Annual running gathering to be held during the week of 106th Drake Relays, April 22-26; induction of 45th RRCA Hall of Fame class
Arlington, VA – Since 1958, the members and supporters of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) have gathered in different cities around the country for the Annual RRCA National Convention. The 57th edition, to be held in Des Moines, Iowa, from April 22-26, 2015, is hosted by the IMT Des Moines Marathon. In 2012, the RRCA named Des Moines as an Outstanding Runner Friendly Community.
“Our Convention is a great opportunity for running club leaders, race directors, fitness professionals, certified coaches, certified race directors, sponsors, running industry professionals and runners to come together to share information, best practices and contribute to the national mission of the RRCA to promote running as a sport and healthy lifestyle choice,” said Jean Knaack, executive director. “We look forward to being in the running-friendly city of Des Moines, home of the Drake Relays.”
The RRCA Convention officially opens with the welcome reception on Thursday, April 23 and concludes on Sunday, April 26 with the Hy-Vee Road Races. The Hy-Vee 5K also serves as the RRCA National 5K Championship, and 2014 RRCA Roads Scholar grantee Dan Quigley will be part of the elite field of runners in the event.
This year’s RRCA Convention has 20 different education sessions along with a trade expo, continuing education for certified coaches and race directors and much more. Several social networking events are planned including taking attendees to the “Friday Under the Lights” event at the storied 106th Drake Relays.
Special guest speakers for the event include USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Drake Relays Director Brian Brown and Jon Dunham, Director/Producer of Spirit of the Marathon and BOSTON. The RRCA will also present its annual awards as well as honor and fete its 45th Hall of Fame class: Sara Mae Berman, Jack Daniels and Phil Stewart, who will all be present to accept their award.
The all-inclusive registration fee for the 57th RRCA Convention is only $380. All details about the RRCA Convention, including its schedule, can be found www.RRCA.org/Convention/.
About the RRCA
Founded in 1958, the RRCA (www.RRCA.org) is the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States with more than 2,200 running club and event members representing 200,000 individual runners active in their running communities. The mission of the RRCA is to promote the development and growth of running clubs, running events, and supporting the common interests of recreational runners throughout the country at all stages in life. The RRCA provides a national infrastructure for the development of recreational adult and youth running clubs and events that have boomed into a robust sporting activity. The RRCA actively promotes running as a healthy lifestyle and positive social activity and strives to provide quality programming that can be replicated throughout the country, such as its highly successful Start a Running Club program has been the cornerstone of the organization for more than 50 years.