Words of occasional wisdom from Bruce Oakley

Salsa’s tale

Posted by boakley59 on September 4, 2020

NOTE: It seems I never hit publish on this in 2018. Beloved Salsa, RIP, May 9, 2018. I will soon add Dear Pepper, RIP, August 29, 2020. Forever in our hearts, Spice Dogs.

The key turns in the lock and the door swings open. “Daddy’s home,” Suzy calls from her desk and soon the tapping of claws on the kitchen floor signals my joyful welcome.

“How’s my pretty girl?” I ask as Salsa’s eyes shine up into mine and her tail flaps out the message that she’s just fine now that the house is full again. “Do we need to go tell the birds and squirrels Daddy’s back?” and she runs to the deck door to do her duty. I give Suzy a kiss and lift blind little Pepper from her nesting to join Salsa as Dad and dogs make our evening yard check.

For eight years in Batesville, that has been our daily renewal of family, and now it is held forever in family memory as Salsa has gone through another door ahead of me. She had not been able to keep food down for a few weeks and we found inoperable masses blocking her system. Rather than have her suffer wasting away into dehydration, I took her for one last round of her favorite haunts and pleasures; then Suzy and I held her close and scratched her ears as she went in peace.

Those ears! So soft, so befitting her gentle nature.

Bright eyes, windows to a gentle soul

Her bright eyes! So direct and unafraid to look right through you with grace and joy and forgiveness of human frailty. And the tail, ever in motion, a marker of energy and a call to action — one more adventure, one more game, one more good deed, one more moment loving life.

I tried to give her all of her favorite moments loving life on that last day, the proverbial “best of times, worst of times” so familiar to all with broken hearts.

My “pretty girl” had come to us years before at a time of distress and destruction. Suzy had found Salsa at the North Little Rock Animal Shelter while we were still mourning Mesa, a beautiful Lab/Chow/Corgi/Husky mix. Mesa had been given to Suzy as a weeks-old puppy, and we lost her to a wasting disease in her later years. We had then tried to rescue Tux, a sick little fellow who also proved beyond medical help. And Hurricane Katrina had formed and was about to hit stateside, so it was a time when thoughts went to rescue and companionship and needs.

Love from first sight to last light

Suzy says she knew at first sight Salsa belonged with us. That was a Friday in August, but we had to wait through the weekend to adopt. And there began Salsa’s tale. From the start, she was a morale officer, a comforter to our wounded hearts, a friend in our need.

She was about 9 months old when we got her, the vet said, apparently a mostly Manchester terrier mix, black and tan with white socks and loads of energy. We had a big split-level house and a big fenced back yard with lots of room to run. And how fitting that my pretty girl loved to run!

She would sprint any fence line with neighbor dogs. Inside, she would take a running start from our den and only touch one step of the seven as she leapt up to the hallway, ran into the bedroom to bound onto the bed, twist and race back down the hall to check on me still at the den. Sometimes she challenged me to run laps with her. Then I had to chase up the stairs so she could show her moves and swerve around me on her way back down. “Ha, Dad: I’m low; you’re too slow!”

Now and then she would scoop up her rope bone or stuffed squeaker toy on the run, hoping for a tug of war in between laps.

In time, the games and duties changed. The next house had no stairs and a shorter hall, but the race still went on to the bed and back through tighter turns. Eventually, Salsa’s joints protested the leap to the bed, but we could still play “flop left, flop right, rub belly” before tucking in for the evening. Always the bright eyes and the perpetual motion tail, always the devoted heart.

“Guardian of the Realm” alert at launch post 1!

In Batesville, besides her job as official welcoming committee, she was “Guardian of the Realm.” She had a special bark when trucks, trains, or bicycles passed within hearing and she diligently patrolled against birds and squirrels out back. A squirrel on the deck railing could count on a spirited chase to the tree in the back yard, with Salsa taking a flying leap from the deck to the grass 4 feet below.

Salsa never caught the squirrels and never figured out that they went up the tree trunk, either. I guess her head wasn’t in the clouds; she was strictly down-to-earth. She did manage to earn an alternate title as “Bug Hunter,” trying to clear the house of the occasional fly, moth, or mosquito. She was entirely unforgiving of snakes.

And stay off! Stupid squirrels.

She must have had riverside heritage in her blood, because she loved rainy days and splashing about in soggy grass. She rumbled her own challenge to the thunder, but fidgeted to be let out in a drizzle.

I say she had a special bark and I did learn to translate “Bark” for Suzy (in two dialects with Pepper’s idiosyncrasies). Salsa learned many of our words, too, and particularly enjoyed howling “Out! Out! Out!” when she needed a potty break or exercise — or a dance in the rain.

“Want to go for a walk?”

“Out! Out! Out!” The tail whipped impatiently as she headed for the bin where leash and harness are kept.


“Out! Out! Out!”

She knew “outside, walk, out, eat, snack, potty, couch, bed, Mama, Daddy.” “Ride, Nanny, birds and squirrels, train” were familiar too. And Suzy did her part spoiling our princess, teasing that “I did not say I was going to give you a belly rub.” Salsa would immediately flop on her side and raise her front paws to make way for gentle handling.

She heard us; she knew what we meant; she tried to do what we needed. That included trying to help with Pepper’s potty training by growling when Pepper squatted inside or alerting us when it was their time to go outside.

And Salsa could get an idea across with a look and a leap, too. We took our girls to the Chase Race and Paws in Conway when I got back into road racing. We two-legged folk run a two-mile race, then can pair up with our leashed friends for a mile.

They let us run, AND they give us trophies!

Salsa and I finished top 10 three years running. We didn’t know how she would handle it the first time because we didn’t run with her much on the leash at all. I had a long leash so she could run mostly free but I worried about fire hydrants and rival dogs leading to abrupt stops along the way. Suzy had Pepper on a short leash, waiting beside a large German shepherd for “Go!”

Salsa and I took off and she proved a good navigator, weaving through the leashes and around the other pairs. I have an image of her looking back and bounding off as if to say, “C’mon Dad!” and I’m pretty sure she gave the other dogs a look as we moved to the front that meant “Hah! My two-leg is faster than yours!” Meanwhile Pepper took about three steps and planted her feet worried about being trampled in the crowd of bigger critters. Suzy had arm cramps from carrying her most of the way and that was the end of Pepper’s racing. Salsa got a top 10 trophy: I was happy that in our house, the dog can run a 7-minute mile too.

Does this thing go any faster?

The next year, Salsa was ready to go and Dad had gotten with the program. We got closer to a 6-minute mile with two-leg in better shape, but we had a challenge as a younger fellow and his dog came alongside us near the finish. Salsa worked pretty hard sprinting with me and we went neck-and-neck until the other dog had an “Oh, look, bubbles!” moment and came to a dead stop yards before the line! Trophy number two.

We raced one more year but age was starting to gain on us. Our walks at home were not enough to keep Salsa in shape for that kind of run. This time she stopped at three-quarters and looked at me: “This is the water station, right?” (It was; I brought water.) Then on we went and the last hundred yards we again had competition. Salsa looked, listened and lit out: “OK, Dad, I’ll do this for you.” One last trophy.

She was my buddy, running in races or rumbling at thunder, waiting for a walk or warning away a squirrel.

Peace and love. RIP, Salsa 5/9/2018

Salsa saved me from depression and fear of uselessness when I was couch-bound with my last Crohn’s disease flareup when she was new to us. Suzy was off to work; I was feeble with no duties that I could manage or interests that I could indulge. I was a shell, doing nothing but rebuilding myself — except I also had Salsa, who gave me both friendship and responsibility. Small as the job was, tending her gave me “other-focus,” preventing the collapse of the shell.

Now, years later, I am rebuilt but there is a new hollow spot. The house is a little too quiet as I step through the door at night. There should be claws tapping.

The Landers is a little lonelier when I clean there. Isn’t that strange? I never had Salsa with me working, but I feel an absence.

We feed Pepper but there’s a bowl missing in their corner.I became well tending to Salsa; it is well with me still as I tend her memory.

Rest well, my friend. That was a glorious run!


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Dress reversal

Posted by boakley59 on February 9, 2017

If I were a woman, here’s the fashion advice I would be offering these days:

We dressed like women,

Women suffragists marching on Pennsylvania Avenue led by Mrs. Richard Coke Burleson (center on horseback); U.S. Capitol in background. (Library of Congress)

and you said we were too emotionally unstable to vote.

Nevertheless, we persisted.

And we marched until you yielded the franchise.

We dressed like women,

and long years later, we marched again.

You said we should have voted, and that your numbers were greater (photo evidence notwithstanding).

Nevertheless, we persisted.

Women's March on Washington (32593123745)
We dressed like women,

and you said we made you irresistibly aroused.

Nevertheless, we persisted, and testified and sent you to jail when we could.


We dressed like women,

and you said we didn’t deserve equal pay because we interrupted work for child-rearing.

Nevertheless, we persisted, often putting you through school because you couldn’t work and raise children at the same time.


We dressed like women,

and you said impregnated women couldn’t get chosen medical care.

Nevertheless, we persisted.

We sued and men dressed like women, in black, said we had a right to such care.

We dressed like women,

and you said no matter who was wearing wedding rings, you could grope us.

Nevertheless, we persisted.

When we spoke up for “family values” and against groping, you said you didn’t want ones like us anyway.

We dressed like women,

Girls from MHamid (2357918553)

and you said we were hiding terrorist faces trying to sneak into the country.

Nevertheless, we persisted.

Men dressed like women, in black, stopped your exclusions.

We dressed like women,

and you said we couldn’t read a letter from a murdered black man’s wife that said a white man who perpetuated racial injustice was unqualified for a leading justice role.

Nevertheless, we persisted.


Elizabeth Warren

We dressed like women,

and you said pregnant women now may have to get your permission for that medical care we fought for and won so long ago.

Nevertheless, we persist.

So, dressed like women,

mommies in particular,

we offer this fashion advice:

Hurry up and grow out of your diaper.


And please change your sheets.

