Supporting running in the metro Richmond area
Mission: Our Mission is to support running in the metro Richmond area. We do this by sponsoring races, helping other groups put on races, coaching training teams, supporting group runs, and providing academic scholarships.
About the Club: The RRRC is a non-profit organization whose goal is to foster fitness and a healthy lifestyle through running in the metro Richmond, Virginia area. The club is affiliated with the Road Runners Club of America. The club sponsors over 17 races throughout the year with distances ranging from 2 to 20 miles. As a service to the community, the club contracts to provide race services. These services range from renting equipment to full-computerized race timing. The club provides services for over 30 events during the year ranging from 3M’s’s to marathons and 50K’s. These races are made possible by the help of club volunteers. Volunteering is not a requirement for membership, but is strongly encouraged. All volunteers are invited to the annual volunteer party and may register to become eligible for the Grand Prix awards.
Benefits of Membership: Membership in the club is open to all irrespective of age or ability. You do not need to be an accomplished runner, just someone who is interested in the sport and supporting running in Richmond. The club is a volunteer organization that encourages running at all levels. The benefits of membership are:
§ Support running in the Richmond area
§ Miles & Minutes, the club newsletter, published 6 times a year and posted online.
§ Discount on all club races.
§ Discounts at local running stores
§ Running insurance at club sponsored events
§ Club Scholarship program
§ Group runs
§ Training teams
§ Membership in our national organization, The Road Runners Club of America.
Member Discounts: A number of merchants give discounts to Richmond Road Runner Club members. Most stores give at least 10% discount on non-sale items. Please identify yourself when making a purchase and ask for the club discount. Please support these merchants who support us. If you would like to see your store on this list please email us.
How to Join: Yearly dues are $5 for students, $15 for individuals, $20 for families and $20 for businesses. Click here to join online or here to download a membership application and mail it in. Please consider joining online: it's faster, saves us time and avoids data entry errors. Memberships expire 12 months after registration is received. As a benefit to members, club races are discounted at least $5. By joining the club, you support running in the Richmond Area. The club currently has about 2,000 members and is one of the largest in the US.
Membership Renewal: Memberships end twelve months after we receive your application. You can renew online by clicking here. You can also renew by mail. Click the link to download a membership application and mail it in. Please consider renewing online: it's faster, saves us time and avoids data entry errors.
RRRC Constitution and By-Laws
How the Club Works: RRRC is a tax-exempt non-profit organization. We obtain our exempt status from our parent organization, the Road Runners Club of America. We are a large club, catering to all running levels, offering training, road races and race timing services. Currently our membership is about 2,000. Volunteers run the club. We raise money through our dues and by providing race services. Our major costs are the newsletter, insurance, and club race expenses. Every single activity is organized and managed by volunteers – people who work, have families and don’t spend the whole day in running shoes (ok, some do…).
Why do our members volunteer? They are passionate about running. They want to give something back to a club that has offered them a lot. They want to help others to enjoy running as much as they do.
But what can you do? There are a lot of opportunities for you to get involved. You don’t need any specific skills or background – just come along and join the others. Here are some of our volunteer jobs:
§Marshalling (giving directions to runners, handing out water etc. at club races)
§Finish Line (helping time runners at club events and contract races)
§Registration (helping process registration forms and hand out bib numbers before club races)
§Summer Track Series: The club organizes a summer track series every Wednesday night at the University of Richmond. We need help starting and timing each event.
§Group Runs: If you have a group run that meets at a set time, we would like to advertise the event so that others can attend.
§Leading the Beginners Group at club runs (Sat. morning at Byrd Park): Make sure that nobody gets lost, motivate beginners, and advise on running related questions.
§Writing for the Miles & Minutes: Articles and other contributions are always welcome.
§Organizing social events such as the Grand Prix Banquet, Summer party runs, Bar Social hours: So please, give it a try – volunteering once a year or leading a pace group while you run should be manageable tasks for most of us.
Meetings and Minutes
Information about Monthly Meeting schedule, location and minutes can be found on this page:
Volunteering Volunteering is easy. You don’t need to worry about what needs to be done, just show up at a club event, find the race director or the RRRC truck and ask what needs to be done. Someone will show you how you can help. Major items are helping with water stops, race registration, course marshalling and the finish line timing. You get Grand Prix points for volunteering at club and contract races. Be sure to sign-in on the list in the RRRC truck.
Scholarship Each year the club offers at least one one-thousand dollar ($1000) scholarship award to a college/university-bound graduating high school senior. The scholarship information and application can be downloaded. The scholarship award is based on the student’s commitment to running, their academic performance and their references. A scholarship committee evaluates each application and the awards are made by June 1. The scholarship is made payable to the student’s school and is to be used for admission and/or fees. Preference is given to club members.
Miles and Minutes The club publishes a newsletter, Miles & Minutes. The newsletter is published six times each year. It lists health and fitness articles, information about upcoming races, and personal interest articles by and about club members. The club accepts advertising for the newsletter and sponsorship of events. Deadline for submission of articles, advertising or race entry forms is the 10th of the month. Miles & Minutes is available electronically as a downloadable pdf file. If you don’t have a pdf reader on your computer, you can download one free at www.adobe.com. Miles & Minutes has a distribution of about 2500 copies per month! Our membership is select group of individuals who really want to hear about your product. Advertise your business, product, service, or upcoming race in Miles & Minutes. As a non-profit, we limit our advertising to items related to running or of interest to runners. Our rates are very inexpensive. Contact our editor for more information.