WILLARD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - Runners across Missouri will take over one of the Ozark Greenways soon for the 11th Annual Frisco Railroad Run.
The Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners (OMRR) are hosting and organizing the race. OMRR is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to wellness, fitness, running, and caring. All of OMRR's proceeds are used for club-related activities such as supporting local and national charities, organizing local races, publishing a running newsletter, and maintaining a clean environment along local trails.
The Frisco Railroad Run is one of the group's largest fundraisers. In 2018, OMRR raised nearly $9,000 for local groups. The Volunteer Coordinator for the Frisco Railroad Run, Kris Bossert, talked about how much the non-profit, and the race, does for the community. "It benefits the Ozark Greenway Trails, it benefits several local track and cross country teams that help us with our aid stations," began Bossert. "We call them 'like minded' organizations." Bossert said at this point about 50% of profits from the Frisco Railroad Run go to honorariums.
One local runner said she is extremely excited to run the Frisco Railroad Run. Jeri Davis talked about how she has prepared. "St. Patrick's Day weekend I went to Oregon and Washington and did two hilly halves back to back," said Davis. "This week is going to be a lot of cross training and probably a lot of walk-running."
The Frisco Railroad Run is Saturday, April 27. The race will start at Willard Middle School at 6:00 a.m. and the course will remain open until 6:00 p.m. There are several distance options, including an 8K, half marathon, marathon, 50K, and a 50 mile run.
Those interested can register for the race up until the morning of the event. The Frisco Highline Trail is Missouri's second longest Rail-Trail.