2021 Board of Directors Candidates

The following club members are interested on serving on your board of directors.

If you are interested in serving on the board, please submit your name and a short bio via email to ruth@ancrun.org by February 18.

Ruth Bratz

I joined the running – walking community in 2000 with my first marathon in Honolulu HI. I got started with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society mission --- “they were going to get me off of the couch to the finish line of a marathon”. They did succeed. I proceeded to walk two full marathons and I lost count of how many half marathons I have completed since 2000.

I was born and raised in southern Wisconsin on a dairy farm. I moved to Anchorage Alaska in January 1992…going on 29 years.

I have been on the Anchorage Running Club Board the last three years. One year I was the secretary and the last two years I was the President. I have been the Race Director for the Zombie half marathon for the last two years, along with Neil Lamothe and Pheng Scott as my Co-Race Directors. I have also sat on the Anchorage Run Fest committee for the last four years as the Volunteer Coordinator.

Please consider me for a 2021 Anchorage Running Club Board member.

Rebecca Coolidge Haviland

My name is Rebecca Coolidge Haviland and I have been involved with the Anchorage Running Club and a volunteer with Anchorage RunFest for the past 13 years. I have been a part of the communications team for RunFest, helping with publicity and marketing as well as managing and writing the RunFest race guide. I grew up in Anchorage and have been running and skiing for as long as I can remember. I love to participate events here in Anchorage as well as around the state and I’ve enjoyed many different races over the years. I am a regular Mount Marathon finisher, I’ve been a member of a Klondike Road Relay team, I love a good half marathon, and of course, I never miss a RunFest. I have worked in the tourism industry here in Anchorage as a PR practitioner and I’ve been a freelance photographer and writer. Now, I teach high school social studies and I am raising my two little girls who are already running circles around me.

I am seeking a seat on the ARC board so that I can help build club membership and continue to serve the Anchorage running community.

Richard J. Wenrich, Sr.

My name is Richard J. Wenrich, Sr., better known around the Anchorage Running Club (ARC) as Rich or the Timing Guy. I was previously on the ARC Board of Directors serving as a Board member and for my last few years as Board Secretary. I am retired from the Air Force with 36 years of service, 20 military and 16 years as a civilian employee so I have the time to commit to the time this position requires.

I started running in 1979 upon my arrival in Anchorage and ran my first Mayor’s Marathons in 1980, finishing my 30th Mayor’s in 2010. I was also a long time participant in the Arctic Valley Run, Mount Marathon, and at least thirteen ultra-marathons, most of which were 50 miles long.

Besides participating in runs I worked with some of the early Board members who helped form the ARC. I helped setting up for, putting on, and cleaning up after races. Races worked included smaller race such as the Boondocks Breakaway up to ARC’s premium Runfest events. From my involvement with ARC I began helping with race timing, which I continue being involved with including timing a number of ARC’s smaller races. I have also been involved with a weekly running/walking group outside ARC called The Happy Fun Group.

From my running and organizing experience plus previous periods on the Board of Directors I feel I have the experience and knowledge to help keep the ARC a viable organization and help it get through these trying times both by keeping it a strong community base organization but also help it stay viable financially with few or no races to help bring funds into the organization.

As you prepare to decide on which Board candidate’s to vote for I hope you will consider my experience as an asset to help keep the ARC going strong during and after the COVID pandemic.