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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

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
2015 - Lena Hollman, Gulf Coast Road Runners, Naples, FL
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Outstanding Club President of the Year

2018 - Jim Graham, Traverse City Track Club, Suttons Bay, MI
2017 - Brenda Groskinsky, runLawrence, Lawrence, KS
2016 - Lou King, Frederick Steeplechasers, Frederick, MD
2015 - Michael Muldowney, Richmond Road Runners Club, Richmond, VA
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RRCA Outstanding State Representative of Year

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
2015 - Ron Alford, Hawaii, Western Region
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Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award

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 
2015 - Jeff Weiss, Badgerland Striders, Madison, WI 
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Outstanding Youth Program

2018 - YOUth Fit - Shreveport, LA
2017 - Teens Run DC - Washington, DC
2016 - Florida Striders Children's Run/Walk Program - Orange Park, FL
2015 - Team Kids Cafe – Lubbock, TX
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Outstanding Beginning Running Program

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
2015 - Buddy Green, Wabash Valley Road Runners, Terre Haute, IN
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Road Runner of the Year Award -  MALE OPEN

2018 - Sam Chelanga
2017 - Galen Rupp - 2017 Chicago Marathon winner
2016 - Jared Ward - 2016 Olympian
2015 - Tyler Pennell
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MALE MASTERS
2018 - Jean Pommier
2017 - Abdi Abdirahman
2016 - Meb Keflezighi
2015 - Doug Fernandez
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Road Runner of the Year Award - FEMALE OPEN

2018 - Desiree Linden - 2018 Boston Marathon Winner
2017 - Shalane Flanagan - 2017 NYC Marathon Winner
2016 - Desiree Linden
2015 - Molly Huddle
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FEMALE MASTERS
2018 - Jenny Hitchings
2017 - Kathrine Switzer
2016 - Colleen De Reuck
2015 - Magdalena Lewy-Boulet
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Challenged Athlete of the Year

2018 - Marko Cheseto
2017 - Tony Grossi
2016 - Tatianna McFadden
2015 - Steve Toyoji
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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

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
2015 - Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon, Chip Allman, race director, Parkersburg, WV
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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.

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

2018 - John Stifler, Florence, MA
2017 - Amanda Loudin, Columbia, MD
2016 - Julie Pearce, Birmingham Track Club, Birmingham, AL
2015 - Bob Dalton, Peachtree City Running Club, Fayetteville, GA
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