ARLINGTON, Virginia – April 18, 2012 – With April being National Volunteer Month, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States, is pleased to highlight Mary Zemansky, our 2011 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award recipient.
This award is given in memory of Rod Steele, who served as DC Road Runners Club President in 1974. The award memorializes his contributions to the sport of running as a volunteer and a supporter of the RRCA.
Zemansky, of Michigan City, Indiana, received the award at the 54th Annual RRCA Convention this past March in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the outgoing Competitive Race Series Chair and Board Member of the Calumet Region Striders. In 2011, she was involved with over 30 Gold Cup Races and over 15 sponsored race events. Zemansky’s involvement includes establishing the selections process for the events, monitoring the event schedule, maintaining communications and mentoring race directors, preparing evaluations and surveys, and coordinating and presiding over annual race director meetings.
“Her integrity as a board member is like no other,” said Sue Brown-Nickerson, nominator and Indiana State Representative. “She routinely attends board meetings and provides valuable information; she has become a valuable resource and mentor for event directors.”
Learn more about the National Running Awards, including detailed information on submitting a deserving volunteer in your club at http://www.rrca.org/services/national-running-awards/.
About RRCA: The mission of the RRCA is to promote the development and growth of running clubs and running events throughout the country and to support the common interests of runners of all abilities during all stages in life. Through the RRCA, we provide a national infrastructure for the development of adult and youth running clubs and events that have boomed into a robust sporting activity.