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RRCA National Award Winners

In 1971, the RRCA developed the RRCA National Running Awards to acknowledge the service and dedication of outstanding volunteers to the running community.  Learn more about this great service to the running community.

Browning Ross Spirit of the RRCA Award

2017 - Kelly Richards, Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers, Grapevine, TX
2016 - Tom Whitaker, Omaha Running Club, Omaha, NE
2015 - Lena Hollman, Gulf Coast Road Runners, Naples, FL
2014 - Bee McLeod, Tidewater Striders, Norfolk, VA
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Outstanding Club President of the Year

2017 - Brenda Groskinsky, runLawrence, Lawrence, KS
2016 - Lou King, Frederick Steeplechasers, Frederick, MD
2015 - Michael Muldowney, Richmond Road Runners Club, Richmond, VA
2014 - Pete Abraham, Badgerland Striders, Wauwatosa, WI
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RRCA Outstanding State Representative of Year

2017 - Jackie Britton, California-Southern, Western Region
2016 - Sherilyn Johnson, Tennessee, Southern Region
2015 - Ron Alford, Hawaii, Western Region
2014 - David Meroney, Arkansas, Southern Region
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Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award

2017 - Jonathon Gottschalk, Fort Wayne Running Club, Fort Wayne, IN
2016 - Allison Thut, Green Bay Running Club, Green Bay, WI 
2015 - Jeff Weiss, Badgerland Striders, Madison, WI 
2014 - Gary Howsam, Lape Grapevine Runners & Walkers, Grapevine, TX
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Outstanding Youth Program

2017 - Teens Run DC - Washington, DC
2016 - Florida Striders Children's Run/Walk Program - Orange Park, FL
2015 - Team Kids Cafe – Lubbock, TX
2014 - River City Runners and Walkers – Parkersburg, WV
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Outstanding Beginning Running Program

2017 - Tracy Hewitt, Learn2Run, Decatur Running Club, Decatur, IL
2016 - Robert Gustafson, Chattanooga Track Club, Chattanooga, TN
2015 - Buddy Green, Wabash Valley Road Runners, Terre Haute, IN
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Road Runner of the Year Award -  MALE OPEN

2017 - Galen Rupp - 2017 Chicago Marathon winner
2016 - Jared Ward
2015 - Tyler Pennell
2014 - Meb Keflezighi - 2014 Boston Marathon winner
2013 - Shadrack Biwott
2012 - Meb Keflezighi - 2012 Olympian
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MALE MASTERS
2017 - Abdi Abdirahman
2016 - Meb Keflezighi
2015 - Doug Fernandez
2014 - Lloyd Hansen
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Road Runner of the Year Award - FEMALE OPEN

2017 - Shalane Flanagan - 2017 NYC Marathon Winner
2016 - Desiree Linden
2015 - Molly Huddle
2014 - Sara Hall
2013 - Mattie Suver
2012 - Shalane Flanagan - 2012 Olympian
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FEMALE MASTERS
2017 - Kathrine Switzer
2016 - Colleen De Reuck
2015 - Magdalena Lewy-Boulet
2014 - Deena Kastor
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Challenged Athlete of the Year

2017 - Tony Grossi
2016 - Tatianna McFadden
2015 - Steve Toyoji
2014 - Richard Hunter
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President’s Special Award for Achievement

2017 - Mark Ward
2016 - Ed Kozloff
2015 - David Epstein
2014 - Rich Benyo, Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon
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RRCA Road Race of the Year

2017 - Dallas Running Club Half Marathon, Sean Jett, race director, Dallas, TX
2016 - Anchorage RunFest, Sharron Fisherman, race director, Anchorage, AK
2015 - Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon, Chip Allman, race director, Parkersburg, WV
2014 - The Genworth Virginia 10 Miler, Jeff Fedorko, race director, Lynchburg, VA
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Excellence in Communications Award

In 2017, the RRCA combined the newsletter and website awards to become a more the Excellence in Communications Award to recognize clubs and events that effectively utilize a variety of media tools to communicate with runners.

2017 - Oregon Road Runners Club
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EXCELLENCE IN RUNNING JOURNALISM

2017 - Amanda Loudin, Columbia, MD
2016 - Julie Pearce, Birmingham Track Club, Birmingham, AL
2015 - Bob Dalton, Peachtree City Running Club, Fayetteville, GA
2014 - Christopher White, Pikes Peak Road Runners Club, Colorado Springs, CO
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