Road Runners Club of America

Growing the Sport of Running Since 1958

Education Program

Thursday ​April 5

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM - Regional Networking Sessions - Join your Regional Director along with other members from your region to get acquainted before the Opening Reception and to discuss items of interest for your organization.


Friday ​April 6

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM - General Session

RRCA Insurance Program and Managing Risks for Clubs & Events (RD CEC)
Attendees will learn about best practices in risk management from recent lessons learned from insurance claims, litigation, and more. Learn about the RRCA insurance program and how it benefits your club and event.
Terry Diller
01_TerryDillerDiller has worked in the insurance industry for nearly 30 years. His agency has handled the insurance program for the RRCA for 20 years, and he as been instrumental in updating the policies as needs change and evolve for the running community.


10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Education Sessions - Presented By:

Have You Been Served?

Understanding the Litigation Process for Event Incidents. Join this session to learn about what to expect and what you need to know about the litigation process that could result from an incident that occurs during an event or an organized run or training program.  Learn about what you need to have in place long before your event or group runs start to protect your organization.  Learn about what not to do if an incident occurs that can hurt your organization should litigation arise.  This session will be led by Stan Wellman who represented the RRCA along with an RRCA event member and one of their sponsors in a litigation matter.


Stan WellmannStan Wellman, Esq

Stan Wellman was born at Edwards AFB, California in 1962. He has a broad civil litigation practice, which includes the areas of transportation, premises liability, products liability, commercial, and insurance coverage litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution. Stan is an author and frequent lecturer on a wide variety of civil litigation issues, including experience with an RRCA insured event named in civil litigation.

Understanding Music Licensing

Join this session to develop a deeper understanding of the legal requirements of having a music license if you play music at your events.  Learn more about the new RRCA/BMI group music licensing service offered to members.  Get all of your questions answered. Learn from an artist how music licensing fees support their work.

Dan Spears_2Dan Spears - Broadcast Music, Inc.
Dan Spears is the Vice President of Industry Relations and Licensing at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). In his capacity as Vice President, Mr. Spears works closely with BMI’s Licensing management team to create strategic, value-driven sponsorships and customer events. He serves as a pivotal bridge between the company’s Licensing, Writer/Publisher and Business Affairs teams. In this role, Mr. Spears continues to develop new customer initiatives and strategic partnerships that feature BMI songwriter performances and help educate key accounts, while providing new sources of revenue for affiliates and licensees.

Running Does Not Cause Injuries!

Join this session to learn more about the importance of practicing good running form, increased mobility, and training to improve stability to prevent injuries.  This session is ideal for people working with beginning runners, RRCA Certified Coaches seeking continuing education, and anyone wanting to learn more about preventing running injuries.

​Mark Cuccuzzella, MD

CuccuzzellaMark is a Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is also a LtCol in the US Air Force designing programs to promote heath and better fitness in the military. He’s also been a competitive runner for over 30 years — with more than 100 marathon and ultramarathon finishes — and continues to compete as a national-level Masters runner. He is the race director of Freedom’s Run race series in West Virginia and director of the Natural Running Center, an education portal designed to teach healthier running . Mark is also the owner of Two Rivers Treads — A Center for Natural Running and Walking in his hometown of Shepherdstown, W.Va.​

Getting the Most Out of Your Race Announcer

Your race announcer IS the voice of your race on race day.  They are actually one of the most prominent features of your race as they are the voice your participants hear at the start and finish of your event. Join this session to learn how to get the most out of your race announcer presented by seasoned announcer Creigh Kelly. (You'll get a real life example from Creigh on Sunday at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile & 5K.)

Creigh Kelley

Creigh-2014Creigh, pronounced Cree, is one of nation’s most popular and recognizable announcers, having been the voice of many of the largest triathlon and running events in the U.S. and abroad for the past 34 years. He has done radio and TV color commentary at local and national events, including the Giant Race (SF Giants) in Arizona during spring training, the Half Marathon Championships, World Triathlon Championships, Chicago Marathon, Columbus Marathon, the Summer Olympics in Sydney, and the PRRO Championships. ABC Sports Radio selected Creigh as their international Track and Field and Triathlon Analyst and he was awarded the SILVER DOME AWARD for Excellence in Broadcasting by the Illinois Broadcasters Association for his play-by-play commentary of the Chicago Marathon. He has announced the start/finish line of the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials four times. Creigh has been a competitor, agent, race director, and leader in the international running community, enriching his announcing assignments.


2:15 AM - 3:30 PM Education Sessions - Presented By:

Assessing the Health and Fitness of Clients/Training Program Participants

Coaches and anyone leading beginning programs or training programs should join this session to learn more about how to identify runners with metabolic syndrome, overtraining injuries, REDS/Triad issues, and more.  This session will focus on identifying potential issues that runners should address with their doctor and how running can them reverse some of these health issues.

