Board Members

A note from your President introducing our New Board of Directors 2016-2017

Welcome to our new DC Road Runners Club Board of Directors.  Their term runs from May 1 to April 30, 2017.  All are committed to promoting great running experiences for our members and our communities. 12 of the 14 were elected at our annual meeting on March 6. The VP of Operations and the Volunteer Coordinator positions were left vacant in the election.  Those board members were appointed by me per Article VIII, Section 1 of our club by-laws.  Here is our new board:

  1. President - Rich Mendelowitz
  2. VP of Operations - Miguel Matta
  3. Treasurer - Ben Richter
  4. Secretary - Eunja Rau
  5. Webmaster - Dylan Barlett
  6. VP of Races - Raj Bhanot
  7. Director of Race Operations - Miguel Cuya
  8. Director of Contract Races - Brian Danza
  9. VP of Training - Chris Johnston
  10. Director for Training Programs - Kathy Pugh
  11. Director for Training Initiatives - Mike Tosto
  12. Membership Director - Alison Smith
  13. Volunteer Coordinator - Bas Auer
  14. Director for Community Outreach - Kate Magee

Please join me in welcoming our new officers and by all means, please thank them for the service.  

Rich Mendelowitz - President, DC Road Runners Club

Standing (L to R): Kate Magee, Kathy Pugh, Miguel Cuya, Brian Danza, Alison Smith, Mike Tosto, Chris Johnston, Rich Mendelowitz. Kneeling (L to R): Raj Bhanot, Ben Richter, Eunja Rau, Dylan Barlett.

Standing (L to R): Kate Magee, Kathy Pugh, Miguel Cuya, Brian Danza, Alison Smith, Mike Tosto, Chris Johnston, Rich Mendelowitz. Kneeling (L to R): Raj Bhanot, Ben Richter, Eunja Rau, Dylan Barlett.


Rich Mendelowitz, President

Rich Mendelowitz

Rich joined up with DCRRC in 2010.  He is a regular at Saturday long runs (SLR), a coach for the clubs Thursday morning track program and he leads the clubs Monday morning 10M group run.

Rich grew up in New York City and went to the University of Michigan where he picked up a love for running.  He ran his first race in 1979 and has run hundreds since.  With 13 marathons under his belt the highlight of his running career remains qualifying for and completing the Boston Marathon in 1989.

Rich and his family love fun vacation adventures.  He is also a Boy Scout leader who enjoys high adventure outings of all kinds.   By day Rich works for General Dynamics IT and is their Chief Technology Officer. He is an avid sports fan and sports trivia nut and of course a die-hard Michigan football and basketball fan.











Miguel Matta, VP of Operations



Ben Richter, Treasurer

Ben Richter Ben (E-mail) started running winter track in high school as a way to avoid wrestling class, and has been on the roads ever since.

He has completed over 50 marathons, including Boston, Honolulu, New York City, Marine Corps, Kilauea Volcano Trails, Big Sur and Austin.

Shortly after moving to D.C. in autumn 1999, he began regular participation in the Saturday Long Run and credits it for getting him to Boston.

Ben has directed the Larry Noel Greenbelt 15K Race since 2005 and has been a sub-group coach with the club’s Marathon Training Program for several years.







Eunja Rau, Secretary



Dylan Barlett, Webmaster

Dylan joined DCRRC in 2008 after graduating from Lehigh University, where he helped start a running club and raced frequently from 5K to half-marathon. In 2010, he gave in to peer pressure and moved up to the marathon. He is a regular at track, SLR, and Bunion Derby races.

When not running, Dylan works as an IT consultant in Arlington and kayaks on the Potomac.


Miguel Cuya, Director of Race Operations

Miguel joined DC Road Runners in 2009 after completing his first marathon. Since then, he’s completed over 19 marathons, triathlons, and ultras. He’s been a regular at SLR (Saturday Long Run) and club races for most of his time with the club. He started helping at club races a few years ago and was later asked to be the race director of the Bluemont 5K. For the last 4 years, he has also been one of the co-directors for the National Capital 20 Miler and 5 Miler. Miguel joined the board last year as an “At-large” member and looks forward to being more involved as Director of Race Operations.

When he is not running, biking, swimming or working as a Probation Officer, he likes to volunteer his time to worthy causes. You can also find him at some park playing his second favorite sport - volleyball - or at Nationals Park – Go Nats!




Raj Bhanot, VP of Races

Raj Bhanot

Raj (Athlinks) joined up with DCRRC in 2010. He is regular to club races. The 2004 Marine Corp Marathon was his first marathon, since then he has ran over 65 marathon and ultras. Raj is RRCA certified coach.

When he’s not running or working as a data warehouse architect, he loves yoga, biking, outdoors, watching sports, dance and listening to Indian music.





Brian Danza, Director of Contract Races

Brian Danza

Brian (Athlinks, E-Mail) joined DC Road Runners in the spring of 2007 with the hope of overcoming his inherent lack of long distance running talent, and to train for the 2007 New York Marathon.

