The Omaha Running Club is a member of the Road Runners Club of America which provides the club with valuable resources and affordable event insurance for all ORC sponsored events. The RRCA website has excellent resources for all levels of runners and produces Footnotes and Inside Track newsletters available on their website.
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. The RRCA's mission is to represent and promote the common interests of its member clubs, events, and individual runners through education, leadership, programs and other services..
The Road Runners Club of America is the national organization dedicated to promoting the development and growth of running clubs, running events, and supporting the interests of recreational runners throughout the country. The RRCA strives to provide quality programming that can be replicated throughout the country by member clubs from small towns to large cities. These programs promote and support running and runners at all stages in life. The RRCA is dedicated to providing the running community with educational information and programs that will keep them safe, healthy, and informed. Furthermore, the RRCA strives to promote excellence in nonprofit management by providing services, benefits, and regular communication that supports this vision.
The RRCA Values
Running, runners, and the promotion of running as a healthy lifestyle choiceThe strength and support of its network of grassroots members and volunteers, and as such, we strive to maintain positive relations with all of our membersDiversity in its member clubs and encourages all clubs to maintain an enjoyable atmosphere for all membersThe promotion of safety for all runners and the development and enforcement of laws and infrastructure that protects runners' safetyRunning as a competitive sport and we support the Zero Tolerance Policy developed by USA Track & Field for the use of performance enhancing drugs in the sportThe participation of people who support the sport of runningThe financial contributions and support of members, sponsors, volunteers, and donors to the organizationGood communication with its members and the running community as a wholePrudent financial management that enables the organization to achieve its mission while ensuring adequate cash reservesStrong relationships with national and local media that cover the sport of running and running as a healthy lifestyle choice
The RRCA is a grassroots organization. But what does this mean? In reality, it means different things to different people, as there is no legal definition for the term grassroots as it relates to nonprofit organizations. However, academia has attempted to provide some framework for the term "grassroots." Grassroots generally refers to local people working together or organizing to find solutions to problems in their communities. Grassroots organizations are often contrasted with organizations founded by community "outsiders."Based on the general term "grassroots," the RRCA is a grassroots organization. The RRCA is a national association of clubs and events, and our National Office does not organize these entities locally. Organization of running clubs and events is the responsibility of local people. The RRCA, in turn, provides services, benefits and programs to support the grassroots (locally organized) clubs and events. We do not dictate management or operations to our members, but we do provide guidelines and guidance on best practices. This is what makes the RRCA a "grassroots" organization.