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53rd Annual RRCA National Convention Education Sessions Announced

For 53 years, the RRCA has gathered in different cities around the country for the Annual RRCA National Convention. In 2011, the RRCA Convention will be held in the City of Fredericksburg, VA where American history is alive.  Join us May 12 - 15, 2011 for the 53rd Annual RRCA Convention.  See the full schedule of events.

Education Sessions - Friday May 13, 2011

General Session 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Insurance & Risk Management – Sponsored by Star Insurance and K&K Insurance - Presented by Terry Diller – Attendees will learn about best practices in risk management from recent lessons learned from insurance claims.  Learn about new RRCA insurance program enhancements and how they benefit your club and event. 

Breakout Sessions 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Running Etiquette - Presented by Freddi Carlip (the original Miss Manners) – Join Miss Manners as she reminds everyone that a little bit of running etiquette can go a long way to ensure running enjoyment and safety.  She will also review the RRCA’s Guidelines for Leading Safe Group Runs.  RRCA Certified Coaches can earn 1 CEC for attending this session.
  • Implementing the National Physical Activity Plan - Presented by Sheila Franklin, NCPPA Executive Director – The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity is responsible for leading the implementation efforts for the strategies outline in the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP).  Attendees will learn how clubs and events can get involved with implementation of NPAP at the local level by participating in grassroots advocacy efforts to promote increased physical activity for all.
  • Good Governance:  Managing Your Club Finances - Presented by Vic Culp, race director – Sound financial management of clubs and events is the cornerstone for good governance.  Attendees will learn about best practices in managing clubs resources in this session.  This session is part of the RRCA Club College curriculum.

PM Breakout Sessions 3:30 – 4:45 PM

  • Developing a Marketing Strategy - Presented by Brenda Barrera, Managing Editor, Washington Running Report – Attendees will learn about the importance of branding their organizations and/or events for increased marketing recognition.  Attendees will also learn how to effectively use social marketing media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. to promote activities as well as how to work with local media to get the best possible exposure.
  • Motivating Volunteers - Presented by Angela Huff and Holly Bisbee – Volunteers are the backbone of every running club and event.  Attendees will learn strategies to recruit motivate volunteers to ensure they keep coming back year-after-year.
  • Crisis Management - Presented by Bret Schmidt, MCM Operations Manager and Rick Pennock Police Officer – Attendees will learn what to do and what not to do when faced with tough situations during an event or training run.  Learn about best practices in managing through a death or severe injury of a runner while on course. This session is part of the RRCA Club College curriculum.

Education Sessions - Saturday May 14, 2011

Breakout Sessions 9:30 – 11:00 AM

  • Discover Running - Presented by Eve Mill, RRCA Program Director – Learn about best practices for developing youth running clubs, events, and fun training programs through the Kids Run the Nation program.  Learn more about the RRCA’s specialized insurance for youth only clubs.  Learn how you can be part of the Discover Running initiative developed by the RRCA, Running USA, USA Track & Field, and USA Track & Field Foundation.
  • Organizing a Grand Prix Series - Present by Fredericksburg Area Running Club – Running, while being healthy exercise, is also an exciting sport.  Learn about best practices in developing local or statewide Grand Prix Series to promote competition and reward top performers and dedicated local runners.
  • Managing Club Politics – Conflict Resolution 101 - Presented by Lawrie Parker, Executive Director of Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center – Managing club politics and/or local government politics when it comes to hosting events is a top concern of local RRCA club and event leaders according to our last membership survey.  Attendees will learn effective strategies and best practices for managing club politics and working with local leaders to resolve conflict in a positive and productive manner. This session is part of the RRCA Club College curriculum.

Breakout Sessions 2:00 – 3:15 PM

  • Developing a Strategic Plan for your Club/Event - Presented by Jean Knaack, RRCA Executive Director – Attendees will learn about the importance of developing a strategic plan for your club or event, and review elements of a basic strategic plan blueprint.  This session will also include an overview of the RRCA Strategic Plan and lessons learned during the first two years of the plan.
  • Using Technology in Your Event - Presented by a panel of technology experts – Attendees will learn about new technologies to enhance your event from timing systems, interactive maps, communication systems, online services and more.
  • Dietary Supplements and Running Performance - Presented by Mel Williams, PhD –Mel Williams is an Eminent Scholar Emeritus at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as director of the Human Performance Laboratory for nearly 30 years. Attendees will learn about the use of dietary supplements and the effect they have on running performance. Coaches can earn 1 CEC for attending this session.

Register today for the 53rd Annual RRCA Convention!

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