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417 Area Running Groups

There are so many excellent reasons to run with a group: motivation, fun, safety, fun, encouragement, fun, inspiration, fun, and did I say FUN!?! We are very fortunate to have lots of running groups to choose from in Southwest Missouri. - Morning. Evening. Short. Long. Slow. Fast. Weekend. Weekday.  Many have a “no one left behind” practice.  Here is a listing of running groups in the area. If we missed a group, let us know via!

Message From the President - October 2017

And on It Goes!

October and November are especially exciting months for OMRR members. Running events abound. Biking, duathlons, and trail runs are hosted for many of our multisport members. OMRR is heavily involved in the Bass Pro fitness series. OMRR members will be volunteering at aid stations, pacing, marking the trail courses, and helping at the respite areas for the Marathon Weekend. We still need assistance for the marathon aid station. So consider running your 5k or half and helping out. Please contact Lali or Kris.

News from the Road Runners Club of America! RRCA would like our club to select a State Representative. This person would work with other RRCA clubs in Missouri, help select and promote the state championship series, promote RRCA programs and attend the annual convention. This is a great compliment to you. Should you be interested in learning more about this position, feel free to contact me.

The website is coming along. Plans are to open the new improved version to the membership during the annual meeting in January. The board is considering an OMRR app as well. All will be better in Tech land.

Only seven weeks until Turkey Trot. Once again OMRR will be providing generous door prizes and sponsoring cross country team’s assistance at packet pick up and on race day. Your help is needed for packet pickup, corral keeping, refreshments, flags, etc. Turkey Trot has become a tradition in the Ozarks. Our goal is to make it bigger and better. This is a OMRR fund raiser so please help out.

Trash pick up! Our commitment to keeping the Ozarks the Ozarks requires us to pick up trash along Z highway . Some will run earlier at Wilson’s Creek Battlefield with Trash Pickup following . OMRR will provide lunch for you after. Oct 15th, 11:00 A:M at Republic High school.

Board Elections. September’s “Running Briefs” outlined the criteria and process for nominating your friends to the OMRR board of Directors. Nominations are now open. There are many talented members who will make excellent board members. Send us their names. Nominations for “Hall of Fame” and the “Gerald Glass” award are open also.

Everything else! Kris is working on the OMRR trip. Expect an announcement soon. Run for the Ranch has been finalized. We are receiving a good number of out of the area entries. Remember: The Dual Challenge and 417 Challenge ends and starts with Run for the Ranch. Bass Pro Training is rocking along. Kudos to Lali and Sara. That’s all for now! Enjoy your “Running Briefs”!

Hope to see you out there!


Summer 2017 Triple Crown Results

The 2017 Summer Triple Crown results have been calculated, and the winners are:


1. Ron Boyer

2. Tom Cheffins

3. Ryan Slight


1. Karen McKinnis

2. Trina Wilcox

Message From the President - September 2017

Good Morning OMRR Nation!

Seems lots have happened since the last Running Briefs. Most students are in class, we have enjoyed the solar eclipse, and watched as a storm ravaged our southern coasts. Please keep thoughts and prayers for the good folks in Texas and the other areas burdened by Harvey. Help when you can!

Lots of great happenings within OMRR for the last trimester of the year. I’m excited!

Lali and Sara have a tremendous running group for Bass Pro Marathon Weekend Training with 30-40 runners of all skill levels weekly. E-mails and social media post the weekly location for the training runs. We will be hosting a special training run September 9th at Phelps Grove Park. Breakfast will be prepared for all runners as a half way to the goal celebration treat. Come run, eat and visit. Will be a fun morning! The following week we will be hosting our annual picnic at Living Memorial Park near the Conservation Nature Center. Jeff Witt will be preparing his great entre’ and cookies. Bring your families and enjoy the park, food, prizes, and fellowship with your friends.

