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Randy Accetta

Director of Coaching Education
RRCA
Randy Accetta is an accomplished educator and runner that brings a wealth of experience to the RRCA coaching program. He is the Communications Mentor for the top-ranked McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona, where he has twice received Teacher of the Year honors. Additionally, he has co-authored two continuing education courses on how to coach runners, and he has written running-based articles that have been published in Running Times, Runners World and the New York Times. A former 2:19 marathoner who competed in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, Randy has a long history of coaching runners, including as the Program Director for Craftsbury Running Camps, the Arizona Coach for Team in Training, and The Workout Group in Tucson, Arizona.

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Brent Ayer

Coaching Instructor
RRCA
Brent Ayer is a Coaching Certification Instructor for the RRCA’s Coaching Certification program. He has been active in the sport of running for over 40 years. He was a founding member of the Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club while still in college. He was their club president from 2000-2003. Brent is an RRCA Certified Coach and holds USATF Level I & Level II coaching certifications. For the last eight years, he has coached the Frederick Striders Youth Track & Field Club. Ten years ago, he launched the Hood College Cross Country program followed by the Track & Field team. He has been recognized as a Maryland AAU Track Outstanding Coach in 2004 and as the Hood College Coach of the Year in 2005

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Terry Diller

Insurance Account Executive
Insurance Management Group
Diller has worked in the insurance industry for nearly 30 years. His agency has handled the insurance program for the RRCA for 20 years, and he as been instrumental in updating the policies as needs change and evolve for the running community.

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Bobby Gessler

Coaching Instructor
RRCA
Bobby Gessler, MD, FACS is a Coaching Certification Instructor for the RRCA’s Coaching Certification program. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and obtained his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1983. Following this he completed his urological surgery training at Brown University and is a Board Certified urological surgeon in a group private practice in Columbia, Maryland. Dr Gessler is an RRCA Certified Coach and Instructor and has USATF Level I and Level II coaching certifications in the endurance and combined events respectively. For the past 10 years, Bobby has been a coach of the Howard County Junior Striders program and is the Cross Country coach and assistant track coach for the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore City.

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Jean Knaack

Executive Director
RRCA
Knaack is the Executive Director of the Road Runners Club where she has served in the role since 2005. 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. She regularly counsels running club and event leaders around the country on various topics of importance to the running community.
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Cari Setzler

Coaching Instructor
RRCA
Cari Setzler, DVM is a Coaching Certification Instructor for the RRCA��s Coaching Certification program. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Aquinas College while earning All-American Honors 8 times and was national runner up in the indoor 1000 meters. In 2014 she was inducted into the Aquinas College Athletic Hall of Fame. Cari then continued on to Michigan State University where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. She is RRCA level II certified, level II USATF endurance coach, level II USTAFFCA in sprints and hurdles as well as she is certified in running mechanics through Newton Running. In 2010, she co-founded Fast Finish coaching where she has helped athletes ranging from the first time 5k runner to the Olympic trials hopeful reach their goals. Cari also directed the Health Bridge Road Runners from 2009-2013 and was the assistant girls track and field coach at Johnsburg High School from 2009-2012. She practiced small animal medicine at The Animal Hospital of McHenry for 10 years while managing and directing marketing, sales, and inventory at The Running Depot in Crystal Lake, IL. She has recently joined the corporate sector as a Key Account Manager for Vetsource. Cari has written running based articles that have been published in Runners World, Running Times, Women’s Running, Chicago Athlete and New York Times. Cari and her husband Chris, dogs Watson and Crick, cat Domino, and horse Cascade now live in Harvard IL. In her spare time Cari enjoys using her ham radio license (N8LIG) and is a weather spotter, and working on her hobby farm. Her coaching philosophy: “Helping individuals become the best versions of themselves, using running as the vehicle, allowing for personal accountability.”


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Stephen Wright

President
Oregon Road Runners Club
Stephen Wright, a former CEO and Fortune 500 marketing director, is president of the Oregon Road Runners Club (Portland), a nonprofit club that hosts a full spectrum of 15 annual events as well as training programs from the 5k to ultramarathons.

