Queeny Backyard Ultra: The race started Friaday morning at 10:00. Look for any updates at the race's Facebook page.

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ROCK ISLAND ROAD RACE (posted March 1st)

The opening of registration for this year's Rock Island Road Race (15K/10K/5K) in Eldon will be at noon on Friday, March 8th.  Discounts on entry fees to all races will be available to all comers on Friday and Saturday.  Prices go up on Sunday.

Race day is Saturday, June 8th.

Visit the race's Facebook page for more information.

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Tame the Dragon update: Gary Thompson is going soft. His first three Tame the Dragon rogaine courses (2020-2022) proved unbeatable. Last year's course was fully cleared by one two-man team consisting of Jeff Ryan and Jason Noakes, but that seemed to be a fluke. Certainly, Gary would seek revenge on the field by making this year's course especially unbeatable but, lo and behold, Jeff and Jason did it.  Gary's reputation as our local, diabolical Lazarus Lake is no more.  :(  

You owe it to yourself to check out the extraordinary custom artwork on display at Saturday's awards presentation. (I don't know if it went to the winners.)

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WEEKEND EVENTS FOR MARCH 2 - 3

We're racing again locally this weekend. The sixth annual, Dr. Seuss-themed Whobilation 5K Run/Walk takes place on Saturday at the YMCA in Osage Beach.  The run starts at 9:00 a.m., with race-day registration opening at 7:30 a.m.   Scroll down this column to the race's listing under "Upcoming Events" for more information.

The greatest four-legged endurance athletes in the world will be in Willow, Alaska on Sunday for the start of the 52nd annual, 975-mile Iditarod sled dog race. A ceremonial start takes place in Anchorage on Saturday.

Out of town races:

St. Louis and vicinity:   

Queeny Backyard Ultra (Ultrasignup page), starts Friday at 10:00 a.m. Participants we know: Cody Eubanks.  Winner gets a spot at Big Dog's Backyard Ultra.
Brain Bolt 5K, Creve Coeur Lake Park, Saturday
Run for Share 5K, Katy Trail, St. Charles, Saturday

Troy (Cuivre River State Park):

Quivering Quads Half Marathon & 8-Mile, Sunday (sold out)

Kansas City area: 

Time to Paddy 5K/10K and Lucky 13.1, Saturday
Fight for Air Climb, Sunday

Little Rock, Arkansas:

Little Rock Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K/10K, Sunday (all races are sold out)

Norfork, Arkansas: 

Ozark Highlands Endurance Run (50K & 21-mile), Saturday

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POLAR BEAR STRUT 5K RUN/WALK (updated February 28th)

Perfect running weather (low 40s, sunny skies and no wind) brought out a big crowd for the 23rd annual Polar Bear Strut 5K on Saturday.  A total of 84 runners and walkers participated in this year's race, a drop from 98 last year.  The event raised $4,856 for Special Olympics Missouri.

The starting line was moved to a different location for this year's race, resulting in a slightly longer course than in 2021-2023, when it measured about 2.8 miles.  It still appears to be somewhat shy of 3.1 miles. 

Tucker Seise finished in 17:07 and claimed his third overall Strut victory.  The women's race was won by first-time winner Jamie Johnston in 30:55.  (Only the results for the winners have been posted.)

   
Overall race winners Tucker Seise and Jamie Johnston.

The race photos are posted here.  

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ROCK 'N' ROLL LAS VEGAS HALF MARATHON, 10K & 5K (posted February 27th)

The above logo dates all the way back to 2012--the very last time that Lake-area runners competed at Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas.  That race was where Todd Raney, who now resides in Kansas City, first crossed a marathon finish line, before going on to finish 150+ more. (The marathon distance was dropped from Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas after the 2019 race.)

Seven of our local runners traveled to Las Vegas last weekend for this year's race.  Their results are shown below. 

ROCK 'N' ROLL LAS VEGAS HALF MARATHON
FEBRUARY 24-25, 2024
RESULTS FOR LAKE-AREA PARTICIPANTS
Name
Finish Time
Age Group
Age Group Place
HALF MARATHON:
Rob Kucsik
1:55:47
M50-54
119
Natasha Boettcher
2:08:35
F35-39
143
Dan Beck
2:56:49
N65-69
84
Stacy Roberts
2:56:50
M45-49
640
Scott Page
2:56:50
M50-54
520
Alysia Maschino
2:56:51
F45-49
563
Katie Roberts
2:56:51
F45-49
562
 
10K:
       
       
5K:
Natasha Boettcher
28:32
F35-39
23
       

Complete race results can be found here.

