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Associate Members and Partners
The RRCA works in partnership with several organizations in addition to our running club and event members to help promote running as a sport and healthy, physical activity. We are proud to call the following organizations our strategic partners and associate members.
Nation Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) - As the leading academic institution in the United States in sport safety and security, NCS4 works with the professional leagues, open access events, intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics, along with professional associations, private sector firms, and government agencies studying current and emerging safety and security issues. Learn more about this partner.
The National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) has a vision: one day, all Americans will be physically active and they will live, work, and play in environments that facilitate regular physical activity. The NPAP is a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population. The NPAP is the product of a private-public sector collaborative. Hundreds of organizations are working together to change our communities in ways that will enable every American to be sufficiently physically active. The NPAP aims to create a national culture that supports physically active lifestyles. Its ultimate purpose is to improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enhance quality of life. Learn more about this partner.
National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity is a leading force in the country promoting physical activity and fitness initiatives. The organization is a diverse blend of associations, health organizations, and private corporations, advocating for policies that encourage Americans of all ages to become more physically active. The RRCA is working with NCPPA to help implement strategies outlined in the National Physical Activity Plan and more specifically working with the Parks, Recreation, Fitness, and Sports sector to promote strategy one, which promotes programs and facilities where people work, learn, live, play and worship (i.e., workplace, public, private, and non-profit recreational sites) to provide easy access to safe and affordable physical activity opportunities. Learn more about this partner.
The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation is a CEO-led organization, is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity–especially childhood obesity–by 2015. It’s a first-of-its kind coalition that brings together more than 140 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and professional sports organizations. The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation promotes ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance–calories in and calories out. It focuses on three critical areas–the marketplace, the workplace and schools. The RRCA is an “energy-out” partner with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. Learn more about this partner.
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) comprises the who’s who in the youth sports industry. Founded in 1979, the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) membership represents more than 185 organizations/corporations serving more than 60,000,000 registered participants / 44,000,000 actual boys and girls participating in organized youth sports programs. The NCYS is well-known for advocacy in promoting safe environments and healthy lifestyles for stronger neighborhoods and communities. Learn more about this partner.
Bring Back the Mile - No running distance, or field event for that matter, has the history, the appeal, the “magic” of the Mile. The Mile, like the 100 meters and the marathon, is a running event that most Americans know something about or have a general feeling for, and thus, there is a built-in awareness of and audience for the Mile. In America, the Mile – lower and upper case – is deeply embedded in our culture and history. We are one of the few countries in the world that still uses the mile as a distance measurement, and thus, as a centuries old result, Americans think, speak and relate in miles not kilometers (“How many miles did you run today?”, “I averaged five-minute miles in my race”, etc.). In short, Americans “get” the Mile not the 1500 meters. Because the 1500 meters, or worse, the misfit 1600 meters at the high school level, do not have the same historical significance and cultural, media and promotional value as the Mile. There is no 1500 meter equivalent to Roger Bannister’s historic and still revered first sub-4 minute Mile; put simply, the Mile is iconic, classic and timeless. America understands the mystique of the Mile, particularly the sub-4 minute Mile. It is time we Bring Back the Mile, America’s Distance! Join the Movement.
Outrun the Sun, Inc. is dedicated to building national awareness of melanoma and other skin cancers, educating communities about preventive measures that reduce melanoma’s incidence rate, and raising funds for melanoma research, leading to effective treatments and a potential cure. Learn more about this partner.