ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA INC

Empowering Everyone to Run

aka RRCA   |   Arlington, VA   |  www.RRCA.org

Mission

The Road Runners Club of America is the oldest and largest national association of running organizations and runners dedicated to growing the sport since 1958. The RRCA champions the development and success of community-based running organizations that empower all people to participate in the sport of running in pursuit of enjoyment, health, well-being and competition.

Ruling year info

1976

Executive Director

Mrs. Jean Knaack

Main address

1501 Lee Hwy, Ste 140

Arlington, VA 22209 USA

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EIN

23-7283854

NTEE code info

Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C. (N60)

Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club (N50)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is working to improve the health and fitness levels of both children and adults through the promotion of the sport of running as a means of living a healthy lifestyle. The also working to support emerging elite runners so they can successfully compete at the highest levels of international competition.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

RRCA: Kids Run the Nation

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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The goal of National [email protected] 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.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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

Population(s) Served
Adults

to provide a baseline of education for race directors

Population(s) Served
Adults

To shine a spotlight on outstanding runner friendly communitieis

Population(s) Served
Adults

The RRCA provides a turnkey program designed to assist people seeking to develop an organization running club/group or organized running events in their communities. These tools outline important governance items, risk management, along with additional programs to help grow a club or event.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Start a Club or Event

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have seen some correction in the industry of event management and club development as the industry grew at an unsustainable rate. We did see a decline in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

RRCA: Coaching Certification Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have been able to grow the program through online delivery.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

RRCA: Kids Run the Nation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Giving of grants in 2020 was down due to the pandemic and the inability for local groups to safely provide youth running programs.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adolescents

Related Program

RRCA: Kids Run the Nation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Giving was down due to the pandemic and inability to safely conduct youth running programs.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

RRCA Mission Statement

Founded in 1958, The Road Runners Club of America is the oldest and largest national association of running clubs, running events, and runners dedicated to promoting running as a competitive sport and as healthy exercise. The RRCA champions the development and success of community-based running organizations that empower all people to participate in the sport of running in pursuit of enjoyment, health, well-being and competition. The RRCA supports the common interests of runners of all abilities during all stages of life by providing education and leadership opportunities along with programs and services that benefit all runners.

RRCA Organizational Vision

The Road Runners Club of America is the leading national organization dedicated to promoting the development and growth of running clubs, running events, and supporting the interests of recreational runners throughout the country. 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.

RRCA 10 Point Strategic Direction: 2016 - 2021


To be mission-focused and achieve our vision of seeing organized and active running clubs and events in every community in the U.S. by educating prospective members, providing outstanding customer service, and providing useful and affordable services that benefit members. (Mission/Member Services)

Continue increasing our position as the largest national association of community-based running organizations collectively dedicated to growing participation in the sport for all ages and abilities by inspiring people to run through engagement with clubs, events, coaches, youth programs and more. (Growth/Community-based)

Continue boosting the RRCA's public profile as the foremost voice for distance running by enhancing our media, marketing, and branding strategies while focusing on areas of interest to the distance running community by utilizing wide-ranging strategies that incorporate traditional and emerging media and marketing trends. (Public Profile/Information)

To be the leading authority and source of information about the successful creation and governance of running clubs, safe training programs, hosting safe events, and educational certification programs serving the needs of members as well as runners of all ages and abilities. (Information/Education)

Continue enhancing the RRCA's investment in youth running through programs, services and education designed to support community-based programs that inspire future generations to be active in running clubs and events to help solidify the long-term stability for the sport and our organization. (Youth)

Continue investing in programs that educate and support emerging elite U.S. runners pursuing a career in distance running and to promote these athletes as inspiring, positive role models for the running community. (Elite Support)

Continue pursuing and investing in collaborative partnerships with organizations that promote running as the most affordable physical activity and as an opportunity for increased physical activity for all Americans. (Partners/PA Promotion)

Invest in and enhance our position as an international leader in running by sharing best practices information for developing and managing running clubs, running events, and programs for runners for the global running community. (Global)

Guarantee long-range financial and organizational stability through revenue received from members, services, donors, corporate sponsors, foundations and others in coordination with fundraising efforts led by RRCA leaders and representatives. (Fundraising/Income Diversity)

Continue fostering member integrity and ethical conduct within the running community through education campaigns for members along with encouraging and monitoring adherence to RRCA's policies, procedures, guidelines and membership requirements. (Integrity/Ethics)

The RRCA has the capability to implement, improve and financially support programs through earned income and contributions to the organization. The RRCA is financially stable through membership dues and earned program income. The organization has extensive governance policies that ensure best practices in organizational governance and management are followed by the board, staff, and volunteers. The RRCA has extensive outreach abilities with members to ensure effective communication with key stakeholders, supporters, and general membership.

Each year the Board of Directors and RRCA staff have discussions about ranking organizational priorities based on trends, membership needs, financial support, and furtherance of the Strategic Plan. To rank priorities the Staff surveys the Board and reports on the results of the survey. The Staff also surveys the membership every 2 to 3 years to ensure that internal ranking of priorities reflects the interested of the external audience.

The Strategic Planning Task Force recommends that the RRCA Board of Directors continue the established practice of documenting and approving annual objectives that are tied to an annual operating budget. The annual objectives and budget should reflect the ranked priorities of the organization and clearly outline new programs and/or enhanced programmatic improvements. Continuing this annual exercise will help the organization achieve the long-term strategic direction for the RRCA.

Fundraising and financial support play a major factor in the success or failure of any nonprofit organization. The RRCA must, based on its own history, always maintain the long-term financial stability of the organization as a top priority. As such, the Board has a goal to ensure no less than 6 months worth of operating reserves be maintained by the organization. To this end, the RRCA has established and grown our positive net asset balance since 2004. Although the Board's policy is to ensure a balanced budget, the Board and staff must always establish realistic annual income goals and work together to achieve the goals. Inflating income goals without a realistic plan to cover expenses on paper is a dangerous practice that should be avoided. The Board needs to ensure 100% board giving to the RRCA and assist the National Office in fundraising efforts.

The RRCA should leverage strategic partnerships to help in the assistance of program and service delivery to help manage costs. The RRCA should always seek to find creative solutions by implementing the latest technology designed to maximize communication while minimizing costs.

The Board has re-examined the Strategic Plan every 2-3 years since its inception in 2009. In 2012, only minor tweaks were made to the Strategic Plan. In 2016, the Strategic Plan underwent significant editorial changes to streamline language and to remove strategies that had been achieved or were no longer relevant. New strategies were outlined to address the evolution of our members and the running community at-large. The RRCA will next review the strategic plan in mid-2021 to outline success over the last decade, and to outline new or evolving strategies to ensure our organization continues to meet the needs of the running community in the US.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Following several focus group meetings, we have established delivery of one of our more popular programs online which has increased access to the program for people from diverse populations.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA INC

Board of directors
as of 2/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. George Rehmet

Teachers

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Mrs. Lisa Rippe

No Affiliation

Term: 2019 - 2021

Barb Jewell

Treasurer

Blaine Moore

Board member

Betsy Boudreaux

Board member

Goody Tyler

Board member

Sue Nickerson

Board Member

Lisa Rippe

Board Member

George Rehmet

Board Member

Stephen Wright

Board Member

Samantha Collmar

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data