KKK night rally in Chicago c1920 cph.3b12355
Because we have always dressed like women,

And we are legion. However you stack the deck against us, nevertheless, we persist!

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Value family

Posted by boakley59 on January 30, 2017

The challenge in stopping a jerk, a bully, a monster is in not becoming one yourself. The difficulty in an “Us or Them” conflict is that “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”

It’s easy to defeat even presumably superior force with force if you have any means (see Revolution: American, ca. 1770s; War: Vietnam, ca. 1960s-70s), if you are willing to adopt the inhumanity with which you are being attacked.

Gandhi solved the problem through extreme nonviolence, relentlessly turning the other cheek until the cruel saw themselves as the monsters they were. Martin Luther King deployed an aggressive strategy of mass peaceful resistance — a collective shout, impossible to ignore, that “we are here; our lives matter.” Their followers paid a high price and they themselves paid the ultimate price — and their work remains undone. Indeed, these days their work is being undone.

Lament with me that we have seen this all before and yet there are some so blind that they will not see.

The thought of defeating force with force, violence with violence, brings me to deepest sorrow; my will to violence only arises in desolate anger, when I don’t care who if any may live or die. I try not to go there and to get out if I do have a foot in that door.

Instead, I will be marching when and where I can; I will be pleading here for a broader community, a bigger house undivided.

Over the years marginalization has been justified through appeal to “family values” and nowadays the attack is from the other end with rejection of “identity politics.” Used to be “they” didn’t deserve to be treated fairly, now “they” are being unfair pointing out they’ve been mistreated.

And here is where I take my stand, because “family” and “identity” mean something more to me than the narrow usage of the domineer.

I am the adopted son of parents who have no offspring. I have an adopted sibling with whom I share no biological parentage. I have a son whose mother and I divorced, so that I missed his middle school years but his stepmother and I shepherded him through high school. He is an enrolled Rosebud Sioux through his mother’s line. He lives with his girlfriend and her son.

My mother used to joke that I was her “little Jewish boy” because of my build, coloring and facial characteristics, but she raised me Catholic: grade school, high school and university. She grew up Protestant, Methodist I think, in Virginia poverty in the Allegheny Mountains, but converted to marry into my father’s Irish and German family, Depression-era shopkeepers in the industrial Northeast Great Lakes area.

My collegiate prep high school and my prominent university gave me a strong grounding in Catholic doctrine, in math and science, and in literature. I began college as a chemistry major but my degree is in English. I became an atheist at college, but nuns, priests, chaplains, and pastors have always been in my circle of friends.

(I’ve written about this before, and I probably said it better back then, so visit See, I don’t fit in for more.)

The upshot is that there is only one family value: Love others. That makes us all family. So watch where you direct your threats: We defend our families.

Be sure you understand identity. In math, identity is an expression of unity, not separation. Two expressions are an identity if they evaluate to the same: Two plus two equals four. “Black Lives Matter” is a reminder that “All Lives Matter” not a claim that some don’t. The identity here is “black lives are lives.” The point is that labels are superficial indicators of identity.

Am I Jewish? My mother joked about it, but in truth, I have no information on my sire and dam, so my genes may very well support that identity. I presumably am a bastard, though married couples do give up children, too, so maybe not. I am not Christian, but until I point that out or do not join in worship, I suspect few Christians would see my behavior as alien to their culture. I’m a Yankee in the South. I’m on disability but I coach running.

When you put on a white sheet, when you close the borders, when you burn mosques, you attack my family. You challenge my identity. You are a monster and I will call on my family to stop you. We will not become you.

Our family is not just one man, one woman, and children. Our family has many faces — Jewish, Christian, atheist, Yankee, Sioux, married, divorced, single, degreed, disabled, rich, poor, artistic, scientific, kind (for all those different labels, in fact just one kind) — and we love each other.

So say all of us.

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Mexican sendoff

Posted by boakley59 on January 10, 2017

I fear I will have a hard time finding places to eat under the new administration. See, we eat weekly at a Mexican restaurant and regularly enough at a second Mexican restaurant with a great fish tacos special.

But now I have been assured by our fearful leadership (isn’t it supposed to be fearless leaders?) that Mexican immigrants are illegal in the first place and wicked to boot. The sharpest tacks in the pack tell us that the only ones who come here are the drug crooks and the rapists fleeing the law in their homeland. Paradoxically, it seems these are only the incompetent drug types who aren’t living high (so to speak) but instead must disguise themselves as dirt-poor vagabonds to sneak over the border to then take our most precarious low-paying jobs all while stealing from our support programs. It’s all take, take, take with them, we are told, and they are a menace.

I see it now, I suppose: I go to the restaurant, they take my order. I eat and they take my plate. Then they take my money and pretty soon I’m asleep and can’t work and my wallet is lighter. I’ll bet their evil cousins probably took the vegetables right out of our rich nurturing soil and probably didn’t pay taxes on their slave wage but ran to the emergency room for free care with expensive subsidized medicine at the first sign of a broken back.

Over the top? Of course it is — I know it and you know it. Yet these are the openly declared elements of the narrative that is to drive change in our immigration policy. Similarly twisted lies paint as terrorist secret agents those refugees, particularly Muslims, fleeing war in their homelands. Again, it’s a profoundly incompetent secret agent who must disguise himself as a dirt-poor refugee of no standing who must petition a ponderous bureaucracy for minimal shelter and food in order somehow to have a chance to then amputate the hand that would feed him.

But you know that too. You pass the lies to support your fear and validate your selfish cruelty.

The truth is these are your neighbors, already here; these are our invitees, “tired, poor, hungry, yearning to breathe free.” No, we can’t help them all, but neither can our response be “no room at the inn” and “you’re enemy evildoers.”

Because it’s not true that these people are draining our reserves; they don’t get benefits. It’s not true that they’re stealing jobs; they’re being exploited getting a pittance without rights or protections at jobs their hosts won’t take. It’s not true that they’re warriors, crooks, spies.

It’s not true that you even know who they are: If I understand correctly, the “Mexican” restaurants I mentioned are actually run and staffed by a mix of Mexicans and Central Americans. You can’t tell by looking at someone or listening to their Spanish — or Portuguese — whether they’re undocumented. And you can’t be sure if a woman in headgear is a Muslim, let alone whether anyone so identified is bent on destruction.

The Mexicans I meet and know work hard, love their children, and do good. The hardest worker on the high school cross country team, Mexican heritage, played a heavy family role at home when his mother was sick. He contributed to the team and took care of family, a dutiful son we can all see and understand. He joked about having to leave the country after the election. Does his family have their papers? Not really funny, because the blanket condemnation of “his kind” does not grant the presumption of innocence — including that they are not immigrants but natives.

Are the Mexicans learning the language at the local literacy organization I support — so they can enjoy and help more fully their community — going to be the first suspects to be rounded up? If Mexicans come to the county fair where I help, do I point them out to security if I have to show them the ride ticket prices in Spanish? Are they helping or hurting the economy spending hundreds of dollars treating their children to a carnival one night or one week a year?

Have I just been lucky so far not to have seen the inherent evil in “these people”?

The cross country team a couple of years ago had another hard worker, gentle soul, dedicated teammate. An observant Muslim, he followed the fast during Ramadan and would not even drink water before sundown. In Arkansas late summer heat and humidity, he held to his faith without shirking his commitment to his public school team. Am I to suspect this was toughening himself for a terrorist mission someday? Again, not an immigrant, but still would be smeared with the “they’re all that way” brush.

This is the corner we paint ourselves into by accepting false narratives for political expedience. We find villains to blame for problems we imagine. Now we have leaders ready to burn the bedroom to save us from the monsters under the bed that they suggested to childish minds. What do we do when they come with the flamethrowers?

It is ironic to be telling stories to ask people to reject false stories, but those who fear monsters under the bed aren’t impressed by the truth about the room: the locks on the doors, the absence of monster footprints, the lamp beside the bed. So, we must make them see their neighbors, friends, and even kinfolk in their target zone. They must see that bigotry is ultimately self-hatred. We are more alike than we are different.

The stories I tell above are biographies; these are real people, real targets, real victims of the bigotry we are told to unleash to resolve problems that don’t exist. Immigrants are ineligible for the funds they are said to be draining; they do not steal jobs and undercut the economy but in fact are exploited by the captains of business lining their own already-subsidized pockets; they are desperate, fleeing criminals and terrorists rather than being them.

The United States spends about half of the money spent in the world on military power, and that dwarfs all the rest of our spending. If we have a financial drain, it’s not anything to do with a few people in rags walking across our desert border to siphon our riches. They can’t get at enough money to make that difference. And we average 10 equivalents of 9/11 in gun deaths every year, so any problem of sneaky ragamuffins trying to establish a terror base is dwarfed by our existing “guns don’t kill people” death spiral.

Tackling problems by going after the Mexicans? You’re going after my friends. Muslims? The ones I know are good people. When you come for them with your lies, you come for me. And we resist your purge.

Recognize wisdom from another wartime: We have met the enemy, and they is us. We are one, or we are none.

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Ladies, first

Posted by boakley59 on December 11, 2016

I am confused about women. We laugh that this is the basic condition of the male of the species, but the recent unpleasantness has brought this to a more disturbing level.

We have been assured by our next leader that women are putty (damn autocorrect!) in the hands of men, at least men who are stars, and that there are pretty much two kinds of women to notice: Those who look hot but are totally cool with being putty and those who look hot but are chill enough to allow themselves to be putty. Marital status of putty or putter is irrelevant. When one woman spoke up about not being cool or chill, but added that she was hot with anger when he bothered her, he did allow that there is a third kind of woman. That third kind is the liars who don’t meet his apparently universal standard of beauty to make them worthy of groping in the first place.

So, now I have a problem. Some women I know have been vigorous on Facebook in support of our star putter for telling it like it is and further pushing this country on the right (well, far right) path. How do I greet such women when back in meatspace with them again? If I don’t grope immediately, am I insulting their appearance? Signalling that they are too old, too fat, too thin, too unattractive? Am I suggesting that they are too cantankerous, not chill as a worthy woman should be? Or am I short-changing myself, perhaps undermining my own status by not assuming star privilege?