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David Epstein

Regional Traffic and Safety Engineer
Alaska DOT
David Epstein has served as RRCA's Alaska State Representative and Western Region Director, and is currently Vice President of Juneau Trail and Road Runners. Following a 33-year career with the Federal Aviation Administration, he has spent the last ten years with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities as Regional Traffic and Safety Engineer. David has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Duke University and a Master of Science in Engineering degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a registered professional engineer in Alaska and Colorado. David is a retired runner who now enjoys walking with his wife Sara Plotnick-Epstein and two terriers, Paisley and Fiona.

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Kelly Richards

President
Lake Grapevine Runners & Walkers
Kelly has been a member of Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers since moving to Texas in 1998. She has served the club in nearly every capacity – multi-term president; race director of Double Trouble, Bold in the Cold and multiple Fun Runs; various committees; social media coordinator; water duty volunteer and more.  She served as an RRCA National At-Large Director for eight years.  As a returning president to her club, she brings a unique view of stepping into the role as technology has changed since her last experience as club president

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Alan Smith

Vice President Membership
Oregon Road Runners Club
Alan Smith is the Admin Vice President of the fifty-year old Oregon Road Runners Club and has been volunteering for the club since 2013. Alan manages ORRC's technology needs as well as club membership. He's also a lead race director for four of ORRC's fifteen annual events
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Erica Hunt

Lifestyle and Weight Loss Coach
Complete Fitness
Erica began running at the age of 41 out of sheer embarrassment. As the owner of Complete Fitness, a women's fitness and weight loss center, she entered a triathlon and discovered she had very limited running skills. Always one to lead by example, running became her new challenge. Since then she has completed countless 5Ks, 10Ks, Half Marathons, Triathlons, and eleven Marathons, including 2 Boston Qualifiers. Erica now shares her love of running with beginning runners training for 5K and 10K races, and even inspired her (now Ironman) husband to pick up the sport. Erica has been married to Jay for 28 years; they are the proud parents of two amazing dogs, Charlie and Roscoe the Tripod. Jay and Erica are members of the Metro Milers Running Club based out of their community, Edwardsville, Illinois, just East of St. Louis.
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Frank Murphy

RRCA Coach
For most of his adult life, Frank wasn't very interested in a healthy, active lifestyle. After all, it looked like a lot of work! Predictably, a poor diet and a lack of exercise led to obesity and many of it's complications. Everything changed for Frank in 2013 when he participated in Fort Wayne's Smallest Winner, a local weight loss program. He learned how to take responsibility for his own health through a sound diet, regular exercise and personal accountability. With FWSW's help, he lost 88 pounds in six months! As part of his weight loss journey, he gradually discovered that he loved to run. It took a little while, but as his weight dropped, his stamina and pace increased, which made running increasingly more enjoyable. He likes a lot of variety in his racing schedule (long/short, road/trail, etc), and is always "shopping" for another big race.

To date, Frank has completed over 175 events, including 22 half marathons, 15 full marathons and 18 ultra marathons.

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Keith Peters

Council for Responsible Sport
From 1984 to 2001, Keith Peters enjoyed a multi-faceted career with Nike. He later worked with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, helping them develop effective marketing communications and fundraising strategies.  Between 2011 and 2014, Keith served as the executive director of the Council for Responsible Sport, an organization whose vision is a world where responsibly-produced sports events are the norm.  He currently services on the Council's board of directors.

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Mark Remy

Dumb Runner
Dumb Runner is Mark Remy, a runner and writer in Portland, Oregon. He has written four books about running plus a dumb training journal, and for many years contributed to Runner's World. As executive editor of RunnersWorld.com, he led the website to a 2008 National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online. He also wrote the popular Remy's World column for RunnersWorld.com from September 2007 to May 2015 and, more recently, a print version under the same name.
He was written for a bunch of other publications, too.
Mark has run 28 marathons, including nine Bostons. For the 2017 and 2018 Boston Marathons he ran with Team With a Vision, acting as a guide for a blind runner. His PRs are 2:46 for the marathon, 1:16 for the half-marathon, and 16:29 for 5K. All of those times are from 1999.
Sometimes Mark feels very old.
In November 2015, Mark launched Dumb Runner, "an online destination for runners who enjoy laughter and pie." Because why not?
That's Mark in the Dumb Runner logo. He had that mustache some time ago... for about five minutes. But now it is preserved for all time. Because his wife can't make him shave his logo.

