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RRCA Annual Convention Bidding
56th Annual RRCA Convention
May 1-4, 2014
Hosted by: Bloomsday Road Runners Club
56th Annual RRCA Convention - 2014
57th Annual RRCA Convention - 2015
Des Moines, IA - Hosted by the Des Moines Marathon in conjunction with the Drake Relays
April 22 - 26, 2015
Since 1958, the RRCA has gathered in different cities around the country for the Annual RRCA National Convention. The RRCA Convention is a great opportunity for running club leaders, race directors, running industry professionals, RRCA Certified Coaches, sponsors, runners, and more to come together to share information, best practices, and contribute to the national mission of the RRCA to promote running locally as a sport and healthy lifestyle choice.
The RRCA Convention consists educational workshops on best practices, social networking opportunities including luncheons and receptions, the RRCA Annual Meeting of the Membership, the National Running Awards Banquet, groups runs, and more. Hundreds of runners, club leaders, event directors, and corporate supporters attend the RRCA Convention. Clubs are encouraged to reward their key volunteers with a trip to the RRCA Convention. Events are encourage to send their race directors and key race committee members to the RRCA Convention.
Bidding on the RRCA Convention
For 2016, the RRCA is seeking clubs/events interested in co-hosting the RRCA Convention with the RRCA National Office between March 1 – April 15, 2016. If your club/event has a race later than that date, we will entertain later convention dates for marquee events (events with a national or regional reputation). However, if your community does not have a marquee spring event, we still encourage you to bid to co-host the RRCA Convention within our specified date range. The RRCA is more focused on producing a quality convention, in a desirable location, and at a date convenient to the national running community as opposed to partnering with a race at a time that is less convenient for attendees as a whole. The RRCA convention has historically had stronger attendance numbers when the Convention is held before March 31.
Bids for co-hosting the RRCA Convention are only accepted from RRCA members clubs or events. Interested hotels or convention bureaus must partner with an RRCA member, and the RRCA member must submit the bid for consideration. Bids submitted directly by convention bureaus will not be considered, however RRCA clubs or events are highly encouraged to partner with their local convention or sports bureaus as part of their convention bid. Attendance at the RRCA Convention in the last 3-4 years by a club representative is highly encouraged. Prior convention attendance in recent years by a club representative will ensure a more viable bid submission.
Members interested in co-hosting the RRCA Convention with the RRCA must be willing to manage various aspects of the Convention within the established expectations outlined by the RRCA in a letter of agreement and with oversight from the RRCA. Co-hosting the RRCA Convention is a great opportunity for a club or event to highlight their community’s commitment to running and the RRCA. Co-hosts will potentially earn revenue based on the combined efforts between the host and the RRCA.
Download our Bidding on the 2016 RRCA Convention information document (PDF) for more details. After reviewing this document, submit your convention bid online.