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Trio of Amazing Olympians to Headline 56th Annual RRCA Convention in Spokane, WA
Since 1958, the members and supporters of the RRCA have gathered in different cities around the country for the Annual RRCA National Convention (#rrcaconvention). The RRCA Convention is a great opportunity for running club leaders, race directors, fitness professionals, 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, which is to promote running as a sport and healthy lifestyle choice.
The 56th Annual RRCA National Convention, which will be held in Spokane, Washington, by the Bloomsday Road Runners Club, officially starts with the welcome reception on Thursday May 1 at 5:00 PM and concludes on Sunday May 4 with the 37th running of the Lilac Bloomsday Race. Race registration is separate from the convention registration, however registered RRCA Convention attendees will get preferred seeding at the event along with a commemorative race singlet.
The RRCA Convention consists of a trade expo, continuing education for certified coaches, educational workshops on best practices for running clubs, training programs and events, and much more. Several social networking events are planned that feature the “Trio of Amazing Olympians” starting with the luncheon on Friday May 2 featuring Olympian Don Kardong.
Kardong is best known for his 4th place finish in the Olympic Marathon in Montreal in 1976, running a personal best of 2:11:16, missing the bronze medal by 3 seconds. In 1977, he helped launch the Lilac Bloomsday Run, which now attracts 50,000 participants a year.
On Saturday May 3, the luncheon will feature Olympian Bernard Lagat. He has competed in four Olympic Games, winning medals at 1500 meters in Sydney 2000 (bronze) and Athens 2004 (silver) while representing his native Kenya and then competing for USA in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
Olympian Deena Kastor will be the keynote speaker for the RRCA’s National Running Awards banquet on Saturday evening of May 3. In 1997, Kastor was awarded an RRCA Roads Scholar grant during the second year of the program. She qualified for the 2004 Olympics in both the 10,000-meter race and marathon. She gave up her spot in the 10K, however, to focus in the marathon. The decision proved to be a wise one as she won the bronze medal, the first medal for an American marathoner in 20 years.
The all-inclusive registration fee for the RRCA Convention is only $375, and registration for the event is open at www.RRCA.org/Convention/.