Designation will be granted to top races ranging from 1 mile to Ultra
Arlington, VA – The RRCA Championship Event Series is the largest grassroots-organized running series in the U.S. with over 200 races participating that attract nearly 300,000 participants. RRCA Championship Events are designated annually at the State, Regional, and National level through a competitive bidding process.
Bidding is open for the 2023 RRCA National Championship Event designations. The extended deadline to apply is June 30.
National Championship status is awarded for following distances: 1 Mile, 5K, 10K, 10 Mile, Half Marathon (13.1 miles), Marathon (26.2 miles), and Ultra (any distance over 26.2 miles). RRCA member clubs and events may bid to host an RRCA National Championship, and the event should have previously served as an RRCA State, Regional, or National Championship.
Review the RRCA Championship information and submit your bid by the deadline. You will be notified of your bid status once National Championship selections are announced in August.
If your National Championship bid is not selected, it will automatically be considered for Regional and State Championship status. You will not need to submit another application for these designations.
National Championship Events receive unique marketing and promotional opportunities with the RRCA, unique National Championship awards from Ashworth Awards for RRCA Champions, as well as the standard Gatorade (when applicable) and bibs from Marathon Printing.
The goal of the RRCA Championship Event Series is to celebrate and shine a spotlight on well-run, community-focused events, and to award top performing runners in the open, 40+, 50+, and 60+ categories for both men and women. Awards for top finishers in non-binary and/or challenged athlete divisions area available on request.
For more information about hosting an RRCA National Championship event, contact Andy Smith, RRCA Program Manager, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 703-525-3890.