ARLINGTON, Virginia – April 11, 2012 – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States, would like to announce that the second round of applications for the Runner Friendly Community designation is June 1, 2012.
The goal of this program is to shine a national spotlight on communities that stand out as runner friendly and to provide incentives and ideas for communities to work towards becoming runner friendly communities.
Communities must show that they meet the program’s criteria, which includes community infrastructure, community support, and local government support for running. Each community must have an infrastructure that can foster physical activity in a safe environment; a proven track record that organizations and businesses work together to promote running as a healthy exercise and sport; and be able to prove that there are positive relationships between the running community and local government. Learn more about the Runner Friendly Communities from 2011.
“Runner friendly communities can increase the quality of life, improve physical activity for residents as outlined in the National Physical Activity Plan, and provide for increased economic impact for the community,” said Jean Knaack, RRCA Executive Director.
The RRCA will review three primary segments: (1) community infrastructure, (2) community support, and (3) local government support. Each segment includes important criteria as part of the designation process. The goal is for applicants to prove that their community works together to promote running as healthy exercise for their community while ensuring runners safety. All applications will be reviewed and scored by a selection panel, and the panel will determine the number of communities that will receive the designation throughout the year. One top city will be selected annually by the review panel and awarded as the Outstanding Runner Friendly Community for the year.
As part of the Runner Friendly Community Program, the RRCA has provided the definition of a Runner Friendly Business. Runner friendly businesses support the running community and are safe places for runners in times of need. Businesses are encouraged to purchase the RRCA Runner Friendly Business static window decals to hang in their places of business.
There are many benefits for communities that earn the Runner Friendly Community designation. Learn more about the Runner Friendly Community designation program at http://www.RRCA.org/programs/runner-friendly-community/.
About the RRCA
Founded in 1958, the RRCA is the oldest and largest national association of running clubs, running events, and runners. The mission of the RRCA is to promote running as a competitive sport and as healthy physical activity. The RRCA achieves their mission by promoting the common interests of its members, over 1100 running clubs and events, by providing educational opportunities, programs, and services.