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Board of Directors

Anne Audain

Director

Kevin Callahan

President

Mike Coleman

Director

 

Nick Curl

Director

Jim Chaney

Director

Iris Simpson Bush

Director

 

Faron Kelley

Director

Gary Schwake

Director

Bart Yasso

Director

 

Renee Washington

Director

Joe Moreno

Director

Beth Salinger

Vice President

 

Jack Staph

Director

Allan Steinfield

President Emeritus

Mike Schmitz

Director

 

Lonnie Somers

Treasurer

Tracy Sundlun

Director

Max Siegel

Director

 
       
       

 

Anne Audain

Director

AA Sports Marketing

Anne Audain, a New Zealand native and a U.S. citizen, is a motivational and inspirational speaker and event consultant. The multi-Olympian had an extensive and successful 22-year international career in track, cross country and road racing.

In 1981, Audain won the first professional road race at the Cascade Run Off 15K in Portland, Oregon. By agreeing to accept the prize money, she received a lifetime ban from the sport (later rescinded). She was a founding member of ARRA, and is extremely passionate about seeing our sport led by a cohesive organization with a strong and consistent message.

On retirement in 1993, she founded the Idaho Women’s Fitness Celebration, now the St. Luke's Women's Fitness Celebration. In 2008, Audain was inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions.

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Kevin Callahan

President

Founder, MapMyFITNESS

Kevin Callahan, who was elected President of Running USA in February 2013, created the original MapMyRUN to help him map and record the runs he completed over the course of his training for his first marathon. In 2006, he joined with Jeff Kalikstein and Robin Thurston to form MapMyFITNESS and envisioned the launch of a wide variety of fitness related websites aimed at empowering individuals to live healthy and active lifestyles.

Kevin brings his considerable development experience and a unique understanding of the Internet market to the design and improvement of MapMyFitness product and service offerings.

Before his foray into the fitness industry, he was Lead Architect at SiteLab; VP Technology at Universal Travel Insurance; Director of Development at PopStick. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins.

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Mike Coleman

Director

Director of Strategic Accounts, The Active Network

As Director of Strategic Accounts for the Active Network | Sports division, Mike Coleman is charged with creating strategic partnerships for the Company’s family of technology solutions and digital media properties, including Active.com®, Active Trainer and Active Communities.

Over the last seven years, Mike has aided in the success of programs across all endurance sports, with an emphasis in the running community. From managing relationships with the top endurance industry national governing bodies and organizations to some of the most prestigious events in the world, he has actively worked with these organizations to help increase participation, manage their events and build communities.

Mike has had a lifelong passion for running ever since winning his first event at the young age of eight. He continued his passion through high school where he was undefeated his senior year in Track & Field, including winning four gold medals at his high school track meet. In college, he became an All American in Track & Field and today enjoys satisfying his competitive urge by participating in running events and triathlons. Mike recently ran the Zappos.com Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon and hopes to one day have the Voice of Ironman, Mike Reilly, call out his name when he triumphantly crosses the finish line.

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Nick Curl

Nick Curl

Director

LA Marathon

Nick Curl is one of the most respected race directors in the world of marathons, having served as Director of Operations and Vice President of the LA Marathon for 15 years. Curl began his tenure with the LA Marathon in 1986 where he served as Director of Operations for five years. In 1996, Curl returned to the Marathon as V.P & Race Director. Charged with directing all aspects of the event, he handled all staffing, promotions and securing agreements with all race related venues. He coordinated sponsor commitments as well as relations with City, County and State agencies. Along with his responsibilities at the LA Marathon, Nick continued managing his consulting and production company. His creativity and management skills have helped in the success of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Arroyofest, and Freedom Flight America. Before returning to the LA Marathon, Nick was VP for the Home Depot Center.

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Jim Chaney

Director

Executive Race Director/Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon

Jim Chaney is the founder of Chaney Event Management, a full-service race management and timing company. He has been instrumental in manage ng and providing race timing services to more than 40 events per year.

He and his team recently launched the Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon & Half-Marathon in Canton, Ohio, to augment the Midwest's regional race calendar. The first event is scheduled for April 27, 2014.

A veteran marathoner and Clif Bar Pace Team member, Chaney began his love for competitive running while attending Copley High School, where he established the school record in the 800-meter run, which he held for 22 years. He later became head coach of the school’s cross country team.

Chaney is a graduate of Ohio University. His work history includes positions in human resources and payroll industries with clients including Fortune 500 companies.

