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Convention Speakers

We are pleased to welcome the following special guests and keynote speakers to the 57th Annual RRCA National Convention

Thursday Opening Reception: Max Siegel, CEO of USA Track & Field
Nationally renowned sports and entertainment executive Max Siegel became the fourth CEO of USA Track & Field on May 1, 2012. In his first 32 months on the job, Siegel led USATF to financial growth and programmatic evolution that is unprecedented for USATF.  Changes to the bottom line have been coupled with new USATF programs, particularly in the youth and elite athlete spaces but inclusive of all USATF constituencies. The result is a new business model for the Olympic family’s most historic NGB. Read the complete bio

Friday Convention Kick-Off:  Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa
Governor Terry Branstad was born, raised and educated in Iowa. A native of Leland, Branstad was elected to the Iowa House in 1972, ’74 and ’76, and elected as Iowa’s lieutenant governor in 1978. Branstad was Iowa’s longest-serving governor, from 1983 to 1999.  Following his four terms as governor, Branstad went on to serve as president of Des Moines University (DMU). During his 6-year tenure, he was able to grow the university into a world-class educational facility.  Brandstad was again elected as Iowa’s governor on November 2, 2010.  One of Governor Branstad’s goals is to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation in just five years through the privately led and publicly endorsed Healthiest State Initiative.  Read his complete bio

Friday Luncheon: Drake Relays Director Brian Brown with an elite athlete panel including Heather Kampf
Brian Brown is in his 11th year as an assistant coach on the Drake staff working with the high jump and horizontal jumps.  In 2005 Brown was named as the 11th director of the Drake Relays where he has been in the role for a decade. Brown shares the Drake Relays special invitational high jump record of 7-7 which he set in 1997 and was matched in 2011. A 1990 graduate of Northwestern (La.) State, Brown also received his masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri in 1995 and 2005 respectively. Read his full bio

At the University of Minnesota, where she was the highest decorated Gopher women’s track athlete, Kampf was a nine-time All American. She was also the only Gopher who competed in every NCAA Championship in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track during the time she was at the University.  At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, Kampf placed 7th in the 800 meters.  Also in 2012 she was the USA 1 Mile Champion and during 2012 and 2013 she has place first at a number of U.S. road miles, including the Ryan Shay Mile, the Liberty Mile, the Michigan Mile and the Minnesota Mile.  In 2014, Heather was 3rd in the 1500 meters at the USA Indoor Championships and she was the 2014 USA 1 Mile Road Champion. Heather joined Team USA Minnesota in December 2009. Read her full bio

Saturday Luncheon:  Director/Producer Jon Dunham
Jon Dunham, director of the popular Spirit of the Marathon films with preview his latest project titled BOSTON. Using 2014’s cinematic race as a focal point, it tells the story of the Boston Marathon and attempts to capture exactly what it is that makes that third Monday in April so special. Dunham is an avid lover of sports and is an accomplished cyclist and runner. He has competed in cross country mountain biking events around the globe and is a veteran of 26 marathons.

Saturday National Running Awards Banquet:  Hall of Fame Inductees

Sara Mae Berman: Unofficially won the Boston Marathon three times before women were recognized as official participants.  First female member of the RRCA Board of Directors.

Jack Daniels: Two time Olympic Medal winner, legendary coach to several Olympians, and award winning author of Daniels Running Formula.

Phil Stewart:
Lifelong RRCA supporter, Road Race Management founder, and Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile race director.
Read the full bios for the Hall of Fame Inductees

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