Quckie: At last Saturday's Cheese & Sauerkraut 10-Miler in Columbia, the cheese winner, Becky Hennessey, finished just two seconds over her predicted time of 1:50:00. The sauerkraut winner came in more than 13 minutes off of his predicted time. Click for the full results. The six-degree temperature hurt attendance, with only 27 participants at the starting line. That compares to 51 in 2012, when the temperature was a much more reasonable 41°.
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WEEKEND EVENTS FOR DECEMBER 14-15
Another tranche (a fancy word I first heard from our company's investment bankers around 1990, but never used) in the Christmas-themed 5Ks is on tap this coming weekend, including "Jingle Bell Runs", "Reindeer Runs", "Ugly Sweater Runs", etc., around the state. If you're suffering withdrawal symptoms from not racing, these links will help you quickly find a cure:
There are a number of trail runs going on this weekend. On Sunday in Tulsa is the Half & Half / Double Half Marathon. (Details below.)
The Alternate Chili Ten-Mile Trail Run is on Saturday in Kansas City, but the race is sold out.
What's billed as the toughest and most grueling race in the Midwest, the 7.8-mile Pere Marquette Endurance Trail Run in Grafton, Illinois (not far from St. Louis), is scheduled for Saturday. However, it, too, is sold out. In fact, all 700 slots sold out within 6 hours of registration opening on September 1st.
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HALF & HALF / DOUBLE HALF MARATHON (posted December 11th)
We want to wish local runners Todd Raney, Scott Page and Rob Kucsik good luck at Sunday's Half & Half / Double Half Marathon in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The race offers participants three options--a trail half marathon, a road half marathon, or a full marathon using the trail and road courses for the two half marathons. Online registration ends Wednesday evening, but on-site registration will be available race morning.
The current weather forecast for Sunday calls for clear skies with a morning low of 22 and an afternoon high of 44, and 10 mph winds.
Last year's race had 104 trail half finishers, 121 road half finishers, and 121 full finishers.
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GIVE 'EM THE BIRD 5K VIDEO (posted December 10th)
The Give 'Em The Bird 5K video is done, and can be viewed below in a small-screen size, or in a larger size (including a 720p high definition version) on YouTube.
By the way, work on the Bass Pro Shops Marathon video is well underway, and I'm hoping to complete it before Christmas.
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ELDON RECREATIONAL TRAIL (posted December 9th)
There's an excellent article in the December edition of the Lake of the Ozarks Business Journal (the article can be viewed online here) about the proposed recreational trail that would connect to Eldon. If the trail ever becomes reality, it would be a great alternative to driving all the way to Jefferson City to ride the Katy Trail. As with every public project, though, funding is and will continue to be the big issue.
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STATE SPENDING ON BICYCLING AND PEDESTRIAN PROJECTS (posted December 9th)
A major change in Missouri's transportation funding plans could mean big improvements for biking, hiking and walking in the state. In the past, bicycling and walking received none of MoDOT's budget since the Missouri Constitution didn't permit transportation funds to be spent on biking and walking facilities. (The only monies spent on bicycling and walking facilities came from the federal government.)
Last month, MoDOT proposed a 10-year, $8 billion Long-Range Transportation Plan that will go to the voters in November 2014. The plan embraces bicycling and walking as vital parts of the state's transportation system and, if approved, would allow MoDOT to fund projects to improve bicycling and walking. This is big news for cyclists and trail users.
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ULTRAMAX SPORTS 2014 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (posted December 8th)
Here are some notable changes from the 2013 schedule:
The Go Girl Run series of women-only half marathons and 5Ks has been spread out. In 2013, they were all held in May. For 2014, Springfield will be held in April, Columbia stays in May, and Kansas City moves to September.
The Bridge the Gap to Health Half Marathon, 10K & 5K in Quincy, Illinois, is a long established race, but Ultramax will be handling timing services and the race now appears on their schedule. The exact date hasn't been announced, but the 2013 race was held on Saturday, May 18th.
The St. Louis 5150 Triathlon, which replaced the Quartermax Triathlon when Ultramax was awarded a race in the Ironman 5150 series, is no longer a 5150 race, and reverts back to the Quartermax Triathlon. (The shorter Octomax Triathlon remains unchanged.)
