Road Runners Club of America Welcomes Four Additional Instructors to its Popular Coaching Certification Program
August 17, 2021
Arlington, VA – August 13 – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is pleased to welcome Beofra Butler, Benson Langat, Alex Morrow and Christine Rockey to its Coaching Certification program instruction team. The four new instructors will join the RRCA’s Director of Coaching Education Randy Accetta, Brent Ayer, Bobby Gessler, and Cari Setzler in delivering the RRCA’s Level I and Level II Coaching Certification courses.
Since 1998, the RRCA Coaching Certification Program has educated knowledgeable and ethical distance running coaches who work with runners of all ages and abilities. Long recognized as the national leader in run coaching certification, the RRCA Coaching Certification Program is designed to educate prospective coaches so they may direct training programs for their RRCA member running clubs; coach individuals or groups in a volunteer or paid capacity; help athletes achieve goals such as completing a 5k, half marathon, or marathon; and design intelligent training plans that are based on a scientific body of knowledge to help runners achieve their goals while minimizing the risk of injury.
“We’re thrilled to add such skilled people to our teaching team,” says Randy Accetta, RRCA Director of Coaching Education. “We’ve had a great team for a decade now, and these four new additional instructors, with their wide range of running and educational backgrounds, will be a great resource for future course participants.”
Beofra (Bee) Butler
Beofra earned a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and a Master’s of Art in Human Services and Life Coaching and has been an active participant and leader in the running community for over 30 years. While serving in the military for over 28 years, she has completed races in every distance from the 5K to 100 miler, in addition she has run over 112 marathons. Beofra serves as a pacer for several marathons and is currently an Ambassadors for Black Girls Run!, Brooks Run Happy Team, Balega International, and Regional Ambassador for Marathon Maniac/Half Fanatics.
Benson earned his Bachelors in Health Science and Master of Social Work from the University of South Dakota. While at Butler CC, he was NJCAA in Academics, Cross Country, and Track & Field. Benson is RRCA Level I & II Certified Running Coach and a competitive distance runner specializing in the 5k to Marathon distances. Additionally, Benson was named the 2020 Boston Marathon Honorary Member and currently serves as the RRCA South Dakota State Representative.
Alex is the owner and head coach of the Resolute Running Training Center, a full-service training facility in Birmingham, AL that focuses on adult runners. Alex has been an RRCA Certified Coach since 2010. He is Lydiard Level II certified, USATF certified, and Coach Daniel’s VDOT 02 certified. He holds a personal training certification from AFAA and is a TRX qualified instructor. Alex is a multiple-time Boston Marathon qualifier, has completed all six World Marathon Majors: Chicago, Boston, Berlin, Tokyo, New York, and London, and has raced distances all the way up to 100 miles.
Christine Rockey, PhD
Christine is an accomplished local runner with a 2:58 marathon PR. She has her doctorate in Kinesiology and has been an educator for over 25 years. She has served as the training coordinator for her local running club, the running coach for the youth triathlon program, and the head coach for the charity group Red Cross Rescue Racers. While an undergraduate Cross Country runner, she was an academic All-American. She is certified through RRCA and USATF as a running coach and ACSM as a personal trainer and exercise physiologist.
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 and success of community-based running organizations that empower all people to participate in the sport of running in pursuit of enjoyment, health, well-being, and competition. Learn more at: www.RRCA.org