Quickie: The 347-mile Heart of the South Road Race is looking like a nail-biter. Two competitors--one 25 years old, and the other 58--are both 30 miles from the finish line of the 347-mile race as of the last check-in. You can track the race here.  (Of the 54 who started the race 5-1/2 days ago, only 19 remain.)

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WEEKEND EVENTS FOR JUNE 22- 23

The heat and humidity will be stepped up another notch this coming weekend, so if you're planning to race, be prepared for a little extra sweating.

Temperatures in the 60s are expected for the very popular Grandma's Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K taking place in Duluth, Minnesota on Saturday.  However, those mild temperatures will likely be accompanied by showers and gusty winds, according to the latest forecast. One or more of our former Camdenton High School cross country runners may be competing. 

Elsewhere:

Springfield:

Raptor Run (5K), Friday evening

Ozark:

Duck Waddle 5K, Saturday

Kansas City area:

I Wanna Rock 5K, Saturday
Bookin' It for Zambia (5K), Peculiar, Saturday

Hermann:

Adam Puchta Winery Wine & Swine 5K, Saturday

St. Louis and vicinity:

Dark 2 Dawn Night Trail Run (10K/6-hour/9-hour options), St. Charles, starts Saturday evening
Sunset Hills Triathlon, Ballwin, Sunday
Hard Hat Hustle (5K), Creve Coeur Lake Park, Sunday

Duluth, Minnesota:

Grandma's Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K, Saturday

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Quickie: The Race Across America bicycle race started last Tuesday (June 11th) in Oceanside, California.  The solo racers started Tuesday; the relay teams started on Saturday (June 15th).  Live tracking can be found here.  

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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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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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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