$65,000 guaranteed funding for Rio hopefuls plus bonus money - Arlington, VA - The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is pleased to announce that the RRCA Board of Directors has developed a one-time special grant project designed to support U.S. Distance Training Centers and elite U.S. athletes as they prepare for competition heading into the Olympic Games qualifying marathon that will be hosted in Los Angeles, CA in February 2016.
Since 1962, RRCA has provided financial support to elite runners, and in 1996, Montreal Olympic Marathoner Don Kardong was elected as RRCA president and through his leadership, the highly successful Roads Scholar® program was launched. The goal of the Roads Scholar program is to assist post-collegiate American runners who show great promise to develop into national and world class distance running athletes. In 1997, during the second year of the Roads Scholar grant program, the RRCA gave a grant to a young, promising distance runner by the name of Deena Drossin (Kastor) who later won the bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon.