First women’s Olympic Marathon champion and running legend to serve as At-Large Director
Arlington, VA – Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), the oldest and largest national association of running organizations dedicated to growing the sport of running since 1958, is pleased to announce the appointment of running legend Joan Benoit Samuelson to its Board of Directors.
The RRCA is governed by a 9-person board of directors, typically elected by the membership during the organization’s annual meeting. Benoit Samuelson was appointed, according to RRCA Bylaws, by President Mitchell Garner to serve in the At-Large Director position that was open following the election of At-Large Director Jean Arthur to the Vice President position in March 2016.
In 1984, the eyes of the world were watching Benoit Samuelson when the Bowdoin College grad won the inaugural women’s Olympic Marathon in Los Angeles. Since that historic running moment, she has remained an influential figure and a role model in the running world and women’s athletics.
One of Maine’s most recognizable athletes, Benoit Samuelson serves as an inspiration for runners and athletes of all ages around the world. In 1998, she founded the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race to benefit children’s charities in Maine. Today, the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, an RRCA event member, is a ‘must do’ summer event on the calendars of elite runners around the globe as well as recreational runners throughout New England. Benoit Samuelson ran many of the same coastal roads while growing up in Cape Elizabeth and training for the first women’ Olympic Marathon.
“Joan brings a wealth of knowledge to the RRCA Board of Directors from the perspective of an elite athlete, Masters runner, sport’s ambassador, event director and much more,” said Mitchell Garner, RRCA President. “RRCA Board service is another great example of how Joan supports the sport of running for all ages and abilities.”
Meet the RRCA Board
Benoit Samuelson joins RRCA directors, which includes: Mitchell Garner, President (Ann Arbor Track Club member), Jean Arthur, Vice President (Montgomery County Road Runners Club member), Craig Minyard, Treasurer (Richmond Road Runners Club member), Dwight Mikulis, Eastern Region Director (Howard County Striders member), Sue Brown-Nickerson, Central Region Director (Calumet Region Striders member), Ron Macksoud, Southern Region Director (River Region Runners member), George Rehmet, Western Region Director (Pamakids Running Club member) and Kelly Richards, At-Large Director (Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers member).
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 provides services and benefits to nearly 2,500 running organizations that engage more than 4 million people in their events and running activities. To learn more, visit: www.RRCA.org
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