Road Runners Club of America

Empowering Everyone to Run!

About RRCA

Founded in 1958, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is the oldest and largest national association of runners and running organizations dedicated to growing the sport of running.

RRCA Mission

The RRCA champions the development and success of community-based running organizations that empower all people to participate in the sport of running in pursuit of enjoyment, health, well-being and competition.

RRCA Vision

The RRCA’s vision is to see organized running clubs and events established in every community in the U.S.

RRCA Values

  • All runners and their safety
  • Diversity in the sport and an enjoyable atmosphere for all
  • Fair competition, no cheating, anti-doping compliance, and respect by participants for race and club rules and policies.
  • Positive relations with members, volunteers, donors, and sponsors
  • Best practices in organizational governance and management

RRCA Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The RRCA Board of Directors and its employees hold the organization accountable for its on-going commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as follows:

  1. Diversity is the outcome of promoting equity and inclusion in the organization;
  2. Equity ensures that people of marginalized identities have the opportunity to join, contribute, and provide leadership to the RRCA, regardless of their identity.
  3. Inclusion is the culture of actively incorporating the contribution and participation of all people.

Furthermore, organization members of the RRCA must promote equitable opportunities to membership and event participation and may not discriminate based on characteristics protected by local, state, or federal law.  All RRCA members are strongly encouraged to adopt the RRCA's recommend member code of conduct and enforce the code within their organizations.

* The RRCA uses the term “running” to encompass the broad spectrum of  term "running,” including competitive running, jogging, fitness walking, race walking, and adaptive chair fitness/racing on roads, trails, and tracks.

RRCA Structure

The RRCA is a community of running clubs, event organizers, coaches, and runners.

We like how community is defined by Webster ~  A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

We don't categorize our members' efforts as a function of "industry," because we are focused on more than just volume and dollars. We value the importance of human interaction; being part of a community of people with shared interests that cross all segments of society; and being a part of something more important than just a bottom line on a financial statement.

The RRCA is an IRS 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization governed by a 9-person Board of Directors, elected by the members at the Annual Meeting of the Membership. See the RRCA Bylaws for details. The RRCA is divided into four regions. Each region consists of a number of states with a Regional Director who is an elected, volunteer member of the RRCA Board of Directors. Each state has a volunteer State Rep that is appointed by the Regional Director. The organization is managed through its National Office under the leadership of Executive Director Jean Knaack.

Organization of running clubs and events is the responsibility of local people. The RRCA, in turn, provides services, benefits, and programs to support the locally-organized clubs and events. We do not dictate management or operations to our members, but we do provide guidelines and guidance on best practices and expect our members to comply with accountability expectations for membership.

RRCA Board of Directors


The RRCA Board of Directors is made up of 9 volunteers elected from the membership.
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RRCA National Office Staff


The RRCA maintains a small administrative staff at the National Office to serve members.
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RRCA Governing Documents


View important RRCA governing documents including board meeting minutes.
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RRCA Strategic Plan


In the 2016 the RRCA Board adopted a 10 Point Strategic Plan for the RRCA.
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RRCA State Representatives


State Reps serve as RRCA ambassadors by providing a physical presence in each state.
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RRCA History


On February 22, 1958, the RRCA was born. Learn more about our history.
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