawrence, KS
Sep 17 Halfmax Championship & Quartermax Triathlons Halfmax Championship: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
QuarterMax: 0.6-mile swim, 28-mile bike, 10K run
Innsbrook, MO
Sep 25 Sedalia Duathlon Short course:  2-mile run, 8-mile bike, 1-mile run
Long course:  5K run, 30K bike, 5K run
Sedalia, MO
Sept 25 Border Wars Triathlon 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run Alton, IL
Oct 9 Ironman Louisville Triathlon
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run Louisville, KY
       
       

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CYCLING EVENTS
IN MISSOURI AND VICINITY

2016
Date
Race/Event Name
Distance(s)
Location
       
  NOTE:  HIGHLIGHTED DATES INDICATE THAT THE EVENT'S 2016 DATE HAS NOT YET BEEN ANNOUNCED AND/OR CONFIRMED
   
Jan 31 Rocheport Roubaix 20, 30, 55 and 70 miles Rocheport, MO
April 11 MoBikeFed Ride with Legislators   Jefferson City, MO
April 30 Ozark Gravel Road Epic The OGRE:  150 miles
The Troll:  70-90 miles
Lake of the Ozarks
May 7 Hellbender Gran Fondo 51 miles Rolla, MO
May 14 Vino Fondo 38, 58, 91 and 118 miles Augusta, MO
May 22 The Hairy Hundred 100-mile gravel road race Rocheport, MO
May 30 Tour of Kansas City Gran Fondo 20, 50, 60, 75 and 100 miles Kansas City, MO
June 4 Dirty Kanza 200 200 miles Emporia, KS
June 4 Tour de Cure 10, 30, 50 and 100 miles Alton, IL
June 11 Cycle for Life 10, 25 and 50 miles Ozark, MO
June 12 Down 'n Dirty Varies by division Warsaw, MO
June 18 Queen City Century 22, 45, 60, 82 and 100 miles Springfield, MO
June 25 Tour de Lakes 10, 32, 55 and 65 miles Lee's Summit, MO
July 16 World Naked Bike Ride--St. Louis   St. Louis, MO
July 23 Show-Me State Games Road Cycling Race 19 and 28 miles Auxvasse, MO
July 31 Show-Me State Games Mountain Bike Race 1, 1-1/2, and 3 hours Columbia, MO
Aug 6 MO State Time Trial Championship 20K or 40K, depending on division Centraiia, MO
Aug 20 Svitak Freedom Ride 10, 25, 40, 67 and 100 miles Springfield, MO
Aug 27 Red Shoe Ride 35, 60 and 100 miles Columbia, MO
Aug 27 Moonlight Ramble 10.5 and 18.5 miles St. Louis, MO
Aug 27 BikeMO 30, 65 and 90 miles (24 and 50 miles for Katy Trail option) Rocheport, MO
Sep 2-4 Singletrackmind Festival Mountain biking, trail runs, etc. on the Two Rivers Bike Trail Springfield, MO
Sep 10-11 Bike MS Four distances offered Godfrey, IL
Sep 24 Tour de BBQ 15, 35 and 62 miles Overland Park, KS
Sep 24-25 Pedal the Cause 15, 25, 37, 50, 75 & 100 miles St. Louis, MO
Sep 26 Rhett's Run Mountain bike race Columbia, MO
Oct 2 Tour de Wildwood 28 and 45 miles Wildwood, MO
Oct 8-9 Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival Ride 9.5 miles from Jefferson City on the Katy Trail  
Oct 9 Tour de Bass Bike Rides 25, 42, 77 and 102 miles Springfield, MO
Oct 15 Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life 25, 50 and 100 miles St. Charles, MO
Oct 15 Cuban Gravel Crisis 20, 50 and 100 mile bike rides; 5K run Cuba, MO
Oct 22 BT Epic Mountain bike race on the Berryman Trail Steelville, MO
       

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PADDLING EVENTS
IN MISSOURI AND VICINITY

2016
Date
Race Name & River
Distance(s) & Boat Type
Location
       
  NOTE:  HIGHLIGHTED DATES INDICATE THAT THE EVENT'S 2016 DATE HAS NOT YET BEEN ANNOUNCED AND/OR CONFIRMED
       
Aug 20 Firecracker Race
(Mississippi River -- Alton Pool)
Canoes & kayaks -- 12 miles
Paddlboards -- 3 miles
Alton, IL
Aug 27 Race for the Rivers
(Missouri River)
20 and 40 miles; canoes & kayaks Washington, MO
Sep 10 Finger Lakes Adventure Challenge
(Finger Lakes State Park)
5K paddle, then 5K run Columbia, MO
Sep 15
(cancelled for 2016)
Fall 36 Race
(Osage, Missouri and Gasconade Rivers)
36 miles
Canoes, kayaks & paddleboards
Starts near Loose Creek; ends at Gasconade
Sep 24-25 Two Dam Days
(Lake of the Ozarks)
92 miles (over two days), 16 miles and 1.5 miles Lake of the Ozarks
Oct 15 Race to the Dome
(Missouri River)
Providence (26.6 miles) or Hartsburg (15.8 miles) to Jefferson City Jefferson City, MO
Oct 22 Chattajack 31
(Tennessee River)
31 miles; paddleboard & kayaks Chattanooga, TN
       



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