At the last STAR Team meeting, Ozark Greenways Executive Director Terry Whaley announced that some federal stimulus funds will be used to finish paving the trail between Springfield and Willard. The trail is gravel for most of its length between Springfield and Bolivar.
Gravel is apparently easier to run on than pavement.
My opinion: Perhaps MSU should support its cross-country team by providing a proper training trail closer to school. Such a trail might even be popular with other runners and score the university some good PR. I agree with Whaley, as quoted in the article, that paving increases participation among a wider group of people — generally a good thing for the trails.