$65,000 guaranteed funding for Rio hopefuls plus bonus money
Arlington, VA – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is pleased to announce that the RRCA Board of Directors has developed a one-time special grant project designed to support U.S. Distance Training Centers and elite U.S. athletes as they prepare for competition heading into the Olympic Games qualifying marathon that will be hosted in Los Angeles, CA in February 2016.
Since 1962, RRCA has provided financial support to elite runners, and in 1996, Montreal Olympic Marathoner Don Kardong was elected as RRCA president and through his leadership, the highly successful Roads Scholar® program was launched. The goal of the Roads Scholar program is to assist post-collegiate American runners who show great promise to develop into national and world class distance running athletes. In 1997, during the second year of the Roads Scholar grant program, the RRCA gave a grant to a young, promising distance runner by the name of Deena Drossin (Kastor) who later won the bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon.
“As distance runners look to trials preparation, the RRCA continues its 50-plus year tradition by providing this additional financial support for elite athlete development,” explained Jean Knaack, RRCA executive director. “By late August, the RRCA will provide a one-time, guaranteed contribution of support totaling $65,000, with bonus money to be awarded to qualifying athletes, for the maximum allocation of $76,000 towards this unique funding project.”
The RRCA will provide five grants in the amount $5,000 each, for a total of $25,000 on a one-time basis, to U.S. Distance Training Centers that support primarily U.S. athletes focusing on either the marathon trials or the 10,000m track trials. U.S. Distance Training Centers listed on RunPro.com that are organized as 501(c)3 organizations are eligible to apply.
In addition, through this project, the RRCA will provide for a special round of grants to support athletes that have qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon and have not previously competed at an Olympic Games. This special grant project is separate from the annual Roads Scholar grant program. This grant is open to all athletes that meet the funding criteria. The RRCA will provide grants to 6-8 men and women, up to 16 grants, in the amount of $2,500 per athlete. The RRCA will also provide an additional amount of $500 to any qualifying Roads Scholar grantees from 2014-15 class or earlier.
To round out the financial support for the project, the RRCA will also award a bonus to the male and female athletes that earn a spot on Team USA to run in the marathon.
To learn more or to apply for a grant, visit: www.rrca.org/programs/elite-support-project
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.