January 2020 Meeting Minutes

January 9, 2020 – 5th Board Meeting at Deborah’s Place

Meeting was called to order at 7:01 PM by Ben Richter, President.


ü  President - Ben Richter

ü  VP of Operations - Miguel Matta

ü  Treasurer – Sarah Nawrocki

ü  Secretary – Eunja Rau

ü  Membership Director – Deborah Margraff 

ü  Director for Community Outreach - Anne Coia

ü  Volunteer Coordinator – Delna Clark

ü  Director for Training Programs - Kate Marden

ü  Legal Counsel – Ed Grant

ü  Award Coordinator – Dylan Bartlett

ü  Race Director – Raj Bhanot

ü  Member – Lisa Towell

Director of Race Operations – Jennifer Vu

Director for Training Initiatives - Mike Tosto

VP of Training - Jonny Pellish

Webmaster - Vitaliy Pavlyuk

VP of Races - open

Director of Contract Races - open

  1. November meeting minutes – Approved.
  2. Action items review from the previous meeting: a. DCRRC cards – Jonny will print 5,000 copies ($300). b. Board members bio update – Vitaly will update the DCRRC page. c. Nomination for Hall of Fame – Ben will send the recommendation of Rob Wolfe to the existing Hall of Famers to get approved. d. Spring Capital Classic 10K Training – Kate will work with Jonny to have a plan in place in time.
  3. Future board meeting dates: Mar 1 (Banquet), May 14 (New Board)
  4. Banquet speaker: Action – Kate andEd will reach out to prospective speakers they know. Ben will investigate whether we can get Kathrine Switzer.
  5. Posting: Action – Ben will post the link to sign up for the banquet on the website.
  6. Treasurer Reports

Bi-monthly reports were sent out before the board meeting:

  1. 2019 Financial result - $20K net income mainly thanks to sponsorship for Alexandria Turkey Trot
  2. Sales Tax Issue: Action – Ben will contact RRCA for guidance, check with Rob Wolfe for his experience with CB 10M, and work with Sarah for interim measures.
  3. 2020 Budget: Action – Sarah will work with Brian and Miguel to discuss capital investment for this year.
  4. Bank account: Action – Ben will move ban account from wells Fargo to Capital One and come up with the list of members with DCRR bank accounts.
  1. Races Updates:


Bread Run 10K


Bob Thurston and Delabian Rice-Thurston


200 Finishers


Gar Williams Half Marathon


Brian Danza


380 Finishers


Predictions and Resolutions 5K


Rich Mendelowitz


270 Finishers


George Washington Birthday Marathon


Raj Bhanot


10:00 AM, Sunday, February 16, 2020


Greenbelt Youth Center, Greenbelt, MD



Reg. Link



Sponsors – Hard Rock Café, Crown Plaza

224 signed up as of now

Shirts √ (waiting for shipment), String bags √, medals √, Captains √ (mostly), Volunteers – link will open week of 1/13

Note: For 2021, race day signup fee will increase by $5.


Club Challenge 10 Miler


Jennifer Vu


8:00 AM, Sunday, February 23, 2020


10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD21044

Reg. Link for Race


Reg. Link for Bus Signup

Action – Vitaly will open the link on the website.


Action - Jennifer will rent a bus. No charge to the members.

Singlets – Deborah will bring to the bus.

Snacks – Jennifer will purchase and bring to the bus.