Perhaps the biggest change is the addition/return of the TriSports.com Halfmax National Championship Triathlon, which will be held simultaneously with Quartermax and Octomax on June 28th. This half-iron distance race has had a bumpy history. It debuted at Innsbrook (25 miles west of St. Louis) in 2003 as the Halfmax Triathlon. When half-iron distance triathlons became popular in the mid 2000s, the race was changed to try to establish it as a national championship event, and was moved to Kansas City. It failed to gain the national attention and participation that was hoped for after the move to Kansas City, and was then moved on an annual rotating basis among Boulder City (Nevada), Oklahoma City, and Myrtle Beach (South Carolina). The last year for the race was 2012, when it attracted less than 200 participants and was held in Oklahoma City as part of the Redman Triathlon. The race was considered defunct, as no announcement was ever made regarding a 2013 event. In 2014, the race is being resurrected and returns to its Innsbrook origins, with "national championship" as part of its name.
Oops, missed another notable change. The AdventureMax Team Triathlon has been dropped for 2014. This would have been the race's fifth year. The adventure race that had been held simultaneously with the triathlon was dropped in 2012.
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CASTLEWOOD 8-HOUR ADVENTURE RACE (updated December 9th)
They were registered to compete, but the "Two Hiking Hillbillies" team of Tony and Renee Slack apparently never made it to the starting line at Saturday's (December 7th) Castlewood 8-Hour Adventure Race at Castlewood State Park west of St. Louis. This would have been the second go-round for them, after having finished the race in 2012.
It's just a guess, but the winter storm is probably to blame for their no-show at the race.
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ST. JUDE MEMPHIS MARATHON (posted December 2nd)
Friday, December 6th update: The event has been cancelled as a result of the winter storm. Here's the announcement.
We want to wish the best of luck to Sherrie Hamner of Camdenton as she heads to Memphis this weekend to run the St. Jude Memphis Marathon on Saturday (December 7th). This will be Sherrie's third St. Jude Marathon, after having completed it in 2010 and 2012. Like last year, Sherrie will be running with "TEAM LASH BRINK" teammate Shandi Brinkman of West Plains, Missouri.
Sherrie ran the White River Half Marathon in Cotter, Arkansas, on November 23rd and the Laker 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.
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HALF MARATHONS & LONGER RACES
HALF MARATHON, MARATHON & LONGER RACES
|Sep 1||Flatlanders 6/12 Hour Run||6/12 hours||Fenton, MO|
|Sep 2||Heart of America Marathon
|Sep 2||Run for History Half Marathon||5K, Half||Springfield|
|Sep 7||Saint to Saint Relay & Ultra Run
||41 miles||St. Robert|
|Sep 7||North Shore Trail Run||5K/10K, Half||Lawrence, KS|
|Sep 8||Broadway Bridge Run||5K/10K, Half||Kansas City|
|Sep 14||Azalea Half Marathon||5K/10K, Half||Nixa|
|Sep 14||Mark Twain 50/100||50 & 100 miles||Mark Twain Forest|
|Sep 21||Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival
|Sep 22||Salt City Run for the Rock||Half||Hutchinson, KS|
|Sep 28||Rock Bridge Revenge||7 miles, 25K||Columbia|
|Sep 28||Mercy Day Run||5K, Half||Fort Scott, KS|
|Sep 29||BAJA Half Marathon & 5K||5K, Half||Festus, MO|
|Sep 29||Konquer the Konza Trail Race||Race is sold out||Manhattan, KS|
|Oct 5||Panther Run||5K/10K/15K||Springfield|
|Oct 5||Run the Burg Half Marathon||5K/10K, Half||Warrensburg|
|Oct 5||Arkansas Traveller 100||100 miles||Perryville, AR|
|Oct 6||MO' Cowbell Marathon
||5K, Half & Marathon||St. Charles|
|Oct 13||Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race||5K/10K, Half||St. Louis|
|Oct 13||Mother Road Marathon||5K, Half & Marathon||Commerce, OK|
