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.
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.
As president and coach of my running club, I credit the RRCA for the courage to start and confidence to continue leading this club. I knew nothing about the actual running of a track club before we started. With the help of the RRCA State Rep, coaching certification and continuing education classes, and the consistent outreach of the national office, my club continues to grow in knowledge and numbers. It's comforting to know that if I have a question, I can get it answered in a very timely manner. My community as a whole has benefited in so many ways! From Kids'camps and training programs addressing the obesity crisis, run/walks raising funds and providing opportunities to exercise, to seminars on nutrition and other topics. One of our local junior high schools is currently in the process of applying for a Lowe's ToolBox for Education Grant. If it wasn't for the RRCA identifying these opportunities, we would have never known. I give the RRCA A++.