Board Members

Board of Directors for 2022-23

Announcing the DC Road Runners Club Board of Directors for 2022-2023 elected at our annual meeting on March 6th. 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 of Operations -Open
  3. VP of Races - Kate Marden
  4. VP of Training - Jonny Pellish
  5. Secretary - Lisa Towell
  6. Treasurer - Eunja Rau
  7. Webmaster - Vitaliy Pavlyuk
  8. Director of Contract Races - Open
  9. Director of Race Operations - Jennifer Vu
  10. Director of Training Programs - Jill Brasky
  11. Director of Training Initiatives - Megan Curtin
  12. Volunteer Coordinator - Delna Clark
  13. Membership Director - Nate Rathjen
  14. Director, Community Outreach - Anne Coia

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.



Kate Marden, VP of Races

Kate Marden is our Vice President of Races. A lifelong runner, Kate is also a certified running coach (RRCA), a certified personal trainer (ACE), and she has a MS in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion from GMU. She currently coaches at Formula Running Center in Clarendon, online through Team RunRun, and she is the Arlington Community Coordinator for Healthy Kids Running Series, a national nonprofit.

A mom to a few budding runners, Kate started running on the plains of Kansas and has never looked back. She lives in Arlington and works as a Recruiting Manager for a language services company.

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Jonny Pellish, VP of Training


Jonny ( joined DCRRC in the spring of 2012. He is a regular during the fall and spring training programs and has been coaching as part of the half and full marathon 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 his love of 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 and Claire enjoy vacation adventures, usually centered around running, exploring, and eating. They are currently on a quest to tackle a bucket list of National Parks in the lower 48 - combined with running whenever possible. Jonny works for NASA and manages the Agency's technical capability for microelectronics and space radiation effects. Jonny is an avid DC sports fan (Nats and DC United mostly) and is always on the look out for a new beer to try.


Lisa Towell, Secretary

Lisa Towell is our Secretary.

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Eunja Rau, Treasurer

Eunja Rau is our Treasurer.

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Vitaliy Pavlyuk, Webmaster

Vitaliy Pavlyuk is our Webmaster.

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Jennifer Vu, Director of Race Operations

jennifervuJennifer works as a software engineer for the U.S.Senate. She is also a certified National Registry EMT, Wilderness EMT and rides with the Fairfax County Medic as a volunteer. Jennifer enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities such as running, cycling, hiking, backpacking, traveling, reflecting as well as checking off as many of the National & State Parks as her time allows and as a way to keep her sane.




Jill Brasky, Director of Training Programs

Jill Brasky is our Director of Training Programs.

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Megan Curtin, Director of Training Initiatives

Megan Curtin is our Director of Training Initiatives and Saturday Long Run leader.

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Delna Clark, Volunteer Coordinator

Delna Clark is our Volunteer Coordinator.

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Nate Rathjen, Membership Director

naterathjenNate Rathjen is our new Membership Director for 2022-23.

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Anne Coia, Director of Community Outreach

Anne Coia is our Director of Community Outreach.

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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.