We wanted to take the time to share what others had to say about the race.
***From the April 2014 Edition of the Ozark Mountain Ridge Runner (OMRR) Running Briefs(Written by Jeri Davis) "The Crappie 5K Run was one of these races that was Sandy's idea to run, so here is a little bit about this fun little race.... Not only does this race have a cool name, but it is one of the funnest races and best kept secrets around. Sandy Keith and I have run this race the last two years. Both years we have gotten lost (on the way there or back, not during the race) and both years we both placed-Sandy 2nd in her age group both years and me 3rd both years in mine. This is exciting for me because I NEVER place, so many fast girls in my age group and I am slow. My fear is that everyone is going to find out how great this race is and then my streak will be over. But that's okay, I already win because I run. I was asked to write a review about this race so here it goes:
Race Director - A+ not only is Joy Weis a great runner and beautiful lady, but she does a great job with this race! It is very organized and she has great communication. She is always very helpful and gives great directions. She is NOT the reason we got lost both years. We got lost going to the race last year and were almost late getting there. Had other problems too, let's just say that they Crappie Run almost became the "crappy" run. Then this year, Sandy somehow took another wrong turn on the way home. I see a pattern with Sandy and directions. Anyway, keep up the great job, Joy!
The Timing - A+ ActNow racing is awesome! It's always nice to see Amanda's beautiful smile! She is soooo nice! I can't say the same about CJ, as he is always saying something about hearing me while I am still 30 minutes away, or something about me getting lost, just because I got lost in a small race in Aurora once... Hey, I think that was another race Sandy dragged me too, which is another story. But he does grow on you. I am sure he really does like me. All I can say is he is lucky to have Amanda! The Course: A rating of course, it is a beautiful run, being that it is right on the lake and all! I will say that it is a challenging 5K! Sandy describes it as a roller coaster ride. Cari McNeilis came with us to the run this year and her response was, "You didn't tell me there were hills!" But she had a great time! There is a little out and back that is fun, gives you a chance to give a shout out to your running peeps. There are plenty of volunteers so you don't get lost. Both years we have had good weather, cool but sunny.
The Medals - A! They get cuter every year! Very nice with the little fish on them. I really love bling, just in case you didn't know. I will never forget last year at the crappie run, it was the first time I placed in my age group, and it was the first time I got a Jeff Witt cookie. If you don't know what a Jeff Witt cookie is..........I'm sorry. They are the BEST!!
This year was special to me because in our car load besides Cari, Sandy, and me was a young man who had never run a race before. He is 15 and wanted to get up early and run a 5k. I know him through my daughter and have been trying to encourage him to run, he seems to like it. He is a very unlikely running partner for me, but we ran a couple times. He is faster than I am, but I can outdistance him for sure! Anyway, I paired him up with Robert Patton, who was nice enough to help pace him. Robert was great with him. I will forever be thankful for his help! They had a great race, but lets just say, my 15 year old running buddy has a lot to learn. His shoes were not comfortable, and he had stomach trouble a little over half way. Good shoes are a must for us runners! We all learn something new every race we do. He did get a 1st place medal, as he was the only 15 year old boy who got out of bed early to go run a 5k, and be a car for an hour with three crazy ladies!! He deserved it for that alone! It was great to see the fast and fabulous Kris Bossert there this year too! She placed first in her age group, way to go Kris! And both years Mr. Robert Gibson was there, always great to see him!
As you can tell, I'm a big fan of this race! Lots to love, especially the built in lake backdrop that is just perfect for a photo op! I will most definitely be back next year, as I won a free race entry I can't wait! I hear that next year there will be a 1 mile and 5K challenge, sounds fun! I'm so glad Sandy dragged me there last year!
I would like to say that OMRR rocks and is the BEST running club around. Thanks to everyone for being so AWESOME! I hope to be running with you all for years to come."
***This review came to us via snail mail anonymously "I have been running 5k races (among other distances) for years. Your event was one of the best organized I have participated in. The course is incredibly well marked, the volunteers are helpful, and the scenery is pristine. Although you do not have a huge area to draw from, you have produced a quality and fun event that all ages will find enjoyable. I will ensure I never miss this race in the future as it has quickly grown into one of my favorites. I appreciate the fact that your race directors are runners, as runners know what runners like. I enjoyed watching people cheer for each other, and I enjoyed watching a few kids finish their first 5k. This is inspiring to people of all ages. Keep up the good work. Our town appreciates all you do."
***This review came to us via a participant named Randy "I could not have asked for a better race for my first 5k. I haven't been running very long, but I felt welcome at your event. I was nervous, but the event staff and participants made me feel like I was a seasoned runner. I was really excited to hear people cheering for me as I crossed the finish line - I didn’t expect that because I'm not very fast. It made me want to race more often. Thank you for the time you put in to this event. I had a wonderful time and the course was well marked (that was a fear - that I might get lost). The start and finish is beautiful with a great view of the lake. I couldn't ask for a better course or race. Thank you."
***Here are a few thoughts from a participant about staying in Stockton State Park for the races "After attending the Haulin' Bass Trail Race last fall, I was asked why I enjoyed my stay at the park. Well, as a first time visitor to the park I was first impressed with how well kept and beautiful the park is. It's one of the most peaceful places I've ever been! I was told that the Marina offered lodging, so I opted to stay there, and couldn't have been more pleased! Honestly, I could live there! Clean, spacious, quiet, and everything you may need for an overnight or extended stay, and you'll never even have to leave the park!!! Even though the name Stockton State Park Marina may imply water sports (which I'm sure the beautiful lake provides many of), don't overlook it if you enjoy running/hiking or the outdoors in general! The trails are awesome, it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever ran! If you enjoy racing, The Crappie Day 5K and Haulin' Bass Trail Race offer the perfect excuse to get away and spend a couple days at this beautiful park!!!" - Randy
***These thoughts came to us via Twitter and Facebook @crappieday5k had a blast today. Loved the course. Great organization. See you next year. #crappieday5k #stocktonstatepark
@crappieday5k @stocktonSPM wonderful race! Great time with great friends. Can't wait for next year!
"Another well-run race! Enjoyed the hard-cooked eggs at the finish line. This is a tough and fun course. Challenging! See you next year!" - S.K.
"Thanks for another great race! You do such a great job! See you next year!" - J.V.