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Kelly Barten

Founder
Run Oregon
Kelly Barten, originally from Iowa, was a rower at Creighton University and then went on to get an MBA from the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. After graduation, she moved to Portland and got involved with local running clubs, joining the board of the Red Lizard Running Club and then Oregon Road Runners Club. In 2007 she founded the Run Oregon blog, a community blog that covers local racing, group runs, and running news. In 2014, she and Blake Timm shared the RRCA's Outstanding Club Print Newsletter award for their work on the Oregon Distance Runner (she is still the editor and does the magazine's layout). She also serves as a volunteer Race Director for ORRC, having helped with RD the Hagg Lake 50k/25k for 6 years, the Up the Lazy River 10k for 3 years, and currently in her 3rd year with the Greenway Trail Trial 10k/5k. Kelly is a co-leader for the Portland chapter of the Badass Lady Gang and enjoys putting together other accessible, supportive, and welcoming group runs - plus the occasional beer mil

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Hans Wong

Houston Striders
Hans is a senior technical advisor who lives in Houston, Texas. He joined the Houston Striders in 2013 and was elected to the Board as an At-Large Director in 2016 and again in 2018. He is a weekly workout coach, social activity coordinator, and contributor in both creative and technical tasks for the club. Since 2017, Hans has also held the position of Marketing Director for both the Houston Striders and their main annual event, the Houston Half Marathon & 10K.

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Dan Spears

VP
Broadcast Music, Inc.
Dan Spears is the Vice President of Industry Relations and Licensing at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). In his capacity as Vice President, Mr. Spears works closely with BMI’s Licensing management team to create strategic, value-driven sponsorships and customer events. He serves as a pivotal bridge between the company’s Licensing, Writer/Publisher and Business Affairs teams. In this role, Mr. Spears continues to develop new customer initiatives and strategic partnerships that feature BMI songwriter performances and help educate key accounts, while providing new sources of revenue for affiliates and licensees. Spears graduated with a BA in Art History from Bowdoin College.

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Nancy Hobbs

American Trail Running Association
Nancy Hobbs has been running trails and directing running events since the mid-80s and her articles and photographs about the sport have been published in magazines including Runner's World, Running Times, Trail Runner, and Ultrarunning magazine. Along with Adam W. Chase, Hobbs is the co author of The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running, Best Trail Runs: Seattle; Best Trail Runs: Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs; Best Trail Runs: Portland; Best Trail Runs: San Francisco. She is the founder and executive director of the American Trail Running Association, a council member of the World Mountain Running Association, and chairperson of the USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Council. She was inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame in 2013. She lives in Colorado Springs, CO, but travels extensively nationally and worldwide to support and promote trail and mountain running.

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Chad Holmes

President
Houston Striders
Chad Holmes is a career geoscientist residing in Houston, TX. For the past decade, he has been a regular participant in local races and destination marathons, finding great passion for the sport both as an athlete and a volunteer with the Houston Striders running club. After several years' experience on the board of directors, Chad was elected President in 2018 and currently remains in that role. The Houston Striders organize the annual Houston Half & 10K event, which Chad helps oversee as club lead on the race committee. This combined experience with racing, club leadership, and event management has led Chad to be a strong advocate for the community engagement and charitable good that participation in a nonprofit running club can offer.

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Michael Bergmann

Portland Track
Michael Bergmann has been involved in the sport of running and track and field for nearly 50 years as an athlete, coach, program and event director. Bergmann’s current role is the President of Portland Track. Bergmann spent over 30 years at Nike in Product Development and Innovation retiring several years ago to start his innovation consulting firm, IncubatorU. Bergmann specializes in transforming organizations, events and teams.
Some of the programs he has created are:
Portland Track/PDXC Middle School XC
Tracklandia
Red Truck Outdoor Experience
Maupin Deschutes River Complex
Roosevelt

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Julia Cole

Singer/Songwriter
BMI
Marathon runner, Cole was Influenced by the genre-crossed locker-room playlists she and her Texas volleyball teammates blasted. Julia Cole’s musical style blends authentic country storytelling and a pure, bright vocal, with urban musical subtleties. Julia encourages good energy, summer vibes, and empowering self-worth through her records, live show, and inclusive #ColeTeam community. Julia got her start performing the Star Spangled Banner before her own high-school sporting events. Now, Julia tours globally in over 10 countries, and has opened for acts such as Dan + Shay, The Chainsmokers, Jon Pardi, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Rhett Akins, Lee Brice, Chris Lane, LANCO and many more. Julia brings her love for music and sports full circle by performing for NFL, MLB, MLS, NASA, SEC, ACC, NCAA, NASCAR, NWHL, NPF, ESPN, and @WomenSportsSocial events.

