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RRCA Welcomes Five Runner Friendly Communities

Five communities have the “right stuff” of community infrastructure & support plus local government involvement for designation

Arlington, VA – The goal of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Runner Friendly Community program is to shine a national spotlight on communities that standout as runner-friendly and provide incentives and ideas for communities to work towards becoming runner-friendly communities.  The RRCA is welcomes the newly designated Runner Friendly Communities® for fall 2022:

  • Anniston, Alabama
  • Fort Thomas, Kentucky
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Lumberton, North Carolina
  • Toledo, Ohio

Runner Friendly Communities have shown that they meet the program’s criteria, which includes community infrastructure, community support and local government support for running. Each community has shown they have an infrastructure that can foster physical activity in a safe environment. They have a proven track record that organizations and businesses work together to promote running as a healthy exercise and sport, with the most important criteria being positive relationships between the running community and their local government.

“The challenges of the last few years have highlighted the important role communities play in making running accessible for citizens,” said Jean Knaack, RRCA Executive Director.  “The references from city and state government leaders for this round of Runner Friendly Communities demonstrates the impact of positive relationships between runners and local officials.”

Every five years, a Runner Friendly Community must work with the RRCA to ensure it continues to meet our expectations for the designation. The following communities have successfully renewed their Runner Friendly Community designation:

  • Holland, Michigan
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Richmond, Virginia
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