RRCA Oregon

We Run the Nation!

Founded in 1958, the Road Runners Club of America is the national association of running clubs, running events, and runners dedicated to promoting running as a competitive sport and as healthy exercise.

Operating as usual


Know anyone whose goals is to give to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships ahead of the final deadline but just doesn't have the financial support or the connections to do so. Here's your chance. RunPro Camp is accepting applications through June 16. Go for it.

Deadline Extension: Applications for this year's RunPro Camp will now be accepted through June 16 to give potential participants the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships ahead of the final deadline.

RunPro Camp, designed to help educate and inform distance runners interested in pursuing a professional running career after college will take place in-person from July 15-17 in Arlington, VA. The camp provides opportunities for runners to meet coaches, agents, athletes from professional training centers, and elite athlete coordinators. Athletes will learn about seeking sponsorship, how to manage finances as an athlete, anti-doping compliance, and the various USATF rules governing professional running. Travel and lodging are covered for accepted applicants. Learn more and apply https://www.rrca.org/news-articles/news-archives/2021/05/27/rrca-accepting-applications-for-2021-runpro-camp


Kids Run The Nation is a great RRCA program awarding $500 to $1000 annually to youth running programs across the U.S., including in Oregon. With in-person running starts again and schools opening up again in the fall here in Oregon, what a great way to encourage the youth to explore the sport of running

Apply now for a Kids Run the Nation grant! This year, small grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 will be awarded to youth running programs across the U.S. The application will close August 1, 2021. All applicants will be notified of their status by September 1, 2021.

Running clubs, events, or other organizations with the IRS 501(c)(3) designation are eligible to apply. Elementary and middle schools that provide an organized after-school running program are eligible as well. No grants will be given to individuals under any circumstances. Click through to review the program and application requirements, and to access the online application: https://www.rrca.org/.../kids-run-the-nation/grant-fund

CASCADE RUN OFF REDUX — a virtual 15K run 05/03/2021

CASCADE RUN OFF REDUX — a virtual 15K run

Cascade Run Off is back. This time as a virtual 15K run to celebrate the onset of professional road racing 40 years ago and to raise much needed funds to support two Road Runners Club of America programs for aspiring professional distance runners — RunPro Camp and Roads Scholar Grants. RRCA clubs are highly encouraged to promote the RRCA Club Team Challenge. Special team SWAG is included in addition to classic shirt.

Register at https://www.cascaderunoffredux.com/

CASCADE RUN OFF REDUX — a virtual 15K run Celebrate 40 years of prize money road racing Support Road Runners Club of America RunPro & Roads Scholar ProgramsConnect with one of distance running’s signature historical moments, while supporting current elite road racers, by signing up for Cascade Run Off Redux using the link below. This virt...

RRCA State Rep Application 04/29/2021

RRCA State Rep Application

RRCA has invited RRCA Oregon member candidates to consider applying for the Oregon state rep position. I am vacating the position, having been elected as RRCA's Western Region Director.

The state and national friendships made through representing RRCA as Oregon state rep are endless. Being a state rep is also an enduring way to enhance your love for running, giving back to the larger community.

If you are interested in this position or know someone who might be interested, please complete this application form https://fs17.formsite.com/rrcaexecdir/2licrdis64/index.html by May 15. You can also email [email protected] for more information. All interested candidates will be contacted by an RRCA staff member about next steps.

You can also contact me at [email protected] should you have Oregon specific questions.

Best . . .

Stephen Wright
Western Region Director
Road Runners Club of America

RRCA State Rep Application View this form on Formsite


Your community can also receive this earned recognition in 2021 - Runner Friendly Community - by going to https://www.rrca.org/our-programs-services/programs/runner-friendly-community

Stay safe and healthy. Happy Holidays 😎

The RRCA is proud to announce our fall 2020 Runner Friendly Communities: San Antonio, TX and Terre Haute, IN. These communities have shown that they meet the program’s criteria, which includes community infrastructure, support, and local government advocacy for running. https://www.rrca.org/news-articles/news-archives/2020/11/25/rrca-welcomes-newly-designated-runner-friendly-communities


Great cold weather information as we approach the holidays and winter. Stay safe and healthy.