If I don’t grope like we are told a star would, will the women I coach every year in the beginner’s running clinic take me seriously as an authority? Will they know to trust my advice if I’m not confident in myself enough to reach out to them?

And if I happen to think there are more kinds of women than those three, should I reassure any I meet that not groping them in no way reflects negatively on their attractiveness or personality or my own level of confidence? More important, should I reassure them that not all men live out or permit “locker room talk”?

I’ve been in locker rooms and they are most certainly not meat inspector-free zones. “Nice pair,” “Hoover action,” “your mama so …” Penis assessment away from the counselors at youth church camps. Boys being boys. College friends of mine used to gather at a bar and laugh about the “Wuw,” the world’s ugliest practitioner of the world’s oldest profession. I didn’t join in, but I didn’t stop them either. I did once write about it where they and all the university community could see. They may have backed off a little, at least when I was around. So, talk happens. But it’s NOT acceptable. It certainly shouldn’t escape (or in fact survive) the closed spaces. It MUST NOT BE ALLOWED to be a call to action or a point of pride!

Do I need to assure the mothers of the high school girls (young, healthy, happy — in the simplest sense naturally attractive) I help coach that I will not impose myself on their daughters, nor do anything that intrudes on their own marriage? Do I tell the boys I help coach not to try to be a certain kind of “presidential,” or even a certain kind of “star”?

Should I meet the next president, do I immediately tell him my wife is not to be groped? If I do, will he look at her and say she’s hot and I am not powerful enough to stop him and his security team? Will he look at her and say she’s not hot enough for him to bother and he’s sorry I’m not star enough to have done better? Will he look at me and say, “That was just some talk to help me get elected and of course I’m not that way now that I am married for the third time”?

I asked a fairly ordinary, nice older lady whether I should ask women any of these questions so that they wouldn’t be insulted by my behavior or lack of it, and she said I certainly should not even bring the topic up — it obviously isn’t fit for public consumption! (We don’t have irony here in this town.) She did allow as how it was mighty suspicious that “those women” waited 10 years to complain about a putty press. The cop show on in the background had a prosecutor begging a rape accuser to testify despite fear of the suspect’s power, wealth and position. (The local cable provider doesn’t carry an irony channel, either.)

Yes, ladies, we have problems. We men do like to look at you and touch you, and most of us limit ourselves to one. We don’t generally like other men to look at and touch those of you in our circles of influence. You like to be looked at and touched, mostly limited to one, and not any and everyman. You generally don’t like other women to be looked at and touched by the men in your circle of influence.

But beauty and propriety are fluid concepts: Years ago in hospital post-operative recovery, a friend brought the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue thinking it would be pleasant viewing to cheer me up. Suzy made him take it away as smut. I rested in the middle. We’ve been at this a long time: In the ’80s (late ’70s?) I worked at a newspaper where a young sports columnist wrote a “Welcome girls!” piece celebrating the midwinter arrival of that year’s sunny edition, and one of the women I worked with on the copy desk was upset because it was instead an exploitive, non-athletic photo album. Back then, I pointed out that after all women were doing the posing and showing of skin.

I’ve changed (matured?) some since and figure it’s allowable to be beautiful and desirable — but it’s quite reasonable to be offended by leering or groping or the sight of skin. We have to work out the personal boundaries among ourselves, but there are some lines we ought to draw in open space.

“Locker room talk” and “boys will be boys” are NOT acceptable, particularly to the extent of “you know you really want me to grope you” or “please don’t interrupt his promising athletic career just because he raped some woman.” Women’s lives matter — no, that doesn’t mean men’s lives don’t! It means “Also,” not “Only.”

“Slut shaming” and “she was asking for it” by the way she dressed or drank are also NOT acceptable. Sure, if you’re not part of the floor show, a bikini in a fine restaurant is not appropriate, but it is no more an invitation to assault than having a penis is a permit for assault.

I guess that brings us about where we started: I am confused about women. Natural, really, because there’s a lot of living packed into our relationships and they aren’t simple. On the other hand, a lot of the confusion goes away once we admit that our relationships are with persons, not stuffed skin trophies.

Ladies, some of you appeal to my eyes, some to my mind, some to my emotions. I am pledged to one of you. I was once pledged to another who still feeds memories of love and regret. Some of you do not appeal to me, in those same aspects. Be that as it may, I do not presume open access to your person or even clearance to air my thoughts about your person, whether in a locker room, at the water cooler or over the gossip fence. I am a lucky husband and many of you have lucky husbands as well, and that is integral rather than irrelevant to our relationship.

At one time, I thought it “need not be said” that I am not out to grope you, but — our next leader be damned — times have changed.

Basic human decency, common courtesy, even much-mocked political correctness are not signs of weakness. Indeed, all of those actually demand that we stand up to bullying pigs.

With your permission, I will accompany you as we navigate these newly mean streets.

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2012 Magic Miles compilation

Posted by boakley59 on May 8, 2012

UPDATE 9/29/2012: First Magic Mile at the Batesville high track for two new runners Suzy is coaching:
Teri T: 16:40 with laps of 3:40, 4:18, 4:32, 4:10
Debbie S: 14:05 with laps of 3:28, 3:19, 3:39, 3:39

I have combined the results from the three Women Run Arkansas Magic Miles at the Batesville High track. Runners are listed alphabetically and you can compare your times from mile to mile. Click for the full results in order of finish for March 22, April 12, May 8.

NAME CITY Age Mar 22 Apr 12 May 08
Marian Austin Batesville AR 34 10:47.8 10:33.1
Janie Barber Batesville AR 58 12:07.0 10:39.9
Amber Bass Batesville AR 34 9:59.9
Stephanie Baxter Batesville AR 35 10:22.4 9:28.5
Courtney Beal Batesville AR 31 13:40.6 12:06.9 10:40.6
Cindy Beard Batesville AR 60 16:25.5 15:11.0
Camille Beary Batesville AR 56 13:08.3 13:07.5
Abigail Bordelon Batesville AR 8 15:57.9
Amelia Bowman Batesville AR 22 9:19.3 8:18.6
Cassie Bradley Cave City AR 21 12:06.6 10:46.9 10:24.6
Marilyn Brewer Batesville AR 60 11:07.4
Penny Burton Cherokee Village AR 40 14:12.0 13:52.1
Brooke Carter Batesville AR 30 12:03.2 10:25.4
Stacey Ccossey Batesville AR 42 15:27.7 16:41.8
Caliene Coop Batesville AR 75 12:16.1
Mary Cox Batesville AR 25 12:06.7 10:28.1
Kristen Cross Batesville AR 37 11:48.7 10:46.3 10:22.5
Linda Dale Batesville AR 65 9:15.2
Amanda Dickey Batesville AR 32 14:29.7 14:07.7
Dana Dowell Batesville AR 42 11:09.1 10:10.1 9:37.9
Lisa Drake Batesville AR 41 9:44.4
Maisie Duncan Locust Grove AR 27 9:08.8 8:20.0
Donna England Locust Grove AR 53 13:59.1 14:21.2
Courtney Faircloth Batesville AR 24 11:12.1
Shelley Garrett Desha AR 46 9:03.7 8:38.9
Laura Garrett Batesville AR 30 13:12.5 12:45.9
Emmie Gregory Batesville AR 14 14:40.4
Diane Gschwandegger Batesville AR 40 10:56.4 10:45.3 9:38.0
Dana Gunther Cushman AR 28 13:26.2
Erin Hays Pleasant Plains AR 28 8:00.9 7:38.0 7:43.9
Joy Hodge Batesville AR 60 16:14.6
Jessica Hogue Sulphur Rock AR 30 10:46.5 10:28.8
Autumn Hunter Rosie AR 39 14:04.1 12:51.5
Miranda Insell Batesville AR 32 12:22.7 10:27.1
Cora Jackson Batesville AR 68 15:08.1
Shelley Johnson Batesville AR 44 13:21.2 12:21.7
Heather Keirn Rosie AR 33 12:25.5
Morgan Keller Batesville AR 7 12:32.3
Blythe Keller Batesville AR 33 12:32.1
Rebecca Kellum Desha AR 15 12:15.0
Becky La Rue Magness AR 34 10:35.3 9:44.3
Doris Lillard Charlotte AR 65 11:08.9
Cathy Marlin Batesville AR 57 13:56.1 16:13.5
Melanie Mathews Batesville AR 39 7:09.5
Paige McCollum Batesville AR 17 11:13.8
Jessica McCollum Batesville AR 30 10:30.1 9:53.6
Brenda Melton Batesville AR 63 15:37.0
Alicia Mize Batesville AR 26 9:08.9 8:19.8
Gina Mohlke Batesville AR 44 10:28.9 9:30.5 9:07.2
Lisa Nash Sulphur Rock AR 44 9:21.1 8:23.8 8:43.8
Clara Nikkel Batesville AR 6 10:07.0 9:04.2
Amanda Nikkel Batesville AR 37 10:09.1 9:27.3
Rachel Norton Batesville AR 31 8:02.2 7:23.3
Suzy Oakley Batesville AR 49 10:25.5
Fern Phillips Batesville AR 75 19:02.6
Lorie Pinckard Batesville AR 47 9:53.8 9:38.0
Donna Reed Batesville AR 53 16:25.9 15:11.1 19:02.6
Kay Reynolds Batesville AR 58 11:06.7 10:45.8 10:34.9
Liz Rolins Batesville AR 36 14:03.8
Donna Rolins Locust Grove AR 45 14:46.2 13:26.3 13:27.5
Phyllis Russell Batesville AR 59 12:20.1
Rena Sanders Cushman AR 30 11:45.8
Amy Scott Batesville AR 26 13:23.9 10:43.8
Jacqueline Somers Batesville AR 51 13:56.1 16:11.8
Alyssa Stott Batesville AR 20 12:04.4
Peighton Taylor Batesville AR 15 13:30.5
Lisa Vaughn Batesville AR 44 16:42.2 17:11.4
Charlie-Ann Wade Batesville AR 5 7:32.6
Cindy Wade Batesville AR 54 12:28.4 9:54.2
Shirley Weaver Batesville AR 61 15:28.4
Nancy Wilson Batesville AR 46 9:52.2 9:26.1 9:14.1
Myra Wood Batesville AR 58 11:05.8 9:53.8 9:57.4
Catina Wood Cave City AR 37 9:45.2 9:03.9
Brenda Wycough Batesville AR 58 15:29.4 15:10.8 15:08.2

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We need more speed

Posted by boakley59 on May 2, 2012

Getting up to speed found some of you reaching for the gas pedal and others wondering how the brakes work. So, let’s check under our hoods before we step on it.

