BHRS IN THE NEWS

Senior runners find health benefits and more in the sport

Ocala Star Banner - May 28, 2018

May 28, 2018

Karen Donnelly, co-founder of the Big Hammock Race Series, said runners in the 50-plus age group are not a “cute little group of runners, they are fierce competitors and the best of the best...
By Andy Fillmore / Correspondent

Run, Run, Rudolph!

Ocala Style Magazine - Dec Issue

December 01, 2016

Lace up those running shoes because it's time for race No. 4 in the Big Hammock Race Series - Season 2, presented by Prime Mortgage. The 39th Annual Gateway Bank Reindeer Run 5k is a Super Race in the BHRS, which means it's the perfect…

Race With Your Heart

Healthy Living Magazines - Nov. Issue

November 01, 2016

If you like multitasking, the Big Hammock Race Series—Season 2, presented by Prime Mortgage Group, is perfect for you. Not only do the race events, which are open to runners and walkers of all ages, provide a great opportunity to be physically active, but all raise funds for numerous charitable causes.… 
By Joann Guidry

A Charmed Challenge

Ocala Style Magazine - Sept Issue

September 01, 2016

Ocala Style has the exclusive first look at the Lucky Charm Challenge medal for the Big Hammock Race Series - Season 2, presented by Prime Mortgage Group. Call the Lucky Charm Challenge a two race rainbow. But, instead of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the prize is a magical medal. "In talking to participants after the first year of the Big Hammock Race Series, we discovered that many people… 
By Joann Guidry

Villagers Perform Well In Big Hammock Race Series

The Villages Daily Sun — TheVillagesDailySun.com

July 19, 2016

Several Villages residents earned awards during the inaugural season of the Big Hammock Race Series.

The series, which consisted of seven races in Marion County, starting in November and ending on July 4, celebrated the completion of its first season with a wrap-up party Saturday at which awards were presented. Budd Bettler won first place in the men’s 70-74 age group while Scott Donnelly was the winner…
By Keith Pearlman: Staff writer  —  Photo Credit: George Horsford

Big Hammock Series Wraps Up First Season With Awards

Ocala Star Banner — Ocala.com

July 17, 2016

The inaugural season of the Big Hammock Race Series came to a close Saturday as organizers celebrated the accomplishments of those who participated with an awards ceremony held at Gateway Bank. With more than 200 in attendance, overall, masters and age division winners were recognized for their hard work with various awards. ...By Paul Kardasz: Staff writer

Suiting Up For Season II

Ocala Style Magazine - July Issue

July 01, 2016

Ocala Style has the exclusive first look at the Super Medal for the Big Hammock Race Series - Season 2, presented by Prime Mortgage Group. When it comes to runners, never underestimate the power of the bling. And in the case of the Big Hammock Race Series - Season 2, presented by Prime Mortgage Group, the coveted bling is the Super Medal... By Joann Guidry

Lacing Up For Season II

Ocala Style Magazine - June Issue

June 01, 2016

In 2015, a few area runners brainstormed the idea to unite the running community by launching a racing series. The Big Hammock Race Series provided incentive for long-time runners to amp up their training and helped introduce new runners. Inspired by the camaraderie of fellow athletes (and of course the race bling), the series was a major success. With the last race of the season approaching in July, series organizers are...

Big Hammock Race Series Set For Second Season

Ocala Star Banner — Ocala.com

May 29, 2016

The Big Hammock Race Series will feature its season-ending event with the Iggy’s Freedom Four-Miler, which is set for July 4 and will begin and end at Veterans Memorial Park. With the four-mile run marking the conclusion of Big Hammock’s first season, the series is wasting no time in picking back up for its second season beginning in September. ...

By Paul Kardasz: Staff writer

Running Shoes and Shamrocks

Ocala Style Magazine - March Issue

March 01, 2016

Leaping leprechauns! Or, should we say, running leprechauns! It's time once again for the annual St. Paddy's Day 5k. This event is hosted by the Youth United Way and winds runners through the beautiful streets of Ocala's historic district. For runners entered into the BigHammockRaceSeries, this marks the fourth and final Super Race. Race day registration and packet pickup will begin at 6:30a...

Fitness At The Finish Line... A Reason To Race

Healthy Living Magazine - Feb Issue

February 01, 2016

The Inagural Big Hammock Race Series aims to bring residents of Ocala/Marion County together for health, fitness, and fun, stride by stride. At first glance, the Big Hammock Race Series seems to be about just running. But, its inception was based on a commitment to community health. "When you look at the health...By Joann Guidry

Running for love... And Horses!

Ocala Style Magazine - Feb Issue

February 01, 2016

The Big Hammock Race Series offers two chances this month to rack up valuable points toward some pretty nifty race bling. The Valentine's Day 5k kicks off at 8:00am at Silver Springs State Park on February 13th and marks the halfway point in the series. The fith race — and a Super Race at that — is the Live Oak International 5k running, in conjunction with the Live Oak International Combined Driving and Show...

Gateway Bank's 2015 Reindeer Run

Ocala Style Magazine - January Issue

January 01, 2016

THE SOCIAL SCENE: Snapshots of Race #2, and 1st SUPER RACE, in the Big Hammock Race Series!

Can You Do 26.2?

Ocala Style Magazine - January Issue

January 01, 2016

Stop no. 3 in the Big Hammock Race Series (BHRS) is just around the corner. The annual Ocala Marathon is recognized as one of the most scenic marathons in the country. Runners from over 40 states wind their way around Marion County's beautiful horse farms. Noted for its rolling hills and southern charm...

Run Run Rudolph

Ocala Style Magazine - December Issue

December 01, 2015

The much-anticipated Big Hammock Race Series is well underway! The second race of the series, an Ocala tradition, the Reindeer Run, will depart from Gateway Bank and take runners on a back-tour of Silver Springs Blvd. The littlest of reindeer can take part in a fun run of their own in the Rudolph Dash free of charge....

Turket Trot celebrates 20th anniversary on Thanksgiving morning

Ocala Star Banner — Ocala.com

November 24, 2015

The first of seven runs in the Big Hammock Race Series takes place Thursday morning with the 20th anniversary of the Turkey Trot in Ocala, now known as the Frank DeLuca YMCA Turkey Trot. The event will include last minute registrations for 5K and 10K races, an outdoor cycling class and a youth...
By John Patton - Correspondent

Big Hammock Bling

Ocala Style Magazine - November Issue

October 31, 2015

Ocala Style presents the first look at the inaugural Big Hammock Race Series Finisher Medal. Runners love race bling. The bigger, flashier and more unique the race medal the better. Ask a runner about a medal and you'll get a race story complete with weather, times and blisters. Scouts earn badges; runners earn medals...
By Joann Guidry

The Scene — Take Your Mark

Ocala Style Magazine - November Issue

October 31, 2015

Th emuch anticipated Big Hammock Race Series kicks off this month with its first race in the series — The annual Turkey Trot. This year marks the 20h anniversary of Ocala's largest race and includes na extra challenge for those looking to grab an additional peice of pie later in the day...

Ready To Race?

Ocala Style Magazine - October Issue

October 01, 2015

As more and more runners take the streets in road races around the country, our own small city has hoped on the bandwagon. A revival of the Ocala Runner's Club has brought area runners together, both speedsters and newbies alike. And thanks to the effort of some area running bigwigs, the Big Hammock Race Series...
By Bonnnie Kretchik

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