As previously written, the website is in great need of a face lift. The first rough out of the new website is fantastic. This should be up and running sooner than anticipated. Also we are reviewing the ROTY and Triple Crown programs. Expect some positive changes to these contests beginning next year. Deferral registration from Frisco has started. Please keep in mind that the registration deferral must be completed by April 1, 2018. All requirements have been met and “Run for the Ranch” has been approved by the City and University. December 30th is the date to run your loops for the half marathon, Marathon, 6 hour endurance and Marathon Relay. The Marathon Relay is gaining in popularity with many new catagories to be added this year. These will be announced soon. So run your half or marathon and then join your relay team. A great way to end the year.

OMRR is once again greatly involved in the Bass Pro fitness festival events. Volunteers are needed for Festival Weekend and Dogwood. We are in need of aid station, course, and food area volunteers. Assistance with marking the Dogwood Canyon Trail courses is needed also. Please contact Kris Bossert or myself should you be able to help.

And lastly: This issue requires the notification to the membership of the election of officers to your Board for 2018.

We will be looking to fill the Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer’s positions and well as three Board Members at Large. Please take a moment to consider who you might wish to be a board member and nominate this member as directed. It only takes a moment.

Lots of great local running events to support as we head into Fall. So that’s all for now! See you out there!


Message From The President - August 2017

It’s incredibly difficult to believe that the midpoint of summer and the OMRR year is upon us. It’s been a busy summer with many OMRR events completed and several events ahead. Be sure to attend the Springfield Cardinals Baseball Outing, August 5th and the last of the Poker Series August 18th.

Many great summer running events remain in August and Triathlon Season is in full swing. The events page lists our two remaining Summer Triple Crown races, “Hot n Hilly” and “Royal Ride and Run” as a must do.

#Sweatfest was a great success with your club able to make donations to the Strafford Cross country team and the Strafford School Foundation. Also an honorarium was granted to our staging partner “The Landmark Church”. The track meet, jointly sponsored with Fleet Feet was a tremendous success . Runners of all ages participated in the five events. Southwest Missouri was proven to have a fast group of future runners. We look forward to this event next year. The Recycle Run and Bass Pro Training Kick off encouraged over 200 runners to come out and play. Lali and Sara have worked hard to provide assistance to help you reach your goals.

Your Board did finalize most of the details for the “Double Down” and “417 Challenge”. We are currently negotiating with our vendors to secure the awards for both. One happy thought and change - Run for the Ranch 2017 will begin the 2018 “417 challenge”. Run for the Ranch will count toward both challenges. So earn your bragging rights and great awards.

Your Board is striving to keep you informed and add value to your membership. Emails will be periodically sent as updates and reminders in addition to the Running Briefs. We also will continue the facebook, Instagram and other social media outlets as before. The website will receive a new look and become more functional. This is a major undertaking and you should view the results within 6 months.

Lots of good stuff in this issue. Enjoy!

That’s all for now! See ya out there!


Message From the President - July 2017

Happy Independence Day!  Welcome to summer!

I want to take a paragraph to update you on the remaining signature OMRR events this year and Frisco.

#Sweatfest will be rocking Strafford from the Landmark Church, July 8th.  I also learned the monetary gift to the foundation purchased several pairs of glasses for these students.   We done good! Let’s do it again! 

Ok – so a couple of paragraphs! 

The City has approved the course for Run for the Ranch.  Lots of buzz toward the 4 person relay.  Look for new award categories and perhaps other interesting features. Registration for those with deferred entries into the 2018 Frisco Railroad Run has been delayed for a couple of weeks.  Registration should be available by July 15th and will be online only for deferral entries.  2018 will be the 10th anniversary and you may expect an awesome day on the trail. 

OMRR Bass Pro Fitness Festival Training Starts July 22nd at the Bass Pro Parking area.  Medals and shirts for other events will be available for your choice after your training run.  Those running Dogwood will be relieved to learn the trails are getting back in shape. Several additional entries are to be made available within the next few weeks for the 25k and 15k.  AND – We are still in need of additional Pacers for the Marathon fitness weekend.  No experience needed.  Free entry and swanky Pacers shirts for those who volunteer.

Dan will be holding the Poker Run July 6th at Burrell Lake. 

Many of us take vacations during the summer months and as runners we use these vacations to run races (because it just happened to be there- happy coincidence –etc.) that are out of the area.  The most unusual, shirt will win a gift card from one of our sponsors this month.

All for now!  See you out there!