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ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 04/17/2014: ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA INC

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AKA  RRCA
Arlington, VA
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ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 04/17/2014: ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA INC

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Also Known As: RRCA
Physical Address: Arlington, VA 22209 
EIN: 23-7283854
Web URL: www.RRCA.org 
NTEE Category: N Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics
N60 Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C.
N Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics
N50 Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club
N Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics
N01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
Ruling Year: 1976 
How This Organization Is Funded: Membership dues - $1,335,075
Sponsorship - $19,500
Earned Income from Programs - $347,630


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Mission Statement

The RRCA’s mission is to promote running as healthy exercise and as a competitive sport and to represent and promote the common interests of its member running clubs, running events, and individual runners through education, leadership, programs and other services.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2013

Total Revenue $2,491,825
Total Expenses $2,322,996

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Leadership (GuideStar Exchange,
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Mrs. Jean Knaack

Profile:

She has served in the role since 2005, bringing over fifteen years of nonprofit management experience to the position. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Nutrition. She earned a Master's of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from George Mason University in 2000. She regularly counsels running club and event leaders around the country on various topics of importance to the running community. Through her work with the RRCA she is a fitness advocate promoting running as healthy exercise and a competitive sport on a national scale. She has experience managing the financial operations of organizations ranging in size from $100,000 to $10 million. Jean has extensive skills in organizational and financial development, board and member relations, and program planning and implementation.

Leadership Statement:

Running, runners, and the promotion of running as a healthy lifestyle choice The strength and support of its network of grassroots members and volunteers, and as such, we strive to maintain positive relations with all of our members Diversity in its member clubs and encourages all clubs to maintain an enjoyable atmosphere for all members The promotion of safety for all runners and the development and enforcement of laws and infrastructure that protects runners’ safety Running as a competitive sport and we support the Zero Tolerance Policy developed by USA Track & Field for the use of performance enhancing drugs in the sport The participation of people who support the sport of running The financial contributions and support of members, sponsors, volunteers, and donors to the organization Good communication with its members and the running community as a whole Prudent financial management that enables the organization to achieve its mission while ensuring adequate cash reserves Strong relationships with national and local media that cover the sport of running and running as a healthy lifestyle choice

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?
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Programs

Program: RRCA: Kids Run the Nation (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$10,000
Category:
Youth Development
Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program Description:

The Kids Run the Nation Program is a multi-week, gender neutral, youth running program designed for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. The RRCA’s vision is to see a locally managed, youth running program in every grade school in America. The Kids Run the Nation Program Guide is designed to help teachers, coaches, or program directors develop youth running programs that can be implemented as a physical education or classroom wellness curriculum, as a before or after-school program, or as a community-based youth running program. The emphasis of this program is on participation and developing a healthy lifestyle as opposed to being a competitive running program. The Program Guide is a full-color, 40-page educational curriculum divided into eight lesson plans, with a bonus ninth lesson on competitive running. Each lesson plan can be taught during a one-hour class period over an 8-week time frame.

Program Long-Term Success:

The long-term goal is to see a multi-week youth running program in every school in the country designed to get and keep grade school children active and to develop a love of running as healthy exercise as they develop into adults.

Program Short-Term Success:

Many Kids Run the Nation and other youth running programs have already been implemented in schools around the country.  The RRCA has provided 3 rounds of grants to help fund new and growing youth running programs at public schools and afterschool programs around the United States.

Program Success Monitored by:

The program's success is monitored by the Director of Program Services.

Program Success Examples:

An example of the program's success was a grant given to an afterschool YMCA program serving over 300 children.  The program outlined a strong partnership between two notable organizations, provided a multi-week youth running program to get and keep kids active, and it involved hundreds of children many of which are at risk for poverty.

Program: Roads Scholar Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$30,000
Category:
Recreation & Sports
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

Since 1996, the Road Runners Club of America has awarded over $330,000 in grants through its Roads Scholar program to assist American post-collegiate road runners who show great promise to develop into national and world class road running athletes. Grants in the amount of $5,000.00 per year have been awarded to four to six athletes annually since the program’s inception. The driving factor in the creation of this program was the goal of improving the state of long distance running in the United States.

Program Long-Term Success:

In the fourteen years since the programs inception, over 65 grants have been awarded, over 20 of the grantees have qualified for the Olympic trials, and one grantee received an Olympic silver medal in the marathon.

Program Short-Term Success:

The short term success of this program saw a grantee set two American Records in 2008 and 2009.

