North Florida State Representative - Lena Hollmann
In 2015, Lena moved to Florida from North Carolina. She is no stranger to the RRCA, having served as Southern Region Director from 2009 to 2015, and as the North Carolina State Rep for four years prior. She was the 2007 Outstanding State Rep of the year.
Lena has been an athlete for over 40 years, starting as a track runner in her native Sweden. In 1971 she was the Swedish National Champion in the 1500m run. Since her move to the US in the mid-1970s she has completed over 25 marathons, with the highlights being a PR of 2:44:10 in the 1983 NYC Marathon, and a 10th place at the 1984 Boston Marathon. She is still an avid runner, usually placing in her age group when she races.
Currently Lena resides in Naples, FL, where she is an active member of Gulf Coast Runners. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer and an RRCA Certified Running Coach, and has been on the board of two North Carolina running clubs. Lena has attended numerous RRCA Conventions, and she writes a monthly column about Masters Running in Running Journal magazine.
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.