The basic idea of speed work is that you cannot run fast unless you run well: Smoothly, efficiently, gracefully. Most of us past a certain age (10 or 12!) have to learn how to do that. Children are natural, efficient athletes, but as we get older we learn to strut, shake, rattle and roll—anything but move straightforwardly. So we go to the track to retrace our baby steps.

Tracks in America used to be measured in portions of a mile—the standard being 440 yards or a quarter mile. Tracks were usually built around football or soccer fields, and football fields are 100 yards goal line to goal line (120 end line to end line), so track straightaways are 100-120 yards. A 220 is half a lap, an eighth of a mile; 880 is two laps, half a mile. The world measures distance on the metric system, though, and tracks have shifted to international measurement. One lap is 400 meters, just a little shy of 440 yards. But now we talk about distances in multiples of 100: 100 (still a straightaway), 200 (half a lap), 400 (single lap), 800 (two laps, roughly half a mile), 1200, 1600 (almost a mile).

In speed work, you run these shorter distances hard to teach yourself to run well. You can vary the speed, the distance, the recovery and the number of repetitions to teach your body different lessons. We’ll take a run at each of these ideas.

The faster you run (the shortest repeats), the more your body will insist on efficiency so as not to rip itself up. The fastest humans can run about 22 miles an hour for about 20 seconds, 15 miles an hour for about four minutes and 13 miles an hour for about two hours. We are built for long cruising at something like 2/3 our maximum effort. Training at these maximum bursts over short distances makes it easier to maintain the more modest cruising speed—you raise the level of your mediocrity.

As you stretch the distance, you lower the speed some, still teaching yourself efficiency at better than cruising speed and also teaching yourself where your comfort level will be. You learn to persevere through a degree of suffering and you train your system to carry on at a deficit.

Changing the recovery period helps you fine-tune the lessons. A shorter recovery teaches your body to work faster to restore itself and to tolerate a deficit, but this must be done judiciously to avoid breakdown. A longer recovery allows you to run closer to maximum, which optimizes your mechanics, but doesn’t help as much with lung capacity and circulation.

Last, the number of repeats lets you push toward your total race effort, giving you the feel of a race day without the same toll on the system. More repeats give you the confidence that you can last a whole race at a given speed, let you know how close to the end you can ask yourself for overdrive, teach you how to relax when stress piles up and bring you up to a much happier medium.

So, how fast do you sprint for how long with how much rest and how many times? (Remember to warm up first and to cool down after.) The answers vary with your goals and fitness.

To begin, sprint hard for short distances (whatever that might mean at your fitness level: 20 yards or 120) and recover for an equivalent time or an equivalent distance. If you run 100 yards in 22 seconds, walk or jog either 100 yards or 22 seconds and go again (beginners may find you have to rest for twice the time of your hardest sprint; I think equivalent distance is easier to manage). Repeat five to eight times. Do this for one workout a week, and as your fitness progresses you can throw in longer sprints at manageable speeds faster than your target pace in your target race.

Say you run a 5K in 33:00, but want to get to 30:00; that’s 10:40 a mile now, aiming for 9:40 a mile. That’s 2:40 now targeting 2:25 for a quarter mile (440 yards, about 400 meters). Raw speed now to teach mechanics might mean a few 400s at 2:30, with a long recovery (walk 400 meters or 3:00). Pace work would be 8-10 repeats at 2:35 with less rest (walk 200 or 2:45). As you progress, your raw speed 400s would drop toward 2:15 with 400 or 2:30 walk, and your pace work would be 2:20 with 200 or 1:45 walk.

The pace chart below does the math for you, with workout paces for shorter repeats to take you to your target mile paces. You can also do this all by feel: Your repeats are generally faster and much shorter than your race pace, at a number of repeats that is just barely manageable. You should generally be “not quite ready” for each repeat, and the last repeat should leave you feeling like the cooldown jog is all you could handle. As the weeks pass, you will be working out faster and you’ll get closer to your goal.

A final caution: all things in their season. You can’t train hard all the time. Once a week is plenty (perhaps twice a week in peak season when you become highly competitive) and only for a few months at a time toward a target race. Then you should back off for a few months and do gentle maintenance mileage.

Now, if there are no further questions (and even if there are), let’s make tracks!

Pace chart

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Getting up to speed

Posted by boakley59 on April 26, 2012

So you want to be faster, do you? Not satisfied having fun and getting fit, now roadrunner’s gotta fly besides, eh? Fine, then, let’s beeping get to it! (Eight-week advanced plan below)

To be faster, you must practice faster. To avoid going to pieces, however, you do this a little bit at a time. You let your body teach itself how to be efficient. One day a week, take about a third of your workout time to go much faster than your usual jog. Warm up with your usual jog, maybe even a little slower, for about a third of your usual workout time. Stretch, especially any trouble areas you might have (tight hamstrings, calves, Achilles, IT band). Then, for what totals about half of your usual workout time, do some hard running in “repeats”: short bursts, with equivalent walking recovery time. Cool down jogging about a sixth of your workout time. Stretch again; rehydrate with carb and protein drinks.

A sample plan if you normally work out 30 minutes (as we are doing in the Women Run Arkansas clinic):
Jog for 10 minutes
8 repeats for 15:00 — Run for 1:00, walk for 1:00 (begin cooldown after 8th run instead of doing an 8th walk)
Jog for 5 minutes
Stretch; rehydrate

As your fitness progresses, you can modify the repeats by how hard you run them, how long you run hard, how long you rest in between and even where you run them (hills, trails, track). Every change will improve your conditioning in some way: muscle tone, lung capacity, stride efficiency, mental toughness. You’ll learn to be comfortable moving fast and your usual jog will seem easier all the time.

I’ve got an eight-week training plan targeting the June 16 Go! Mile in North Little Rock, working Tuesdays 3-3:10 p.m. and Saturdays 6:30 a.m. at Batesville High track (no workouts May 12, day of Women Can Run 5K and WRMC Run the Wave 5K). I’m assuming those trying this plan are running 20-25 miles a week and don’t think a 5-6 mile day is an especially big load. Tuesdays will be shorter, raw speed repeats and Saturdays will be longer repeats working on developing comfortable pacing. Target pace is set by your goal mile. If you want to run a 5:00 mile, we’ll be running 400s (1 track lap) in 75 seconds or faster. 100s/200s are always fast as possible (AFAP).

We’ll always warm up jogging 2 miles, then stretch, then do our repeats, then jog a mile and stretch again.

This Saturday: 3 or 4 x 800, current max mile pace
Tue May 1: 200-400-600-800-600-400-200, target mile pace
Sat: 4 x 800, between current/target mile
Tue May 8: 8 x 400, target mile or faster
Sat: 800-1600-800
Tue May 15: 400-800-400-800-400-800-400, target mile
Sat: 1200-1600-1200
Tue May 22: 4 x 100, 4 x 200, 4 x 400, 4 x 200, 4 x 100, AFAP
Sat: 6 x 800, target mile
Tue May 29: 10 x 400
Sat: 3 x 1600
Tue June 5: 2 x 400, 2 x 800, 2 x 400, target mile or faster
Sat: 2 x 1200, target mile
Tue June 12: 3/4 x 400, AFAP
June 16: Go! Mile

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WRRR Challenge Series standings

Posted by boakley59 on March 2, 2012

UPDATED Dec. 10, 2012: Below are the final standings in the 2012 White River Roadrunners Challenge Series after the White River Christmas Half-Marathon & Relay, last of our nine races this year. Members of the club, Independence County residents and regular visitors to our races are included in the results. A runner’s top six race results are counted in the total; an asterisk (*) indicates the score is not one of the runner’s six best. Runners must complete four races to be eligible for awards. Click to check the list of finishers excluded from the standings. NEXT LOCAL RACE: Ken and Michelle’s Less than 4 Mile Prediction Run, Tuesday, Jan. 1.

AMENDED April 16: Hayden Browers, Conway, Tax Run result restored (club member incorrectly excluded). Points for 5 Men’s Overall runners and Men’s 10-14 group amended.

EDITOR’S NOTE, CORRECTIONS: Please use the comment form at the bottom of the page to let me know if there are any corrections: names misspelled, age groups (age as of May 12, 2012), and so on.