With Thanksgiving approaching and colder weather on the way, a reminder that the RRCA has a list of tips and guidelines to help you stay safe while running when the temperatures drop. https://www.rrca.org/education/cold-weather-running-tips


Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Missed the RRCA 2020 convention educational sessions since they were postponed last March. We sure did! We do have one of the educational session speakers on Zoom tomorrow (Tuesday) evening at 5 p.m. talking about "Utilizing Free and Affordable Technologies for Managing Clubs" at: https://rrca-org.zoom.us/j/99435606833 .

Great information for clubs of any size. Free Google software can support your local club's administrative and running event needs.

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Photos from RRCA Oregon's post 07/09/2020

Steve Wright, RRCA Oregon state rep/Western States Director with Katie Underwood, Utah state rep and John Perez, Colorado state rep, while on five state road trip visiting with Katie and John, as well as Allison Evaro (Idaho), Marlene Short (Wyoming) and Ronda Vukasin (Montana). Totally inspired by their spirit and dedication as state reps.

1 Million Miles 06/25/2020

1 Million Miles

Nonprofits are leading in some of the most important ways right now. One non profit is the NAACP, a 501 (C) (3) organization, ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination and injustices in our communities.

One way our running communities can support their efforts is a fundraising event, 1 Million Miles For Justice virtual run, sponsored by WJR (Walk Jog Run) Club, another non profit, with race profits going to the NAACP.

Want to spice it up a bit. Miles can be recorded by running, biking, walking, hiking or combination thereof - have shoes, will travel!

The race link is: http://www.wjrclub.com/1-million-miles.html

1 Million Miles *Participants MUST REGISTER in order to pledge mileage towards the 1 million miles goal. *The event starts on June 15th. Mileage cannot be submitted until that time. *There is no medal for this...


While the world awaits the return to group runs, NIKE Oregon Track Club Elite and Atlanta Track Club are having a remote meet, viewed on YouTube, this Saturday.

Two of the most prominent track clubs in the United States, RRCA member Atlanta Track Club and NIKE Oregon Track Club Elite will face off in a remote duel on Saturday, June 20 to help raise money for local charities.


11 Things the Running Community Can Do to Be More Intentionally Inclusive 06/03/2020

11 Things the Running Community Can Do to Be More Intentionally Inclusive

Great article how our local clubs can be more intentionally inclusive.

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What will you run for on Global Running Day?

National Running Day is today, June 3. There's nothing better than getting out today to celebrate running, your achievements in Oregon's sunshine. In good health.

When it comes to Minnesota's business of running, it's women at the front 05/18/2020

When it comes to Minnesota's business of running, it's women at the front

When it comes to Minnesota's business of running, it's women at the front Is it the culture of running? Or is it something special about Minnesota that so many women have stepped up and into running's executive leadership? Could these factors boost women's leadership in other sectors?


Great information compiled by RRCA National how COVID-19 continues to affect the running scene. Enjoy reading.

From April 21 to May 6, 2020 RRCA collected over 10,000 responses on our Return to Running Events and Group Runs survey, with individuals from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia participating.

The goal of the survey was to get an understanding about customer attitudes as they relate to returning to running in organized group settings and in-person events post-pandemic. We are pleased to share the full survey results, analysis of the responses, recommendations, and an in-depth discussion of methodology and demographics. https://www.rrca.org/news-articles/news-archives/2020/05/08/return-to-running-runner-attitude-survey-results

When Will Racing Return, and What Will It Look Like? 05/05/2020

When Will Racing Return, and What Will It Look Like?

Very thoughtful and engaging Runners World article regarding running races after coronavirus.

When Will Racing Return, and What Will It Look Like? Small events could be held this summer, but normalcy is likely a long way away.

