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.











Ben Richter, Vice President (Operations)

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.







Paul Westcott, Vice President (Races)

Paul (E-Mail) and his wife Christine joined DC Road Runners in 2010 as participants in the Fall Marathon Training program.  They both enjoyed the club members and club activites so much that they have been regulars ever since.


Paul grew up in Lockport, New York.  His true athletic passion was baseball but was always a runner on the side.  After high school Paul served 5 years in the Air Force.  Upon departing the service he acheived his Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He now works as an engineer at a defense contractor here in Northern Virginia.


Katie Finazzo, Vice President (Training)

Katie MadisonKatie joined DC Roadrunners in 2006 as a participant in the Fall Marathon Training program. She liked it so much that she followed up with the National Marathon program that winter.

After running several races of varying distances, she decided to take on the role of coach. After being a volunteer coach for the Ten Mile Training program, she was hooked on coaching. Since then she has been a coach in another Ten Mile Training program and has been a coach for the last two National Marathon programs. She became an RRCA certified coach this past fall. When not coaching, you can catch Katie at SLR and the Tuesday Night Run.

In her spare time, Katie also enjoys yoga, traveling, watching bad tv, and hanging out with her husband and dog.




Scott Smith, Treasurer



Kristi Martin, Secretary

Kristi_MartinKristi started running and joined DC Road Runners in 2007 as a participant in the Army 10-Miler Training program. The training program was a great experience, and she signed up for the National Half program. After two seasons of being a trainee, she took on the role of volunteer coach. Kristi has coached the Army 10-Miler, Half Marathon, and Marathon Training programs. Currently, Kristi leads the DC Road Runners Sunday Mid Run (SMR) out of Fuse Pilates every Sunday morning and is a coach for the fall marathon program.

Since 2007 Kristi has completed more than 40 road races, including her first marathon in 2011. She enthusiastically serves as a Ragnar Relay Ambassador and involved in the running and triathlon community. She shares her experiences in running and triathlons at Runaway Wonk. Kristi was born and raised in rural Kentucky, but now calls DC home and spends her weekdays as a health policy nerd. Besides endurance activities, you can find Kristi cheering on her University of Kentucky Wildcats or spending time with her adorable dogs, Derby and Booth.








Stephanie Devlin, Director (MD)



Andrea Carroll, Director (DC)



Elizabeth Humphrey, Director (VA)

Elizabeth_Humphrey2Elizabeth (Athlinks, E-mail) has been a member of the DC Road Runners Club since 2003, and has participated in numerous club and outside races, ranging from 5K to marathon.  Her newest running interest is the 12-person relay (especially Ragnar).

She credits fellow club members from DCRRC’s SLR and track workouts with getting her back to Boston in 2007, after a nine-year “dry spell” in marathon times. She has completed 21 marathons, including Boston ’98 and Boston ’07.

Elizabeth lives in Arlington, and works as a Program Manager for the Chief Information Officer, Office of the Army Surgeon General.

In 2008, Elizabeth became certified by the RRCA as an adult running coach, and enjoys coaching at all levels from beginner to advanced runner.







Miguel Cuya, At-Large



Mike Tosto, At-Large

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 Coordinator

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.









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.

 DCRRlogotypeRRCA member

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.