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Iris Simpson Bush

Iris Simpson Bush

Director

Executive Director, Flying Pig Marathon

Simpson-Bush has been involved with the Flying Pig Marathon since its planning stages, as a volunteer and board member before taking over the executive director’s job in 2002. Under Iris’ direction, the Marathon reached new highs in registration and corporate sponsorship, expanded the Victory Party, added a 10K and boasted ‘entertainment every mile’ in 2003. For 2004 she added a 5K fun run and in 2005 added the Half Marathon presented by National City. She and the Marathon were recognized by the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau in 2004 with the Spirit award for contributions to Greater Cincinnati tourism.

Iris has established herself as one of the industry leaders in race event management.  Her management skills in directing such issues as crisis planning, growth in charitable services and ecologically responsible event management have many in the industry seeking her advice and counsel.  Under her leadership The Pig has developed a reputation for creativity and innovation.

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Gary Schwake

Director

President and co-founder, Virtual Race Bags

Gary and his business partner Chris and started Virtual Race Bags as a result of their experience participating in, producing and sponsoring events. They've now been involved in the event / endurance industry in various capacities for more than a decade.  Virtual Race Bags works directly with events of all sizes, from ultra runs with 150 participants to large, national events with more than 50,000.  The company also works with National, Regional and Local brands that seek to reach event participants through sponsorship and other special programs.  Prior to Virtual Race Bags, Gary worked at Wells Fargo (Wachovia) for 10 years, predominantly in the Media & Communications Investment Banking Group.  He notes: "I was fortunate enough to work during the rise of digital, giving me the opportunity to observe how this transformation was impacting large public companies, small private companies, private equity and venture capital groups."

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Running USA Board Members - Faron KelleyFaron Kelley

Director

Marketing ESPN Wide World of Sports and runDisney

In 2006, Kelley ran his half marathon and was immediately hooked on the sport of running. He has gone on to run 9 more half marathons and 12 full marathons. As luck would have it, he became the head of marketing for Disney Sports, merging his personal and professional passions

During Kelley's time at Disney Sports, the company launched the runDisney brand, and introduced a number of new race weekends, including Princess Half Marathon, Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Wine & Dine Half Marathon, and the Tower of Terror 10- Miler. RunDisney is a brand focused on the belief that everyone can run, one that provides novice runners with the tools and support to make their running dreams come true.

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Bart Yasso

Director

Chief Running Officer, Runner's World

Yasso joined Runner's World in 1987 to develop the groundbreaking Runner's World Race Sponsorship Program, creating a vehicle for Runner's World to work with over 7,000 races representing 4 million runners per year. He was nducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions in the Fourth Class - 2007.

Yasso also invented the Yasso 800s, a marathon-training schedule used by thousands around the world. He is one of the few people to have completed races on all seven continents from the Antarctica marathon to the Mt. Kilimanjaro marathon. In 1987, Yasso won the U.S. National Biathlon Long Course Championship and won the Smoky Mountain Marathon in 1998. He has also completed the Ironman five times and the Badwater 146 through Death Valley. He has also cycled, unsupported and by himself, across the country twice.

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Tracy Sundlun

Director

SVP Events/Senior Vice President, Competitor Group

Tracy is a seasoned professional with over 40 years of involvement in virtually every facet of the sports of track and field, long distance running, and race walking. His experience includes everything from coaching to sports administration to event creation, planning, and production; officiating to athlete representation; sponsorship sales to charity fundraising; contract negotiation to television production; event marketing to budgeting and finance.
 
Tracy has a long and distinguished history in the track and field and running community, beginning in his teenage years. He was the youngest ever Olympic coach when he attended his first summer games as a coach in 1972. From 1970 to 1994, he coached more than 100 athletes representing 15 different countries at the Olympics and other international events. After a storied coaching career, he became a consultant and event announcer in the early 1980's. He was the first paid executive director of a TAC/USATF association when he headed the Metropolitan Athletics Congress. He began his tenure with Elite Racing/Competitior Group in 1994, and has led phenomenal growth in sales, events, participation and sponsorship during the duration of the Second Running Boom.

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Renee Washington

Director

COO, USATF

An attorney with expertise in business affairs, contract negotiations, compliance issues and the nonprofit sector, Renee Chube Washington is Chief Operating Officer of USA Track & Field.

A Georgetown University Law graduate, Ms. Washington’s professional career began in government, working as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. While at the Department of Labor, Ms. Washington advanced to Deputy Associate General Counsel and Acting Associate General Counsel, leading a team of more than 20 attorneys. She previously worked for Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation and CICOA, a private, nonprofit agency advocate for the aged.
 
