Welcome to the Wabash River Runners Club! Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or you’ve never run a 5K before, we are here to help support and encourage you to meet your goals! The WRRC is a social running club located in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area, and we have many different group runs and races to keep you motivated. Our group runs include both trails and roads around town and on the beautiful Wabash Heritage Trail. On average, there are 3-4 group runs each week, with varying distances and at different locations. Our Farmers Market 5K series runs May-October, and our Trail Race Series runs from July-October. Come on out and join us for a group run – we run at all paces, so don’t worry about being the “new person”. There may even be a cup of coffee or a delicious breakfast afterwards to get to know each other and celebrate each others’ successes!
Why run with a group? I run by myself frequently, early in the mornings before work, and while I enjoy the peace and quiet and “time to think”, some of my best runs are when I’m running with my WRRC friends. I’ve been pushed by other club members to become a better runner, and I’ve been encouraged on harder days. I’ve learned how much faster a run can go when you’re just chatting with a friend about the past week. There really is something special about running with other people who share the same love of the sport. The stories and the laughing keep me coming back, and I hope you’ll come join us, too!
Feel free to poke around our website at the different group runs and races we offer, as well as for information on membership. Let us know if you have any questions!
We have some exciting events coming up very soon! First we have the election of new officers. The positions that are available for selection are:
- Vice-President–Susan has volunteered to stay in this position
- Treasurer–Currently open
- Membership director–Barb has volunteered to stay in this position
Please let us know if you are interested in any of these positions. We will have a formal vote on Saturday, June 13th at Panera on the Levee at 9:30 AM. It will be to your advantage to attend, to elect your choice of candidates. Please support this event, we cannot have good choices without everyone’s input.
Next, we have talked with Bryce Carlson, Professor at Purdue and extreme runner that just finished his Race Across America today!! 3100 miles!! What an accomplishment!! He has agreed to come and speak to us on June 16th at 6:30 PM at Sargent Preston’s in downtown Lafayette. He will talk about his epic journey across the USA and his experiences. He will also be available to answer questions. This is a tremendous accomplishment and it should be interesting to hear about his adventures on the roads of America. Please note this on your calendar, come eat, drink and enjoy the stories!!
The next night, June 17th is the second Farmer’s Market 5K. Don’t forget to come and enter so you will be in tip top shape for your next race! The Farmer’s Market will be at Cumberland Park in West Lafayette and registration starts at 5:45 PM. The race will start at 6:30 PM. As usual it will be the same night as the Farmer’s Market so you can fill up on goodies while you are there!
Please plan to come see us at these events and join in the fun at WRRC!!!
Wabash River Runners Club President
Just wanted to drop a note and thank everyone that attended the 2015 RITNY. This was a HUGE success thanks to all of you for coming out and joining together for a community run and buffet breakfast. We had a record setting number of members for breakfast at 135. It appears our new location was widely accepted and the course was well liked. It is very helpful and pleasant to hear the positive feedback we received.
Thanks to Amy Keene for providing the Throw Back Thursday pictures from the J&C. From that we learned that one of our members, Dan Blomeke, has run every RITNY since the very first one in 1981 except for the one on Jan 1 when Purdue played in the Rose Bowl. Thanks to Larry Miller for the pictures and the work laying out the course. Thanks to Jennifer Simpson for the nice email regarding the event.
It’s nice to know that our members appreciate these events and we can make improvements if needed based on their comments. Thanks to the Staff at the Four Points Sheraton for accommodating us. This was their first year and they did an excellent job. I apologize to anyone who had trouble finding a seat or utensils but with our attendance higher than anticipated the hotel staff was doing their best to handle the requests.
Also a big thanks to the WRRC Board, for without the time they volunteer, these events would never materialize. Thanks to Susan Lauro, Mark Acher, Barb Doremire and Nancy Weinberg. Also helping were Bill Bombassaro and Susie Uhl. And Abby Engelberth for keeping the website updated. There are pictures posted on Facebook and in the photo gallery on this site.
In case anyone is missing a headband, there was one left on one of the tables at the Breakfast, contact me.
What an awesome way to start 2015!! Thanks to all of our members for supporting our events!! We have such an amazing club! Since we have a lot of Professors and students, we have many club members that move on in their journey. And the feedback we receive from previous members is always the same, “since moving from Lafayette, we have not been able to find another running club we enjoy as much as the Wabash River Runners Club”. We miss the people. That is so inspiring!
Keep on running and being happy!
Wabash River Runners Club President
We had the election for the WRRC Board Members today. We want
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Results are in now and we have some new memb Carrefour chop antgel cual ers on the Board.
We want to Congratulate those people and thank them for volunteering
their time to support the Club. We are proud to announce the following
- President: Cyndi Meacham
- Vice President: Susan Lauro
- Treasurer: Mark Acher
- Secretary: Nancy Weinberg
- Membership Director: Barb Doremire
Please join us in Congratulating these people and I want to thank everyone
for their confidence in all of us. Please feel free to contact any of these Board
members at any time with suggestions or comments.
I might add that we want to thank Bill Bombassaro for his 10 years of service.
He has offered to be available to consult and assist in the future and we do
appreciate it and will take him up on it. We certainly have relied on him
and his advice many times in the past and will miss him at the meetings.
Also Bill completed another task for the Club just this morning before the election.
He measured the Farmer’s Market 5K route and found the members were correct
and the route was a little long. He has made corrections with new markers of white
paint. The start will be moved forward at the next race.
It’s communication like this that help us meet your expectations!
Thanks –keep running and smiling,
Wabash River Runners Club President
I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather. Please remember when the temperature rises, it is important to hydrate, so carry water. Next week, June 5th, is the FIRST of our Trail Series races. This one will be a 5K race and will be timed, as well as the next two in the Series. The trail has been cleared by the Tippecanoe Parks Department since the flooding earlier this spring and is ready. Because we want to promote exercise and attract runners in and around Lafayette to these races, we have made a decision to LOWER the ENTRY FEE for this Series. The fee will now be $5/person, no exceptions. This is $7 LOWER than we originally published on the flyers so help us get the word out to the community. See updated flier here.
We are excited about this new Series and hope some of you that have never run on a trail will give it a try. Trail running is different than road running but it has so much to offer. The surfaces are easier on your legs, the scenery is amazing, it is cooler on the hot summer days and it is a change from road running. Hopefully we will many of you next Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM at Fort Ouiatenon for the start of this Series.
Keep Running and be happy!