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Posted: March 23, 2009  :

(RWire) Athletics: RRCA Announces 2008 National Award Winners

51st RRCA Convention in San Francisco to honor awardees

Since 1971, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has honored dedicated individuals for their outstanding service to the RRCA and the sport of long distance running. Between August and November of 2008, the RRCA collected nominations for the various award categories. Each award category has selection criteria, a selection panel that reviews nominations, determines the final winners, which are then ratified by the RRCA Board of Directors.

Each winner is invited to and presented with a commemorative plaque at the 2009 RRCA Annual Banquet and National Awards Ceremony that is held in conjunction with the 51st RRCA Convention in San Francisco on March 26-29. For details about the Banquet and the Convention, visit: RRCAConvention.org

Below are the 2008 RRCA National Running Award Winners:

RRCA LONG DISTANCE RUNNING HALL OF FAME
Inductees: Khalid Khannouchi and Anne Marie Letko (Lauck)

RRCA SCOTT HAMILTON OUTSTANDING CLUB PRESIDENT OF THE YEAR
Libby Jones - Dallas Running Club - Dallas, TX

BROWNING ROSS SPIRIT OF THE RRCA
Dave Rouse - North Carolina Roadrunners - Raleigh, NC

RRCA OUTSTANDING STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Kelly "K2" Richards - North Texas State Rep - Lake Grapevine Runners & Walkers

RRCA ROAD RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Open Male - Ryan Hall
Open Female - Kara Goucher

Male Master - Dennis Simonaitis
Female Master - Stephanie Herbst-Lucke

RRCA JERRY LITTLE EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM
Small / Medium Club Newsletter Award
"Footprint" - Kevin and Lorraine Wessels, Editors, Lake Grapevine Runners & Walkers - Lake Grapevine, TX

Large Club Newsletter Award
"The Streak" - Susan Zevin, Editor, Annapolis Striders - Annapolis, MD

Electronic Newsletter Award
"Footnotes" - Michael deLisle, Editor, Knoxville Track Club - Knoxville, TN

Club Writer Award
Bill Pennington - "Runner's Hi" newsletter, Amelia Island Runners, Fernandina Beach, FL

JOURNALISTIC EXCELLENCE
Amby Burfoot - Runner's World

OUTSTANDING CLUB WEBSITE AWARDS
Large Club
Dallas Running Club - www.dallasrunningclub.com - Dallas, TX

Small / Medium Club
Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders - www.LMJS.org - Oakland, CA

ROD STEELE OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Tom Orehowsky, Bradenton Runners Club - Bradenton, FL

KURT STEINER CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENTAL AWARD
Leeann Ward, Gate City Striders' Fitness University - Nashua, NH

OUTSTANDING BEGINNING RUNNING PROGRAM AWARD
Beverly Byron and Melissa Burger, Howard County Striders' FIT & GIRL program - Howard County, MD

RRCA ROAD RACE OF THE YEAR
Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, RRCA Central Region Championship - Badgerland Striders - Milwaukee, WI

OUTSTANDING YOUTH RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Jordan Hasay

The Road Runners Club of America is a non-profit organization of over 700 running clubs and 175,000 members across the United States. The RRCA chapters organize races, have training runs, provide safety guidelines, promote children's and masters fitness running programs and have social programs. Visit: RRCA.org.

Ryan Lamppa, Running USA Media Director
(805) 696-6232; Fax = (805) 659-0016
Ryan@RunningUSA.org
www.RunningUSA.org.

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