“Trust You” Julia's debut single, has well over one million streams after landing on Radio Disney Country, Country Hits UK radio, Country Music Television, and both Spotify and Apple Music’s curated playlists. Julia's new EP releases April 10 featuring the female empowerment title track, "Honey Child". Julia's music can be found on all streaming platforms , juliacolemusic.com, and social media @JuliaColeMusic. Whether you join Julia for a relatable song lyric, for a country concert, or for a game of beach volleyball: WELCOME TO THE #COLETEAM.

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Camille Herron

World's Best Ultrarunner
Camile Herron is a three-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, 21-time marathon winner, Guinness World Records holder, World's Best and American Record holder in a variety of ultra distance events. In 2017, Herron became only the 3rd American to win the Comrades Marathon, the first win for an American women since 1997. In early 2019, Herron walk away from auto accident after a driver crashed into her and flipped her car. Two weeks later she set a course record at the 2019 Tarawera 100-Mile Endurance Run.

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Sharron Fisherman

RRCA
Sharron is an RRCA State Rep for Texas (Central) following her move to Austin, Texas from Anchorage, Alaska. She lived in Anchorage for the last 12 years, having moved there from Houston, Texas where she lived for over 30 years and first started running. In Houston, she was an active member of the Houston Master’s Sports Association and a member of the highly coveted Houston marathon veterans group. For the last 9 years, she was the race director for the Anchorage Running Club’s Anchorage RunFest. Under her direction, the 2-day event, was awarded the 2016 RRCA Road Race of the Year. She served on the Anchorage Running Club's board of directors for many years. She recently was the RRCA Alaska State Rep stepped down from that position because of her move. Sharron has run multiple marathons including London and Paris, a 50K ultra, numerous 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons.

When not running in local races, she is always out there volunteering in some capacity. Sharron and her husband, who married after both running the Honolulu Marathon in 1996, enjoy spending time with their grandchildren in Texas and Hawaii.

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Sheila Mason

Sheila Mason, a member of Team CAF, rediscovered the empowerment of sport after undergoing an above knee amputation in 2016. Born with a congenital limb deformity she underwent her first operation at 8 years old, becoming a below the knee amputee. Her primary focus after surgery was to participate in sports that had previously been inaccessible. However it wasn't until her freshman year of college that she discovered a love for running. Unfortunately, due to an unrelated injury, she suffered a devastating knee injury that resulted in 8 surgeries and a chronic bone infection over the next 6 years. The decision to transition to an above knee amputee was fueled by a desire to be able to run again. Through the help of the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Ossur, Biotech Prosthetics and her local running clubs she was running within 3 months and has went on to finish several road races and triathlons over the years that have followed. She completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2018 and now works as a pediatric nurse practitioner in orthopedic surgery. She is the lead provider for the pediatric amputee program that serves over 50 local children living with limbloss, demonstrating that you can live a "limbitless" life.
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John Brust

President
San Francisco Road Runners Club
John Brust is the president of the San Francisco Road Runners Club (SFRRC) and this year is being awarded the RRCA Club President of the Year. John, originally from Wisconsin, ran for Purdue University and went on to get his MBA from the University of Notre Dame before moving to San Francisco to work in the tech sector. He is also an RRCA certified coach, former Vail ski instructor, and with his brother has run a marathon on each of the seven continents.

As President, John is helping SFRRC fulfill its new mission to build and strengthen the running community in San Francisco while inspiring people in the process. And along with the club’s other leaders, John is committed to making SFRRC a place where members care for each other’s well being and happiness, kindness is the culture, and goals and dreams can become realities.