​Mark Cuccuzzella, MD

CuccuzzellaMark is a Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is also a LtCol in the US Air Force designing programs to promote heath and better fitness in the military. He’s also been a competitive runner for over 30 years — with more than 100 marathon and ultramarathon finishes — and continues to compete as a national-level Masters runner. He is the race director of Freedom’s Run race series in West Virginia and director of the Natural Running Center, an education portal designed to teach healthier running . Mark is also the owner of Two Rivers Treads — A Center for Natural Running and Walking in his hometown of Shepherdstown, W.Va.​

Using Signage to Elevate the Race Experience for Participants

This session will focus on enhancing the quality of your event through effective use of signage.  Mike Plant, and expert in race graphics will present race directors with case studies of before and after examples to highlight how effective signage can significant increase the perceived quality of your events.

​Mike Plant - Mike Plant Graphics

mike.plantAuthor, photographer, journalist, and entrepreneur, Mike Plant has been a professional marketer and communicator for more than 40 years, with a career in multisport that spans almost the entire lifespan of the industry. As co-founding publisher of the San Diego-based Running News in the late 1970’s, he was arguably the first journalist anywhere to cover triathlon as a bona fide sport in its own right. During the 1980’s and 90’s his photographs and feature articles appeared in numerous national publications, including Runner’s World, Ultrasport, Outside, Elle, Women’s Sports & Fitness and many others. His feature article about the October, 1982 Ironman in Kona was the cover story of the inaugural edition of Triathlete (now Triathlon). During the 1980’s, Mike served as writer, segment producer and on-air color commentator for endurance sports television productions by NBC, CBS, ESPN and numerous local network affiliates across the U.S. His book “Iron Will” is widely acknowledged as a definitive history of the early days of the Hawaii Ironman. Mike is currently president and CEO of Mike Plant & Associates Inc., dba MPA Event Graphics, a leading supplier of large-format promotional signage (tents, banners, flags, table covers, inflatables, vehicle graphics, etc.) to promotional agencies, corporations, events and organizations.

Using Technology to Effectively Manage Your Club

This session introduces the best practices of using cloud computing to preserve integrity of data as well as allow collaboration among club directors. The session will explores technology related to various club functions including: membership, race/event management, financial management, website, volunteer management, and more.  This interactive session will compare selected technology options/vendors ​and explore what others are doing to use technology ​to effectively manage their clubs.

lou-kingLou King - Frederick Steeplechaser

Lou King has over 30 years of software engineering experience in the corporate world and over five years of web application development experience as a volunteer for Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club. He recently finished a two year term as club president, and received the RRCA Outstanding Club President of the Year award in 2017. Lou and others in the club seek ways to reduce volunteer workload through the application of technology and process improvements to club operations.

Lessons Learned from the Racing Social Revolution

Presented by Ragnar


Saturday ​April 7

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10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Education Sessions Presented by:

Strategic Planning for Clubs through Appreciative Inquiry

Join this session led by RRCA Kansas State Rep and president of runLawrence to learn about strategies to get the best results from your strategic planning process through appreciative inquiry. This session will help club leaders develop their own strategic planning framework that focuses on past, present, and future and will outline how to plot a course to get to your "Strategic Plan Finish Line."

brendaBrenda Groskinsky

Brenda Groskinsky has been an avid runner for most of her life, running track in high school, and participating in the Hood 2 Coast (H2C) 200-mile relay held in Oregon (as well as other 200-mile relays when the team didn't get the lottery pick) more than 15 times. Brenda is recently retired from 33 years of service with the U.S. federal government where she implemented collaborative research efforts for the advancement of environmental and human health protection. She has acquired 11 academic degrees, or degree equivalents (7 graduate and 4 undergraduate), during the tenure of her career.  Brenda was nominated for, and is currently serving, her second term as president of the running club in Lawrence, KS – runLawrence (2016-17). Brenda has been a loyal member of the club for more than 10 years and enjoys the camaraderie.

Starting and Growing Trail and Ultra Events

In this informative session, learn about the nuances inherent in staging a trail race. We’ll go beyond budgeting to talk about course choice, entry limits, specific needs at aid stations, tracking runners, special use permits, and more.  If you’ve never put on a trail race, this session will arm you with the tools necessary to stage a successful event. If you have put on a trail race, learn some important tips to make your event safer and more successful. If you are a trail race participant, find out what you should expect in a well-organized event. You’ll leave this session fired up about Trail Racing! 

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Nancy Hobbs founded the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) in 1996 and is its CEO.  She is also chairperson for the USA Track & Field's Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council. She is also treasurer of the World Mountain Running Association.


richard.boltRichard Bolt is a former operations & software executive​ who lives in Mountain View, California where he runs and rides bicycles every day. He is the Marketing Director for ATRA, and Richard also leads teams of elite American trail runners to World Championship events and is a brand ambassador for Salomon Running & Suunto.

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2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Education Sessions Presented by:

Technology Trends in Trail Running
Join this session to learn about the latest cool gadgets for runners and what's coming soon from Silicon Valley's most innovative companies.  From GPS watches to apps to live video capture tech; drones, wearables and real time testing of latic acid and blood analysis.  We'll also discuss more practical equipment available now for helping road runners become better trail runners.
richard.boltRichard Bolt is a former operations & software executive​ who lives in Mountain View, California where he runs and rides bicycles every day. He is the Marketing Director for ATRA, and Richard also leads teams of elite American trail runners to World Championship events and is a brand ambassador for Salomon Running & Suunto.

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