Train for the health of it ... Race for the fun of it!

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!

Winter 2017 Triple Crown Results

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


1. Ron Boyer

2. Tom Cheffins

3. Gene Lund


1. Julia Witt

2. Christine Cornelius

3. Jazmine Landorf

Message From the President - March 2017

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Hey, Howdy and Hello OMRR Nation!

Seems the Ozarks has missed most of the colder winter environment and created some extremely nice running days.  I know many of you enjoyed the “38th” annual (not so polar) Polar Bear Run in Bolivar, Heart of the Ozarks Half and Run with the Wind; three of the longest tenured winter events and always a great experience. 

OMRR’s focus currently is to produce for you a tremendous “Frisco Railroad Run”!  Once again we will be providing all finishers with fantastic medals, door prize opportunities, and the hospitality tent at the trail head. OMRR members receive an entry discount.   To help this event flow smoothly we need lots of volunteers. Please consider volunteering before and/or after your race.

Dan Wells has worked hard on this year’s sponsored activities.  A movie night and arcade night will be included with the picnic and Springfield Cardinals baseball game.  This year’s activities have been placed on the Events page of the website as have the 2018 challenge races. Details are subject to change so please check this calendar often. 

Website maintenance caused a temporary problem with our ROTY and Membership Renewal portals not allowing you to renew your membership.  This has been corrected.  Please give it another attempt.  We don’t want to lose you as a member.

Jeff and Marryha Williams will become our ROTY coordinators and Ron Boyer will be working with Triple Crown.  Please direct your questions or concerns to them.

Emily Konrad correctly identified the most OMRR members in the February Bass Pro Fitness Series photo.  She has chosen a gift card from our new sponsor/partner “Fleet Feet” as her award.  This month correctly locate and identify 10 silhouettes, scattered throughout the newsletter.  Send an email to, subject “Silhouette”.  First member to find them and report them correctly wins a gift card.

There should be some fantastic running days in the weeks ahead.  Organized training runs, running groups, local races, regional races, and St Patrick’s themed races should make March an active month.

See you out there!


OMRR is Providing Pacers for the Bass Pro Marathon!

OMRR is going to provide pacers for the Bass Pro Marathon and Half Marathon again this year! This is going to be an application based selection process. If you would like to apply to be a pacer, please complete the attached Google Form and send a picture. Only current active OMRR members will be considered. Applications are due by March 1, 2017 and selections will be made by March 15, 2017. Any questions - email

 Bass Pro Pacers 2016

Message From The President - February 2017

President’s Message February 2017 

Greetings OMRR Nation!

This being the first of several messages over this year, I thought we would begin with the first events of the year and move forward.

Cabin Fever Reliever and the Resolution 5k were tremendous races once again.  Rogersville High School provides us with great facilities and personnel to host our runs.  Many 20k state records were broken and many personal records achieved.  Our charity partners,   Gathering Friends and Logan-Rogersville’s Cross Country Team provided many willing volunteers. Thanks to all who participated and Thanks to all who donated items for Gathering Friends.   This event will only grow in participation and prominence.

It was announced at our annual meeting,   Margaret Gates is this years “Hall of Fame” inductee.  Margaret is a longtime supporter of OMRR and truly an inspiration to us all.  Chris and Linda Revoir were recognized for the “Gerald Glass Award for Mentorship”.   Well deserved!   .  Once again our membership stepped up with many great pot luck favorites and deserts.  No reason for anyone to leave the meeting hungry.  You nominated and elected John Everett, Kris Bossert, Lali Tucker, Sandy Keith, and Sarah Ibbotson to the Board. 

So this is old Business.  What’s the new?

Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners is not a small, whimsical group of runners.  We boast a membership of 450 Runners, families and businesses dedicated to self-improvement, friendship, charity, and good health.  Our plan is to improve upon and continue our four signature running events as well as our summer series of seminars and charity runs starting with National Running Day.  The board is implementing a newly designed sponsor/partnership program.  The program is designed to encourage businesses and individuals to partner with OMRR improving the quality of our events and increasing contributions to OMRR’s charity partners.  OMRR donated over $16,500 to our Charity partners in 2016.  Running groups provide a great way to train and socialize with other runners.  Many within our membership enjoy working with new runners.  We will be supporting the beginners groups and Bass Pro Marathon Weekend training once again. 

Triple Crown and ROTY are continuing in 2017.   These programs create the friendly competition many of our members enjoy.  Be sure to support the Triple Crown races and record them for Runner of the Year.  Winners receive cash awards and /or recognition plaques at our annual business meeting.

The board has approved linking Cabin Fever Reliever, Frisco, #Sweatfest and Run for the Ranch as a challenge for 2018.  Details will be released soon.  All 2017 events will be listed in the “upcoming events” section of the website ( soon.  Check this calendar often for details and any changes.

Registration for Frisco is available online. The Willard community and Ozark Greenways have promised outstanding support for this exciting event. 

This is your club!  Feel free to contact any board member or myself with any questions or suggestions.  Your Board is dedicated to increasing the value of your membership and race entry dollar.

So!  That seems to be it for the first message


Within the Bass Pro Fitness Weekend ad appears a photo of the Marathon start.  Identify the many OMRR members.  Forward your research to:     Subject:  Bass Pro Photo no later than February 10th.    The member identifying the most OMRR members will receive a gift card.

Triple Crown Awards!

The final results for Triple Crown 2016 have been calculated!

Triple Crown 2016 AWARDS

Winter 2016 Awards

1st Male - Mike Baxter

2nd Male - Gene Lund

1st Female - Carissa Jones

Spring 2016 Awards

1st Male - Michael Patrick

2nd Male - Rod Pennington

3rd Male - Bryan Campbell

1st Female - Jazmine Landorf

2nd Female - Stephanie Davenport

3rd Female - Carissa Jones

Summer 2016 Awards

1st Male - Ron Boyer

2nd Male - Tom Cheffins

3rd Male - Michael Patrick

1st Female - Karen McKinnis

2nd Female - Julia Witt

3rd Female - Marisa Torp

Fall 2016 Awards

1st Male - John McSpadden

1st Female - Rosie Laughlin

2nd Female - Karen McKinnis

3rd Female - Pam Sailors

Long Haul 2016 Awards

1st Male - Ron Boyer

2nd Male - John Everett

1st Female - Karen McKinnis

2nd Female - Trina Wilcox

3rd Female - Katie Wohnoutka