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Kevin Harris

CFO & COO
RunSignup.com
Kevin Harris is the CFO and COO for RunSignup, the technology platform serving more than 20,000 races and 8,000 nonprofits. He spent 15 years as the CFO and in other executive financial positions with both public and private equity owned software companies. He is a CPA and currently serves as the Chairman of the Payment Facilitator Committee for the Electronic Transactions Association. At RunSignup, he has led the project to comply with new state Marketplace laws requiring online marketplaces to collect and remit state taxes on behalf of their customers. He will walk through the legal changes in sales tax collection, the potential liability for races and clubs, and how your technology providers can help.

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Bernard Lagat

Olympian
Bernard Lagat first represented his native Kenya at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and went on to make 5 Olympic Teams, representing Team USA at the last 3 Olympic games. He became the oldest runner at the 2016 Summer Olympics to represent the United States. Lagat made his marathon debut in 2018 at the New York City Marathon. In July 2019, he ran 2:12:10 in the Gold Coast Marathon in Australia, breaking Meb Keflezighi‘s US masters record (40+) of 2:12:20 in the men’s marathon.


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Golden Harper

Co-Founder
Altra
Golden Harper started running as soon as he left crawling and has never looked back. Between the ages of 10 and 14, Golden ran 5 marathons, debuting with a State Record 3:08 performance. He followed that up with a 2:57 performance that was good for a National Best for age 11. At age 12, he ran the St. George Marathon in 2:45:34, setting a world best. He went on to win 2 Cross Country State Championships. He ran the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships & broke the previous National Record for the 5k in Cross Country that day, as did the likes of Dathan Ritzenhein, Matt Tegenkamp, Ian Dobson, Josh Rohatinsky, and Alan Webb. His Senior year of college, Golden nearly went undefeated at collegiate distance Cross Country races.

Golden was raised in his family's running store, where he was always trying to improve the running experience. He studied Exercise Science at two Universities, where he was particularly focused on biomechanics, kinematics, and coaching. During this time, he wrote several research articles on running-related injuries and running technique. Curiosity and research led him to create ZeroDrop technology in 2009—by heating existing shoe models in a toaster oven, cutting out the midsoles, and leveling the cushioning platform. Following years of tinkering and testing prototypes, Golden, and his business partner Brian Beckstead, were ready to share their innovations and present a new option to the running world. Altra's unique core technologies—FootShape, ZeroDrop, and Fit4Her—made their debut in 2011. What began with a few stores in the US, Altra is a now household name with runners, experiencing significant global expansion. Building a global brand for passionate runners, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts wasn't easy, but it was worth it. Altra's success is built on community, adventure, and steady progress. Staying true to the company's roots, Altra employees live a #ZeroLimits mantra

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Erica Gminski

Youth Program Manager
RRCA
Erica Gminski completed her masters in Sports Industry Management at Georgetown University in 2014, and gained industry experience at a Washington, DC area sports nonprofit representing the charitable efforts of multiple professional sports teams. She has previously held corporate marketing and retail management positions, focusing on effective communication strategies and client relations practices to improve reach and grow communities. Erica is a Hokie through-and-through, earning bachelor’s degrees in Marketing Management and Spanish in 2005 from Virginia Tech. Erica Gminski is a middle-of-the-pack runner who has a love-hate relationship with training but desperately wants to grow her medal collection. Since embracing the sport in her late 20s, she has completed three ultramarathons, five marathons, seven half marathons, and a host of 5ks to 10-milers. Breaking in new running shoes and gear, cross training at the gym, traveling for races, and encouraging others to fall in love with the sport fill her time when she isn’t enjoying a rest day. Erica is responsible for all things Kids Run the Nation and growing the program nationally through outreach with members and through fundraising efforts. She will be embarking on an effort to evolve the program to encompass middle and high school runners as well. She also handles the administrative side of the Level I and Level II Coaching Certification programs, and is working to streamline processes and grow the courses' reach.

