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417 Area Running Groups

There are so many excellent reasons to run with a group: motivation, fun, safety, fun, encouragement, fun, inspiration, fun, and did I say FUN!?! We are very fortunate to have lots of running groups to choose from in Southwest Missouri. - Morning. Evening. Short. Long. Slow. Fast. Weekend. Weekday.  Many have a “no one left behind” practice.  Here is a listing of running groups in the area. If we missed a group, let us know via!

Message From The President - May 2016

Greetings my wonderful OMRR family!

I’m writing this a few days before Frisco and keeping my fingers crossed that the predicted rain will hold off until Sunday.  By the time you read it, Frisco will be over and done.  Over 500 runners will have joined us to raise money for Ozark Greenways, the Willard Cross Country team and the Girls On The Run program.  I owe all the OMRR board members and all the volunteers for this years event an extra special THANK YOU.  Now…to move onto a Summer of running fun and planning Run For The Ranch!

Bass Pro Training Kick Off is just a few weeks away!  Training kick off is on May 12 at 6:00PM at Uncle Bucks inside Bass Pro.  We will hand out training plans as well as discuss training tips.  The first training run will be July 16 at Bass Pro Shops on Campbell starting at 6:00AM.  We welcome all levels and paces to our training program.  Cost is $20 for non-members and for members it is included in the membership to OMRR. Bring your friends, family, and co-workers - it’s going to be a great training season!  If you would like more information or have questions, contact Mike & Lea (417-209-0124) or Chris & Linda (417-343-1869).  Make sure to  Sign up for training emails!

The newest OMRR event - #Sweatfest is almost done being planned and registration opened May 1.  This event will be on July 9, 2016 and will be a NIGHT race - that means lights are REQUIRED to run.  We will have a 2 mile, 5 mile, and 10 mile course.  All courses will be certified to enable runners to break state age records.  The 2 mile will begin at 8:00PM while the 5 mile and 10 mile will begin at 9:00PM.  Watch the OMRR Upcoming Events page for more information!

Dan Wells has several Poker Runs and Seminars planned.  The Pokers Runs are benefiting a variety of charities - the ones selected for this year are the Polk County Humane Society, Burrell Autism Center, Sammy’s Window, and ozarks Food Harvest.  The seminars are covering nutrition, training, beginning running, and motivation & good decision making.  All poker runs and seminars are now on the OMRR calendar and available as facebook events.

Dan has also reserved seats for the July 30th game where the Springfield Cardinals are playing the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.  The Naturals are the KC Royals Double A affiliate team - wear your Cardinal Red or Royal Blue and have a fun night with OMRR.  Family and friends are welcome to attend.  Ticket are $10 each and may be purchased through the link in the newsletter or at any of the Poker Runs or Seminars in the summer.  Tickets need to be purchased by July 16 and will be mailed to members the week of the game.

At the end of the Summer, OMRR will be taking our Annual Race Trip! This year OMRR will be invading the Rock Hall Half Marathon at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio.  Watch for more information on Facebook about this epic road trip! For more information on the race visit -

See you out on the road and trails!

Madame President

Upcoming events: May 2 to May 8

May 3, 2016 18:00 Foam Rolling Seminar in Sprinfield, MO

May 7, 2016 06:30 Cowbell Uncorked Off Road 100K Trail Relay in Augusta, MO

May 7, 2016 06:30 Lamar Rotary Run 2016 in Lamar, MO

May 7, 2016 07:00 Wolf Pride Band on the Run 5k walk / run in Reeds Spring, MO

May 7, 2016 07:00 Ozark JROTC Fitness Challenge in Ozark, MO

May 7, 2016 08:00 Running of the Squirrels in Marionville, MO

May 7, 2016 08:00 OneSolePurpose 5K/10K & 1 Mile Fun Run in SPRINGFIELD, MO

May 7, 2016 08:30 Freedom of Flight 5K on the Runway in Joplin, MO

May 7, 2016 09:00 21st Annual Bradleyville Scholarship Walk/Run in Brown Branch, MO

PR Corner - March 2016 Races

It’s PR-ty time!  When you enter race data into the site you can flag it as a PR.  Each month we will have a random gift card drawing - for every 10 PR’s entered into the race site we will give away 1 gift card. 

In March, we had 21 PR’s entered into the site - this means we are giving away 2 gift cards for those who got a PR in March.

The winners are Matt Myers (PR at ShamRox) and Trella Smith (PR at ShamRox and Highline Run For Scouting).

Way to go!!  Send an email to and let us know if you would like a Bass Pro, Panera, Ultramax, Subway, or Starbucks gift card.

For more information or to see the great accomplishments of our members, check out the PR Corner under the Programs menu.

Board of Directors - year 2016

We had great nominees for the OMRR Board of Directors and the vote was extremely tight for the directors at large (the choice of a vice president, a treasurer, and a secretary was a no-brainer).

Congratulation to those who were re-elected (Mike Baxter ) or elected (Rod pennington, Dee Blankenship Thomas, Dan Wells). The composition of the board for this year is:

President: Stephanie Davenport

Vice president: Richard Leiboult

Treasurer: Mary Miles

Secretary: Emm Foster

Directors at large: Chris Thomas, John Everett, Mike Baxter, Rod Pennington, Dan Wells, Dee Blankenship Thomas

Message From The President - January 2016

Greetings my wonderful OMRR family!

It seems like only yesterday that 2015 was beginning and now here we are ready to jump into 2016. We had an amazing turnout at Run For The Ranch - the gorgeous weather certainly was a blessing. I keep hearing compliments about the volunteers and how wonderful they were - I have to say that I am so proud to be part of a club with such enthusiastic members.

Frisco planning is starting to ramp up. We’ve made some changes based on last years feedback - the Ultramarathons will start very early (6:00AM), packet pickup will be smoother, and we are working with the Willard schools on having extra potties and extra parking. We will be celebrating the 25th birthday of Ozark Greenways at the event this year - its amazing to see the progress that has been made over the years.

The Annual Business Meeting and Banquet is coming up soon - the officer and member-at-large biographies are included in this months newsletter but will also be available at the meeting. Voting will take place at the meeting but mail in ballots will be accepted until January 10th.

We are now accepting payments for ROTY 2016. Keep in mind that ROTY runs on the calendar year (January 1 to December 31) so only races completed in that calendar year count. It’s a great program and its a great way to track PR’s and local athletes.

I’m looking forward to 2016! See you out on the road and trails!