S.W.F.T.R., a.k.a. South West Fun Time Runners, is an area-wide running club encompassing (at least) Southwest Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle, and southeast Colorado. The club known as SWFTR (pronounced "swifter") was chartered in 1990. SWFTR also has a sister club based in Derby, KS, and known as T.R.R.A.C.Ks , a.k.a. The Road Racing Association of Central Kansas.
SWFTR members are eligible for discounted entry fees at area running events, and SWFTR leadership aids race directors with publicizing their races and lends assistance in other ways as well. Among SWFTR's goals are to promote the physical, mental, spiritual, and social aspects of running, and also to assist in the overall improvement in the quality and quantity of area races. Several area races have been certified since SWFTR's involvement, with the aim of providing accurate courses, recognition for quality performances, and to draw more runners to events.
SWFTR has also begun an annual Grand Prix series to recognize those dedicated runners who faithfully support area races and encourage their training for improvement. A big thanks goes to Walter Birney for compiling the Grand Prix results and to those race directors and volunteers who steadfastly work behind the scenes to hold the running events that bring us all together.