Board Members

Board of Directors for 2023-2024

We are pleased to announce the DC Road Runners Club Board of Directors for 2023-2024, elected at our annual meeting on Sunday, March 5, 2023. We still have open positions. If you are interested in serving on the board please contact Jonny Pellish or Ben Richter.

  1. President - Ben Richter
  2. VP for Operations - Steve Klug (appointed)
  3. VP for Races - Jonny Pellish
  4. VP for Training - Jill Brasky
  5. Secretary - Lisa Towell
  6. Treasurer - Eunja Rau
  7. Webmaster - Jack Phillips
  8. Director for Race Operations - Jennifer A. Vu
  9. Director for Contract Races - Open
  10. Director for Training Programs - Open
  11. Director for Training Initiatives - Anna Staats
  12. Director for Community Outreach - Mari Diaz (appointed)
  13. Director for Membership - Nate Rathjen
  14. Volunteer Coordinator - Delna Clark

Ben Richter, President

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 60 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 coach with the Club’s training programs for many years. He's also been the Club's VP for Races and its Treasurer.


Steve Klug, VP for Operations

Steve Klug is our Vice President for Operations. Contact him at (DCRR email address pending).


Jonny Pellish, VP for Races


Jonny ( joined DCRRC in the spring of 2012. He has been a regular during the fall and spring training programs and coached as part of the half and full marathon and 10K training programs since he received his Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Level I certification in the spring of 2014.

Jonny grew up near Harper Ferry, WV and lived in Nashville, TN before he moved to Washington, DC in the fall of 2008. While he was active in club sports in college, he didn't discover recreational running until his wife Claire threw down a Couch-to-5K challenge in early 2012. Since that time, Jonny has run numerous races from 5K through the marathon.

Jonny previously served as the Club's VP for Training from 2017-2023.


Jill Brasky, VP for Training

Jill Brasky is our Vice President for Training. Contact her at


Lisa Towell, Secretary

Lisa Towell is our Secretary. Contact her at


Eunja Rau, Treasurer

Eunja Rau is our Treasurer. Contact her at


Jack Phillips, Webmaster

Jack Phillips is our Webmaster. Contact him at


Jennifer A. Vu, Director for Race Operations


Jennifer works as a software engineer for the U.S. Senate. She is a certified National Registry EMT, Wilderness Medicine WEMT and actively rides with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Medic as a first responder. Jennifer is also a volunteer at Capital Caring Health, an Advanced Home Care and Hospice for all ages at all times.

Jennifer enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities - running, biking, hiking, backpacking, traveling, as well as reflecting and checking off as many of the National and State Parks as her time allows. In 2015 and 2017 she traveled to different States to complete all the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series.

"If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.". "Mindfulness". "Divine Mercy". "You Raise Me Up To More Than I Can Be".


Anna Staats, Director for Training Initiatives

Anna Staats is our Director for Training Initiatives and Saturday Long Run leader. Contact her at


Nate Rathjen, Director for Membership

naterathjen Nate Rathjen is our Director for Membership. Contact him at


Mari Diaz, Director for Community Outreach

Mari Diaz is our Director for Community Outreach. Contact her at


Delna Clark, Volunteer Coordinator

Delna Clark is our Volunteer Coordinator. Contact her at


Upcoming Events

DCRRC Women's Distance Festival 5K and Run After the Women 5K
Sun, Jun 9th, 2024, @8:00am
Book Club
Sun, Jun 16th, 2024, @4:00pm
DCRRC Hugh Jascourt 4-Miler
Fri, Jun 21st, 2024, @7:00pm
DCRRC Age Handicapped 4-Miler
Thu, Jul 4th, 2024, @8:00am
DCRRC Bastille Day 4-Miler
Sun, Jul 14th, 2024, @7:00pm
DCRRC Bluemont 5K
Wed, Jul 24th, 2024, @7:00pm
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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.