A past president of the Junior League of Indianapolis, her extensive work in social causes includes volunteering for Wishard Memorial Hospital’s Foundation Board; the Girl Scouts; American Cancer Society Guild; and numerous educational, cultural and political causes. Ms. Washington earned her undergraduate degree at Spelman College. She resides in Indianapolis.

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Running USA Board Members - Joe MorenoJoe Moreno

Director

Race director, Quad Cities Marathon

Joe Moreno is race director of the Quad Cities Marathon and an active member of Running USA.  During the Running USA board election process, he commented:

"Being the founder and race director of a successful, mid-sized marathon, I can attest to the basic needs and desires that many organizers promoting running would love to see.  With the ever changing technologies and choices being offered it can be a bit overwhelming.

As we focus on the desired future values of running (in track & field, distance, trail, youth, etc) yet not lose sight of where we came from in terms of small-time-turned-big-events it will permeate the good throughout the running industry that other sports have lost as their respective events have grown.

A major concern I have is the loss of passion and original sincerity that comes when events grow too fast too soon.  Encouraging and promoting the focus on quality versus quantity with race event organizers will ensure longevity and overall growth of our beloved sport."

A lifelong runner, Moreno is passionate about growing the sport right.

 

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Beth Salinger

Vice President

Hospital Hill Run Race Director

Beth Salinger has been the chairperson of the Running USA Membership Committee since January 2010, and in that time she helped to create new membership categories, helped to communicate and deliver membership benefits, and created member and non-member surveys to best understand the membership.

In July 2010, seeing that the Running USA Marketing Committee Chair was open, Ms. Salinger became the chair of that committee while remaining an active member on the Running USA Membership Committee. Although not a board member at the time, Ms. Salinger felt that it was important to get involved and support the goals of Running USA.

Ms. Salinger has been working in the running industry since 2001. She founded Endurance Marketing Inc in 2003, and has been the race director of Hospital Hill Run since 2007. During that time, she has grown the event by 237%. Over the years, Ms. Salinger has worked on hundreds of events from local 5Ks to larger national marathons, and she loves helping all athletes achieve their goals of crossing the finish line.

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Lonnie Somers

Treasurer

CEO & Founder, Fetal Hope Foundation; President, Hallucination Sports

Lonnie Somers has more than 15 years experience in various executive capacities. Somers serves as the Chairman and CEO of the Fetal Hope Foundation, a foundation the found after his own twin daughters were saved by having in-utero fetal surgery, that provides resources, education and support to families affected by fetal syndromes (some 800,000 pregnancies are affected in the U.S. each year). He has built a national comprehensive family-involved run/walk and family festival event (Race for Fetal Hope), which the event was recently selected as the “2009 Best 5K in Colorado”. Somers created the national race series from the ground up with little seed funding. In addition, he is well-versed in sponsorship sales and marketing.

Somers also is President of Hallucination Sports, a dedicated timing, scoring and consulting company. Somers' background includes being a licensed CPA, a partner in an investment banking consulting firm. Somers is a passionate runner with multiple marathons, ultras and numerous other races to his credit.

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Running USA Board Members - Jack StaphJack Staph

Director

Attorney, president/owner of Cleveland Marathon

Jack Staph is the president of the Cleveland Marathon, Inc., owner of the Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K. He is also the Executive Director of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K. Mr. Staph is an attorney and counselor in private practice in Pepper Pike, Ohio, specializing in corporate, business and antitrust law. He is also a private investor and an executive in several companies throughout the country.

From 1972 to 1997, he served as senior vice president, secretary and general counsel for Revco, D.S., Inc. in Twinsburg, Ohio.

He has been involved with the Cleveland Marathon as Race Chairman for 30 years, has completed seven marathons, and been selected to the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.

 

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Max Siegel

Director

CEO, USATF

Sports and entertainment executive Max Siegel became the fourth CEO of USA Track & Field on May 1, 2012.
 

At USATF, Siegel quickly went to work on growing the USATF business. Since February, 2013, USATF has announced partnerships with The Hershey Company, Neustar, the University of Phoenix, Coach’s Eye, and a landmark deal with Nike.

Working in various executive capacities in the sports and entertainment fields over the last 20 years, Siegel’s track record has consistently been that of financial growth and competitive success.

He previously served as President of Global Operations at Dale Earnhardt Inc., where he sold tens of millions of dollars in sponsorship; and as Senior Vice President at Sony/BMG and as President of Zomba Gospel, Tommy Boy Gospel and Verity Records, where he led one of the most profitable divisions in the Sony BMG system. As a music executive, he increased top-line revenue and reduced expenses to yield unprecedented profit in the gospel industry. He also was part of the executive team overseeing the careers of stars such as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Usher.

