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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.

The SSRC has a long history of providing timing and results for local races. In recent years the club has added the following activities:

  • Sponsoring several annual fun runs, including traditional events on New Year’s Day, a spring picnic fun run, 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.
New Members

Miguel Arellano
Holly Blick
Anthony Bryan
Debra Christian
Scott & Rebecca Cole
Andrew Connery
Lizette De La Pena-Goldsmith
Rick Deibert
Heiko Detlefsen
Patrick Eldringhoff
Joseph Eldringhoff
Michael Erwin
Heather Fay
Shaun Gardner
Ryan Haefke
Kristen Hearrell
Laura Hoerman
Patty Hylton
Ashley Koch
Cassie Madden
Steve McGaughey
Candi Meerpohl
Abby Moore
Tony Rake
Jory Reedy
Michael Robins
Sean Rutter
Thad Sullivan
Scott Umsheid
James Wabaunsee
Israel Wasserstein
Tim Wllingham


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Upcoming Events
Thanksgiving Day 5k & Family Stroll Nov 26, 2015 03:00 AM - 04:30 AM — Sprint Campus, Overland Park, KS
Miracle on Kansas Avenue Rescue Run 5k Run and Walk Nov 28, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM — 534 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS
MARA Chili Run Dec 12, 2015 04:00 AM - 05:30 AM — Wyandotte County Lake Park, Shelter #2, Kansas City, KS
Topeka to Auburn Half Marathon Jan 16, 2016 04:00 AM - 07:00 AM — Indian Hills Elementary, 7445 SW 29th Street, Topeka, KS
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