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Trisha Swanson

Founder
Reason to Run
Trisha is a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and has been participating in long distance sporting events for the past twenty years. Her experience with coaching and race directing provided the skills necessary to found Reason to Run. After 10 years of teaching for the University of Minnesota, Trisha transitioned to sharing her love of running and exercise with other women. Awarded Outstanding Volunteer of the year by the Oregon Department of Corrections, Trisha's true love is mentoring women and celebrating their successes.
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Ashworth Awards

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Leslie Jordan

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Marathon Printing

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Insurance Management Group

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K&K Insurance

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GS-JJ

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Ken Wright Cellars

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Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series

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Gather your team and join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Run Club Program! Taking part in the Run Club Program is one of the best ways to enhance your group’s weekend experience at a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event. Just by forming a team you’ll have access to exclusive benefits on-site, training programs and social communities. Plus, simply by growing your team you’ll have an opportunity to receive even more fun amenities. So, what are you waiting for?
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The Driven Race and Club Solutions

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Blerter

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Coaching Cert. Level I

Coaching Certification Level I Cohort

08:00 AM 04:00 PM Broadway Room I&II

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RRCA Office Hours

10:30 AM 12:00 PM

Come and meet Mike and Andy to review questions you may have about specific RRCA programs and insurance.  


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Registration Open - Expo Set-Up

11:00 AM 05:30 PM

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State Reps Luncheon

12:00 PM 12:30 PM

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State Reps Session

12:30 PM 04:00 PM

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Welcome Reception 23rd Fl

05:30 PM 07:00 PM Skyline Level - 23rd Fl

Join us for Willamette wines, local craft brews, non-alcohol beverages while we enjoy the views from the top of the Hilton.
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Morning Group Run

06:00 AM 07:30 AM Meet in Lobby - Downtown Portland

Enjoy this 3.3 mile route that runs up and across the Willamette River. View the Route on Strava or Garman


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Breakfast Sponsored by K&K and Insurance Management Group

08:00 AM 08:30 AM Pavilion Ballroom

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Convention Kick-Off and Welcome Dumb Runner Style

08:30 AM 09:00 AM Pavillion Ballroom

The Dumb Runner Manifesto

1. Running should be simple. Period.
2. There is beauty in every run, if you take the time to look. Music, too, if you listen for it.
3. Laughter is good. So is pie. More of both, please.

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Understading RRCA Insurance Program and Risk Management

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Pavilion Ballroom

Join this session for an in depth overview of the RRCA's insurance program and risk management lessons learned from recent claims. Participate in the Q&A and learn more about frequently asked questions.

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Coaching Cert. Level I

Coaching Certification Level I Cohort

09:00 AM 12:00 PM Broadway Room I&II

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Coaching Level II Session

Coaching Level II In Person Session

09:00 AM 12:00 PM Broadway Room III

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Expo Open

10:00 AM 07:00 PM Plaza Foyer

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Club College

Utilizing Free and Affordable Technology for Managing Clubs

10:45 AM 12:00 PM Room TBD

Join this session to discuss the best options for utilizing affordable technology for board communications, document sharing, membership management, event registration, and more.
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Race Director Enlightenment

Crisis Management

10:45 AM 12:00 PM Councel Suite - 3rd Fl

Join this session to understand new technologies available for better organizing your crisis management plans and deploying them on race day as needed by connecting critical event staff that need to be in constant communication on race day.
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Club College

Understanding Music Licensing

10:45 AM 12:00 PM Directors Suite - 3rd Fl

Led by a Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) executive,  join this session to get a better understanding about your legal obligation for licensing music played at your events or club functions.  Learn about how the licensing process supports artists by hearing first hand from a BMI supported musician.  Special musical guest to be announced soon.

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Club College
Race Director Enlightenment

Understanding SafeSport Act and RRCA's Abuse Awareness Training

10:45 AM 11:45 AM Forum Room - 3rd Fl

Join this session to learn more about how the US SafeSport Act impacts your organization.  The session will also take you through the RRCA's Sexual Abuse Awareness and Reporting Training for Staff and Volunteers.  Certificates for completing the SafeSport compliant training will be emailed following the Convention.

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BMI Spotlight with Muscian Julia Cole

12:00 PM 12:15 PM Pavillion Ballroom

Lunch will kick off with a performance by BMI artist Julia Cole who is also a runner.

