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Causes: Amateur Sports, Recreational Clubs, Sports

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.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Rick S.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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/


Review from Guidestar

Trail Runner

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Run to Win

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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