Program Success Monitored by:

The programs success is monitored by a committee of former Olympic athletes and former grant recipients

Program Success Examples:

Examples of the programs success include helping recent college graduates to take the next step at becoming professional athletes in our sport of running.  Many RRCA Roads Scholar grantees have gone on to be supported by shoe companies and other professional training programs.

Program: RUN@WORK Day (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$10,000
Category:
Public, Society Benefit
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

The goal of National Run@Work Day, the third Friday of every September, is for RRCA members and individuals across the country to host community based events that encourage people to incorporate at least thirty minutes of walking or running into their daily lives. If adults can lead by example, if companies can encourage healthy living, then together we can combat the national inactivity and obesity crisis gripping our nation and our children.

Program Long-Term Success:

The long-term success of the program will be to see employers offering flex time to employees to ensure they get at least 30-minutes of exercise a day as a way to improve general fitness, be more productive employees, and lower health care costs through improved fitness.

Program Short-Term Success:

The short term success of the program has been the implementation of Run@Work events by entities such as the Government of MN hosting a 5k run/walk on the capital grounds on Run@Work Day.  Saucony also hosted a Run@Work Day event in 2009 along with other companies.

Program Success Monitored by:

The program success is monitored by the executive director

Program Success Examples:

An example of the programs success is linking it with the National Physical Activity Plan launched in 2010.  Run@Work outlines the efforts for sports organizations to connect with business and government to promote the USDA guidelines for physical fitness for adults.

Program: RRCA: Coaching Certification Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$120,000
Category:
Education
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

The goal of the RRCA coaching certification is to provide trained individuals to work as coaching professionals for the sport of distance running at all levels from beginner to advanced runners. By offering a coaching program for distance running, it is hoped that more individuals will be attracted to the sport, and more importantly, by working with a coach, individuals will train intelligently and will be able to extend their running careers, have more fun running, and minimize the risks of overuse injuries.

Program Long-Term Success:

The long-term success of the program will be to have certified coaches in all cities and states in the US to help train individuals in proper and safe techniques for distance running.

Program Short-Term Success:

The short term success of the program has been our ability to train over 1000 adult running coaches during the life of the program.  We have also grown the number of training opportunities per year from six (in 2008) to over thirteen (in 2010).

Program Success Monitored by:

The programs success is monitored by a team of program facilitators, the director of program services and the executive director

Program Success Examples:

Examples of the program's success include the number of coaches certified, the opportunity for these coaches to develop small businesses, and the ability for communities to host the training program at no cost to the host.

Program: RRCA Championship Event Series (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$50,000
Category:
Recreation & Sports
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

The goal of the RRCA Championship Events is to shine a spotlight on well-run events and to award top performing runners in the open, masters and grand masters categories for both men and women. 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.

Program Long-Term Success:

The long-term success of this program is that it has been going on since 1958.  The RRCA Championships has been a driving force behind the right of athletes regardless of gender or age to participate in distance running events.

Program Short-Term Success:

The short term success of this program is engaging new sponsors to continue to support the program and retaining long standing sponsors.

Program Success Monitored by:

Th program's success is monitored by four board members (regional directors), 50 volunteer state representatives, and the program services director.

Program Success Examples:

Examples of the program's successes include being the first National Championship that allowed women to run more than 2 miles in competition.

Program: RunPro (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$30,000
Category:
Athletics & Sports
Population Served:
Adults
None
None

Program Description:

Educational website and camp designed to teach athletes how to become a professional runner.

Program Long-Term Success:

Program Short-Term Success:

runpro.com website launched

Program Success Monitored by:

Program Success Examples:

Program: Race Director Certification Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$10,000
Category:
Athletics & Sports
Population Served:
Adults
None
None

Program Description:

to provide a baseline of education for race directors

Program Long-Term Success:

Program Short-Term Success:

Program Success Monitored by:

Program Success Examples:

Program: Runner Friedly Community (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
--
Category:
Community Development, General/Other
Population Served:
Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
None

Program Description:

To shine a spotlight on outstanding runner friendly communitieis

Program Long-Term Success:

Has an impact on city planning

Program Short-Term Success:

Several cities designated as Runner Friendly

Program Success Monitored by:

Program Success Examples:

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The RRCA strives to provide quality programming that can be replicated throughout the country by member clubs from small towns to large cities. These programs promote and support running and runners at all stages in life. The RRCA is dedicated to providing the running community with educational information and programs that will keep them safe, healthy, and informed. Furthermore, the RRCA strives to promote excellence in nonprofit management by providing services, benefits, and regular communication that supports this vision.
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