7 Reasons Why You Should Add The Frog Hill Half To Your Half-Marathon Calendar

Whether you are a seasoned half-marathoner, or recently began training for your first event, the Frog Hill Half in Waynesville, Missouri is bucket list worthy. Missouri is home to over 50 annual half-marathons but the Frog Hill Half stands out in the crowd. In its third year this challenging race is picking up steam and drawing more runners and their families.

1. Centrally Located- Waynesville, the seat of Pulaski County, lies just north of Interstate 44 (Exit 156) and is approximately half way between Saint Louis and Springfield, Missouri. This makes travel to and from the Frog Hill Half a breeze.

2. Route 66- This storied pavement has been revered by “roadies” since the cross country highway was decommissioned in 1985. Runners can truly connect with America’s past during this portion of the course. A small portion of Frog Hill Half retraces part of the route ran during the Trans-American Footrace in 1928.

3. W.H. Croaker- Our list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the race’s namesake. W.H. Croaker is an internationally famous landmark. Carved from an extra large boulder, the brightly colored green and yellow frog rock will silently cheer you on as you pass beneath during your descent into charming downtown Waynesville.

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W.H. Croaker- the namesake of the Frog Hill Half Marathon

4. Superior Hill- One portion of the course follows an antebellum road that is gravel and crushed rock. Don’t be lulled by the Ozark scenery as you pass by Roubidoux Spring and follow the river towards the historic Poor Farm. Superior Hill awaits you. This formidable challenge peaks just shy of a half mile and features a 9% grade. You will never forget completing this section of the course.

5. Amenities- Area amenities make the Frog Hill Half a destination. Arrive early and explore Pulaski County’s 33 miles of Route 66, shop the antique stores and gift boutiques, learn the tragic tale of the Cherokee, and feast at unique dining spots. Stay late and discover stunning scenery while kayaking the Big Piney or Gasconade River. Nearby Saint Robert has multiple lodging accommodations that will fit any budget. Race organizers have negotiated a race discount at Baymont Inn & Suites.

6. Family Friendly- The race is organized by Team 413 Gracerunner Ministries with a focus on the family. In addition to the half-marathon they offer a 10K the same day. The Leapfrog 5K takes place the evening before the featured race. The out-and-back course leads half-marathoners to Frogtoberfest at Waynesville City Park. This one-of-a-kind festival celebrates W.H. Croaker’s “birthday” and is jam packed with fun activities.

7. George Mallory- The famous mountaineer, after being asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, famously retorted “Because it’s there”. You are a half-marathoner and Frog Hill Half is waiting to be conquered.

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Photo courtesy of Team 413 Gracerunner Ministries

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Route 66 Shootout

"If you like high school basketball, then you will love this shootout!"

“If you like high school basketball, then you will love this shootout!”

The second annual Route 66 Shootout Pulaski County USA will be held Dec. 20 and 21 at Waynesville High School with 19 teams playing 13 games in the shootout.

“If you like high school basketball, then you will love this shootout,” says WHS Athletic Director Josh Scott. “Fans who came last year saw more slam dunks, fast breaks and unique drives than they would during regular-season games, and this year will be even more exciting with more games and more teams competing. Word spread very quickly about this shootout.”

The Waynesville R-VI School District and the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau have partnered to produce this outstanding event. In addition to local teams, teams from Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas will participate in the unparalleled high school basketball hoops action.

On Friday, Dec. 20, games begin at 1 p.m. with the final game of the evening starting at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 21, the games begin at 11 a.m. and continue to the last game, which begins at 8 p.m.

“Some of the best teams in the Missouri have been paired to bring unbeatable competition,” Scott says. “These teams are accustomed to making playoffs and want the extra play time to hone their skills.”

College recruiters will find places in the stands to study their top recruits.

“We especially appreciate the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau for partnering with us as our major sponsor to make this tournament a reality,” Scott says. “We are also thankful for the area businesses who will help make this shootout a reality by helping to feed the teams and providing their support.”

The cost for admission to each day of the shootout is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Athletic passes will not be accepted for this special event. Game programs will be for sale for $2 each. They cover the teams, their rosters, records, coaches, records and more.

To plan your #Route66Shootout experience visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com/shootout #PulaskiCountyUSA 2013 Route 66 Shootout Schedule

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3V3 Soccer Challenge 30 second spot

Get your game on in Pulaski County. The Pulaski County Soccer Club’s 3 on 3 Soccer Challenge will be held May 25th and 26th. There are recreational and competitive divisions for most any age so register now.

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