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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 - 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!


Message From the President - June 2017

President’s Message – June 2017

April Showers Bring May Shower’s – ENOUGH ALREADY!! ! 

As you have noticed, Southwest Missouri has received more than its fair share of rain this spring.  Washed out low areas and roads are being repaired quickly and the water is receding.  Stones and roots can be covered or loosened.  As always, please be careful out there.  Safety First!

All deferred entrants for the Frisco Railroad Run should be receiving instructions by the third week in June as to the registration procedures for the 2018 race.  If you will not be able to make use of your deferred entry, Frisco does allow the entry to be transferred to another for the same distance. Though weathered out and a bit of a revenue challenge, donations were approved for our charity partners.  Ozark Greenway’s - $1000, Willard Cross Country - $1000, Girls on the Run - $500 and Campbell UMC- $250.  Congratulations for helping to support these wonderful folks.

Many additional OMRR events are scheduled for June.  All Questions answered.  This is free to OMRR members.  The first Poker run, benefiting the Polk County Humane Society was held with the next Poker Run June 15th at the Burrell Lake benefiting the Cox North BASE Class.  A new event has been scheduled and will be co-sponsored by OMRR. This is TRACK NIGHT.  Should be a hoot and begin a great annual experience.  Tickets can be reserved now.  Contact Dan Well’s for details.

Lastly!  This is the perfect way to end your Independence Week celebration.  Please bring school supplies for the Strafford School Foundation.  The kids really need them.

That’s all for now!  Enjoy this active OMRR month!


Message From the President - May 2017


Good Morning OMRR!

Well, we had a bit of a hiccup. Cancellation was forced on The 9th Annual Frisco Railroad Run due to lightning and additional inclement weather conditions.  Details for accessing and registering for next year’s event should be messaged to participants within the next 30 days.  Number 10 promises to hold a special celebration.

Runners participating in the “Duel Challenge” will have been deemed to have run “Frisco” from their registration.  You will still need to complete Run for the Ranch to receive your challenge award. 

Cancellation did affect the long haul Triple Crown contest.  Another race will be chosen to substitute this year.

The Two Spring Triple Crown Races,  Also, the Ozarks Multisport Club will once again be hosting the Duathlon Series at Fellow Lake.  Your training team has created a tremendous schedule for any level of runner to be able to complete their goal event for Bass Pro’s Fitness Festival. The Kick off meeting will be announced soon. Lastly, May is the beginning of the Poker Run season - Four midweek events promising to keep you active and benefit local charities.

Lace em up and join in the challenges and fun.  Look forward to seeing you out there. 








Message From the President - April 2017


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Welcome OMRR Nation! ! ! !

We are quickly approaching April 29th – Frisco Railroad Run – the first of the Triple Crown Long Haul events. Beautiful spring flowers, chirping birds, and old bridges    The board has designated the 50k as the State Championship event.

Frisco will be the showcase of OMRR towards many out of area runners. 

All Frisco race finishers will receive a great “new look” medal, a commemorative shirt (if registered by April 10th), and additional Swag at packet pickup.  Winners of the door prizes and race entries will be posted at the tent and for the first time, “Wellness Concepts” will be providing postrace assistance.   The participants guide will be posted to the website soon.

As always, this race would not be possible without the help of our volunteers.  Please use the volunteer form on the Frisco Railroad Run website if you can help.

Don’t forget the other Spring Triple Crown events and be sure to post your results for ROTY.

Many great events occur this time of the year and April is to Half Marathons as March is to Basketball.  A good number of great events are posted throughout our region and state. Pick a few, lace em up, and tune up for Frisco!

See you out there!