Cassville 30K Classic, Crystal Springs 2-Mile beckon runners
With an eye on the success of recent 5K events in Cassville, Chris Shore is ready to take local road racing to the next level.
"Our school cross country program is becoming more dependent on fundraisers, so we need to have events twice a year." Shore explained.
The next planned event is no ordinary road race.
The Cassville 30K Classic will revive a distance that has not been officially contested in the state since 1984.
Once a staple of the Missouri racing scene, the 18.64 mile challenge lost the interest of event organizers in favor of 5K, 10K, and half marathon races
In 1976 and 1977, the Amateur Athletic Union 30K championships were held in Columbia. The Road Runner's Club of America held its 30K championship race in Columbia in 1980. The St. Louis Track Club hosted a 30K event from 1982 until 1984.
The majority of the state's 30K overall and age- group records were set in the period from 1978 to 1984.
Shore hopes that the booming interest in marathons and ultras will bring runners from across the state and from neighboring states to compete for times, awards, and records at Cassville. Along with the 30K classic, Shore will host the Crystal Springs 2-Mile, a race distance that is also rarely contested at the state and local levels.
The 30K race course is a double out-and-back loop from the Wildcat field house north to the bridge past Merl's Chapel on Highway Y and back.
The two-mile course is a flat and fast, out-and-back venue from the Wildcat field house to a turnaround point just past the old bridge on Crystal Springs road.
Both courses were measured and submitted to the United States Track and Field Association for certification by Bill Hoover, of Joplin.
Hoover is a veteran course measurer, with a resume' full of prestigious courses including the Mother Road Marathon.
With the cost of entry fees rising, runners rightly expect that their efforts will be recognized on an officially measured and certified course. Only times from events on certified courses are eligible to be considered for state and national records.
The race date is set for Saturday, April 5, 2014. Race organizers chose this date to fit in the state race calendar between the annual Sarcoxie to Carthage 25K race in
February and the Frisco Run trail races in Willard in late April.
Local runner Ron Bouchard was immediately intrigued by the upcoming event.
"I have always been in favor of having a big time Cassville road race," said Bouchard, who has championed in the past for a Barry County-area marathon.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Cassville Wildcats cross-country program.