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Local Running Groups

Have you thought about starting to run or train for a race but the thought of weeks of training is intimidating? Or have you tried to start a training plan but gave up after three or four mornings of rolling over and hitting the snooze button? These are just some of the reasons you may want to consider joining a running group! We are very fortunate to have lots of running groups to choose from within Southwest Missouri - Morning. Evening. Short. Long. Slow. Fast. Weekend. Weekday. Click to find a listing of running groups in the area. If I missed a group, let me know via!

Fall Triple Crown Results

The results for the Fall Triple Crown have been calculated!  Below are the results:

1st Male - Ron Boyer
2nd Male - Pete Pyeatt
3rd Male - Allan Cibert

1st Female - Karen McKinnis
2nd Female - Christine Cornelius
3rd Female - Stephanie Davenport

Trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, places at the Annual OMRR Banquet in January.  The next Triple Crown event is the Run For The Ranch on December 27, which wraps up the Long Haul Triple Crown races!

Christmas Mile Gift Card Winner

After each Triple Crown event we randomly draw an OMRR member who finished the race and that person gets a gift card to a store of their choice.

The 3rd Fall Triple Crown was at the Christmas Mile. The winner for the gift card is Rod Philips!

Rodn can choose from Starbucks, Andy’s, Ultramax, Ridge Runner Sports, Panera, and Subway. Email to claim your gift card!

Remember - anyone can compete in Triple Crown race but only OMRR members are eligible to win the random gift card drawings

Team ROTY Information Needed

As we begin to wrap up the ROTY year, ROTY teams need to make sure they have the correct distribution of races. Letting you know now, so if you need a last minute race, you have until December 31 to find one. ROTY teams will also need to email the races they want to count to by January 17, 2015. We will calculate the standings after receiving the race data.

*Team ROTY (4 person team, any combination of age or gender; minimum 3 races per member)
Ultramarathon or Marathon - 1 race
Long Distance (Half Marathon up to Marathon) - 1 race
Medium Distance (8K up to Half Marathon) - 3 races
Short Distance (1 Mile up to 8K) - 7 races

*Married Couple ROTY (married male / female team; minimum 4 races per member)
Long Distance (Half Marathon up to Marathon) - 1 race
Medium Distance (8K up to Half Marathon) - 2 races
Short Distance (1 Mile up to 8K) - 5 races

*Parent - Child ROTY (one parent and one child team; minimum 3 races per member)
Any distance - 6 races

Christmas Party/Banquet

Christmas Party is Tuesday, December 2 at 6:00 pm on the OTC Springfield Campus in Lincoln Hall Room 211 - Campus Map.  

Individuals or teams of up to 4 people will bring a pot of chili. Individuals who are not bringing chili are asked to bring a side dish or dessert.  Beverages and dinnerware will be provided by the club. 

If you would like to make chili, please email

The Annual Awards Banquet and Potluck Dinenr for OMRR! Our event will be Jan 24th in the St. John’s (Mercy) C.H. “Chub” O’Reilly Cancer Center at 5 pm.

There will be a potluck dinner beginning at 6:00pm. All OMRR members and their families are welcome to attend and are asked to bring a favorite dish or treat to share. Beverages and dinnerware will be provided.

Call For Nominations!

Nominations for the OMRR Board of Directors, OMRR Hall of Fame, and the Gerald Glass Memorial Award for Mentorship will be accepted September through December 1, 2014.

Per the bylaws of the Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners is accepting nominations for the following board positions:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • At-large Members one, two and three.

These will be two year terms.

Qualifications for these positions are:

  • Officers - Member of OMRR in good standing for at least two years and a member of the Board for one year.
  • At-large members - Member of OMRR in good standing in the twelve months preceding the election.
  • Nominations must be in writing and include the nominee’s name, position being nominated for, nominating member’s name and signature. Members may not nominate themselves.

The remaining board members are Vice President Richard Leiboult, Treasurer Mike Baxter, and At-large members Brian Wright, Emm Foster, and Tiffany Tygart. These positions will come up for election at the 2016 annual banquet.

Please see the Guidelines for Nomination and Selection of the Hall of Fame for more information on Hall of Fame and Gerald Glass nominations.

Mail all nominations to OMRR, P.O. Box 10067, Springfield MO 65808-0067. All nominations must be post marked by December 1, 2014. Voting will take place at the annual banquet in January 2015.