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Road Runners Club of America Welcomes Newly Designated Runner Friendly Communities

November 30, 2020

Two communities have the “right stuff” of community infrastructure & support plus local government involvement for designation

Arlington, VA – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is pleased to announce and welcome the following communities as newly designated Runner Friendly Communities® for fall 2020:

  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Terre Haute, Indiana

Runner Friendly Communities have shown that they meet the program’s criteria, which includes community infrastructure, community support and local government support for running. Each community has shown they have an infrastructure that can foster physical activity in a safe environment. They have a proven track record that organizations and businesses work together to promote running as a healthy exercise and sport, with the most important criteria being positive relationships between the running community and their local government.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the important role communities play in making running accessible for citizens,” said Jean Knaack, RRCA Executive Director.  “The references from city and state government leaders for this round of Runner Friendly Communities demonstrates the impact of positive relationships between runners and local officials.”

The goal of the RRCA’s Runner Friendly Community program is to shine a national spotlight on communities that standout as runner-friendly and provide incentives and ideas for communities to work towards becoming runner-friendly communities. Runner Friendly Communities can increase the quality of life; improve physical activity for residents; and provide for increased economic impact for the community.

About RRCA: Founded in 1958, the Road Runners Club of America is the oldest and largest national association of running clubs, running events and runners dedicated to promoting running as a competitive sport and as healthy exercise. The mission of the RRCA is to promote the sport of running through the development and growth of running clubs and running events throughout the country. The RRCA supports the common interests of runners of all abilities during all stages of life by providing education and leadership opportunities along with programs and services that benefit all runners. Learn more at: www.RRCA.org

 

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