|Oct 19||Waddell & Reed Kansas City||5K, Half & Marathon||Kansas City|
|Oct 19||Lake Perry Rocks||5K, Half, 50K||Meriden, KS|
|Oct 19||HITS Running Festival||5K/10K, Half, Full||Oklahoma City, OK|
|Oct 20||Spirit of the Osage||20K, 50K||Chamois, MO|
|Oct 20||Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs||Race is sold out||Lampe, MO|
|Oct 27||Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis
||Half & Marathon||St. Louis|
|Oct 27||The Bison 50||50 miles||Topeka, KS|
|Nov 2||Ozark Trail 100||100 miles||Steelville, MO|
|Nov 3||Bass Pro Shops
||Half & Marathon||Springfield|
|Nov 3||St. Louis Half Marathon||5K, Half||St. Louis|
|Nov 9||KC15K||7K/15K||Kansas City|
|Nov 9||Pilgrim Pacer Run||5K/10K, Half, Full||Shawnee, KS|
|Nov 23||AdventureMax Springfield Trail Run
||10K, Half||Highlandville, MO
|Nov 23||White River Marathon for Kenya||Marathon||Cotter, AR|
|Nov 24||Route 66 Marathon||Half & Marathon||Tulsa, OK|
|Nov 24||Gobbler Grind Marathon
||Half & Marathon||Overland Park, KS|
|Dec 7||Cheese & Sauerkraut 10-Miler||10 miles||Columbia|
|Dec 7||St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend||Marathon/Half/5K||Memphis, TN|
|Dec 15||Half & Half / Double Half
Marathon--Todd Raney & Scott Page; Rob Kucsik (probable)
|Half & Marathon||Tulsa, OK|
|Dec 15||Fayetteville Half Marathon CANCELLED||Half & 5K||Fayetteville, AR|
|Dec 28||Operation Jack KC Run/Walk in the Snow||Half & Marathon||Shawnee Mission, KS|
|Dec 28||Run for the Ranch
Marathon--Todd Raney, Stacy Turner
|Half & Marathon||Springfield|
HALF MARATHON, MARATHON & LONGER RACES
|Jan 25||Winter Night Trail Marathon
|Feb 8||Psycho Wyco Run/Toto Run||50K, 20-mile& 10-mile trail runs||Kansas City, KS|
|Feb ??||Catch the Katy 30K||30K||Clinton, MO|
|Feb 15||Heart of the Ozarks||Half Marathon & 10K||West Plains, MO|
|Feb 23||The Cowtown
Todd Raney (50K); Pete Russo
|Fort Worth, TX|
|March 1||AdventureMax St. Louis Trail Run||Half Marathon & 10K||Innsbrook, MO|
|March 2||Little Rock Marathon||Marathon, Half & 10K||Little Rock, AR|
|March 15||Lucky 13.1 Half Marathon & 5K||Half Marathon & 5K||Peculiar, MO|
|March 15||Dublin's Pass ShamRox Run||15K & 5K||Springfield, MO|
|March ??||Sedalia Half Marathon||Half Marathon & 5K||Sedalia, MO|
|March ??||Highline Run for Scouting||Half Marathon & 5K||Springfield, MO|
|March ??||Forrest Gump Challenge||50 Miles, Marathon & Half||Reeds Spring, MO|
|April 6||GO! St. Louis||Marathon/Relay/Half||St. Louis, MO|
|April 12||Rock the Parkway||Half Marathon & 5K||Kansas City, MO|
|April 19||Go Girl Run--Springfield||Half Marathon & 5K||Springfield, MO|
|April 26||Run for the Children||Half Marathon & 5K||Eldon, MO|
|April 26||Garmin Marathon||Marathon/Half//5K||Olathe, KS|
|April ??||Kansas Half Marathon||Half Marathon & 5K||Lawrence, KS|
|April ??||Camp Barnabas Half||Half Marathon||Springfield, MO|
|April 26||Frisco Railroad Run||50 miles/50K/
Marathon/Half & 8K
|May 2-3||Outback in the Ozarks
Lake-area team(s) being formed
|200-mile team relay||Eureka Springs, AR|
|May 3||Trail to a Cure Ride/Run/Walk||Half Marathon, 10K & 5K||Rocheport, MO|
|May 4||Divas Half Marathon & 5K||Half Marathon & 5K||Branson, MO|
|May 10||Joplin Memorial Run||Half Marathon & 5K||Joplin, MO|
|May 10||Running with the Cows||Half Marathon & 5K||Bucyrus, KS|
|May ??||Bridge the Gap to Health||Half Marathon, 10K & 5K||Quincy, IL|
|May 24||Go Girl Run--Columbia||Half Marathon & 5K||Columbia, MO|
|May ??||Table Rock Half Marathon||Half Marathon & 5K||Branson, MO|
|June 7||Hospital Hill Run||Half Marathon, 10K & 5K||Kansas City, MO|
|June ??||Maryville Marathon||Marathon/Half/10K/5K||Maryville, MO|
|June ??||JC Green Giant||13 miles||Jefferson City, MO|
|June 29||Double Road Race||10K+5K||Overland Park, KS|
|July 12||Psycho Psummer Trail Run||50K, 20-mile, 10-mile||Kansas City, KS|
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