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Privacy Policy

Our Commitment to Privacy

Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is the sole owner of the information collected on its sites and through other means. We will not sell, share, rent, or otherwise disclose this information to other parties other than as disclosed in this statement. RRCA collects information from our members and website users in a variety of ways.

The RRCA website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that RRCA is not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites. We encourage our users to take appropriate precautions when leaving our website and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by the RRCA.

What information is collected from you and how it is used

No registration is required to read the public parts of the RRCA web site. Only duly authorized staff or a representative of the RRCA may post information or materials on the RRCA public website. Only authorized staff or volunteers may access the private RRCA sections of the website and post materials there. RRCA collects information from our users at several different points throughout our website and from other sources. This section describes these points of collection.

Membership Registration

In order to become a member of the RRCA, interested parties must first complete a membership registration form. During registration an applicant is required to give contact information such as name, address, phone number, and e-mail address for all households involved in a club or management of an event. For members seeking club or event membership status, this information is used to verify adequate insurance coverage for clubs and events and to create a membership database so we may contact members about topics pertaining to the RRCA. All information is required unless otherwise stated on the membership form. This privacy policy governs both members who apply online or otherwise. Individual members that are not directly a member of a club or event are required to give information such as name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. This information is used to create a membership database so we may contact members about topics pertaining to the RRCA.

Event Registration

In order to register for an event through the RRCA website, an individual is required to give contact information such as name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, as well as other information about him or her, including, but not limited to age, sex, qualifying mark(s), etc.

Newsletters

If a user subscribes to our newsletter(s), print or digital, we ask for contact information such as name, address, and e-mail address. This contact information is managed by the RRCA according to this privacy policy.

Orders

We request information from the user on our printable mail in order forms. A user must provide contact information (such as name and shipping address) and financial information (such as credit card number and expiration date). This information is used to fulfill users’ orders and process payment. If we have trouble processing an order, this contact information is used to get in touch with the customer. Customers’ names and addresses may be shared with third parties as necessary to process, fulfill, or ship orders. Financial information is never shared inside or outside our organization, except as necessary to process the order. This contact information is never shared by the RRCA.

Security

No sensitive information (such as credit card number and/or social security number), is collected by the RRCA website. All of our users’ mail-in order information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our national office. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our accountant or a customer service representative) are granted access to personally identifiable information.

If you have any questions about the security at the national office, you can send an email to the RRCA office at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
The RRCA does partner with reputable third-party, internet commerce sites that may collect donations, individual member data and revenue, or sell merchandize or services. These parties are solely responsible for the content and security of their site. The RRCA is not responsible for the security of these sites. Please review the privacy policies of these third-party providers.

Contests and Surveys

From time to time, we may request information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these contests or surveys is completely voluntary, and thus the user has a choice about whether or not to disclose the information requested. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the operations of the RRCA. Information from these contests and surveys may be combined with other information we have about you.

Log Files

We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use (e.g. statistics). IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information

Cookies

The RRCA website uses cookies solely for navigation control within forums, opinion polls and error reporting. No identifying data is collected through cookies.

Sharing

We will share aggregated demographic information about our website users with users, partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

Other Collection Points

We may also collect information from people through other means such as on the telephone, by e-mail, by fax, on paper, and in person. This privacy policy governs the use and disclosure of that information as well.

With whom the information may be shared and other kinds of disclosures

The RRCA will occasionally share information with other RRCA entities and third parties. This section describes what information we share and with whom.

Sharing with RRCA entities

RRCA Clubs receive reports about members of the organization, including name, address, phone, e-mail address, etc. This information is used to contact members about general-interest matters and specialized topics in the same manner as described above. RRCA Clubs occasionally shares aggregated demographic information with their board, members, partners and advertisers. Again, this is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

RRCA affiliated clubs, events and allied organizations utilizing the 501(c)3 nonprofit exemption status are required to adopt and abide by the National RRCA Privacy Policy. Certain RRCA members may have their own privacy policies. These may be more restrictive, but should never be less restrictive, than the national policy. The national RRCA policy supersedes any RRCA member’s policy if the member’s policy is less restrictive. If a member’s policy is more restrictive than the national policy, then the RRCA respects the member’s policy unless it prohibits the submission of bona fide names and address for the purposes of membership. This contact information is required as a condition of membership.

