About Us

The Topeka Sunflower Striders Running Club is a non-profit organization committed to the overall health and well-being of all who engage in physical activity. The Striders encourage running, walking, or any other form of physical activity with the focus being the mental, physical and social well-being of its members.


We offer weekly get-togethers where runners or walkers can offer or receive motivation to or from others to continue in their pursuit of physical and mental fitness. We sponsor several events throughout the year to achieve the same goal and to benefit many worthwhile charities and organizations.


The Sunflower Striders Running Club (SSRC) was organized in the late 1970s. On April 8, 1980, articles of incorporation were filed with the Secretary of State’s office establishing the SSRC as a non-profit organization.


Some of the current members who were involved in the early years of the club include Nick Buek, Jim and Ethel Edwards, Lana Best, John Stambaugh, Denis Hill, Glenda Taylor and Joe Saia, Gary Pratt, Jan Leuenberger, and Jerry Estes. Individuals who have served as president of the club from the early 1990s forward include Fred Clark, Dave Halferty, Karen (Pelton) Yokley, Susan Hageman, Joanie Dergan, Brad Rhoden, and current president Paul Wagner.

Our Board

Title Name Phone e-mail
President Paul Wagner 785-271-4404
Vice President
Treasurer Mark Elliott 785-256-2137
Facebook Justin Moss
Website Ashley Robinson-Evans
Newsletter Les Watson
At Large Brad Rhoden 785-224-5193

Board meetings are held at Garry Gribbles Running Sports in Topeka on the second Sunday of each month at 7:00 pm. Meetings are open to all club members.

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