Survey : Greeting 04/27/2020

Survey : Greeting

RRCA and its partners also published a survey, created to better understand feelings and attitudes about a return to running events and in groups.

Please consider taking the survey. Over 5,000 of your fellow runners already responded the first 24 hours. Very comprehensive survey. Consider using similar survey on your own community, including volunteers who may also be hesitant in returning to events. Thanks . .


Survey : Greeting

Looking Forward: Guidelines for Races 04/27/2020

Looking Forward: Guidelines for Races

RRCA recently published "Looking Forward - Guidelines for Race", a creative living document is to provide ideas for a suggested path forward for races in the post-coronavirus environment with crowd-sourced information that can help you design your events. Stay safe and healthy.


Looking Forward: Guidelines for Races

RRCA Recommended Limitations for Virtual Events 03/31/2020

RRCA Recommended Limitations for Virtual Events

Staying safe and healthy definitely has its challenges. As you may have noticed, there are many organizations which are turning their cancelled races into virtual races. Some of the organizations are legitimate. Some are none. If you don't recognize the organization's name, please don't forward the website to friends. The following RRCA website has a litany of great information regarding virtual races.
Please stay safe and healthy.

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RRCA's Western Regional Championship Series 10K was held yesterday in warm and sunny Coos Bay. The 40th anniversary Pre 10K Memorial featured over 1,000 runners and walkers to celebrate its favorite son. A parade through city center followed the race.

Jared Basset of Bend and Heather Johnson (with 10 month old child in hand) of Medford were overall winners. Congratulations to them and all the other runners and walkers from all over the world.

The 2020 Pre 10K has been selected as RRCA's National Championship Series 10K - a very special honor. See you there !!


Don't forget to register one of your 2020 races for consideration to the RRCA Championship series. More info at www.rrca.org/our-programs-services/programs/rrca-championship-series

Oregon RRCA clubs are blessed to have five state championship and one western regional races chosen for the 2019 series, as well as one national championship race (10k) chosen for 2020. Great RRCA national promotion provided as well as eight gorgeous winner medals, chipped bibs and Gatorade. Let me know if you have any questions.

Deadline for 2020 RRCA Western Regional and State championship filing consideration is October 1 and November 1 respectively.

Also don't forget the RRCA Annual Convention hosted in Portland March 19 - 22, 2020 at downtown Portland Hilton Hotel. More info and registration at https://www.rrca.org/convention. Levels 1 and 2 RRCA coaching classes also provided in combo package. Will be a sell-out.


RRCA has chosen the 2020 Pre 10K for its National Championship Series 10K race event. 2019's Pre 10K, held September 21 in Coos Bay, is also this year's RRCA Western Regional Championship 10K.

The RRCA Championship Event Series is the largest grassroots-organized running series in the U.S. with over 200 races in its state, regional and national series participating, attracting nearly 300,000 participants. Please contact me should you have any questions how your club can apply to RRCA Championship Series.

Congratulations again to Bob Huggins and the South Coast Running Club for being selected for this esteem award in a bidding process with 10Ks throughout the United States.

Hope to see you at RRCA's 2020 Convention in Portland, March 19-22, 2020. Registration is now open.


Jean Knaack, RRCA Executive Director, visited Portland last week in advance of RRCA's 2020 Annual Convention, March 19-22, 2020 at the Downtown Portland Hilton Hotel. She also visited with Oregon Road Runners Club's Tuesday Night Training run, beer/pizza feast, board meeting as well as meeting a number of major Oregonian running community leaders. Hoping you can join us at the 2020 convention. Registration is now open at https://www.rrca.org/convention. See you in March.


Suzanne Ray established a US USATF sanctioned record for the 30K, for the female 65-69 age group, Saturday, March 2, at Oregon Road Runners Club's (ORRC) Champoeg (Park)10K, Half Marathon, 30K and Marathon Relay. Both the 10K and 30K were part of the RRCA Oregon state Championship Series.

