Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA INC

  • Arlington, VA
  • www.RRCA.org

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.

Main Programs

  1. RRCA: Kids Run the Nation
  2. Roads Scholar Program
  3. RUN@WORK Day
  4. RRCA: Coaching Certification Program
  5. RRCA Championship Event Series
  6. RunPro
  7. Race Director Certification Program
  8. Runner Friedly Community

service areas

National

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ruling year

1976

chief executive

Mrs. Jean Knaack

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Keywords

running

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EIN

23-7283854

Also Known As

RRCA

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club (N50)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

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.

Programs

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

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Program 1

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.

Category

Youth Development

Budget

$10,000.00

Population Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program 2

Roads Scholar Program

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.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Budget

$30,000.00

Population Served

Adults

Program 3

RUN@WORK Day

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.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Budget

$10,000.00

Population Served

Adults

Program 4

RRCA: Coaching Certification Program

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.

Category

Education

Budget

$120,000.00

Population Served

Adults

Program 5

RRCA Championship Event Series

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.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Budget

$50,000.00

Population Served

Adults

Program 6

RunPro

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

Category

Athletics & Sports

Budget

$30,000.00

Population Served

Adults

None

None

Program 7

Race Director Certification Program

to provide a baseline of education for race directors

Category

Athletics & Sports

Budget

$10,000.00

Population Served

Adults

None

None

Program 8

Runner Friedly Community

To shine a spotlight on outstanding runner friendly communitieis

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Budget

Population Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Charting Impact

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

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    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 mission of the RRCA is to promote the sport of running through the development and growth of running clubs and running events throughout the country. 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.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    RRCA 10 Point Strategic Direction: 2009 - 2019

    • To be the leading authority on the organization of running clubs and training programs, and to be the largest association of grassroots running organizations in the United States that serve the needs of individual runners and make their safety a top priority.

    • To have sufficient financial support from members, sponsors and individuals and to have leaders actively engaged in the solicitation of financial support to ensure organizational stability so the RRCA can be outward-focused in the promotion and support of running in the United States.

    • To be the leading authority and resource for the establishment of new grassroots running organizations and training and education programs for runners, running coaches, race directors, and other special interests that emerge as priorities as the sport evolves.

    • To have a major public profile and major name recognition as the leading voice for running clubs, events, and fitness runners in the United States, with increased use of emerging technologies as a means of communication to reach out to the public.

    • To be a leading force in ensuring that participation in running remains constant or grows over the next decade through community support of event hosting, long term sustainability of local clubs, and maintenance and promotion of running as the most affordable form of regular exercise.

    • To engage in best practices in organizational governance and management and to encourage our members to operate according to our standards of ethical conduct to ensure integrity in the sport running and with the ability to adapt positively to a changing world, which includes generational leadership changes.

    • To continually invest in and improve existing programs and services, develop new programs and services that are beneficial to the members, and to seek maximum participation in our programs and services by our members.

    • To be a major, collaborative partner with health organizations and other running related organizations, but only as long as the partnerships enable the RRCA to achieve our strategic goals as an organization and for the sport of running.

    • To integrate elite and developing American runners into the RRCA's promotion of running in the United States in order to provide good role models for American youth runners and to contribute to the ongoing pipeline of potential elite athletes.

    • To work with members to actively engage the next generation of runners to participate in running clubs and events to ensure the long-term stability of the sport and to develop future leaders for the sport.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    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.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The RRCA does not have a numerical growth goal for the number of running clubs, training programs, or event memberships to reach by 2019, because the RRCA is not directly responsible for the organization of these entities. We believe that for these entities to be successful, they must be organized by individuals in their communities with a vested interest in the success of the running club, training program, or event.

    The RRCA’s growth goals are service oriented as opposed to being financially or numerically motivated. The RRCA seeks to maintain and develop programs and services that current and potential members across our constituent base find valuable. We believe this investment in service delivery will maintain and continue to expand the existing membership base of the RRCA in the coming decade.

    The RRCA will seek to minimize growth or the unintended consequences of growth that are detrimental to the overall well being of the organization and its members as a whole. For example, the RRCA has improved the baseline criteria for new running clubs, training programs, and events to ensure these organizations are meeting minimum standards and safe operation.

    The RRCA will continue to monitor the evolution of the delivery of running in the United States, and we will adapt to meet the needs of our members in order to sustain our membership base.

    Membership Retention: Retain membership levels. We recommend a zero percentage loss rate, which means that we see our members renew year after year without “going out of business.” We realize that clubs become inactive from time to time, but these will be balanced out with new clubs that are formed to result in a “zero percentage loss.” While we do not totally control club level membership, through our efforts to promote membership in a running club, we hope to also see a zero percent loss meaning new members are recruited as other members become inactive.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    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 should re-examine this current version of the Strategic Plan in 2-3 years, following the original recommendation of reviewing the plan at 3, 5 and 10-year marks. At the 3-year mark, many of the benchmarks outlined in this document or new objectives developed between 2009 and 2012 should have been achieved. By 2014, all RRCA programs and services should be robust and meeting the needs of the membership. The RRCA should have a governance structure that can adapt to changes but still remain focused on the strategic direction through 2019.

service areas

National

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Funding Needs

The RRCA depends on contributions from running clubs, running events, individual donors, foundations, and government grants to support our programs.    Our greatest funding needs are for the Kids Run the Nation grant fund program, the Roads Scholar grant fund program, the Run@Work Day promotional efforts, and general operating support for our State Reps Program who are our 50+ volunteers that represent the mission of the RRCA throughout the US.

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Financials

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ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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

ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA INC

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mrs. Jean Knaack

BIO

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.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"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"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. David Cotter

No affiliation

Term: May 2012 - Apr 2014

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?