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Review for Road Runners Club of America Inc, Arlington, VA, USA

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!

Role:  Volunteer & Volunteer for local running club including President, Race Director and Youth Programs Director and RRCA State Rep keeping clubs in state up to date on national organizations opportunities and news.