Since 1958, the RRCA has awarded championship events through a competitive bidding process at the National, Regional, and State level to RRCA member clubs and events to promote the sport of distance running.
The goal of the RRCA Championship Event Series is to shine a spotlight on well-run 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.
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Hosting RRCA Championship Events
The RRCA Championship designation is awarded for the following distances at the State, Regional, and National level on an annual basis through a competitive bidding process:
- 1 Mile (America’s Distance)
- Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
- Marathon (26.2 miles)
- Ultra (any distance over 26.2 miles)
- Cross Country (variable distance; only one event)
The RRCA may grant additional State or Regional Championship Event distances as requested, but only after the standard distances have been awarded. An event can only be awarded one RRCA Championship designation. However, if the event has multiple distances, the event may be considered for State, Regional or National status for the various event distances.