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.
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!
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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.
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.