Five Enthusiastic Individuals Appointed to Serve as RRCA Ambassadors in their Home States
In recent months, the RRCA has named several new and eager individuals to the position of State Representative. State Representative are in many ways the personal face of the organization, serving as ambassadors in each state and providing a physical presence while promoting RRCA programs and services to clubs and events. As the below biographies reflect, this most recent group of State Representatives demonstrate the reach and scope of the RRCA, not just geographically, but in its ability to service members of all backgrounds who are passionate about the sport of road racing.
Kentucky – Lilly Riherd: A partner at TRAXrunning in Bowling Green, Lilly has been an avid runner most of her life. She has run 11 marathons, including three Boston Marathons. She also has competed in several 5k’s, 10k’s, half marathons and triathlons, and was awarded the RRCA Kentucky State Championship 10K Female Grandmasters award in 2010 and 2011. Her main passion is the bg26.2 & half marathon, a Boston qualifier in which she serves as race director. She also is the race director for the FROZEN4, a 4-mile race benefiting a local high school athlete in need of medical financial assistance. Lilly has also started over 30 running clubs in local elementary schools, and her goal is to see that all elementary schools in the surrounding counties near Bowling Green have running clubs.
Maryland – Bob Cawood: The current race director of the Annapolis 10 Mile Run and board member of the Annapolis Striders, Bob is also a past president of the Annapolis Striders. He is an RRCA certified coach, and has led the Annapolis Strider’s half marathon, marathon and ultra marathon training programs. When not volunteering, training, or racing, Bob is a litigation attorney that lives and works in Annapolis, Maryland.
New Hampshire – Chandra Leister: Chandra enjoys being a middle of the pack finisher at races all over New England. She has served as the secretary, vice president, and now is the outgoing, two-term president of the Maine Track Club. She is an RRCA Certified Coach. Chandra is co-race director of the Mid-Winter Classic 10 Mile Road race and sits on boards for the Maine Marathon, the TD Beach to Beacon, and the Maine Running Hall of Fame. Additionally, she does occasional work for various timing and race companies, as well as an organization that helps make races more sustainable.
Ohio – Samantha Collmar: Upon entering graduate school at Kent State University in 2013, Samantha became an avid runner. She recently completed here studies, earning a Masters of Business Administration with a focus on Supply Chain Management. She has completed five marathons to date, as well as several other mid-distance races. She is a volunteer for the Stark County Park District where she leads their running program and also volunteers with her dog, Lenny as a TAILBlazer. Samantha served six years in the United States Army Reserves after high school.
Vermont – Dara Zink: Dara is the current president of the Batten Kill Valley Runners in southern Vermont. She served on their board for two years before stepping into the role as president. She is an avid long distance runner favoring the half marathon distance, but she makes it a point to run marathons twice a year. Currently, she is co-race director for the 2017 Shires Marathon, and she is currently working on becoming an RRCA Coach Certified and an RRCA Certified Race Director.
To learn more about RRCA State Representatives, visit http://www.rrca.org/about/state-reps