Board Members

Board of Directors for 2020 - 21

Announcing the DC Road Runners Club Board of Directors for 2020-2021 elected at our club banquet and annual meeting on March 1st. 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 - Carolyn Blanckmeister
  3. VP of Races - Kate Marden
  4. VP of Training - Jonny Pellish
  5. Secretary - Jill Burnie
  6. Treasurer - Open
  7. Webmaster - Vitaliy Pavlyuk
  8. Director of Contract Races - Open
  9. Director of Race Operations - Jennifer Vu
  10. Director of Training Programs - Open
  11. Director of Training Initiatives - Megan Curtin
  12. Volunteer Coordinator - Delna Clark
  13. Membership Director - Deborah Margraff
  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.






Carolyn Blanckmeister, VP of Operations

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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. He's currently working on his RRCA Level II certification.

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 an agency-wide technical capability related to microelectronics and space radiation effects. Jonny is an avid Nats fan and is always scheming for the next batch of beer to brew.


Jill Burnie, Secretary

Jill Burnie is our Secretary.

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Vitaliy Pavlyuk, Webmaster

Vitaliy Pavlyuk is our Webmaster.

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Jennifer Vu, Director of Race Operations

Jennifer Vu is our Director of Race Operations.

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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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Deborah Margraff, Membership Director


Deborah joined DCRRC in 1996 when she moved to Reston VA and served on the board for two years. Participation lapsed while raising kids but she reconnected with the club after moving to Arlington in 2013.

Following a very nonathletic upbringing Deborah found herself in her last semester at Penn State needing a PE credit to graduate. She signed up for "jogging" and the rest is history. Deborah has completed 30 marathons, including 3 Boston, 35 sprint or Olympic triathlons, and countless races at other distances.

Deborah works as a software engineer and enjoys swimming, cycling, cooking, film, art and cultural events, and spending time with her 3 adult children.


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.