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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!

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!


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!