RRCA Announces National Running Award Winners

02/02/2017 - 18:24

ARLINGTON, VA — Since 1971, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has celebrated the contributions of dedicated leaders, volunteers, and athletes for the sport of running through the National Running Awards program.

We are delighted to announce the 2016 National Running Award recipients who will join the 2017 RRCA Distance Running Hall of Fame inductees for a night of celebration at the RRCA National Running Awards dinner and ceremony on March 11, 2017 in Detroit, MI. Running enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the RRCA Convention, which includes a ticket to the National Running Awards dinner, to honor these contributors to the running community.

Congratulations to the following award winners:
Hall of Fame Inductees: Ryan Hall, George Hirsch, Desiree Linden, Dave MacGillivray.
Outstanding club president: Lou King, Frederick (MD) Steeplechasers.
Browning Ross Spirit of the RRCA: Tom Whitaker, Omaha (NE) Running Club.
Outstanding State Representative: Sherilyn Johnson, Tennessee State Rep.
Outstanding Volunteer of the Year: Allison Thut, Green Bay (WI) Running Club.
Outstanding Youth Program: Florida Striders Children’s Run/Walk Program, Florida Striders Track Club, Orange Park, FL.
Outstanding Beginning Running Program: Robert Gustafson, Chattanooga (TN) Track Club.
Road Runners of the year: Jared Ward, open male; Desiree Linden, open female; Meb Keflezighi, male master; Colleen De Reuck, female master.
Outstanding Challenged Athlete: Tatyana McFadden, U.S. Paralympian, Baltimore, MD.
Outstanding Newsletter: Foottrails, Tammy Bumgarner, editor, Springfield (IL) Road Runners Club.
Excellence in Running Journalism: Julie Pearce, Birmingham (AL) Track Club.
Outstanding Website: Northern Virginia Running Club.
RRCA Road Race of the Year: Anchorage (AK) RunFest, Sharron Fisherman, race director.

The RRCA thanks the following individuals for serving on the various award selection panels. Each selection panel includes RRCA members from around the country. Thank you to: Joan Benoit Samuelsson, Mitchell Garner, Jacqueline Hansen, Lena Hollmann, Kim Jones, Don Kardong, Creigh Kelly, Jenni Kirk-Sorrow, Bee McLeod, Blaine Moore, Doug Pitchford, Rogelio Quintanar, Lisa Rainsberger, George Rehmet, Lisa Rippe, Bill Rodgers, Rose Scoville, Frank Shorter, Steve Spence, and Craig Virgin. Thank you to RRCA’s program coordinator Andy Smith for managing the National Running Awards program.

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