CONCRETEMAN TRIATHLON (posted June 17th)

Jim McDermott won the 70-and-over age group (over three others) at Saturday's ConcreteMan Triathlon in Springfield.  Concreteman dates back to 1982, making it the oldest triathlon in Missouri, and probably among the oldest in the country, since In the sport of triathlon didn't originate until the early 1970s.

Jim did the sprint distance race, completing the 500-meter swim, 14-mile bike and 5K run in 1:27:20.  Here are his splits:

Swim:        18:15 
T-1:             1:58
Bike:          39:07  (19.9 miles per hour)
T-2:             2:01
Run:          26:01  
Finish:    1:27:20

Full results can be found here.

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RUN FOR THE HORSES 5K/10K RUN/WALK (posted June 17th)

The five-member Stolzenbach family was about to head home to Chicago after spending their vacation fishing and cycling at the Lake, when they decided to compete at the Run for the Horses 5K on Saturday in Linn Creek.  It was a fruitful decision, as they took five of the top six places in the race.  Oldest daughter, Julia, was the overall winner, in 23:00. Julia's dad, Stephen, and one of her two younger sisters, Evelyn, both finished in 23:38.

     
Overall winner Julia Stolzenbach (left photo) and men's winner Stephen Stolzenbach leading another daughter, Evelyn.

A total of 32 human runners and walkers turned out for the race.  Representing the four-legged participants from the rescue were Chuckles, a miniature horse, and Shazam, the first full-size horse to appear at Run for the Horses.

     

Full race results can be found here.

Many more photos can be found here.

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Quickie: The Race Across America bicycle race started this past Tuesday in Oceanside, California.  The solo racers started Tuesday; the relay teams start on Saturday.  Live tracking can be found here.   As of Friday evening, most of the solo racers are somewhere in Colorado.

The course route will again take the racers directly through the Lake area on Highway 54.  Also, the Signal gasoline station in Camdenton will again be a time station.  The racers and their support crews are not required to stop at a time station, but they often do.  The live tracking page will give you a good indication as to when the riders and their crews will arrive.

The leading solo rider typically arrives on Sunday or Monday. The relay teams start arriving around Tuesday.  The last of the relay teams should pass through on Thursday or Friday of next week.

If you should see a rider ahead of you while driving on Highway 54, please be careful and move over, if possible.  The racers and their support crews are often seriously sleep-deprived by time they reach the Lake area, and that can be dangerous--particularly at night. A friendly honk or wave is always appreciated.

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ROCK ISLAND ROAD RACE (updated June 13th)

Here are Saturday's race results: 15K 10K 5K

The race photos can be found here

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Other weekend races:

Mike Malone of Lake Ozark took second overall (of 51 competitors) in The Great Escape Triathlon's sprint distance race in Jefferson City on Sunday. Mike finished the 400-meter pool swim, 12-mile bike and 3.1-mile run in 1:10:28. He had the 8th fastest swim, the fastest bike split, and the 3rd fastest run. Full results are here.

The Cotter Bridge Ultra in Norfork, Arkansas is a modified version of its predecessor, the Arkansas Backyard Ultra Championship. Unlike conventional backyard ultras, the race offered four time options-- 24, 12, 6 and 1 hour--with the winners being determined by the fastest finish of those who make it to the final hour. Only one of the sixteen 24-hour competitors made it to the final hour, and won by default. The 12-hour race had 16 contenders reach the final hour, and 15 who dropped out early. The 6-hour race had 25 for the final hour, and 3 drop-outs. All told, there were 80 starters. Full results are here.

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CITY OF ELDON FIRECRACKER 5K RUN/WALK (posted June 13th)

The City of Eldon's Firecracker 5K Run/Walk will be held on Thursday, July 4th.  The race willl start at 7:30 a.m. at the Public Safety Building at 111 S. Oak St.   Race-day registration opens at 6:45 a.m.

The entry fee is $20 if you register by the pre-registration deadline of June 27th.   After that date, the fee is $25. T-shirts will only be provided to those who pre-register by June 27th. 

Click here for more information, and to register online.

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY 5K RUN/WALK (posted June 5th)


The Tri-County YMCA's seventh annual Christmas in July 5K Run/Walk will be held at the YMCA in Osage Beach on Saturday, July 20th. To beat the July heat, the race will start at 7:00 a.m., with race-day registration opening at 6:00 a.m.

The entry fee is $30 through June 30th, and $35 thereafter. T-shirts can only be guaranteed to those who register by June 30th.

Online registration is available here.

Click for a mail-in registration form with additional race details.

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