Road Runners Club of America
|The Palo Alto Run Club is a member of the Road
Runners Club of America (RRCA), a national association of running
clubs, running events, and runners dedicated to promoting long
distance running as a competitive sport and as healthful
RRCA's mission is to represent and promote the common interest of its member clubs, events, and individual runners through education, leadership, programs and other services. More about the RRCA's mission, vision, and values can be found here.
A concise history of the RRCA can be found here.
American Trail Runners Association
|The Palo Alto Run Club is a member of the American
Trail Running Association (ATRA), a not for profit corporation
formed in mid-1996 to serve the trail and mountain running
ATRA's mission is to represent and promote trail and mountain running. They offer individual, club, race and corporate memberships. One of their primary benefits is a quarterly newsletter, Trail Times, which includes a national events calendar, thoughtful articles, and timely information about trail running.
More about the history and mission of ATRA can be found here.
City of Palo Alto: Arts, Parks and Recreation
|The Palo Alto Run Club was founded as a service of the Palo Alto Recreation department. Now independent of the city, it remains affiliated with the City of Palo Alto: Arts, Parks and Recreation. Palo Alto offers a wealth of recreational venues including 34 city parks, and 53 tennis courts. Recently, the city and Stanford University partnered to build a new soccer facility on the corner of Page Mill Road and El Camino Real to meet the growing demand for playing fields. The City organizes classes for every interest, from Architectural Design for Kids to Japanese Brush Painting to Fishing With a Ranger. Classes are open to residents and non-residents on a reservation basis. The Palo Alto Art Center offers quality exhibitions and instruction. The Palo Alto City Library provides a variety of media at its five branches. Swimming, boating, hiking, painting, sculpting, lawn bowling, a Junior Museum and Zoo, and a Children’s Theatre--name an activity and Palo Alto likely offers an opportunity.|