Sharing with non-RRCA third parties

RRCA occasionally enters into partnerships with other organizations with other running/track & field/ and health & fitness organizations or companies. The partnerships may be developed to receive or provide services to such organizations. When RRCA provides the services or collects information for partners, this privacy statement will govern the use of such information for the partnership unless otherwise stipulated in a contractual arrangement that is more restrictive than this policy.

When someone signs up for an event of an RRCA member, the necessary information (name, address, age) is shared with the event personnel. These parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of entering the person in the event. However, this information may be used to create programs and other documents which may include the individual’s name, home city and state, age, etc. RRCA has advised event personnel that if they plan to use this information for purposes other than entering a person in the event, they must notify the individuals at the time of collection and the individual will have the option of being excluded from use for such other purposes.

We use an outside shipping company to ship orders, an outside printing company to print certain publications, and a credit card processing company to bill users for goods and services. These companies are directed not to retain, share, store, or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purpose.

We occasionally share aggregated demographic information with our corporate sponsors, suppliers, partners, and advertisers. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

We will occasionally make our comprehensive club mailing list available to third parties through a mailing list service. The RRCA maintains rights over the list and has the full authority to determine who has access to the list. The mailing list only contains the postal mailing address of the members and the member’s names. It does not contain any personally identifiable information.

From time to time, we also provide or are contractually obligated to provide postal or e-mail lists to RRCA corporate sponsors, suppliers, or other partners for the specific purpose of fulfilling a partnership agreement or offering discounts or perquisites which we think might be of interest to our members. These companies or organizations are contractually obligated not to use these mailing lists for any other purposes or to disclose them to any third party. Members may opt out of inclusion in such lists by writing or emailing to the RRCA National Office.

We will also share information to prevent fraud, to respond to a legal process, or as otherwise required by law.

Other kinds of disclosures of personal information

RRCA Officers, employees, Club Officers, as well as RRCA Committee members, Sub-Committee members, and RRCA Board members, may have their name, address, fax number, phone number, and e-mail (work and/or home for each) listed both on the website and in print for contact purposes. Any person who accepts an official position with RRCA agrees to have his/her contact information made available to RRCA’s members and the public, unless requested otherwise. The RRCA is required to share contact information on all RRCA officers and RRCA affiliate club officers with the internal revenue service.

Some individuals may have their biographies posted on the RRCA website or otherwise published by the RRCA. These people agree to have certain information about them communicated to the public, including, but not limited to, name, home city and state, age, educational background, etc.

Children

Protecting the privacy of the young is especially important. For that reason, we adhere to the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The RRCA does not collect contact information on children under the age of 18 years.

We avoid collecting more information than necessary when offering children’s activities. The RRCA may maintain a database of children’s running programs, but the contact information collected will be for the adults over 18 years of age responsible for organizing said programs. We also follow strict rules when sending email to minors.

Security Procedures

RRCA complies will all applicable federal and state laws and regulations governing security procedures and breach of security procedures. This website takes every reasonable precaution to protect users’ information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, the information is protected both on- and off-line.

We make every reasonable effort to protect users’ information on-line and off-line. Access to users’ information is restricted in our organization. Only those employees who need the information to perform their job are granted access to personally identifiable information. All employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices.

Choice and opting in/out

Members will receive communications from the RRCA and other as referenced in this privacy policy. Members may opt in or out of various communications by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and request non-mailing status.

Correction/Updating Personal Information

If a member’s information changes (such as a zip code), or if clubs withdraw from the RRCA, we will endeavor to provide a way to correct, update or remove that club’s data provided to us. This can usually be done utilizing the online facilities provided on the RRCA website or by emailing the RRCA office.

Notification of Changes

If RRCA changes its privacy policy, we will post a notice of the change on the homepage of our website for at least seven days so our users are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point RRCA decides to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, users will have a choice whether to consent to such use. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

A link to the privacy policy will always be posted on the homepage of the RRCA website or a copy can be obtained by emailing or writing to the RRCA office.

Revised and Board Approved on September 20, 2006

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