Snow Ball Series Race Schedule

  1. Bread Run 10K, December 8
  2. Gar Williams Half Marathon, December 15
  3. Al Lewis 10 Miler, January 11
  4. JFK 20K & MLK 5K, January 18
  5. Langley 8K, February 8
  6. Club Challenge 10 Miler, February 23 (now open for sign-up!)
  7. Burke Lake 12K, March 1
  8. Fort Hunt 10K, March 8
  • All registration links are open and working.
  1. 2020 Women’s Distance Festival / Run After the Women 5K – Director: Miguel Matta, Date: 6/7/2020
  2. Race Teams – Action: Toni Diegoli will organize DCRRC teams for CB 10M, Rock’n Roll DC, and Boston Marathon.
  1. New Business
  2. Appointment of Nominating Committee for 2020-2021 Board:
  • 3 new board members recruited
  • Some existing board members being re-recruited
  1. Appointment of Nominating Committee for 2020 award winners:
  • Most Improved Female: Katie Stilling
  • Outstanding Female Runner: Liz Ozeki
  • Outstanding Female Master (age 40-59): Christine Westcott
  • Outstanding Female Grand Master (age 60+): Ida Draim
  • Most Improved Male: Steve Nawrocki
  • Outstanding Male Runner: Bobby Beasley
  • Outstanding Male Master (age 40-59): Shawn Zeller
  • Outstanding Male Grand Master (age 60+): Bob Draim
  • Justine Peet Outstanding Volunteer Award: Mike Tosto
  • Outstanding Coach: Rich Mendelowitz
  1. Training Update
  2. SLR (Mike) - Megan Curtin will take over the SLR and as Director for Training Initiative.
  3. HMTP/ATM Training Program (Kate)
  • 35 trainees signed up for spring half marathon training.
  • Arranging speakers to talk to trainees before some runs. Action: Ben will reach out to Jill Rowan.
  1. MTP (Jonny)
  • 16 signed up for Spring Marathon Training. Action – Jonny will do another blast on FB to catch some New Year's resolutions.
  • Coaches - Big Guy, Jill Brasky, Eunja, and Carl Ford. 
  • We are in the process of trying to get more runners integrated with Wednesday and Thursday track workouts.
  • Long-sleeve training t-shirts. Action - Jonny will order something close to exact quantity and plan a new order to cover 10K training when that gets started.
  • Several trainees have reported issues with Gmap-Pedometer (site we use to store route maps -- not cue sheets).  I am experimenting using Plot-a-Route as an alternative (https://www.plotaroute.com/).
  • Megan C. is doing a great job with SLR.
  1. Spring Capital Classic 10K Training – Will need to find another leader replacing Kathy P. Action: Jonny will work with Kathy to find the replacement. Training will start in late March still at Summit to Soul.
  2. Spring Rock’n Roll Marathon: Action – Coaches to ask trainees to sign up as DCRRC members! Kate and Jonny to send the link https://www.runrocknroll.com/Programs/Run-Clubto trainees.
  3. Couch to 5K: Actions – Kate and Anne will come up with a partnership proposal with FRC; Delna and Kate will organize the 5K program.
  1. Webmaster – Vitaliy
  2. Website upgrade: Action – Ben will discuss with IT team (Brian, Dylan, Raj, Vitaly).
  3. Board members bios – Action: Vitaliy will update the board members bios on our website.
  4. IT feasibility questions:
  • When signing up for races, can we add an option to become members?
  • When signing to be a member, can we ask where they hear about us?
  1. Membership – Deborah
  2. Membership Status:

























Action – Dylan will send the list to Deborah to figure out non-members that have paid more for low key races than membership fee. Deborah will then send an invitation email to those in the list to become members.

  1. Happy Hour: Action – Deborah will check with IFC.
  • Time: 7 PM, Thursday, May 21, 2020
  • Place: Ireland Four Courts
  1. Volunteers – Delna
  2. Cherry Blossom 10 Miler: Friday, April 3, 2020 from 5:00 PM until 8:30 PM
  3. Parkway Classic 10 Miler: April 26, 2020 (Lead: Alan Coykendall)
  4. Rock and Roll Marathon: March 28 (Lead: Ted Cochrane)
    1. Community Outreach: Anne Coia
    2. Food bank: Action – Deborah will include this in the email distribution for the banquet.
    3. Rock and Roll Marathon Tent: Action – Anne, Miguel, and Deborah will reach out to the race organization to inquire about the tent at the finish line.

v  Others:

  • DCRRC Running Book Club
    • Time: 4 PM, Sunday, Mar 15, 2020
    • Place: East West, Rosslyn
    • Book: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
    • POCs: Eunja Rau, Virginia Reynolds (Facilitator – Robert Mugizi)

Meeting adjourned at 9:04 PM.


Upcoming Events

DCRRC Gar Williams Half Marathon
Sun, Dec 3rd, 2023, @9:00am
DCRRC Bread Run 10K & 2 Mile Fun Run
Sun, Dec 10th, 2023, @10:00am
Book Club
Sun, Dec 17th, 2023, @4:00pm
DCRRC Predictions & Resolutions 5K
Mon, Jan 1st, 2024, @12:00pm
DCRRC Al Lewis 10-Miler
Sat, Jan 6th, 2024, @7:30am
Sat, Jan 13th, 2024, @9:00am
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