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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
Mike Baker
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
Jamie Kim
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
Angela Roberson
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
Vicki Vossler & Lynette Steuve
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
Blue River Valley Jolly Jogathon Track Meet Jun 05, 2016 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM — Marysville High School Track, Marysville, KS
Sunflower State Games Track & Field Jul 08, 2016 - Jul 09, 2016
Sunflower State Games 5K & 10K Jul 09, 2016 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM — Lake Shawnee; Reynolds Lodge, Topeka, KS
Sunflower State Games Cross Country Jul 23, 2016 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM — IIiff Commons, Topeka, KS
Getting Up From The Fall 5k Run/Walk Aug 13, 2016 04:00 AM - 07:00 AM — Carbondale Ball Fields, Carbondale, KS
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