Results legend: Pen = Penguin 10K; Hop = High Rock Hop 5; Tax = 1040 Tax Run; Pio = Pioneer Days 5K; Wav = WRMC Run the Wave 5K; SS = Sprint for Seniors 5K; 4M = 4 Mile Classic; SL = Sara Low 5K; HM = Christmas Half Marathon. * = low score dropped; x- = clinched group championship


64 Shannon Box 10 11 11 11 10 11
52 Colyn Bowman 8 1 8 7 8 9 10
40 Joel Tejeda 7 11 1 9 7 5
37 Todd Coleman 2 10 6 6 6 7
29 Matt Walker 10 8 11
29 Bruce Oakley 10 9 10
27 Seth Barnes 9 3 8 7
24 Brenden Bishop 5 8 11
22 Will Henry 11 11
19 Joe Pool 1 8 1 5 1 1* 3
18 Tyler Bishop 9 4 1 4
18 Dale Brown 10 1 1 1 5
17 Sam Cooke 5 1 8 2 1
16 Filemon Tenorio 7 9
14 Geary Paul 1 7 1 3 1 1 1* 1* 1*
13 Shawn PattersonSr 1 1 7 1 1 1* 2
12 Davy Insell 1 5 4 1 1
12 Andy Buschmann 3 9
10 David Tejeda 10
10 Brayden Eckard 1 6 3
9 Rusty Staggs 9
9 Marco Valencia 9
8 Travis Luyet 3 5
8 Tim Oster 4 4
8 Rusty Hinges 1 3 1 1 1 1 1*
8 Brian Yeager 8
7 Tre Brown 1 4 1 1
7 Justin Meskimen 7
7 Dan Driver 6 1
6 Shawn PattersonJr 1 2 1 1 1
6 Hayden Browers 6
6 Gil Mitchum 6
6 Daniel Tripp 6
6 Bruce Mathews 6
5 Shane Tucker 5
5 Ron Cantrell 1 1 1 1 1
5 Preston Thompson 5
5 Bill Holifield 1 1 1 1 1
4 Samuel Beary 4
4 Robert Barber 4
4 Johnny Praught 4
4 Charles Barnett 3 1
3 Terry Smith 1 2
3 Ryan Richardson 1 1 1
3 Mike Hanson 1 1 1
3 Justin Hoskinds 1 1 1
3 Jonathan Dorris 3
3 John Beller 1 1 1
3 Greg Anderson 1 1 1
3 Eric Low 1 1 1
3 Dwayne Dickey 2 1
3 Clint James 3
3 Chris Walls 1 1 1
2 Spencer Rademacher 1 1
2 Roy Ring 1 1
2 Randy Harris 1 1
2 Michael Thatch 1 1
2 Kade Barber 1 1
2 Joel Cannady 1 1
2 Jeff Welcher 1 1
2 Jade Anderson 1 1
2 Danny Dale 2
2 Connor Wheeler 1 1
2 Chris Lorch 1 1
2 Brad Cummings 2
2 Antron Ramey 2
2 Anthony Coles 1 1
1 Zeb Anderson 1
1 Will Carpenter 1
1 Wesley Davis 1
1 Tristen Driver 1
1 Timothy Grant 1
1 Steve Wood 1
1 Rusty Castleman 1
1 Rob Ernest 1
1 Rick Franks 1
1 Regan Paul 1
1 Randy Sharp 1
1 Payton Walls 1
1 Payne Moser 1
1 Mitch Kennedy 1
1 Matthew Adam 1
1 Marvin Miller 1
1 Logan Adam 1
1 Kyler Wade 1
1 Kyler Dickey 1
1 Keith Shireman 1
1 Keith Matthews 1
1 Keaton Wheeler 1
1 Joshua Poff 1
1 Josh Ward 1
1 John Garrison 1
1 Jeff Stubbs 1
1 Jeff Sims 1
1 Jake Ward 1
1 Jacob Penn 1
1 Jacob Doris 1
1 Jace Grigsby 1
1 Greg Smart 1
1 Gary Hughes 1
1 Ethan Anderson 1
1 Eric Barber 1
1 David Wood 1
1 David Butler 1
1 Danny Mitchell 1
1 Daniel Butler 1
1 Colton Taylor 1
1 Colton Rademacher 1
1 Chip McDonald 1
1 Brandon Grant 1
1 Blake Cannon 1
1 B.j. Clark 1
1 Adam Sartain 1
1 Chris Steel 1
65 Joe Pool 11 11 11 11 11 10 10*
62 Rusty Hinges 10 10 10 11 10 9* 11
22 Andy Buschmann 11 11
17 Charles Barnett 7 10
10 Jacob Doris 10
9 Danny Dale 9
9 Brandon Grant 9
8 Mitch Kennedy 8
MALE 50-59
52 Sam Cooke 11 11 11 10 9
39 Ron Cantrell 10 10 7 6 6
33 Bruce Oakley 11 11 11
24 Mike Hanson 9 8 7
20 Tim Oster 10 10
20 Roy Ring 10 10
17 Randy Harris 9 8
15 Joel Cannady 8 7
11 Rick Franks 11
11 Bruce Mathews 11
6 Danny Mitchell 6
5 Rob Ernest 5
5 Gary Hughes 5
4 Steve Wood 4
4 Rusty Castleman 4
MALE 40-49
61 Todd Coleman 10 11 10 10 10 10
60 Joel Tejeda 10 11 9 10 11 9
49 Shawn Patterson Sr 6 6 9 6* 9 9 10
44 Seth Barnes 11 11 11 11
31 Brenden Bishop 9 11 11
27 Bill Holifield 5 5 4 7 6
21 Greg Anderson 7 7 7
17 Ryan Richardson 4 5 8
16 Terry Smith 8 8
15 Dwayne Dickey 8 7
13 Dan Driver 10 3
9 Michael Thatch 5 4
9 Gil Mitchum 9
8 Robert Barber 8
8 David Wood 8
7 Keith Shireman 7
6 Jeff Stubbs 6
6 B.j. Clark 6
5 Greg Smart 5
4 Daniel Butler 4
3 Matthew Adam 3
3 Marvin Miller 3
3 David Butler 3
MALE 30-39
65 Shannon Box 11 11 11 11 10 11
44 Geary Paul 5 10 5* 9 6 7 2* 4* 7
40 Davy Insell 6 9 10 7 8
32 Matt Walker 11 10 11
31 Dale Brown 11 6 1 3 10
24 Chris Walls 8 7 9
20 John Beller 8 5 7
20 Eric Low 8 4 8
19 Travis Luyet 10 9
19 Filemon Tenorio 9 10
17 Jeff Welcher 9 8
16 Justin Hoskinds 7 3 6
16 Chris Lorch 9 7
11 Brian Yeager 11
10 Jonathan Dorris 10
10 Clint James 10
9 Blake Cannon 9
9 Chris Steel 9
8 Brad Cummings 8
6 Jade Anderson 4 2
6 Chip McDonald 6
5 Timothy Grant 5
5 Jeff Sims 5
3 Wesley Davis 3
2 Keith Matthews 2
1 Randy Sharp 1
MALE 20-29
64 Colyn Bowman 11 9* 10 10 11 11 11
39 Tyler Bishop 11 9 10 9
19 Anthony Coles 10 9
11 Rusty Staggs 11
11 David Tejeda 11
11 Marco Valencia 11
10 Shane Tucker 10
10 Justin Meskimen 10
9 Eric Barber 9
8 Adam Sartain 8
MALE 15-19
22 Will Henry 11 11
11 Colton Rademacher 11
11 Daniel Tripp 11
10 Joshua Poff 10
10 Samuel Beary 10
MALE 10-14
50 Shawn Patterson Jr 10 10 11 8 11
34 Tre Brown 9 11 9 5
31 Brayden Eckard 9 11 11
21 Spencer Rademacher 11 10
14 Connor Wheeler 7 7
11 Preston Thompson 11
11 Johnny Praught 11
11 Hayden Browers 11
10 Tristen Driver 10
10 Keaton Wheeler 10
10 Will Carpenter 10
10 Antron Ramey 10
9 Jake Ward 9
9 Jacob Penn 9
8 Kyler Wade 8
8 Kyler Dickey 8
7 Ethan Anderson 7
6 Payton Walls 6
4 Payne Moser 4
3 Colton Taylor 3
2 Logan Adam 2
1 Regan Paul 1
1 John Garrison 1
MALE 0-9
21 Kade Barber 11 10
11 Jace Grigsby 11
11 Josh Ward 11
9 Zeb Anderson 9
63 Crystal Cossey 10 11 11 11 11 9
62 Betsy Tucker 11 11 10 10 10 10
54 Ann Diemer 10 9 9 10 8 8 6* 6*
52 Lindsey King 9 10 8 9 9 7
33 Kristen Treadway 11 11 11
27 Rita Cooke 8 7 2 1 1 8
23 Ashley Beller 7 8 8
19 Linda Dale 2 3 1 5 1 1* 1* 1* 7
18 Sallie Welcher 7 4 4 3
17 Maria McAnally 7 10
16 Lisa Barber 5 2 6 1 1 1
12 Melanie Mathews 3 9
12 Cindy Wade 1 1 3 1 1 1* 5
11 Myra Looney Wood 1 1 1 1 1 6
10 Wendy Dozier 5 5
10 Terri Ann Cunningham 3 1 6
9 Yesenia Gutierrez 9
9 Latricia Williford 3 5 1
9 Kim Knapp 9
8 Isabelle Tenace 8
8 Cailey Cossey 8
8 Bethany Sloan 1 3 2 1 1
7 Tara Pankey 5 2
7 Nicole Driver 5 1 1
7 Melissa Anderson 4 1 1 1
7 Kendra Queen 7
7 Kathy Pickens 6 1
7 Katee Castleman 7
7 Jane Brewer 7
6 Sheila Cantrell 1 1 1 1 1 1
