Road Runners Club of America

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Education Program

Details on this page are being updated daily as we finalize the education program.  The sessions on the schedule have been confirmed and additional sessions are still being planned.

Thursday March 9

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - Regional Networking Sessions - Join your Regional Director along with other members from your region to get acquainted before the Opening Reception and to discuss items of interest for your organization.

Friday March 10

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM - General Session

RRCA Insurance Program and Managing Risks for Clubs & Events (RD CEC)
Attendees will learn about best practices in risk management from recent lessons learned from insurance claims, litigation, and more. Learn about the RRCA insurance program and how it benefits your club and event.
Terry Diller
01_TerryDillerDiller has worked in the insurance industry for nearly 30 years. His agency has handled the insurance program for the RRCA for 20 years, and he as been instrumental in updating the policies as needs change and evolve for the running community.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Education Sessions - Presented By:

Understanding Music Licensing

Join this session to develop a deeper understanding of the legal requirements of having a music license if you play music at your events.  Learn more about the new RRCA/BMI group music licensing service offered to members.  Get all of your questions answered. Learn from an artist how music licensing fees support their work.

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Jessica Frost, Executive Director, Industry Relations at Broadcast Music, Inc.
In this role, Frost develops and cultivates relationships with industry associations and businesses across the country that use BMI music. Based in Nashville, Frost is a 17-year veteran at BMI.  Frost began her career at BMI in 1999 as a Customer Relations Executive for BMI’s licensing team and moved through the ranks holding various positions until she was promoted to Senior Director of Industry Relations in 2013. Her current responsibilities include representing BMI to various trade associations in the radio, television, hotel, restaurant, bar, retail, and fitness industries, as well as other business segments that use music across the United States. Frost currently sits on the board of the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She holds a B.A. from the University of Florida.

Growing the Urban Running Club

Join this session to learn about the growth and success of Detroit's urban running club Downtown Runners and Walkers.  Learn how they work with local bars and restaurants to host group runs and how this models contributes to the success of the club.

Speaker information coming soon

2:15 AM - 3:30 PM Education Sessions - Presented By:

Financial Management for Clubs & Events

Join this session for an in depth discussion about financial controls, protecting club/event assets, and much more.

Craig Minyard

Minyard joined the Lake Grapevine Runners & Walkers in 2000 and was elected Treasurer in 2001 serving in the role for over six years.  As treasurer, he built the financial reporting and control systems and established the initial financial audit review process.  He continued advising the Lake Grapevine Board on financial and governance matters until 2012.  ​He has served on the RRCA’s Finance Committee since being appointed by President David Cotter in January 2013 and was elected as the RRCA Treasurer in 2016.  Professionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant and has held financial leadership roles for companies ranging from start-ups to large multi-national corporations.  Currently, ​Minyard is Vice President Financial Planning & Management at the Federal Reserve Information Technology in Richmond, Virginia where he is a member of the Richmond Road Runners Club. 

Developing a Network of Sponsors for Your Club

Join this session to learn how leaders of the rapidly-growing, New York based club the  Dashing Whippets have developed a network of sponsors to support their ongoing mission for their club.  Club leaders with share strategies for success to implement in your local running club.

Saturday March 11

Updating Your Club or Event Bylaws

Join this session to learn how to engage a governance committee or task force to review your club or event bylaws and make recommendations for updating them to ensure best practices are followed.  This session will outline the real-world experience of the Houston Striders as they updated their club bylaws.

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Chad Holmes - Houston Striders Vice President

Chad is an earth scientist living and working in Houston, Texas. After briefly picking up running for exercise in college, Chad was a dedicated treadmill user and solo runner for ​ten years. Intermittent slogs around Central Park and the hilly streets of Manhattan opened his eyes to the broader community of people who loved to run. After moving to Houston, Chad turned to the internet to find a running club in the hopes that they could be both a motivational outlet for training as well as a social outlet for a stranger in a new city. Today, he is Vice President of the Houston Striders, leading efforts around club governance and technology. He also co-coordinates weekly hill training sessions for the club and regularly participates in both local and destination races. This combination of club-based training, volunteering, and leadership opportunities has led Chad to become a strong advocate for the promotion of healthy lifestyles, local engagement, and charitable good that running clubs can offer.

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