Scott Page passed along a photo of Natasha Boettcher with her 5K and half marathon finisher's medals.

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Other weekend race results (February 24 - 25):

In only its third year, and benefiting from little competition from other races, the Running from Yeti marathon, half marathon, 10K & 5K is becoming a big late-winter race in the Springfield area.  Saturday's race had 553 total finishers, up 6% from 523 last year, with the longer distance races more than making up for declines in the 5K and 10K.  Two Lake-area runners were among them.  Sixteen year-old Noah Orr of Camdenton ran the half, finishing in 1:58:26 and placing 7th (of 9) in the men's 15-19 age group.  In the 10K, Jeremy Zimmerman of Osage Beach took 5th overall (of 102 finishers), and won his 45-49 age group, with a 57:01 finish.

Results haven't yet been posted for Tame the Dragon or the remaining weekend races.

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Weekend race results (February 17 - 18):

The cold front and snow that moved in on Friday put a damper on some of the weekend races.     

The Flat Branch Ultra (50K) in Columbia had 25 finishers, 3 DNFs, and 16 no-shows. There were 26 finishers at the last race, held in 2022.

The Runnin' Against MS 5K in Columbia had 752 finishers, about the same as last year's 738.

In St. Louis, the Bootlegger 10K Trail Race at Creve Coeur Park on Sunday had 298 finishers.  That was a 23% drop from last year. 

The most unusual race results of the weekend came from the Joplin Road Runners' Run With the Wind 25K.  There were only 22 participants, and the top three overall finishers were all women.  Places four, five and six belonged to three geezers aged 71, 60 and 62, respectively.  (The 71 year-old was Henri Coeme, the winner of the 2021 Rock Island Road Race 15K. There were still more old-timers further down the list of finishers.

As it's always been, the Heart of the Ozarks Half Marathon, 10K and 5K in West Plains was a battle among younger runners--many of them being high school cross country runners.  Of the 88 half marathon finishers, 29, or 33%, were ages 15 to 18. You won't find another half marathon with such a high percentage of finishers in that age range.  (It also helps explain why West Plains High School's boys and girls cross country teams finished fifth and second, respectively, at the Missouri state championships last November.) 

Results for the Stonegrinder 7K Trail Race in Columbia and the Snowball Series 4-Miler in St. Louis, haven't yet reported their results.

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WHOBILATION 5K RUN/WALK (posted January 8th)


The Tri-County YMCA will hold its sixth annual Whobilation 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 2nd, at the YMCA's facility on Airport Rd. in Osage Beach.  The Dr. Suess-themed race will start at 9:00 a.m., with race-day registration opening at 7:30 a.m. 

The entry fee is $30 through the end of January, and $35 thereafter.

To be guaranteed a t-shirt on race day, you need to register by February 18th.

A mail-in registration form can be downloaded here

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CAMDENTON BANDS SHAMROCK SHUFFLE 5K (posted February 15th)

The Camdenton High School Pride of the Lake Marching Band (Facebook page) is holding a Shamrock Shuffle 5K on Saturday, March 9th. The run/walk starts at 9:00 a.m. at Bob Shore Stadium.  Race-day registration opens at 8:30 a.m.

The entry fee is $25 for those who register on or before March 4th.  On March 5th, the entry fee increases to $30. 

To be guaranteed a t-shirt on race day, register by Saturday, February 24th

Visit the event's RunSignup.com page for more information and to register. The event's Facebook page has more information as well.

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BRIDGE AND DAM 25K, HALF MARATHON, 10K & 5K (posted February 19th)

Registration is open for the 2024 Bridge and Dam 25K, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (Facebook page).  It will be held on Saturday, March 23rd, in Lake Ozark.  The race starts at 7:30 a.m.

The event is organized by the Lake of the Ozarks chapter of the non-profit Missouri Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

Online registration is available here.

Refer to the race website for much more information.

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