6 Rebecca Patterson 1 1 1 1 1 1 1*
6 Rebecca Kellum 1 1 1 1 1 1
6 Rachel Norton 6
6 Michelle Praught 6
6 Lisa Nash 1 1 1 3
6 Larissa Clark 6
6 Doris Lillard 1 1 1 1 1 1 1* 1* 1*
6 Catina Wood 1 1 1 1 1 1 1* 1*
6 Ann McCaa 1 1 4
5 Shannon Brown 1 1 1 1 1
5 Melanie Carpenter 1 1 2 1
5 Holly Wilson 1 4
5 Erin Beth Hays 5
5 Becky Box 4 1
4 Suzy Oakley 1 1 1 1
4 Shelley Garrett 1 1 1 1
4 Sarah Jarvis 4
4 Reagen Yeager 4
4 Kevan Beth Tucker 4
4 Jennifer Liles Dorris 1 1 2
4 Janie Barber 1 1 1 1
4 Cassie Bradley 1 1 1 1
4 Brandie Merrill 3 1
4 Amanda Nikkel 1 1 1 1
3 Kimberly Elms 1 1 1
3 Beth Christian 1 1 1
3 Angella Hendricks 1 1 1
2 Victoria Mitchell 1 1
2 Tracy Sutter 1 1
2 Stephanie Baxter 1 1
2 Stacey Cossey 1 1
2 Shelley Johnson 1 1
2 Rhonda Sharp 1 1
2 Regina Whiteside 1 1
2 Phyllis Russell 1 1
2 Pam Gramlina 1 1
2 Michelle McSpadden 1 1
2 Kay Reynolds 1 1
2 Jill Coles 1 1
2 Jessica Hogue 1 1
2 Jenifer Walls 1 1
2 Gina Mohlke 2
2 Emily Hoskinds 1 1
2 Donna England 1 1
2 Diane Gschwandegger 1 1
2 Crystal Anderson 1 1
2 Clara Nikkel 1 1
2 Claire Chapman 2
2 Cathy Castleman 1 1
2 Caliene Coop 1 1
2 Becky La Rue 1 1
1 Verena Herrin 1
1 Tina Paul 1
1 Tianna Reynolds 1
1 Teresa Clark 1
1 Tammy Hillis 1
1 Tammy Hansen 1
1 Stephanie Minor 1
1 Stacie Taylor 1
1 Shelly Moser 1
1 Sheila Simpson 1
1 Sharon Ward 1
1 Samantha Buie 1
1 Ricki Gilbert 1
1 Pearlean Mohlke 1
1 Pamala Coltharp 1
1 Nicole Stroud 1
1 Nicole Gilbert 1
1 Natanya Clark 1
1 Natalie Trower 1
1 Melody Carroll 1
1 Mary Ellen Wood 1
1 Mary Cox 1
1 Marie Thorne 1
1 Makayla Thorne 1
1 Magen Griffin 1
1 Lydia Sartain 1
1 Lori Ward 1
1 Linda Mitchell 1
1 Lexie Smith 1
1 Lesley Matthews 1
1 Leilani McAllister 1
1 Lauren Smith 1
1 Laura Richardson 1
1 Laura Garrett 1
1 Lana Hooper 1
1 Kristen Cross 1
1 Kerri Kramer 1
1 Kendra Walls 1
1 Kendele Kramer 1
1 Kendall Box 1
1 Kaylee Wilkins 1
1 Kayla Fraley 1
1 Katrice Grant 1
1 Joy Hodge 1
1 Jennifer Sinele 1
1 Jennifer Moser 1
1 Jamie Richmond 1
1 Hannah Posey 1
1 Haley Hooper 1
1 Freda Keener 1
1 Donna Rolins 1
1 Denise Smith 1
1 Debbie Rees 1
1 Darlene Fowler 1
1 Dana Dowell 1
1 Christina Smith 1
1 Cassidy Garrett 1
1 Carol Earles 1
1 Candace Fulbright 1
1 Brooke Carter 1
1 Brenda Burr 1
1 Bonnie Tucker 1
1 Blythe Keller 1
1 Baylie Moser 1
1 Amelia Bowman 1
1 Amanda Franks 1
1 Allison Brewer 1
1 Alice Kennedy 1
1 Agnes Kleeb 1
66 Linda Dale 11 11 11 11 11 11 11* 11* 11*
60 Doris Lillard 10 10 10 10 9* 10 10 9* 10*
20 Caliene Coop 10 10
9 Verena Herrin 9
9 Joy Hodge 9
8 Pearlean Mohlke 8
8 Agnes Kleeb 8
FEMALE 50-59
66 Betsy Tucker 11 11 11 11 11 11
63 Ann Diemer 10 10 11 11 11 10 9* 10*
57 Rita Cooke 9 10 10 9 9 10
48 Cindy Wade 7 9 9 7 8 4* 8
45 Myra Looney Wood 8 8 8 7 5 9
40 Sheila Cantrell 9 6 8 6 5 6
22 Janie Barber 5 7 7 3
20 Ann McCaa 6 7 7
18 Kathy Pickens 8 10
17 Cathy Castleman 9 8
12 Kay Reynolds 6 6
10 Kim Knapp 10
9 Phyllis Russell 4 5
9 Donna England 6 3
7 Brenda Burr 7
6 Freda Keener 6
5 Teresa Clark 5
5 Sharon Ward 5
4 Debbie Rees 4
4 Alice Kennedy 4
2 Mary Ellen Wood 2
1 Linda Mitchell 1
FEMALE 40-49
46 Lisa Barber 10 11 11 10 4
38 Shelley Garrett 10 10 9 9
38 Lisa Nash 9 9 9 11
32 Latricia Williford 11 10 11
30 Melissa Anderson 11 6 8 5
28 Suzy Oakley 8 7 7 6
28 Shannon Brown 8 9 2 8 1
17 Tracy Sutter 9 8
15 Angella Hendricks 5 7 3
14 Regina Whiteside 8 6
11 Jane Brewer 11
11 Isabelle Tenace 11
11 Carol Earles 11
10 Lisa Drake 10
10 Dana Dowell 10
10 Gina Mohlke 10
8 Lana Hooper 8
8 Diane Gschwandegger 3 5
7 Lori Ward 7
6 Shelley Johnson 1 5
6 Sheila Simpson 6
5 Stacey Cossey 1 4
4 Pam Gramlina 3 1
4 Melody Carroll 4
2 Tianna Reynolds 2
2 Leilani McAllister 2
1 Pamala Coltharp 1
1 Marie Thorne 1
1 Donna Rolins 1
1 Darlene Fowler 1
FEMALE 30-39
66 Crystal Cossey 11 11 11 11 11 11
42 Catina Wood 6 10 3* 7 5 4 4* 10
37 Sallie Welcher 11 9 8 9
30 Ashley Beller 10 10 10
24 Terri Ann Cunningham 10 5 9
23 Rebecca Patterson 5 1 6 1 1 1* 9
22 Melanie Carpenter 7 2 9 4
20 Nicole Driver 11 4 5
20 Melanie Mathews 9 11
20 Beth Christian 6 8 6
19 Jennifer Liles Dorris 6 5 8
17 Becky Box 10 7
15 Michelle McSpadden 8 7
14 Jenifer Walls 9 5
13 Emily Hoskinds 7 6
13 Brandie Merrill 7 6
13 Amanda Nikkel 8 1 2 2
10 Rachel Norton 10
10 Larissa Clark 10
9 Stephanie Baxter 1 8
9 Rhonda Sharp 1 8
9 Michelle Warden 9
8 Claire Chapman 8
7 Katrice Grant 7
6 Jessica Hogue 3 3
5 Tammy Hansen 5
5 Crystal Anderson 4 1
3 Kristen Cross 3
3 Becky La Rue 1 2
3 Amanda Franks 3
2 Denise Smith 2
1 Tina Paul 1
1 Tammy Hillis 1
1 Stacie Taylor 1
1 Shelly Moser 1
1 Ricki Gilbert 1
1 Nicole Stroud 1
1 Lesley Matthews 1
1 Laura Garrett 1
1 Jennifer Moser 1
1 Holly Wilson 1
1 Christina Smith 1
1 Candace Fulbright 1
1 Brooke Carter 1
1 Blythe Keller 1
FEMALE 20-29
64 Lindsey King 11 11 10 11 10 11
36 Bethany Sloan 6 9 9 6 6
33 Kristen Treadway 11 11 11
20 Maria McAnally 9 11
19 Wendy Dozier 10 9
19 Cassie Bradley 4 8 5 2
18 Tara Pankey 10 8
14 Kimberly Elms 7 4 3
11 Yesenia Gutierrez 11
10 Sarah Jarvis 10
10 Kendra Queen 10
10 Katee Castleman 10
9 Kevan Beth Tucker 9
9 Jamie Richmond 9
9 Allison Brewer 9
8 Magen Griffin 8
8 Erin Beth Hays 8
7 Natalie Trower 7
7 Lydia Sartain 7
7 Bonnie Tucker 7
6 Samantha Buie 6
5 Victoria Mitchell 4 1
5 Natanya Clark 5
5 Laura Richardson 5
5 Amelia Bowman 5
4 Jill Coles 3 1
4 Hannah Posey 4
3 Mary Cox 3
1 Stephanie Minor 1
FEMALE 15-19
65 Rebecca Kellum 10 11 11 11 11 11
11 Michelle Praught 11
11 Lexie Smith 11
10 Makayla Thorne 10
10 Haley Hooper 10
FEMALE 10-14
11 Kayla Fraley 11
11 Cailey Cossey 11
11 Lauren Smith 11
11 Nicole Gilbert 11
11 Reagen Yeager 11
10 Kaylee Wilkins 10
10 Baylie Moser 10
9 Kerri Kramer 9
8 Cassidy Garrett 8
7 Kendele Kramer 7
6 Kendra Walls 6
22 Clara Nikkel 11 11
11 Kendall Box 11
10 Jennifer Sinele 10

