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Florida State Representatives

f-47-18-10499557_tAXTazed_16387213_10154909026480350_8552931011512977324_nNorth Florida State Representative - Michael Bowen

He's been jokingly described as "one part Renaissance Man, one part 'Rain Man,." 

Michael started running in the mid-1990s as stress release, and ran cross-country during his senior year at The University of Tampa (at age 38). 

He transferred seamlessly from college athlete to masters' division after moving to Pensacola in 2002 becoming a part of the Capt'n Fun Runners. He has served on the Pensacola Runners' Association board, five years (previously) as the N. Florida state representative, and has earned national and international coaching, race direction and officiating certifications. 

Michael coaches on rare occasions, operates his own course measurement business and consults on a regular basis with race directors throughout the southern U.S.

In spite of one 5K overall win (Great Lakes Naval Station, 2002), half-a-dozen Crescent City Classic 10K top-500 posters, three half-iron distance triathlon finishes, personal bests of 17:42 for 5K, 37:27 for 10K, and 1:23:45 for the half-marathon, his focus in 2017 is to survive marathon training and earn an elusive Boston Marathon qualifying time after attempts in Munich, W. Germany, Carlsbad, California, and Jacksonville, Florida.

When not running, working or doing all of the other stuff, he's a "dog-dad" to Hootie (chihuahua), husband to Suzanne, and grandfather ("Coach") to Haven and Simon.

CONTACT Michael northflorida@rrca.org

South Florida State Representative - Don Nelson

don_nelsonAfter settling in the Keys with his wife Maryann, Don became connected with a group of runners that would travel upstate to compete in some of the earlier marathons and half marathons in Florida. Realizing that Key West needed a running club and races of its own, he helped to organize the Key West Southernmost Runners, with the help of the RRCA. Soon, he began attending RRCA Conventions, where the knowledge he learned on topics like organizing events and certifying courses helped the club to thrive. In 2002, Don became the South Florida State Rep. During his time with the RRCA, Don has helped to grow membership in South Florida by over 50%, and he is a regular fixture at State Championship events. Don is a strong promoter of South Florida youth running, and has helped obtain a Kids Run the Nation Grant for the Sugarloaf Sharks Running Club. For all of his efforts, Don was recognized as the 2012 RRCA Outstanding State Representative of the Year.​

CONTACT Don - southflorida@rrca.org

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