Road Runners Club of America

Growing the Running Community Since 1958

About RRCA

Screen Shot 2019-05-01 at 10.13.07 AMFounded 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 of community-based running clubs and events that serve runners of all ages and abilities in pursuit of health and competition.

RRCA Vision

The RRCA’s vision is to see an organized running club 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
* The RRCA uses the term “running” ​to encompass the broad spectrum of “running” in the US, including competitive running, jogging, fitness walking, race walking, and wheelchair 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 belonging to 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 and RRCA Structure for more 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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