Collegiate Running Association

Committed to promoting healthy lifestyles through running
Richmond, VA Richmond, VA

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The Collegiate Running Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to:

  • Promoting healthy lifestyles among college students through running
  • Increasing participation among U.S. college students in Road, Mountain and Trail Running
  • Providing true U.S. collegiate national championships open to all college students currently enrolled in at least one course
  • Awarding prize money to U.S. college students based on performance at national championship events
  • Events are open to the public

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Collegiate Running Association

The Collegiate Running Association (CRA) was created for two main reasons: to fill voids in the current collegiate system and to expand upon offerings in the current collegiate system.

CRA provides national championship races in Road, Mountain, and Trail Running and allows all college students, regardless of division or level, to compete against each other in the same race.

The Collegiate Running Association is intended to be as inclusive as possible, therefore the only two eligibility requirements in order to compete at…

About CRA

  • Since 2014 over 11,000 college students from across the U.S. have participated in Collegiate Running Association (CRA) National Championship events
  • Over the past four years (2014-2017) 17 Collegiate Running Association members have collectively qualified for 53 USATF National Teams
  • The Collegiate Running Association has awarded over $80,000 in prize money and travel to college students since 2014
  • Since August 1, 2013 NCAA D1 Student-Athletes are permitted to accept prize money to cover sport related expenses incurred over a full calendar year (Jan 1-Dec 31) [See NCAA D1 Bylaws, 12.02.3 and 12.02.2 collectively]
  • April 14, 2018 will mark the 5th consecutive year the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K (Richmond, VA), which attracts 30,000 runners annually, will host the Collegiate 10K Road Race National Championships with prize money specifically reserved for college students
  • 2014 CRA 10K Road Race National Champion Paul Chelimo (UNC-Greensboro) won the Silver medal (2nd- 13:03.90) in the 5,000M at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and Bronze (3rd) in the 2017 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships (5,000M) for team USA
  • 2015 Collegiate Running Association Male Athlete of the Year and 2015 Collegiate Trail Race National Champion, Joe Gray (Colorado Springs, CO /Colorado Bible College) won the 2016 World Mountain Running Championship and the 2017 World Snowshoe Running Championship.
  • Since 2014 the Collegiate Running Association and our race partnerships have awarded over $80,000 in prize money and travel specifically to college students. 
  • In conjuction with the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K, the Collegiate Running Association has expanded our partnership with Sports Backers Kids Run RVA to promote physical activity to youth across the Richmond, VA area.


Introducing the Collegiate Running Association

Women's Recap-2016 Collegiate Mountain Running Championships (Lincoln, NH)

Men's Recap-2016 Collegiate Mountain Running Championships (Lincoln, NH)

Women's Recap-2014 Collegiate Mountain Running Championships (Lincoln, NH)

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