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Luncheon featuring Camille Herron

12:00 PM 02:00 PM Pavillion Ballroom

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Coaching Cert. Level I

Coaching Certification Level I Cohort

02:00 PM 05:00 PM Broadway Room I&II

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Coaching Level II Session

Coaching Level II In Person Session

02:00 PM 05:00 PM Broadway Room III

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Race Director Enlightenment

Engaging Challenged Athletes and Ensuring a Great Race Experience for All

02:15 PM 03:30 PM Studio Room - 3rd Fl

Join this session to learn about opportunities for club leaders, coaches, and race directors to work with challenged athletes to increase access and to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone at events and in training programs.

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Club College

Understanding and Developing Strategic Plans for Clubs & Events

02:15 PM 03:30 PM Council Room - 3rd Fl

Join this session to learn about best practices in developing a strategic plan for your club and event.  Understand what is the difference between strategic and operational plans and how do the two work together to achieve your organization's mission and desired goals and outcomes for supporting your local running community.

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Race Director Enlightenment

Understanding the Permitting Process from the Agency Perspective

02:15 PM 03:30 PM Forum Room - 3rd Fl

Join this session to gain a deeper understanding of the permitting process from the perspective of the permitting agent. The session will be led by an expert from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities who has permitting responsibilities for events held on state highways. Learn about the permitting process and traffic control policies and procedures to help you meet local requirements so your race participants have a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Club College

Developing Theme Runs and Gamify Training to Engage Runners

02:15 PM 03:30 PM Directors Room - 3rd Fl

Join this session to learn about developing theme runs and how to turn group runs into games that engage your participants.  Following the session discussion, join the group for a real-life example.  Grab some friends if you want.  Teams will be developed for game run of 2-4 miles following the session.  Be informed, the game will be PG-13 and may utilize Cards Against Humanity (pre-filtered by the run lead).

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Regional Meetings

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

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Wine Tasting Reception Presented by Ken Wright Cellars

05:30 PM 07:00 PM Pavilion Foyer

Join us for a tasting of award winning and highly rated Oregon wines (Wine Spectator  March 2020) from Ken Wright Cellars.  Learn more about the Yamhelas Westsider Trail in Yamhill County that goes through the heart of OR wine country.  Local craft brews, non-alcohol beverages also served along with lite faire.  Mingle with expo vendors.


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Morning Group Run - There Will Be VooDoo Donuts

06:00 AM 07:30 AM Meet in Lobby - Downtown Portland

Enjoy this 3.2 mile route that runs along and across the Willamette River.   VooDoo donuts and coffee sponsored by ORRC will be served on course (not at the hotel).  View the Route on Strava or Garman

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Coaching Cert. Level I

Coaching Certification Level I Cohort

08:00 AM 12:00 PM Broadway Room I&II

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Coaching Level II Session

Coaching Level II In Person Session

08:00 AM 12:00 PM Broadway Room III & IV

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RRCA Annual Meeting of the Membership

08:30 AM 08:45 AM Pavilion Ballroom

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Registration Open

08:30 AM 05:30 PM Plaza Foyer

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Race Director Enlightenment

Beyond the Local 5K: Tapping Into Niche Running

09:00 AM 10:15 AM Council Suite - 3rd Fl

Join this session to learn from a panel of local experts on how they focus events around niche markets from the high school cross country runner to the trail running scene to other types of theme runs to engage runners in a competitive event market space.

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Race Director Enlightenment

Determing Race Pricing and What Runners Want

09:00 AM 10:15 AM Forum Room - 3rd Fl

Join this session to understand the data surrounding pricing for event registration and also determining what runners really want based off of survey results and research.
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Club College

Understanding Sales Tax and How it Impacts Your Operations

09:00 AM 10:15 AM Room TBD

Join this session to learn about the changing world of sales tax collection with new state Marketplace laws requiring online marketplaces to collect and remit state taxes on behalf of their customers. Kevin Harris will walk through the legal changes in sales tax collection, the potential liability for races and clubs, and how your technology providers can help.

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Certified Coach Knowledge Enhancement

Running Techique and Form

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Directors Suite - 3rd Fl

Join this session led by Altra co-founder Golden Harper to learn about concepts related to running technique and form.  

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Certified Coach Knowledge Enhancement

The New Science of Running Injury Prevention

10:45 AM 12:00 PM Directors Suite - 3rd Fl

Join this session for a deep dive into the science of injury prevention.