EDITOR’S NOTE, CORRECTIONS: Some of these excluded runners are our neighbors and frequent guests from such places as Mount Pleasant and Melbourne. Please use the comment form at the bottom of the page to let me know if any of these runners should be counted. Let me know if there are any other corrections: names misspelled, age groups (age as of May 12, 2012), and so on.

EXCLUSIONS: Alphabetical lists of race finishers excluded from the Challenge points tally as nonmembers outside the county:
Christmas Half Men: Brandon Adams, Paragould; Walter Blocker, Heber Springs; Chris Cone, Paragould; Steve Giles, Paragould; Tim Haltiwanger, Wynne; Brice Hammerstein, Sherwood; Mike Huddleston, Rogers; Scott Huddleston, Rogers; Steve Lovell, Paragould; Gary McBride, Paragould; Pablo Paredes, Jonesboro; Josh Poore, Paragould; Chris Roberts, Beebe; John Rutter, Jonesboro; Keith Shireman, Searcy; Clan Weatherford, Mount Pleasant
Christmas Half Women: Audrey Stephens, Little Rock; Callie Slade, Little Rock; Kelli Harris, Heber Springs; Leslie Elias, Searcy; Lucinda Bishop, Salem; Mary Muldrow, Little Rock; Miranda Hurtt, Salem; Morgan Adams, Paragould; Patti Hammerstein, Sherwood; Sarah Holup, Searcy; Shelby Brokaw, Sage
Click for Sara Low 5K Men, Sara Low 5K Women
Click for 4 Mile Classic Men, 4 Mile Classic Women
Sprint for Seniors Men: Matt Adams, Melbourne; Dennis Anderson, Mountain View; Nehemi Brown, Pangburn; Ricky Davis, Searcy; Neil Ford, Williamsport, TN; Micheal Hamblin, Searcy; Kyle Haun, Lakeview; Heath Johnson, Mountain Home; Ely Johnson, Mountain Home; Blaine Kalb, Pangburn; Kenny Loggains, Mount Pleasant; Randy Milligan, Conway; Kolten Smith, Melbourne; Greg Walker, North Little Rock; Tyler Webb, Mount Pleasant
Sprint for Seniors Women: Jewelia Anglum, Mount Pleasant; Alexis Brown, Pangburn; Heather Davis, McCrory; Jill Ford, Williamsport, TN; Rachel Foster, Wheatley; Jennifer Hamblin, Searcy; Debra Haun, Gassville; Lois Hobbs, Glencoe; Joanne Hollowell, Brinkley; Lacey Johnson, Mountain Home; Sonja Jones, Ash Flat; Deborah Kalb, Pangburn; Melanie Loggains, Mount Pleasant; Dezirae Plummer, McCrory; Shelley Rawls, Brinkley; Brenda Self, Brinkley; Lexi Sitton, Mount Pleasant; Lacey Thornton, Mount Pleasant; Carol Woolverton, Gideon, MO; Cassy Woolverton, Gideon, MO; Hannah Woolverton, Jonesboro
Run the Wave Men: Clan Weatherford, Mount Pleasant; Aaron McKellar, Heber Springs; Jordan Brimer, Bald Knob; Kenny Loggains, Mount Pleasant; John Elliott, Athens TN; Jeff Dilday, Tuckerman; Richie Kohl, Russell
Run the Wave Women: Montye Crawford, Bentonville; Arin Carpenter, England; Carla Smith, Sage; Lacey Thornton, Mt. Pleasant; Cassandra Stafford, Searcy; Ashley Dellinger, Melbourne; Kassandra Falls, Marshall MO; Sharon Bradehoeft, Higginsville MO; Julie Kohl, Russell
Click for Pioneer Day 5K Men, Pioneer Day 5K Women
Tax Run Men: Joshua Carroll, Conway; Jim Carroll, Melbourne; Raymond Curry, Cordova; Jeff Dilday, Tuckerman; Shane Gregg, Bradford; Adam Hillis, Jonesboro; Kenny Loggains, Mount Pleasant; Brandon Love, Mount Pleasant; Trey Reely, Searcy; Bob Reely, Searcy; Tyler Webb, Mount Pleasant; Kelley Webb, Mount Pleasant
Tax Run Women: Heather Carroll, Conway; Jennifer Dilday, Tuckerman; Kate Mead, Concord; Kristen Runyan, Clinton; Lacey Thornton, Mount Pleasant
High Rock Men: Stephen Svetz, Bryant
High Rock Women: Jane Gunter, Cabot; Melony Martz, Hardy; Sydney Venable, North Little Rock
Penguin Men: Michael Candler, Cabot; Jason Spray, Franklin; Adam Penman, Pottsville
Penguin Women: Kelli Harris, Heber Springs; Rachael Turner, Mountain View; Deanna Jones, Hardy

Sara Low 5K Male Exclusions:
Terry Allenbaugh, Alexander
Alex Alpe, Crawfordsville
Dennis Anderson, Mountain View
Eugene Atha, Sherwood
Caleb Ault, Maumelle
Eric Baker, Bryant
Wayne Bennett, Quitman
James Bresette, Clinton
Jordan Brimer, Bald Knob
Paul Butry, Alma
Thomas Cameron, Fayetteville
Michael Candler, Cabot
Randy Collins, Bryant
Bill Crow, North Little Rock
Imari Dellimore, Little Rock
R C Fason, Little Rock
Cliff Ferren, North Little Rock
Michael Foster, Jonesboro
John Garbow, Bald Knob
Joey Gieringer, Pine Bluff
Shane Gregg, Bradford
Chris Hall, Alexander
Donald Harrison, Bryant
John Harrison, Conway
Roy Hayward, North Little Rock
Jerry Hester, Conway
Chris Ho, North Little Rock
Donte Horton, Bald Knob
Kim Howard, Mineral Springs
Tim Jones, Sacramento CA
Kenny Loggains, Mount Pleasant
Jeff Maher, Little Rock
Mike Maulden, Little Rock
Hank McLaughlin, Ozark
Donald Middleton, Gans OK
Gene Miller, Melbourne
John Miller, Maumelle
Jim Miller, Little Rock
Paul Miller, Melbourne
Joe Milligan, Maumelle
Joshua Mobley, Jonesboro
Tim Norman, Searcy
Rodney Paine, Little Rock
Jason Pearson, Benton
Brian Polansky, Maumelle
Brad Runsick, Mountain Home
Larry Schmidt, Hot Springs National
Russell Shippee, Cabot
Dillian Smith, Mountain View
David Smith, Newport
Michael Smithson, Austin
Luke Tischler, Cabot
Joe Volpe, Little Rock
Jacob Wells, Little Rock

Sara Low 5K Female Exclusions:
Lorna Armstrong, Van Buren
Darnell Bennett, Pangburn
Mary Jo Brinkman, Fort Smith
Kristen Brown, Maumelle
Mackie Buckelew, North Little Rock
Jaynie Cannon, Little Rock
Amy Caplinger, Jonesboro
Tina Coutu, Little Rock
Lindsey Ducan, Bald Knob
Linda Fason, Little Rock
Chrissy Ferguson, Conway
Kelly Frantz, Perryville
Cymber Gieringer, Pine Bluff
Tara Gilmore, Bald Knob
Debra Haun, Gassville
Mary Hayward, North Little Rock
Tina Ho, North Little Rock
Nicole Hobbs, Lonsdale
Juanita Honey, Hardy
Amy Jones, Sacramento CA
Barbara Kane, Benton
Laura Kluthe, Harvey
Katie Kramer, Not available
Mindy Lacefield, Maumelle
Melanie Loggains, Mount Pleasant
Bernita Lovelace, Conway
Angela Low, Little Rock
Gracie McElroy, Judsonia
Pam McGill, Mayflower
Terrilynn Miller, Salado
Natalie Raysdale, Pangburn
Kathleen Rea, North Little Rock
Dottie Rea, Vilonia
Rosemary Rogers, Maumelle
Lisa Shippee, Cabot
Lexi Sitton, Mt. Pleasant
Stacie Smith, Brookland
Susan Smith, Newport
Melissa Smithson, Austin
Shannon Smithson, Austin
Malorie Smithson, Austin
Illene Stewart, Edgemont
Bobi Taylor, Cabot
Kaci Taylor, Cabot
Janna Tischler, Cabot
Emily Trower, Conway
Tammy Walther, Little Rock
Amelia Williams, Harvey

4 Mile Classic Male Exclusions:
Dennis Anderson, Mountain View
James Anderson, Pine Bluff
Trevan Andrews, West Plains, MO
Jeffrey Asher, Russellville
Eugene Atha, Sherwood
Caleb Ault, Maumelle
Eric Baker, Bryant
Wayne Bennett, Quitman
Bill Biggs, Jonesboro
Robert Blades, Mountain Home
Thomas Bogue, Stonewall, LA
James Bresette, Clinton
Hunter Brokaw, Melbourne
Jordan Bromer, Bald Knob
Robert Bull, Casa
Paul Butry, Alma
Daly Byrd, Fox
Michael Candler, Cabot
Jim Carroll, Melbourne
Nathan Castle, Cabot
Preston Clairday, Melbourne
Randy Collins, Bryant
Bill Crow, North Little Rock
Mitchell Curtis, Mountain Home
Lonnie Curtis, Houston
Chad Curtis, Houston
Michael Douglas, Van Buren
Rick Farrar, Franklin
Rc Fason, Little Rock
Cliff Ferren, North Little Rock
Joey Gieringer, Pine Bluff
Chris Hall, Alexander
Donald Harrison, Bryant
John Harrison, Conway
Kyle Haun, Lakeview
Roy Hayward, North Little Rock
Jerry Hester, Conway
Jack Heston, Southaven, MS
Todd Hink, Clinton
Chris Ho, North Little Rock
Moon Ho, North Little Rock
Kim Howard, Mineral Springs
Jeremy Inman, Pomona, MO
Jordan Inman, Pomona, MO
Frankie Jones, Paragould
Daniel Kirwa, Searcy
Joseph Kopecky, Hope
Joshua Kruse, Mountain Home
Kenny Loggains, Mount Pleasant
Brandon Love, Mount Pleasant
Ricky Martinez, Little Rock
Mike Maulden, Little Rock
Damon Mayfield, West Plains, MO
Clay McDaniel, Little Rock
Bob McKinney, Little Rock
Hank McLaughlin, Ozark
Jeremiah McLaughlin, Conway
Alex Medina, West Plains, MO
Donald Middleton, Gans, OK
Gene Miller, Melbourne
John Miller, Maumelle
Jim Miller, Little Rock
Paul Miller, Melbourne
Gregory Milligan, North Little Rock
Joe Milligan, Maumelle
Wil Norris, Mountain Home
Rodney Paine, Little Rock
Jason Pearson, Benton
Chad Pekron, Benton
Daniel Pevril, Gassville
Brian Polansky, Fort Worth, TX
Jeff Porter, Columbia, MO
Timothy Richard, North Little Rock
Brad Runsick, Mountain Home
David Samuel, Mount Ida
Billy Savell, Melbourne
Bill Simpson, Little Rock
Kolten Smith, Melbourne
Shane Southerland, Bigelow
Brent Southerland, Bigelow
Tim Steadman, Little Rock
Britt Thompson, Little Rock
Luke Tischler, Cabot
Bill Torrey, Little Rock
Sinjun Venable, North Little Rock
Brian Wagner, Vilonia
Gary Webb, Friendship
Tyler Webb, Mount Pleasant
Ron Webb, Sheridan
Garett Webb, Friendship
Kelley Webb, Mount Pleasant
Jacob Wells, Little Rock
Charles Yeagor, North Little Rock