In addition, the Champoeg Half Marathon was part the RRCA Western Region Championship Series, that George Rehmet, RRCA Western Regional Director, attended. Pictured with George, on the left, is Cory Bomberger, overall half marathon male winner, Suzanne Ray, US record holder for 30K female 65-69 age group, Teresa Phimister, Senior Grand Master 10k female winner, and Stephen Wright, Race Director and President, ORRC.


Earlier this month, the city of Portland announced that city'sPortland marathon RFP was awarded to Brooksee, a Utah based for-profit race host. In addition to being awarded the race event, they have purchased multiple web domains related to the event as well as negotiated the purchase of all of the assets(net financial) of Portland Marathon Inc, the former producer of Portland Marathon. This includes intangible asses such as trademarks, email lists, social media accounts, web domain and other data. 2019 marathon and half marathon events are scheduled for October 6.

Not know is where the financial assets of Portland Marathon Inc.will be distributed. If and when the Portland Marathon, Inc 501 (C)(3) dissolves and after it settles its debt, it may not transfer any remaining funds to shareholders or board members. Generally it must donate any remaining funds to another organization/s that has a similar mission to its own, a charitable organization or to the federal government. More to come


The RRCA Championship Event Series Western Region Half Marathon is scheduled on March 2 at Champoeg State Park, St Paul. In addition to Oregon Road Runners Club's half marathon, the event features a 10K, Marathon Relay and a 30K, all distances USATF certified.. The 30K is also USATF sanctioned with a runner attempting to set a US record. Exciting times!

George Rehmet, RRCA's Western Director will be running the half marathon.


Good luck to all running/walking Portland Marathon this weekend. Perfect running weather despite the liquid sunshine we are experiencing today.


Special Marine Corps Marathon offer to RRCA Members

Great deal - run the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon for $41 after purchasing RRCA visor. Details below.

events.r20.constantcontact.com The first 800 people that buy an RRCA visor through this form only will receive a special registration code to the sold-out 2016 Marine Corps Marathon at the special 41st anniversary rate of $41.00!!! The code will be emailed to you following payment. You must then register for MCM by Sept 16 to rec...


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The 11th RRCA [email protected] and 5th [email protected] Day approaches on September 16, 2016. Did you know the RRCA has a list of tips to help you plan and promote your event?
For example: To help organize and promote your event, create a page or post it on a local event calendar.
For more tips, or to order these free, customizable promotional posters visi [email protected]@school-day" rel="nofollow,noopener" target="_blank">http://www.rrca.org/our-progr…/…/[email protected]@school-day and remember to use when sharing your event on social media



In recently contacting Oregon's RRCA members and researching their websites, learned that our 35 club, event and event management members host over 125 running event annually, and also contribute over $100,000 annually to local community and school running programs.

Congratulations to all for your contributions to Oregon's running communities.

Love to hear your stories.

Keep up the good work !


Just received Facebook admin rights thanks to Mark Barrett, the outgoing state rep.

I am the new RRCA Oregon state rep, representing 25 clubs and organizations throughout the state.

There is much changing in the running scene throughout Oregon. Hopefully, you will follow us on Facebook as we journey through these as well as many more exciting times.

Steve Wright
RRCA Oregon State Representative &
President, Oregon Road Runners Club


I, Mark Barrett, am now an RRCA Certified Race Director! Contact me if you'd like to learn more about this comprehensive and valuable online class from the RRCA.

rrca.org 02/11/2013

Road Runners Club of America

Register now for the RRCA Convention in Albuquerque on May 2-5th. Go to www.rrca.org for more info!

rrca.org The Albuquerque Road Runners invite you to the 55th Annual RRCA Convention that will be held May 2-5, 2013 in Albuquerque, NM. Register today!


To Oregon RRCA Clubs--

I'm working on a report for the RRCA. Please post "The three best things our club did this year" and I can include it in the report.


Mark Barrett




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