A message from Andy Smith, Program Manager for Road Runners Club of America:
With Sharron Fisherman (sadly) moving away from the state soon, the Road Runners Club of America is looking for a new Alaska State Representative. RRCA State Representatives (State Reps) are the ambassadors of the Road Runners Club of America out in the community promoting RRCA membership, programs and services. State Reps provide the organization with a physical presence in each state and help carry out the mission, vision and values of the organization. Being a State Rep is a wonderful opportunity to be more involved in the running community, learn new things, and make new friends!
An RRCA State Rep doesn’t have to be a fast runner, but it is important to have some experience with club and/or race management and be familiar with the RRCA. The State Rep position is a nonpaid, volunteer job that offers several “perks” including subsidized travel to the RRCA National Convention and one complementary registration, if minimum expectations are met during the year.
In consultation with the National Office, the Regional Director is responsible for appointing State Reps in their region. A two-year term is the recommended minimum length of service for a State Rep. This allows the volunteer State Rep to have sufficient time to interact with his/her member clubs, become familiar with the running community in his/her state, and establish a network of communications among member clubs and related organizations.
The following is a summary of basic expectations for an RRCA State Rep:
- Select and promote RRCA State Championship Events. Races will bid for the State Championship designation and you will be responsible for developing the calendar for the RRCA Championship Events in our state, with guidance from the National Office. We recommend the State Rep travel to at least one State Championship Event, and more if possible, to hand out RRCA sponsored awards.
- Help promote RRCA programs and services through statewide communications by making regular contact with club and event leaders via email quarterly and on social media monthly. Remind members to review RRCA News, Inside Track newsletters, Keeping Pace emails, and encourage clubs to visit the RRCA website, and use the RRCA member Logo. Help promote RRCA programs, services and benefits to clubs and events. When possible assist with hosting an expo booth at a nearby event. Stay in regular contact with the National Office and your Regional Director.
- Attend the Annual RRCA Convention, and participate in the State Rep meeting, and assist with the State Rep Silent Auction held at the Annual Convention. You can either bring a piece of merchandize (donated by a running store or a race), or assist at the auction itself.
TO APPLY: If you are interested in this position or know someone who might be interested, please complete this application form by April 22. You can also email [email protected] for more information. All interested candidates will be contacted by an RRCA staff member about next steps.
Candidates selected for the role will receive a detailed handbook and orientation outlining the volunteer duties. State Reps receive an RRCA branded shirt and other promotional items supplied by the RRCA to assist with the efforts within your state.
You can learn more about the RRCA at www.rrca.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Road Runners Club of America
1501 Lee Highway, Suite 140
Arlington, VA 22209
Save the Date:
62nd Annual RRCA Convention – March 19-22, 2020 Portland, OR