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RRCA Highlights Volunteers During National Volunteer Month

ARLINGTON, Virginia – April 16, 2012 – With April being National Volunteer Month, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States, is pleased to highlight the volunteers that have been submitted by their club through the 2000 Hour Outstanding Volunteer Recognition Program.

For more than two decades, the Points of Light organization has equipped nonprofit organizations to celebrate National Volunteer Week, providing visibility, thematic focus and resources to enable them to commemorate this signature week of volunteer recognition.  National Volunteer Week is April 15 - 21, 2012.

Since its inception in 1958, the RRCA has relied on the spirit of volunteers to carry out programs, find sponsors, hand out water, work finish lines, and countless other race- and club-related tasks.  It is in recognition of these volunteers that the RRCA developed the National 2000 Hours Outstanding Volunteer Recognition program.

The purpose of the 2000 Hours Outstanding Volunteer Recognition program with the RRCA is to shine a spotlight on individuals that have volunteered over 2000 hours of their time over a period of time to the sport of running. Club presidents, volunteer coordinators, RRCA State Reps, etc. can submit the names of 3 individuals per year per club or event for the outstanding volunteer recognition program. Submissions will be collected throughout the year, and all recipients will receive a certificate and commemorative patch.

“Running simply would not exist as it does today without dedicated volunteers that have developed and grown the sport of distance running in this country,” explains Jean Knaack, RRCA executive director. “The RRCA is grateful to everyone that volunteers with their local running clubs and events throughout the US.”

The recipients for 2011 include: Irene Steele, Carl Unger, and Rebecca Townsend of the Clarksville Running Club; Karen Ilarraza, Alison Mytnick, and Joe Cauvin of the Atlantic Highlands Youth Running Club; Leslie Thomas of the River City Runners and Walkers Club; Libby Waterbury of the San Luis Distance Club; George Baptista, Jim Kauffold, and Vince French of the San Francisco Dolphin South End Runners; Mary Zemansky, Doug Walter, and Polly Theising of the Calumet Region Striders; William Myers, Donna Cogle, and Melissa Currence of the Annapolis Striders; Gary Howsam and Jeff “Barney” Barnhart of the Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers; Marlene White of the Space Coast Runners; Jerry Schenck, George Nelsen, and Gary Porter of the Peninsula Track Club; and Fumiko Storer, Barbara Johnson, and Sandy Rinderer of the Ocean Running Club.

Learn more about the program, including detailed information about submitting a deserving volunteer in your club at http://www.rrca.org/programs/volunteer-recognition-program/.

About RRCA: The mission of the RRCA is to promote the development and growth of running clubs and running events throughout the country and to support the common interests of runners of all abilities during all stages in life. Through the RRCA, we provide a national infrastructure for the development of adult and youth running clubs and events that have boomed into a robust sporting activity.

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