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RRCA is Accepting Applications to Host 2020 RRCA National Championship Events


Seven events from around the U.S. will be selected to host distances from 1 Mile to Ultra distance as part of the largest community-based organized running series in the U.S.

2014_champ_logo_updated_(3)_thumbArlington, VA – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Championship Event Series is one of the oldest traditions in distance running in U.S., dating back to 1958, when the RRCA awarded its first championship designation. The goal of the RRCA Championship Event Series is to celebrate and shine to a spotlight on outstanding events that are locally organized.

Bidding is open for events to be designated a 2020 RRCA National Championship in the series. National Championship status is awarded to one events at the 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). Only RRCA member clubs and events in good standing may bid for an RRCA National Championship designation, and the event should have previously served as an RRCA State or Regional Championship. The deadline to apply is June 15.

RRCA National Championship Events receive marketing and promotional opportunities through RRCA’s social media and emails.  Events selected for the series include:  awards from Ashworth Awards with event name and date engraved for RRCA Champions, Gatorade product sponsorship (some exclusions may apply), and customized RRCA Championship Event bibs sponsored by RRCA.

When applying to host a 2020 RRCA National Championship Event:

  • Review the Championship Bidding Information & Instructions
  • Complete the online bid form. Print a copy for your records, then click submit. You will be notified of your bid status once National Championship selections are announced in early August.
  • Note: If your National Championship bid is not selected, it will automatically be moved to consideration for Regional and State Championship status. You will not need to submit another application for these designations.

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. 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, masters (40+), grand masters (50+), and senior grand masters (60+) categories for both men and women. 

For more information about hosting an RRCA National Championship event, contact Andy Smith, RRCA Program Manager, at or by phone at 703-525-3890.

About the RRCA: The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is the oldest and largest national association of running organizations and runners dedicated to growing the sport since 1958. The RRCA champions the development of community-based running clubs and events that serve runners of all ages and abilities in pursuit of health and competition. The RRCA’s vision is to see organized running club and events established in every community in the U.S. To learn more, visit:

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