58th RRCA National Convention Heads to Dallas, Texas

March 3rd, 2016

58th RRCA National Convention Heads to Dallas, Texas

Dallas Running Club hosts annual gathering & celebration on March 17-20 in the Big-D; keynote speakers, 22 engaging education sessions and more; Elevating the Future of Running convention theme

Dallas, TX – Since 1958, the members and supporters of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) have gathered in different cities across the country for the Annual RRCA National Convention. This year, the Dallas Running Club hosts the 58th RRCA National Convention from March 17-20 with the featured race, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon, concluding the running celebration on Sunday, March 20.

“We look forward to Elevating the Future of Running at our 58th Convention in Dallas, and the attendees will do just that at the education sessions, networking opportunities and informal discussions as together we continue RRCA’s mission to promote running as a sport and healthy lifestyle choice for all,” said Jean Knaack, executive director.

The 2016 Convention will have 22 engaging education sessions for club leaders, event directors, coaches and runners to learn about best practices, how to manage critical issues facing the sport and much more. In addition, seasoned club presidents will present a three-part Governance Series, and there will also be several opportunities for RRCA Certified Race Directors to earn continuing education credits.

The RRCA Convention will warmly welcome elite athlete and two-time ultra world champion Camille Herron, who will lead a session about practical measure to help keep the sport clean in the U.S. There will also be a town hall style meeting to discuss opportunities for growing youth running in this country.

Special keynotes speakers at the luncheons include Ben Rosario and Gilbert Tuhabonye who will share their inspiring stories:

Rosario has been just about everything in the running industry: elite athlete, special events director for a big city marathon, running store owner, marketing director, elite athlete coordinator and of course…coach. His number one passion though has always been the competitive side of the sport and he brings a healthy obsession for success to his role as coach/president of HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite.

Tuhabonye grew up in East Africa, running barefoot to fetch water, racing his friends and chasing cows on his family farm through the Burundian countryside. By his junior year in high school, he had become the 400 and 800 meter national champion. Running was his life. And after becoming one of many victims of the horrific Burundian Civil War, running saved his life—literally. Gilbert was burned, tortured and witnessed mass genocide. He miraculously survived. After coming to the United States as part of an Olympic Development Program in 1996, Gilbert pursued a college degree where he was a national collegiate champion, followed by a career as a professional runner and, eventually, a successful coach.

The RRCA Convention provides 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 develop and grow community-based running clubs and events that serve runners of all ages and abilities in pursuit of health and competition. Registration for the RRCA Convention is only $380 and includes two cocktail receptions, two breakfasts, two luncheons, two dinners including the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, great attendee swag and a variety of education and networking opportunities.

Details about the RRCA Convention, including registration and schedule, can be found at: RRCA.org/Convention

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About the RRCA:

The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is the oldest and largest national association of running organizations and runners dedicated to growing the sport since 1958. The RRCA champions the development of community-based running clubs and events that serve runners of all ages and abilities in pursuit of health and competition. The RRCA’s vision is to see an organized running club established in every community in the U.S. To learn more, visit: www.RRCA.org

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58th RRCA National Convention Heads to Dallas, Texas

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