ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA INC

Rating: 4.72 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Sports

Location: 1501 Lee Hwy Ste 140 Arlington VA 22209 USA

Mission: The RRCA’s mission is to promote running as healthy exercise and as a competitive sport and to represent and promote the common interests of its member running clubs, running events, and individual runners through education, leadership, programs and other services.
Programs: The Kids Run the Nation Program is a multi-week, gender neutral, youth running program designed for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. The RRCA’s vision is to see a locally managed, youth running program in every grade school in America. The Kids Run the Nation Program Guide is designed to help teachers, coaches, or program directors develop youth running programs that can be implemented as a physical education or classroom wellness curriculum, as a before or after-school program, or as a community-based youth running program. The emphasis of this program is on participation and developing a healthy lifestyle as opposed to being a competitive running program. The Program Guide is a full-color, 40-page educational curriculum divided into eight lesson plans, with a bonus ninth lesson on competitive running. Each lesson plan can be taught during a one-hour class period over an 8-week time frame.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The RRCA does an outstanding job promoting health and fitness through running. They support local running clubs across the nation, sanction races, recognize those who make contributions to the running community, promote safety, and encourage young people to be physically active.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My club has hosted RRCA Championship races. Several of our members have been recognized for their achievements or contributions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of any at this time.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The RRCA has been the national organization supporting the grassroots running clubs and events across the country for 50 years now. So many individuals have benefitted physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually from being able to run in races or with others in training groups that these grassroots running clubs promote and direct. My running started on a high school track team and luckily for me the local RRCA running club supported the youth teams and I was able to see that running was not just a high school or even college activity. I have been able to volunteer with that same local club for 25 years now in many ways but none more special than with the young runners. The RRCA has made a strong push towards the kids of late and my hope is that all the grassroots running clubs across the country offer a program for the kids so they can have fun, get some physical activity with some positive adult role models and to get a chance to compete. RRCA don't be afraid to encourage competition for the kids as running is one of the best sports for some one to see their improvement as times are in black and white. Of course, the coaches and parents need to have a positive and supportive coaching philosophy with long term progression as the focus. Thank you RRCA for allowing me to be apart of the organization. Being a State Rep for all these years has been a very positive experience for me as working with all these energetic and knowledable people have inspired me in so many ways.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By attending nearly a dozen National Conventions and seeing how great ideas are shared and how the national organization supports the needs of the grassroots running clubs on a very personal level.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Always have hoped and dreamed a sponsor would come along to help make the RRCA championship events something the elite runners would really want to compete in. I understand there just isn't any funding currently to do more than is being done but I would love that to change!

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Rating: 5 stars  

RRCA provides great support for the running community and the running clubs within it. Our running club, Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers, has benefited greatly from many aspects of RRCA's support including their promotion of races and of fitness and healthy lifestyles. RRCA's Kids Run the Nation program is a great program for getting young people focused on fitness and health. We are proud to have provided support for it and look forward to seeing all the people it will help.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the young people helped through Kids Run the Nation as well as the support provided to local running clubs

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

cannot think of any at this time

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Rating: 5 stars  

RRCA continues to provide the leadership for the long distance runners and running clubs of America. I served six years as the Arkansas State Representative and two terms as the RRCA Southern Director. Those days serving with this great organization are by far the highlights of my 33-year running career. The RRCA clubs give so much to their communities by providing opportunities to improve the health of their residents and in many cases tremendous support for local charities.
Arkansas has a RRCA Grand Prix Series that involves races and communities over the entire state. I invite your to visit their website and see the great contributions of the RRCA in this state: www.arkrrca.com/


I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Communities of Arkansas, Southern Region of 11 states and at the national level on the Board of Directors

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make more runners in the country aware of the many opportunities available for their communities.

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Rating: 4 stars  

We've been a member of the RRCA since our organization, the American Trail Running Association, was formed in 1996. We receive great support from the staff. We have enjoyed attending their annual convention and encourage others to get in on the action!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Annual Conference; staff interaction very positive; great insurance program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

See the RRCA at many more events.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

RRCA has been representing the interests of runners for over 50 years and was instrumental in modernizing our sport in the early days. As a former runner and current road race director I rely on RRCA for advice on best practices for my events as well as insurance. One of my events has been selected as an RRCA state championship this year and I know that will increse our exposure and attract runners statewide. The leadership at RRCA has been very supportive of our efforts here in Massachusetts. I urge fellow race directors and club members to join me in supporting RRCA and attend the the RRCA National Convention in VA this spring.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

RRCA is supporting our local efforts here in MA by sponsoring our runners expo in conjunction with Run Gloucester. They've also assisted in making an event I organize The End of Summer Classic a state championship which will attract additional runners and contribute to the competitiveness of the event.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase awareness of the organization here in New England by engaging with event organizers and other organizations to promote RRCA.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of the RRCA for more than 30 years. During that time I have benefitted from the useful and practical resources produced by the RRCA including its Race Management manual, Womens Running Safety Programs, Kids Running programs, and its coaching education programs.

Whenever I have had a question or needed information, help has been only a telephone call or email away--quickly and completely.

I have also been a supporter of the RRCA Roads Scholar program, a program that raises money and issues grants to emerging elite distance runners. These grants fill a real need, and this is just one of the many efforts that the RRCA has pioneered and championed. I always feel good when a former Roads Scholar wins a national championship or otherwise distinquishes himself or herself.

The RRCA through its publications and educational workshops held each year at its annual meeting are among the best sources of information available for local clubs and local club leaders. Not only do we learn alot, we always have fun.

I also appreciate the willingness of the RRCA to share via its website news and information, including things like meeting minutes and reports from its various committees.

Hooray for the RRCA!
Carl Sniffen

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

coaching education, road race management manual, Roads Scholar program, championship race program, attending annual meetings and informative workshops on topics ranging from insurance issues to club management and much more

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work to increase funraising capabilities. The RRCA does so much with very little. Additional revenues could help expand existing educational efforts and allow it to pursue more activities related to children's running and obesity and womens running safety.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I can't think of anything.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Definitely. I learned many things about coaching, race management and club management. I met many friends with whom I continue to network and visit regularly.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me proud to be a part of this organization, and I have always felt that the RRCA has made me feel like my efforts have made a positive difference.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The RRCA provides a lot of support for local communities and has a network of representatives in every state to help local races and clubs put on safe, high quality events for their runners. They provide tools for runners to find local clubs, races and even coaches.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in every level of running in my local community from the running specialty to shops to the races.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would make the website easier to search and navigate.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

There are running events and then there are RRCA running events. For those who take the time to read and implement the RRCA event manual, an exceptionally good run will then be had by everyone participating, including those not running, suah as, the spectators, sponsors, race day officials and volunteers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I' have nothing but good words to say about the national, regional and state wide associative assistance with all types of runners taht has been offered.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would demand that I give back more to the community of runners.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is the best organization to gather information on running club management, how to put on a road race and all distance running information in general. The RRCA also has one of the best informational websites out there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hellping set up a road race

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to find ways to make the website more interactive.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

google

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Get more exercise!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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