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Keynote Speakers Announced for RRCA Convention

The Albuquerque Road Runners are proud to present Bob Julyan for the Friday Luncheon on May 3, 2013

Bob Julyan, a well-known New Mexico author and speaker, will present, A brief history of running since the beginning of time, or at least since I was born, and other things my granddad didn’t teach me. Julyan is the author of several books about New Mexico, including Place Names of New Mexico, Mountains of New Mexico, Wilderness Areas of New Mexico, and most recently a humorous novel about a dying small town on the High Plains.  Bob has been a runner for 45 years.  For many years he wrote the running column for the Albuquerque Journal, and as a result he, at one time, was on the membership rolls of nine running clubs in New Mexico.

 

The RRCA is proud to present our featured speaker, Brian Boyle aka “Iron Heart”, for the Saturday Luncheon on May 4, 2013

It was a horrific car crash. On the way home from swim practice in 2004, eighteen-year old Brian Boyle’s future changed in an instant when a dump truck plowed into his vehicle. He was airlifted to a shock-trauma hospital. He had lost sixty percent of his blood, his heart had moved across his chest, and his organs and pelvis were pulverized. He was placed in a medically-induced coma. When Brian finally emerged from the coma two months later, he had no memory of the accident. He could see and hear, but not move or talk. Unable to communicate to his doctors, nurses, or frantic parents, he heard words like “vegetable” and “nursing home.” If he lived, doctors predicted he might not be able to walk again, and certainly not swim. Then, miraculously, Brian clawed his way back to the living. First blinking his eyelids, then squeezing a hand, then smiling, he gradually emerged from his locked-in state. The former swimmer and bodybuilder had lost one hundred pounds.

In 2007 Brian Boyle staged what many consider to be one of the greatest comebacks in sports history when he crossed the finish line at the Hawaii Ironman just three years after leaving the Intensive Care Unit.

In 2008, he competed in the 2008 Foster Grant Ironman70.3 World Championship in Clearwater, Florida and Men’s Health magazine named Boyle one of its twenty heroes. In 2009, he published his first book, Iron Heart, and he was presented the spokesperson of the year award from the American Red Cross for his contributions. In the fall of 2009, Brian ran in five marathons back to back in a little over five weeks in Baltimore, Marine Corps., New York, Richmond, and Philadelphia. Runner’s World featured his story and this running quest in their April 2010 issue. In 2010, he graduated Cum Laude from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  He was awarded the Spokesperson of the Year award for the second year in a row for 2010 and also made his very first blood donation at the hospital that brought him back to life.

His story has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBC’s Today Show, ESPN, and several other programs throughout the country that have earned Emmy nominations and have won several awards. His journey of courage and determination has touched the hearts of many and his story and the message it carries has been celebrated around the world.

About the RRCA Convention:
Since 1958, the RRCA has gathered in different cities around the country for the Annual RRCA National Convention. The Convention is a great opportunity for running club leaders, race directors, fitness professionals, RRCA State Representatives, Regional Directors, Board Members, RRCA Certified Coaches, sponsors, running industry professionals and runners to come together to share information, best practices, and contribute to the national mission of the RRCA. The Convention consists educational workshops on best practices, the RRCA Annual Meeting of the Membership, the National Running Awards Banquet, and several social networking events. Hundreds of runners, club leaders, event directors, and corporate supporters attend the RRCA Convention.  The Albuquerque Road Runners invite you to the 55th Annual RRCA Convention that will be held May 2-5, 2013 in Albuquerque, NM.  Register today!

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