On 13 January 2022, Anil Mohan of Dehradun was certified as the first RRCA certified race director of Uttarakhand and India's second, Anil received the certificate of certified race director by email. In the year 2017, Mumbai's P. Venkataraman became India's first RRCA Certified Race Director. Since 2018 Anil has been directing many marathons and cycle races in Dehradun. Anil is also the Race Director of the International Marathon Race "Sarmang Dehradun Marathon" to be held in Dehradun in October this year. Anil is the founder of Sarmang Adventure Tours and Sarmang Softwares and is also the editor of Positive Vibes monthly magazine.
Anil says, “Before organizing an international marathon, I was keen to hone my skills and gain knowledge of race directing as well as acquire an educational qualification in race directing. I learned that the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has a course offering such certification. I enrolled, studied the syllabus, watched the course videos and took the online test. Also submitted an affidavit in which I need to respect and abide by the Race Directors Code of Conduct and Ethics”.
To complete the syllabus, the Race Director has to score at least 85% marks in the 100 question test. Anil Mohan passed this exam with 92% marks. Once certified, Race Directors can also enjoy a number of exclusive benefits, such as Extended insurance cover for events run by Certified Race Directors. Access to RRCA continuing education resources.
The Race Director oversees, coordinates and implements the events. Duties include, but are not limited to, oversight of Race committees and Race chairs, budget management and accountability, Race site logistics, team and sponsorship development and year-round Race promotion.
The Road Runners Club of America is the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States with over 1500 running club and event members representing 200,000 individual runners active in their running communities