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The Sunflower Striders Running Club (SSRC) was organized in the late 1970s. On April 8, 1980, articles of incorporation were filed with the Secretary of State’s office establishing the SSRC as a non-profit organization. Some of the current members who were involved in the early years of the club include Nick Buek, Jim and Ethel Edwards, Lana Best, John Stambaugh, Denis Hill, Glenda Taylor and Joe Saia, Gary Pratt, Jan Leuenberger, and Jerry Estes. Individuals who have served as president of the club from the early 1990s forward include Fred Clark, Dave Halferty, Karen (Pelton) Yokley, Susan Hageman, Joanie Dergan, and current president Brad Rhoden.

In recent years the club has added the following activities:

  • Sponsoring several annual fun runs, including traditional events on New Year’s Day, Labor Your Legs on Labor Day and a Thanksgiving Day run around lake Sherwood.
  • Hosting the annual Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon each January.
  • Providing funds for a local charity from proceed from the half marathon.
  • Hosting an annual spring picnic/fun run.
  • Adopting families for the holidays through the Christmas Bureau and/or making a donation to the Topeka Rescue Mission.
  • We have also provided funds to provide water fountains along the Shunga Trail and at Lake Shawnee.
  • Other periodic community service projects and activities.
2016 Members

Tom & Joleen Arnhold
Stacie Baquero
John & Lila Bartel
Zach & Brianna Beach
George Bernheimer
Lana & Bob Best
Lynette Biehler
Ben Bradshaw
Kevin Brown
Nick Buek
Dale Channel
Rudy Chavez
Scott & Rebecca Cole
Chris Cozadd
Kathleen Deeter
Heiko Detlefsen
Mary Anne & Jared Durall
Jim & Ethel Edwards
Mark Elliott
Neal & Karen Farron
Dana Ferrell
Mimi Gardner
Larry & Elaine Gill
Artie Gonzales
James & Linda Griffin
Cheryl Haefele
Marcia Henderson
Karla Huffman
Sarah Hunter
Jeff Huss
Doug & Dorthy IIiff
Steve Ingersoll
Kenneth & Barbara Jessop
Kevin Kulm
Matthew Ledell
Myron & Tandy Leinwetter
Jan W Leuenberger
Jason, Glenn & Glenn Lewis
Candi Meerpohl
Justin and Vanessa Moss
Tracie Neill
Dave Newbery
Tim & Meredith Owen
Nancy Perih
Carley Pert
Tamara Peterson (Miller)
Claire Phillips
Gary Pratt
Brad & Marla Rhoden
Michael Robins
Ashley Robinson
Donna Romans
Tanya & Dave Scott
Eric & Vicki Smith
Robert, Nici, Angelica Soria
Lon Stanton
Charles & Christine Steinkuehler
Scott Steward
Steve Stumbaugh
Thad Sullivan
Barb, Leigha, Ron Thomas
Ken/Jan Tillery/Escola
Kermit Trout
Roger Underwood
Vossler & Lynette St Vicki
Joe Wagenblast
Paul, Tracy & Marissa Wagner
Israel Wasserstein
Les Watson
Jane Weiler
Frank Weinhold
Norma Weiser
Bob & Sharon Wenger
Kathi/Sue West/Hamlin

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Upcoming Events
Rural Route 13.1 Apr 30, 2016 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM — Esbon, KS
Topeka Lutheran Annual 5k Run/Walk Apr 30, 2016 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM — IIiff Commons, Topeka, KS
Independence Half Marathon May 01, 2016 02:00 AM - 07:00 AM — Independence Events Center, Independence, Missouri
Cinco De Mayo 5-Que (5K) May 07, 2016 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM — Guadalupe Center, 1015 Ave Cesar E Chavez, Kansas City Missouri
Amputee Blade Runners 5K May 07, 2016 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM — Meriden Middle School, Meriden Kansas
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