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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

2019 - Jeff Darman, Past President, Kennett Square, PA
2018 - Betsy Boudreaux, Bestbank Track Club, Gretna, LA
2017 - Kelly Richards, Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers, Grapevine, TX
2016 - Tom Whitaker, Omaha Running Club, Omaha, NE
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Outstanding Club President of the Year

2019 - John Brust, San Francisco Road Runners Club, San Francisco, CA
2018 - Jim Graham, Traverse City Track Club, Suttons Bay, MI
2017 - Brenda Groskinsky, runLawrence, Lawrence, KS
2016 - Lou King, Frederick Steeplechasers, Frederick, MD
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Outstanding RRCA State Representative of Year

2019 - Simone Adair, California-Eastern, Western Region
2018 - Lee Greb, Texas-Southern, Southern Region
2018 - Doug Pitchford, Illinois, Central Region
2017 - Jackie Britton, California-Southern, Western Region
2016 - Sherilyn Johnson, Tennessee, Southern Region
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Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award

2019 - Scott Stauske, Badgerland Striders, Menomonee Falls, WI
2018 - Alice Chin, Alpine Runners, Lake Zurich, IL
2017 - Jonathon Gottschalk, Fort Wayne Running Club, Fort Wayne, IN
2016 - Allison Thut, Green Bay Running Club, Green Bay, WI
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Outstanding Youth Program

2019 - Humboldt Redwoods Running Association for Youth, Arcata, California
2018 - YOUth Fit - Shreveport, LA
2017 - Teens Run DC - Washington, DC
2016 - Florida Striders Children's Run/Walk Program - Orange Park, FL
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Outstanding Beginning Running Program

2019 - Gulf Winds Track Club Beginning Running Program, Chika Okoro and Sarah Shuler, Program Directors, Tallahassee, FL
2018 - Trisha Swanson, Reason to Run, Portland, OR
2017 - Tracy Hewitt, Learn2Run, Decatur Running Club, Decatur, IL
2016 - Robert Gustafson, Chattanooga Track Club, Chattanooga, TN
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Road Runner of the Year Award -  MALE OPEN

2019 - Leonard Korir
2018 - Sam Chelanga
2017 - Galen Rupp - 2017 Chicago Marathon winner
2016 - Jared Ward - 2016 Olympian
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MALE MASTERS

2019 - Bernard Lagat
2018 - Jean Pommier
2017 - Abdi Abdirahman
2016 - Meb Keflezighi

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Road Runner of the Year Award - FEMALE OPEN

2019 - Sara Hall
2018 - Desiree Linden - 2018 Boston Marathon Winner
2017 - Shalane Flanagan - 2017 NYC Marathon Winner
2016 - Desiree Linden
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FEMALE MASTERS
2019 - Roberta Groner
2018 - Jenny Hitchings
2017 - Kathrine Switzer
2016 - Colleen De Reuck
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Challenged Athlete of the Year

2019 - Daniel Romanchuk
2018 - Marko Cheseto
2017 - Tony Grossi
2016 - Tatyana McFadden
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President’s Special Award for Achievement

2019 - Leslie Jordan
2017 - Mark Ward
2016 - Ed Kozloff
2015 - David Epstein
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RRCA Road Race of the Year

2019 - Cajun Road Runners Al Comeaux  LA 10, Christina Simon, race director, Milton, LA
2018 - Toughest 10K Kemah, Robby Sabban, race director, Kemah, TX
2017 - Dallas Running Club Half Marathon, Sean Jett, race director, Dallas, TX
2016 - Anchorage RunFest, Sharron Fisherman, race director, Anchorage, AK
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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.

2019 - Northstar Running Club
2018 - New Orleans Track Club
2017 - Oregon Road Runners Club
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EXCELLENCE IN RUNNING JOURNALISM

2019 - Erin Strout
2018 - John Stifler, Florence, MA
2017 - Amanda Loudin, Columbia, MD
2016 - Julie Pearce, Birmingham Track Club, Birmingham, AL
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