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Race Director Enlightenment

Capitalizing on Marketing Opportunities from Greening Events

10:45 AM 12:00 PM Council Suite - 3rd Fl

Join this session for an in depth discussion about best practices in greening your events, understand the difference between greening & "green washing", and how you can market your efforts to participants.

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Club College

Developing a Trail Running Culture in Your Club

10:45 AM 12:00 PM Forum Room - 3rd Fl

Join this session to learn about strategies to tap into the growing interest in trail running and how your organization can capitalize on creating a trail running segment for your club members and events you host.

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Race Director Enlightenment

Engaging Younger Leaders in Your Organization's Leadership

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

Join this session to take a critical look at best practices for engaging younger leaders in your organization, with an eye towards having a diversity statement when recruiting board members.  

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Luncheon featuring Bernard Lagat

12:00 PM 02:00 PM Pavilion Ballroom

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Coaching Cert. Level I

Coaching Certification Level I Cohort

02:00 PM 05:00 PM Broadway Room I&II

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Coaching Level II Session

Coaching Level II In Person Session

02:00 PM 05:00 PM Broadway Room III

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Convention Vest Size Swap

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

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Club College

Board of Directors Transition Responsibilities and "To Dos"

02:15 PM 03:30 PM Directors Suite - 3rd Fl

Join this session for an in depth review of critical items to manage during the transition from one club president to the next.  

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Certified Coach Knowledge Enhancement

Coaching Runners on a Weight Loss Journey

02:15 PM 03:30 PM Council Suite - 3rd Fl

Join this session to learn about best practices in coaching runners on a weight loss journey.  

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Race Director Enlightenment

Best Practices for Impactful Social Media Engagement

02:15 PM 03:30 PM Forum Suite - 3rd Fl

Join this session to learn tips to improve your social media engagement. 

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Certified Coach Knowledge Enhancement

Reason to Run Spotlight - How to Use Running to Aid in Healing from Trauma

02:15 PM 03:30 PM Studio Room - 3rd Fl

The session will
- explore the Reason to Run (www.ReasonToRun.com) Bunk to 5K running program and its impact on incarcerated women
- look at research regarding how running relates to and aids in the healing of trauma and promoting emotional health along with a practical template for starting a running program in a correctional facility/prison.
- introduce a Reason to Run Alumni who will share her story of incarceration, running and recovery

Reason to Run, the 2019 RRCA Beginning Run Group award winner, is a non-profit organization that exists to create a culture of hope, connection, and community. This is accomplished through a multifaceted training program designed to encourage and support both new and experienced runners in correctional facilities. The program was first implemented at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville, Oregon in 2015 and has grown to include 5 separate run groups with over 15 volunteers. The involvement and impact has been remarkable, with over 900 inmates having trained in the program and more than 280 Run Care packages (running shoes, bra, socks) provided to women released from prison.
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Shop Portland

03:30 PM 05:00 PM

Take advantage of this time to visit some of the area retailers offering RRCA Attendees access to great product discounts. Participating stores include Foot Traffic, a local running retail store that is steps away from the hotel, along with access to the Nike Employee-Only store, Adidas Employee-Only store, and Columbia Sportswear Employee-Only store.  Check your goody bags for passes and coupons.
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Closing Reception and Silent Auction

05:30 PM 07:00 PM Plaza Foyer

Join us for the closing reception and bid against your friends for great items in the RRCA silent auction.  Silent auction items must be paid for at 7PM during the cash out period.  If you don't plan to stay until 7PM, please consider that when bidding.
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Annual Banquet and National Running Awards Ceremony

07:00 PM 10:00 PM Pavillion Ballroom

Join us to celebrate the RRCA Hall of Fame inductees and National Running Award Winners.
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RRCA/ORRC Convention 5K to Benefit the Oregon Zoo

06:00 AM 09:30 AM 4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221

REGISTRATION IS SEPARATE FROM CONVENTION

The Oregon Road Runners Club and RRCA are pleased to announce a special 5K fun run that will benefit the Oregon Zoo. Run entirely in the zoo before it opens to the public, this no pressure, un-timed 5K will be a great opportunity to get in a few more miles in Portland while helping support a great community facility. Runners will receive beautiful finisher medals from Ashworth Awards and along with a commemorative bib sponsored by Marathon Printing.

Start time 7:30 AM

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