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Road Runners Club of America Inc

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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The RRCA supports my local running club, Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers (RAW). The RRCA and RAW promote running and walking as an active lifestyle, one in which the whole family can participate. Supporting and encouraging physical activity amongst America's youth is more important than ever, and I am glad to be a part of these fabulous organizations. I have witnessed the positive changes that occur when a family takes fitness seriously. Five out of seven in our house are proud to call themselves runners now. Five years ago, only one could.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

The RRCA promotes running and a healthy lifestyle to its members through their affiliation with the numerous running clubs throughout the country. I have participated in many running events around the country and the RRCA makes these races possible by providing insurance to these clubs that host the races.
Road races used to have male runners as their largest percentage of participants, but in recent years that has changed to where females are sometimes the largest participant category. I would say this change has been brought about through efforts of the RRCA.
As the RRCA continues to reach out and support youth running programs I believe they can greatly affect the health of America's adolescents and the future obesity rate of adults.
"Get 'em while they're young". I'm a firm believer in that statement. If we can develop and instill a love of running/exercising in our youth, we will give the future adults a way to stay active and healthy throughout their life.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

RRCA is a great tool for the running community of all ages. The website and emails are filled with imformative resourses and information. The kids program is a blessing for many organizations that could not survive without their support.

Review from Guidestar

Brad L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

RRCA promotes a healthy lifestyle for all through running and proper nutrition. They encourage people from all walks of life and levels of fitness.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The RRCA is dedicated to promoting a healthy lifesyle for everyone. But to reach today's youth is vital with physical education being phased out in some schools due to budget cuts. And with the rise of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes this is vital. Keep up the great work RRCA; the running community is behind you.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is important for organizations like the RRCA to demonstrate that their purpose is not just to promote running, but rather to help others where they can, to demonstrate the value of a healthy and athletic lifestyle AND to be active in these ideals.

My local running club, Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers, has outstanding leaders who work hard for RRCA and give generously of their time. This is a worthy organization, deserving of everyone's support, not just runners. Spareribs LaMothe

Review from Guidestar