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RRCA Announces National Running Award Winners

Since 1971, the RRCA has honored dedicated individuals for their outstanding service to the RRCA and the sport of distance running.  We are delighted to announce the 2010 National Running Award recipients, and we thank the selection panel volunteers for their time.  The outstanding contributors to our sport will be honored at the upcoming RRCA National Banquet and Running Awards Ceremony on May 14, 2011 in Fredericksburg, VA.  Information about the event can be found at www.RRCAConvention.org.

RRCA DISTANCE RUNNING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

BOB KENNEDY
ALAN CULPEPPER
JULIA EMMONS

Selection Panel: Mitch Garner (Chair), Jim Oaks, Amby Burfoot, Jacqueline Hansen, Joe Henderson, Don Kardong, John Parker, Lisa Rainsberger, Ken Young, Kim Jones, and Bill Rodgers

OUTSTANDING CLUB PRESIDENT OF THE YEAR

CHIP ALLMAN
River City Runners & Walkers - Parkersburg, WV

Given in honor of Scott Hamilton.  Selection panel: Kelly Richards, David Purinton, Nancy Hobbs, and David Epstein

BROWNING ROSS SPIRIT OF THE RRCA

KEN BENDY
Former North Florida State Rep and Southern Region Director
Selection Committee: Bee McLeod, Gary Corbitt, Dan Edwards, and Brent Ayer

OUTSTANDING STATE REPRESENTATIVE FOR 2010

GARY MORGAN
Michigan State Rep

Given in honor of Al Becken.  Selection panel: Dan Edwards, Kelly Richards, Beth Onines, Tom Kramer, and Heather Marcellis

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

DINK TAYLOR
Huntsville Track Club - Huntsville, AL

Given in honor of Rod Steele.  Selection Panel: George Rehmet, Tom Downing, Lena Hollmann, and Blaine Moore,

OUTSTANDING YOUTH PROGRAM DIRECTOR

SUE BROWN-NICKERSON
Calumet Region Striders’ Youth Program Chair, Valparaiso, IN

Given in honor of Kurt Steiner. Selection Committee: Dan Kesterson, Eve Mills, Jeff Horowitz, and Mike Dove

ROAD RUNNERS OF THE YEAR

ANTONIO VEGA - Open Male
SHALANE FLANAGAN - Open Female
DOUG GOODHUE - Male Master
STEPHANIE HERBST-LUCKE - Female Master

Selection panel:  Bill Roe, Larry Eder, and Jean Knaack

EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM AWARDS

Small Club Newsletter - ON YOUR MARK - Editors Bruce Davis & Steve Amarillo
Peninsula Track Club – Yorktown, VA

Large Club Newsletter -THE LONG RUN – Editor Lori Hawkins
Pikes Peak Road Runners - Colorado Spring, CO

E-Newsletter - THE FOOTPRINT – Editors Lorraine and Kevin Wessels
Lake Grapevine Runners & Wallkers – Grapevine, TX

Club Writer of the Year - MARK MILLER
Lake Grapevine Runners & Walkers - Grapevine, TX

Journalism Excellence - TITO MORALES

Given in honor of Jerry Little. Selection Panel: Marlene Atwood, Mark Lucas, Ester Dill and Maryliss Bird

OUTSTANDING BEGINNING RUNNING PROGRAM

STEP INTO RUNNING
Bea Sides, Program Director, Omaha Running Club – Omaha, NE

Selection Panel: Mark Grandonico, Len Goldman, Lisa Dahl, Janice Woolery

OUTSTANDING CLUB WEBSITE AWARDS

RUN USCG - OVERALL WINNER AND SMALL CLUB WINNER - RUNUSCG.ORG
WICKED RUNNING CLUB - HONORABLE MENTION - LARGE CLUB WINNER - WICKEDRUNNINGCLUB.COM

Selection Panel: Chuck Bartlett, Chris Burch, Staci Rivero, and Charles Cline

RRCA ROAD RACE OF THE YEAR

12th ANNUAL INSIDE OUT SPORTS CLASSIC HALF MARATHON
Race director, Aaron Quick – North Carolina Road Runners Club – Raleigh, NC

Selection Panel:  Simone Adair, Gary Henry, Kathryn Gleghorn, Tony Flesch

More information about each award category and to learn how to nominate a deserving individual from your organization in 2011 can be found on our website.

About the RRCA:
Founded in 1958, the RRCA is the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States with over 1,500 running club and event members representing 200,000 individual runners nationwide..  The RRCA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a nine-person volunteer board of directors that is elected by our membership.  The mission and vision of the RRCA is to promote the development and growth of running clubs and running events., The RRCA supports the common interests of recreational runners throughout the country at all stages in life.  The RRCA provides a national infrastructure for the development of recreational adult and youth running clubs as well as running events. The organization also promotes running as a healthy lifestyle and positive social activity.  We strive to provide quality programming that can be replicated throughout the country, such as our highly successful Start a Running Club program has been the cornerstone of our organization for over fifty years.

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