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Florida State Representatives
North Florida State Representative - Bryan Graydon
Bryan Graydon has been a member of the Lakeland Runners Club since 2004 and started off volunteer at the summer race series as a split timer. In 2009, he was voted in as the club Vice President and took over as President in 2010 when the club hosted the RRCA National Convention. He was also awarded the 2012 RRCA Outstanding Club President of the Year Award.
He is no longer able to run and compete due to knee troubles, but as an RRCA Certified Coach, he lives vicariously through the running glory of those he coaches. Whether it’s a local 5K or a large regional race, you can bet you will find Bryan somewhere among the crowd cheering on the runners as they cross the finish line.
South Florida State Representative - Don Nelson
After 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.