Monday, February 08, 2010

Brophy Achman to Head Running USA

Twin Cities in Motion Executive Director Virginia Brophy Achman was elected president of Running USA at the organization's recent annual meeting in San Diego.

Brophy Achman (pictured), in addition to heading the organization the run the Medtronic Twins Cities Marathon, is now in charge of the running industry's trade organization. She replaces former New York City Marathon director Allan Steinfeld, who had served as Running USA's president since the organization's inception in 1999.

Steinfield was appointed president emeritus at the recent meeting.

Running USA was created to improve the status of road racing in the United States through collective marketing and promotions, services to runners and events, and by the development of American world class athletes.

The Running USA presidency is the second important national office Brophy Achman holds in the sport. In December 2008, Brophy Achman was elected chairwoman of USA Track & Field's Women's Long Distance Running Committee.

A recap of the Running USA convention can be found HERE.

At the meeting, TCM's Medtronic TC Kids Marathon program was named the Running USA Youth Program of the Year. Additionally, Running USA media and research staffer Ryan Lamppa, a former Minnesota high school sprinting star from Benson, was named to the Running USA Hall of Champions for his contributions to the sport.

Photo courtesy of Twin Cities in Motion.

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