Mansfield Kiwanis Celebrate a Beautiful Fa La La La 5K

by Greg Barberee

A beautiful Texas winter morning welcomed Kiwanis Club of Mansfield members and participants to the Mansfield Kiwanis Fa La La La 5K on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Katherine Rose Memorial Park in Mansfield Texas. Over 150 participants, a record number, joined the Mansfield Kiwanis for their seventh annual 5K. The Mansfield Kiwanis Fa La La La 5K was first held in 2010 and has been included as the Saturday morning event for Mansfield’s Hometown Holiday weekend ever since.

Club members, Key Club members and volunteers arrived early to transform the park into a Christmas themed playland for the participants. This year, the Mansfield Kiwanis once again decorated the park with handmade Christmas yard art loaned to the Club by Lonnie Barberee. Key Club members decorated the 5K trail with inspirational art and sayins to encourage all that showed up for the 5K.

Christmas music filled the air as participants starting showing up around 7:30 AM to pickup their shirts and runner bids. Club members hustled to put the finishing touches on the 5K course, decorations for the start/finish area and registration area. 144 participants registered online for the Fa La La La 5K and approximately 15 more registered on race day. Club member and volunteers all worked with smiles on their faces as each participant was greeted for registration and packet pickup.

The 5K once again utilized the Walnut Creek Linear Trail for its course. The Linear Trail provides a perfect setting for the 5K since the entire trail is an all weather surface and rolls along next to Walnut Creek allowing the participants to run the 5K without having to dodge traffic on busy Mansfield streets. The 5K course also provided challenges to the participants with elevation changes at the 0.75 mile and 2.5 mile marks.

This year’s winners were: Alison Langford, Women’s Overall Winner (21:57.1); Robyn Eastman, Women’s Masters Division Winner (23:20.7); Cody Tecklenburg, Men’s Overall Winner (18:52.3); and, Brian Williford, Men’s Masters Division Winner (21:13.0). You can view results for all partipants by clicking here.

The weather, good spirits from Club members, volunteers and participants created a truly exceptional 5K this year! Please check out our online photo album to view pictures from Saturday. 2017 Mansfield Kiwanis Fa La La La 5K Online Photo Album. This year’s 5K can be considered a successful fundraiser that will allow the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield to continue filling its mission to improve the lives of children.

An email has already been sent out to all participants thanking them for their participation and providing a link the the online album and to a survey to help us improve the 5K. You may view the email to the particants by clicking on the following link: Email to 5K Participants. All Club members are also reminded to take the Club Member Survey to help the 5K committee with planning for future events.

Thank you to our Mansfield Kiwanis Fa La La La 5K Sponsors

The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield want to say thank you to our generous sponsors for the Mansfield Kiwanis Fa La La La 5K held on December 2, 2017.  Without the assistance of these sponsors our Club would not have been able to put on on of the premier 5K events in Mansfield.  More importantly, their contributions allow the Mansfield Kiwanis to continue with their mission to improve the lives of children in Mansfield and the world.   Please help our Club thank the following sponsors:

Bob Noel Tennis Classic Successfully Bounces to Southern Oaks Golf & Tennis Club

By Danny Boyer

We were fortunate to hold the Bob Noel Tennis Classic at the brand new tennis facility at Southern Oaks Golf and Tennis Club in Burleson. This was the first adult tournament at the Southern Oaks. Ernie Abraham is the Director of the Southern Oaks Tennis and has been the Bob Noel Tournament Director for more than 20 years. Ernie knew Bob Noel personally when Bob competed at Walnut Creek Country Club. I believe there were 140 players in this year’s tournament and this was
the maximum number of players for a three day event on the 11 courts.

At Friday evening’s registration, one gentleman from the Waco area mentioned that he plays in multiple tournaments throughout the year and we are one of the few that includes a nice shirt with registration. Ernie stated that we had a couple travel from Austin to play in the tournament and they have played numerous times before.

Our Kiwanis Club continued its tradition of preparing hamburgers for the players on Saturday. With the strong wind, this was a challenge this year. We were able to use the Tennis Shop as a wind block and prepared many burgers to the player’s satisfaction. Kiwanis fellowship time around the grill always makes for an enjoyable day. The new tennis facility has both indoor seating area and an outdoor patio for dining that was enjoyed by the players.

Many thanks to Southern Oaks Tennis and Ernie Abraham for hosting and assisting us with a very successful event. The players loved the new facility so I hope we can continue the Bob Noel Tennis tradition at our new site for many more years.