As the owner of Rev Racing, Siegel took NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program and advanced it from a fledging effort to add diversity to the sport into a competitive juggernaut on the racetrack. In 2011, his team’s drivers won 50 percent of all races on the K&N Pro Series East circuit, NASCAR’s top developmental circuit. In 2012, Rev Racing driver Kyle Larson became the first Drive for Diversity Driver to win the K&N Pro Series East title. Larson and Rev Racing alum Darrell Wallace Jr. both drive in national NASCAR series, with Larson earning Rookie of the Year honors for the 2013 Nationwide Series. In October, 2013, Wallace became the first African-American driver in 50 years to win in one of NASCAR's national series. The only previous win by an African American driver was by Wendell Scott in 1963. Siegel in 2011 produced a documentary about Scott’s accomplishments.

Siegel is a former director on the boards of USA Track & Field and the USA Swimming Foundation. Additional Olympic-family experience includes work with USA Gymnastics, USA Skiing, USA Swimming and the Goodwill Games while he was an attorney with Indianapolis-based Baker & Daniels in the 1990s. In addition to representing sports figures such as Hall of Famers Reggie White and Tony Gwynn during their careers, he has created literary, television and film properties, including the 2010 BET Networks series, “Changing Lanes,” and the 2011 ESPN documentary, “Wendell Scott: A Race Story.” Scott was later selected as an inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame for 2015. Siegel also is the author of “Know What Makes Them Tick: How to Successfully Negotiate Almost Any Situation.”

Siegel has appeared on Oprah, NPR’s Tavis Smiley, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” ESPN, and CNBC; in print, he has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Times, Ebony’s Power 100, Crain’s New York Business, Black Enterprise and Billboard Magazine, among many others.

The first African-American to graduate with honors from Notre Dame law school, Siegel is a native of Indianapolis.

 


Allan Steinfeld

President Emeritus

New York Road Runners

Allan Steinfeld is one of the world’s foremost technical experts on road running. He was the President and CEO of New York Road Runners (NYRR), the largest and perhaps the most well known running organization in the world, from 1993-2005.  Mr. Steinfeld was the Race Director of the prestigious ING New York City Marathon from 1994-2005 and was the COO of NYRR and the Technical Director of the Marathon from 1979-1994. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics he was the chief referee for the marathons as well as a consultant to the Olympics and TV.

He has been a TV consultant for many Olympics as well as for all NYRR event TV broadcasts.  Mr. Steinfeld consulted for many new events as well as long standing marathons, the London Marathon, Moscow Marathon, Rio Marathon, Los Angeles Marathon, ING Georgia Marathon and Honolulu Marathon to name a few.

Mr. Steinfeld was the meet director for the IAAF Mobil Grand Prix New York Games from 1989-1995, the race director for the 1984 World Cross Country Championships, Fifth Avenue Mile, New York Ekiden, co-director of the IAAF World Race Walking Championships and competitions manager for the 1998 Goodwill Games.

He served as the first chair of USATF’s Road Running Technical Committee and of the IAAF / AIMS Technical Committee (and a founder of AIMS) as well. He served for many years as the Vice President of AIMS.

Mr. Steinfeld, a founder of Running USA, was its first president from its inception in March 1999 to January 2010. He jump-started the U.S. distance running resurgence when as head of the New York Road Runners he allocated $20,000 seed money ($1 per U.S. entry at the 2000 New York City Marathon) for the development program Team USA Distance Running launched in November 2000 that produced training groups such as Team Running USA (two Olympic medals in 2004 and major marathon wins) and Team USA Minnesota and inspired others.

The Running USA Hall of Champions member is also a consultant and serves on many boards and committees in the sport.

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Running USA Board Members - Mike SchmitzMike Schmitz

Director

Electric City Printing

As a 2000 NCAA Cross Country All-American and University of Wisconsin-Platteville record holder in 10,000 meters and distance medley relay, Mike Schmitz has been actively participating in the sport of running from an early age.

Mike has been involved in the running industry since 2004 and he is currently President of Electric City Printing, the largest supplier of race numbers in the running industry in North America. He was also the Volunteer Assistant Race Director for Spinx RunFest 2005-06.

Mike brings youth and working experience in the running industry, and he is still an active competitor, coming in second at Disney’s 2009 Tower of Terror 13K and completing the 2010 Boston Marathon.

 

 

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