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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 - February 2018

President’s Message

February 1, 2018

It’s Beginning to Look A-lot Like “Winter”!

January was an action packed month for OMRR. The Annual Business Meeting and Banquet was well attended with over 100 members joining in the food and fun. Dan Wells produced a great evening. The state of the club, member’s achievements and the future of OMRR was discussed. ROTY will remain ROTY ( Runners of the Year) under new rules and new awards ( discussed in this issue). Triple Crown and the PR corner will be maintained. You elected five new members to our board. Jerri Davis, Joy Weis, Jimmy Brooks, Mark Stephens, and Ron Boyer will join John Everett, VP, Lali Handwerker, Treasurer, Kris Bossert, Secretary, and Sandy Keith, Publications. Dean Casady was inducted into our Hall of Fame and Lali Handwerker is our Gerald Glass Award Recipient.

Cabin Fever Reliever and the Resolution 5k were a great success. Logan- Rogersville High School provided the venue for our traditional winter event. Many Missouri state records were recorded and submitted for acceptance. Feel free to contact Ron Boyer should you have any questions concerning these submissions.

Double down jackets have arrived. We will be posting the delivery instructions soon. In the meantime contact me to pick up your award.

Enough of the old – now for the new!

The new website should be up and running any day now. Should you have entered an event in ROTY, the event will need to be entered on the new website also.

Beginners group will be promoted and begin toward the middle of February. Beginner’s training is a fun way to meet the areas new runners and offer encouragement for their continued success; Also a possible way to rehab that nagging injury. Come run with us as you are able.


This is the 10th anniversary of the Frisco Railroad Run. Frisco desires to be the best event OMRR has ever produced. It is still under consideration as a state delegated event. Several colleges and universities will be using our half marathon course to qualify for their national competition. We promise great aid stations, great treats, great SWAG and a great time. Get excited! You do not want to miss this years “FRISCO”!

All for now. Winter running can be challenging but a great way to enhance your day. So put em on and go.

See you out there soon!


Message From the President - January 2018

It’ll Shine when it Shines!

Just not during the 18th annual ”Run for the Ranch” benefiting the Good Samaritan’s Boy’s Ranch. Those of you there, know what the conditions were before, during and after the event. For those that weren’t - there is no way to describe the day. Many have tried – all have failed! Many thanks to all of the participants, volunteers, Boy’s Ranch kids, and Board members who made this event such a success. Your efforts have generated several thousand dollars for our partner and beneficiary. Next year will be bigger and better – hopefully a little warmer.

2018 will be an exciting year for OMRR. Run for the Ranch began the 417 challenge. Currently, 452 participants and volunteers are eligible for this special challenge award. Remember all that is required is for a member to volunteer or participate in the four OMRR events.

The annual meeting is January 13th at Lincoln Hall on the OTC Campus. It is important to attend. Board members will be presenting much information concerning the direction of OMRR. Officers are elected, awards presented, the state of the club is addressed, entertainment , the new website will be introduced, old ROTY becomes new and food. Promises to be a great evening.

Cabin Fever Reliever, January 27th at the Logan Rogersville high school. Get out of the house and come run with your friends. 5k or 20k.

January is a great time to run in the Ozarks. Conditions change hourly. Dress appropriately, lace em up and be safe out there.

Enjoy your “Running Briefs”


Message From the President - December 2017

“It’s the most wonderful time of the Year”!

I have to agree! December is always full of surprises. Whether it’s the weather or the Season, December has something for everyone. Ya gotta love it. December offers many traditional 5k events, such as the local Reindeer Run and Christmas Mile/5k and many not so traditional trail runs throughout the area. Your Board will be presenting the 18th annual “Run for the Ranch” December 30th. Be sure to participate. This race ends the 2017 Double Down and begins the 417 challenge. Volunteers are eligible for the additional swag. You will need to give us your jacket size at packet pickup or at the event tent on race day. Jackets are available to try on. No jacket size will promote our best guess for you.

OMRR will host the annual Christmas party at Lincoln Hall on the OTC Campus, December 5th. The main course will be catered with desserts on you. Expect a few surprises and a great time as we continue the tradition.

Many of our friends have been nominated for positions on your board. The January “Running Briefs” will introduce our nominees and the election is held at the annual meeting January 13th. The annual meeting format will be changing a bit to expedite the awards process. Attend, eat, vote, pick up your award and enjoy visiting with your friends.

With 2017 almost behind us, 2018 is looking to be a remarkable OMRR year. Exciting changes to ROTY and Triple crown are soon to be announced, a new website presence is developing, OMRR trip is scheduled in April, we are discussing additional prizes for the 417 challenge, Frisco will hold the 10th anniversary, and much more to add value to your OMRR membership.

Many Thanks to all who have helped OMRR have a successful 2017.

Enjoy your “Running Briefs”!

Wishing you the best Christmas Ever!

See you out there!


Message From the President - November 2017

Nothing but fun!

November has to be the best running month of the year!  The weather is cooling, the countryside is coloring, and a multitude of great events are planned for you.

OMRR will be highly visible during the Bass Pro fitness events.  Many of our members will be serving at our aid stations during Fitness Weekend and Dogwood Canyon, and of course many of you will run. It’s never too late to enjoy this event.  Don’t forget the OMRR photo just before the start. 

Another Southwest Missouri and OMRR tradition falls on Thanksgiving with the “Turkey Trot”. 

Your board has approved several Changes to the Runner of the Year program beginning in 2018.  Help us determine a new name and join us in meeting the competitive challenges of the new program.  For our younger area runners and members, the age restriction for our half marathon event has been lowered from age16 to age 13. 

Nominations for the Hall of Fame and Gerald Glass Award are being accepted.  Board member nominations are being accepted also. 

So, I will leave it with you! 

See you out there!


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!