4 Mile Classic Female Exclusions:
Rachel Anderson, Pine Bluff
Lorna Armstrong, Van Buren
Alise Atha, Little Rock
Christine Bennett, Cabot
Mary Jo Brinkman, Fort Smith
Shelby Brokaw, Sage
Kristen Brown, Little Rock
Mackie Buckelew, North Little Rock
Jayme Butts-Hall, Alexander
Emily Carroll, Mount Pleasant
Melody Carroll, Melbourne
Jessica Castle, Cabot
Holly Craig, Fort Smith
Mason Downing, Sidney
Amy Wiedower Eble, Little Rock
Linda Fason, Little Rock
Lalita Flagg, Mulberry
Lisa Ford, Cabot
Kelly Frantz, Perryville
Cymber Gieringer, Pine Bluff
Alicia Gunter, West Plains, MO
Jane Gunter, Cabot
Debra Haun, Gassville
Mary Hayward, North Little Rock
Sandra Herron, Wichita Falls, TX
Tina Ho, North Little Rock
Nicole Hobbs, Lonsdale
Juanita Honey, Hardy
Vicki Ingram, Cabot
Aimee Larkin, Little Rock
Pamela Lee, Hot Springs Village
Melanie Loggains, Mount Pleasant
Josie Love, Mount Pleasant
Bernita Lovelace, Conway
Cathy Martin, Bradford
Pam McGill, Mayflower
Lexie McKedy, Cabot
Janna McKedy, Cabot
Sandra Mims, Little Rock
Kylie Morton, Mountain Home
Sarah Olney, Little Rock
Ginea Qualls, Little Rock
Kathleen Rea, North Little Rock
Dottie Rea, Vilonia
Rosemary Rogers, Maumelle
Joan Scarlata, Cabot
Debbie Scrivner, Hot Springs
Hope Sharp, Little Rock
Tia Stone, Searcy
Angie Swaim, Vilonia
Addy Swaim, Vilonia
Bobi Taylor, Cabot
Kaci Taylor, Cabot
Debbie Thompson, Little Rock
Robyn Thornton, Pine Bluff
Lisa “Pink Panther” Vorwerk, Dover
Tiffany Webb, Mount Pleasant
Mary Wells, Little Rock
Maddy Wells, Little Rock
Jenny Wilkes, Little Rock
Aulbany Williams, Bigelow

Pioneer Day Male Exclusions:
Matt Adams, Melbourne
Jim Baxter, Smithville
Dennis Beaupre, Barbeau, MI
Blake Bledsoe, Mount Pleasant
Jim Carroll, Melbourne
Alex Craig, Roeland Park, KS
Scott Craig, Roeland Park, KS
Rex Darmstaedter, Melbourne
Dallas Dawson, Salem
Dustin Dawson, Salem
Bill Garland, Melbourne
Jeff Gillihan, Mount Pleasant
Owen Harvell, Melbourne
Tim Harvell, Melbourne
Matt Hawkins, Melbourne
John Hunt, Piedmont, OK
Bryce Hutchins, Mount Pleasant
Ken Loggains, Mount Pleasant
Brandon Love, Mount Pleasant
Kevin Marlin, Greenbrier
Jimmy McDaniel, Mountain Home
Paul Miller, Melbourne
Jerry Reed, Melbourne
David Salinas, Olathe, KS
Billy Savell, Melbourne
Caleb Spray, Franklin
Jason Spray, Franklin
Ryan Warner, Melbourne
Will Weatherford, Mount Pleasant
Clan Weatherford, Mount Pleasant
Tyler Webb, Mt. Pleasant
Clayton Williams, Melbourne
Randy Williams, Melbourne

Pioneer Day Female Exclusions:
Kaylee Ables, Melbourne
Loni Beth Cooper, Melbourne
Lucinda Bishop, Salem
Kelsie Bledsoe, Mount Pleasant
Becky Booth, Melbourne
Madison Brokaw, Melbourne
Hayley Brokaw, Melbourne
Shelby Brokaw, Melbourne
Katie Callahan, Mount Pleasant
Melody Carroll, Melbourne
Molly Cooper, Melbourne
Kelly Cooper, Melbourne
Katie Cooper, Melbourne
Holly Cooper, Melbourne
June Craig, Olathe, KS
Leslie Craig, Roeland Park, KS
Becca Duckett, Mount Pleasant
Laura Edwards, Mount Pleasant
Theresa Fun, Ola
Connie Garland, Melbourne
Bailey George, Melbourne
Jayden Gillihan, Mount Pleasant
Carmen Gillihan, Mount Pleasant
Carrie Goode, Melbourne
Lisa Harber-Hurtt, Salem
Amanda Harvey, Mountain Home
Debra Haun, Gassville
Amanda Himschoot, Cherokee Village
Juanita Honey, Hardy
Charlene Honeycutt, Pineville
Mandy Humphries, Ash Flat
Chrissy Hutson, Melbourne
Kaye Jackson, Ash Flat
Jude Lindsey, Calico Rock
Josie Love, Mount Pleasant
Amy Love, Mount Pleasant
Lisa Manry, Melbourne
Alarra Matthews, Piedmont, OK
Wendy Paton-Beaupre, Barbeau, MI
Farra Rowden, Viola
Cara Shaw, Sidney
Maddie Smith, Melbourne
Carla Smith, Melbourne
Jennifer Stickles, Mountain Home
Sandra Taylor, Melbourne
Harley Thomason, Sidney
Elizabeth Thomason, Sidney
Lacey Thornton, Melbourne
Stephanie Weatherford, Mount Pleasant
Kiley Webb, Mount Pleasant
Jordan Webb, Mount Pleasant
Tiffany Webb, Mount Pleasant
Susan Williams, Melbourne
Janet Wood, Mountain Home

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Know the score

Posted by boakley59 on January 19, 2012

The first race in the 2012 Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix series is Sunday’s One Hour Run in Russellville. The White River Roadrunners have quite a few runners racing, enough to constitute men’s and women’s teams in the club team competition. Team results are tallied using cross-country scoring, so for those of you who did not run cross-country in your younger days or do not have children on school teams, I’ll explain what that means.

In cross-country scoring, every eligible runner is given points matching his place in the finish order of all eligible runners. (For the ARRCA Grand Prix team series, eligible runners must be Grand Prix registrants and dues-paying members of their local running club, and their team must have a minimum number of scoring runners.) The points are added for the first few eligible runners of a given team (high schools and colleges usually count five runners per team; the Grand Prix counts four men or three women). The team with the lowest point total wins the event. A team may enter more than the required number; a team with fewer than that number of finishers is not figured in the standings. The additional runners on larger teams do not count toward their team’s score, but they can push runners from other teams farther behind, thus increasing those scores and helping their own team win.

An example will help. Say the White River Roadrunners send eight eligible runners to the Hill Lovers 1-Mile Stumble, and Team Bandylegs sends the minimum of four. WRRR takes 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 14th places, with TB taking 2nd, 4th, 6th and 13th. Unattached runners finish 11th and 12th. The unattached runners are irrelevant to the team count, so their finishes are discarded and for the team tally, 13th and 14th places become 11th and 12th among eligible runners. The first four finishers for WRRR score 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 = 16 points. The four finishers for TB score 2 + 4 + 6 + 11 (was 13) = 23. WRRR wins 16-23. The WRRR finishers in 8th, 9th and 10th didn’t count in the WRRR score, but they pushed the last runner in TB back to 11th place, fattening the TB score. The WRRR runner at the back of the pack gained valuable racing experience and will outkick the last TB runner next time!

It’s good to have a fast team, but it’s great to have a deep team. A team is only as good as its weakest scorer. A team that runs well together generally scores better than a team with a hotshot and some other guys.

That’s how single events are scored in the Grand Prix team challenge. For the yearlong challenge, the teams are then awarded position points for 1st through 10th against the other teams in a given event. The first place team gets 30 points in the “championship” races and 20 points in the non-championships. Each subsequent place is worth 3 points less in championship races (27, 24, down to 3 for 10th place) and 2 points less in the others (18, 16, down to 2 for 10th). At the end of the series, the team that has accumulated the most position points is the winner.

Teams win individual races with low point totals, which gain them high position points in the overall series. The team challenge includes 21 races, but a maximum of 16 will be counted toward a team’s total, and a team must have 10 scores to be eligible for year-end awards. This rewards teams that are persistent and prevents loaded teams from accumulating big points in a few races and then dropping out of the competition.

The Grand Prix, of course, is built around its individual challenge, where Grand Prix registrants are awarded position points for 1st through 10th places in a number of men’s and women’s categories: Overall (every runner), Masters (age 40+), Grand Masters (age 50+), Seniors (age 60+) and five-year age groups. The 30 by 3 and 20 by 2 scales described above apply here as well. The major categories are “topless”: A Senior can tally points in Grand Masters, Masters and Overall, a Grand Master can score in Masters and Overall, a Master can score in Overall. The five-year age groups have floors and ceilings, no overlap from other groups.

The individual challenge includes 20 races, but only a runner’s best 10 will count, five championship and five non-championship. An individual must have at least five scores to be eligible for year-end awards. Again, persistence and series participation is favored over mere speed.

This year, the White River Roadrunners are renewing our own challenge series, with men’s and women’s overall, 60 and older, 0-9, 10-14, 15-19 and 10-year age groups. We have nine races in our list, with only a runner’s best six counting. A runner must finish at least four to be eligible for year-end awards.

Click for the combined schedule of Grand Prix and White River Roadrunner challenge races, and a Grand Prix WRRR teams-tracking page.

Roadrunners! Beep beep.

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