He quickly became involved in many club activities including being a regular presence at Saturday Long Runs and Wednesday Track Workouts, as well as volunteering at many races and club events.

In the spring of 2008 Brian took on many club projects; including a complete upgrade, giving the site a new front-end look, as well as a new collaboration and financial processing back-end. Additionally, Brian restructured club operations with the purchase of a chip timing system, and new van, all leading to the creation of DCRR’s race management services department.

Brian is a Rosslyn resident, and can often be found running on the Custis and Mount Vernon Trails, or completing loops on shady Roosevelt Island.




Chris Johnston, VP of Training

Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston been a DCRRC member since 2005. As a competitive runner in his youth, Chris was a four-year varsity letter winner, all-county miler and school record holder at Hightstown HS (NJ), then ran cross-country and track as a walk-on at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He retired from competition after college, but continued running recreationally, and in 2004 at the age of 40, came out of retirement. Since then, Chris has run 14 marathons, including four Boston Marathons, most recently running his current PR (3:18:25) there in 2014. As a master’s runner, Chris has frequently competed on DCRRC teams, at a wide variety of distances. In 2014, he was a Top Ten Men’s 50-54 age group finisher in’s annual runner rankings. He also is a USATF Level 1 certified running coach who will be adding RRCA certification in the summer of 2016. As the owner of Breakout Running, Chris provides personal coaching to clients of all abilities and ages. In addition, he is a high school track and cross-country coach in the Fairfax County school system. At Centerville HS and JEB Stuart HS, Chris has guided runners to state final qualifications and All-Met honors. In the fall of 2016, Chris will be serving as the head cross-country coach at Robert E. Lee HS in Springfield, VA. Past coaching work has included the Run Club at Life Time Fitness in Centreville, VA and the fall marathon training program for Team in Training, athletic fundraising arm of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Chris also works as an independent consultant in Federal contracting sector, helping client firms position for and win government contracts, enjoys spending time with his wife Lynn, and closely follows DC United soccer, Philadelphia Phillies baseball, and Saint Joseph’s University basketball.



Kathy Pugh, Director for Training Programs

Kathy Pugh

Kathy first joined DCRR as a trainee for the marathon training program during the winter of Snowmageddon. She loved it so much that she kept coming back both as a trainee and coach. Kathy wasn’t always a runner, in fact she hated it! It wasn’t until the birth of her daughter 12 years ago when she found herself overweight and deep in baby blues that she took up running and signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon. Postpartum hormones can make you do crazy things! At the time she was living in Las Vegas and found out just how much fun it is to train during the summer in the desert (it’s like running inside a hairdryer). Kathy has written and performed her one woman show, Marathon Mama, a play about the whole crazy experience. Kathy now owns and operates More Than Miles, a women’s running bootcamp on the National Mall and is also a holistic health coach. Prior to running and coaching she held a variety of positions that ranged from statistician for the federal government, financial analyst at a major casino/hotel, and marketing rep for a boutique wine distributor. When she is not running, Kathy can be found volunteering as a docent at the Folger Shakespeare Library, soaking up theater culture, and hanging out with her husband, Drew, daughter, Ava and their cool cat, Vegas on Capitol Hill.




Mike Tosto, Director for Training Initiatives

Mike Tosto

Mike ran his first few 5Ks at 10 years old with his dad, but didn’t pick up the running bug again until grad school. After running the 2008 Marine Corps Marathon based on solo training, Mike joined DC Road Runners in 2011 for some company on long runs while training for his second marathon. He enjoys the club’s weekly track workouts, tempo runs, and long runs, and is currently the Saturday Long Run (SLR) leader.

Mike is a lifelong Virginian, from Charlottesville, to Newport News, to Arlington, to Springfield. His favorite annual race is the Charlottesville Ten Miler, and he’s looking forward to focusing on a half-marathon rather than a full in 2016, hopefully followed by the Boston Marathon in 2017. Mike works as a mechanical engineer on design and analysis of aerospace structures.







Alison Smith, Membership Director

Alison Smith at the 2016 Boston MarathonAlison joined the club in 2012 while training for her first marathon. She ran track and cross country through high school with a brief stint on the WM track team. When she isn't trying to recover from her latest injury, Alison's a regular at SLR, track, and can sometimes be spotted at HPT.

When she's not running or working as a software engineer, she loves watching football (go Hokies! go Panthers!) and listening to live music.









Bas Auer, Volunteer Coordinator



Kate Magee, Director for Community Outreach



Upcoming Events

Friends of Montessori Education 5K
Sun, May 7th, 2017, @9:00am
Board of Directors Meeting
Thu, May 11th, 2017, @7:00pm
Teens Run DC Mentoring Matters 5K
Sat, May 13th, 2017, @9:00am
Happy Hour & Snowball Series Awards Ceremony
Thu, May 18th, 2017, @6:00pm
Holy Spirit 5K
Sat, May 20th, 2017, @8:00am
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The DC Road Runners Club is a member of the Road Runners Club of America and is also affiliated with USA Track & Field. We provide a year-round schedule of running events that offer everyone a chance to participate regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability.