The SRRC’s mission is to advance the running community in Springfield, IL and surrounding communities. Our top priority is to host and support area road races. The Club sponsors five races from April through December – the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon (first Saturday in April), Women’s Distance Festival 2 Mile (second Saturday in July), Parade Run 2 Mile (State Fair Parade in August), Abe’s Amble 10K (last Sunday of State Fair in August), and the Frostbite Festival 2/10 Mile (first Sunday in December).
The SRRC organizes and supports training programs for beginning to advanced runners through the Half Wits (January – April), Abe’s Army (May – August), and Frost Toes (October – December) programs. Throughout the year, SRRC also hosts various fun runs and socials. The Club actively supports local high school track and cross country athletes through its scholarship program and provides technical and promotional assistance for dozens of races that raise money for local charities.
Being a member of the SRRC is a great way to meet fellow runners. Members also get discounts on Club-sponsored races as well as at many local businesses. Sign up today and join our running family!
2014 HalfWits Program Kicks Off Tuesday Jan 14
It’s winter, which means time to start training for the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon. Training is always better when everyone is suffering, and who better to suffer with than the HalfWits.
First Run: Join leaders Stephen Paca and Kristina Musinskas at 6 P.M., Tuesday, January 14 at the Washington Park shelter (by the playground, where the FrostToes group met). The first Saturday run will be the run with Christopher McDougall on January 18.
More information about the HalfWits program, including a tentative schedule, can be found on the club’s training website.
SRRC group run with author/runner Christopher McDougall
Date: January 18, 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00 AM
Where: Downtown Hilton Lobby
Don’t miss this free group run with Christopher McDougall! Coincides with the first Saturday HalfWits run. Keep an eye on your email and the Halfwits training site for the posted routes that day for this run!!!!
SRRC 2014 Post Race Party Registration
[Register Online at GetMeRegistered]
Date: January 18, 2013
Where: Downtown Hilton
Time: 5:00 until???
Schedule for the evening:
-5:00 until 6:00 – Cocktail Hour
-6:00 until 6:30 – SRRC Annual Meeting
-6:30 – Dinner Buffet
-7:15 until 8:15 – Guest Speaker Christopher McDougall
-8:15 – Awards Ceremony
-8:45 until???- Karaoke and dancing!!
Cocktail Hour Details: A specific amount of beer and wine will be provided by the club for cocktail hour and will be available after cocktail hour until it runs out. Also, a cash bar will be set up all night for the banquet after the included beer and wine runs dry.
Buffet Dinner Details: A buffet dinner will be provided by the club, please make sure you specify what main dish (Chicken dish, or Vegetarian pasta dish) you would like during registration.
Guest Speaker Details: Christopher McDougall
-Who is Christopher McDougall?
Christopher McDougall is an American author and journalist best known for his 2009 best-selling book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. He has also written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Men’s Journal, and New York, and was a contributing editor for Men’s Health. 
In Born to Run, McDougall tracks down members of the reclusive Tarahumara Indian tribe in the Mexican Copper Canyons. After being repeatedly injured as a runner himself, McDougall marvels at the tribe’s ability to run ultra-distances (over 26.2 miles, common¬ly 100 miles or more) at incredible speeds, without getting the routine injuries of most American runners. The book has received attention in the sporting world for McDougall’s description of how he overcame injuries by modeling his running after the Tarahu¬mara.  He asserts that modern cushioned running shoes are a major cause of running injury, pointing to the thin sandals called huaraches worn by Tarahumara runners, and the explosion of running-related injuries since the introduction of modern running shoes in 1972.
Note #1: Christopher McDougall will be available to answer questions, have pictures taken with and sign autographs after the awards ceremony.
Note #2: SRRC will have a free club run with Christopher McDougall on Saturday morning from the Hilton.
Early Bird Registration Special (Before January 1, 2014):
$15.00’s per person (SRRC Club Members)
$25.00’s per person (Non SRRC Club Members)
Registration after December 31, 2013:
$20.00’s per person (SRRC Club Members)
$30.00’s per person (Non SRRC members
Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Cold Duck Run
A long tradition continues Thanksgiving morning from 7:00 until 11:00, the Cold Duck Run. Join fellow friends, club members, etc… at the Washington Park picnic/playground area to run some laps before the big day. SRRC has paid for the Springfield Park District to set up and start a fire to keep warm before and after. Bring potluck food and drink to share with your fellow runners.
Important: A charity walk/run 5k (non-chipped) is scheduled to take place at 9:00 AM. The SRRC has reached an agreement with the charity event to share the space, so please be mindful and respectful of their event. All are welcome to run the 5k for free at 9:00 AM, we will be donating the service of a timing clock. Important Note
Due to Springfield Park District cuts and lack of manpower (layoffs), the fire will be started at 7:00 AM and is scheduled to be extinguished around 10:00 AM by the Springfield Park District.
Next SRRC Points Race – Frostbite
Registration is open!!! Click here to learn more.