November 11, 2010
Contact: Jeff Darman 

Rick Nealis Named 2010 MarathonFoto/Road Race Management Race Director of the Year

An award committee made up of race directors, athletes, media, corporate executives and club officials charged with selecting the 2010 MarathonFoto/Road Race Management Race Director of the Year has named Rick Nealis, Director of the Marine Corps Marathon (Washington, DC) as the MarathonFoto/Road Race Management Race Director of the Year.

Nealis was honored at a reception at the Road Race Management Race Directors’ Meeting in Coral Gables, FL on November 11.  The award is presented by Electric City Printing.

“We had our usual impressive field of well-qualified candidates, but Rick emerged as a consensus winner,” said Road Race Management President Phil Stewart.  Described by Bill Rodgers as “the Gold Medal of race directing,” the award is one of the most prestigious honors in the sport of road racing.

“In 18 years as race director of the Marine Corps Marathon, Rick Nealis has done it all – from coordinating eight separate law enforcement agencies through whose jurisdictions the event passes, to keeping the paparazzi away from Oprah Winfrey for over four and a half hours. His boyish exuberance for the event belies his abilities as a master tactician who makes the Marine Corps proud of the race that serves as the organization’s single largest public relations event,” said Phil Stewart in presenting the award.

The MarathonFoto/Road Race Management Race Director of the Year award (presented by Electric City Printing) is made annually to recognize and promote excellence in race directing. Nominees were judged on several factors, including overall ability, reputation of race, creativity and organizational ability.  Previous recipients have included: Rafael Acosta (World’s Best 10K), Steve Bosley (Bolder Boulder), John Conley (LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon), Julia Emmons (AJC Peachtree Road Race), Ed Froehlich (Quad-City Times Bix 7), Chuck Galford (Cascade Run Off), Susan Harmeling (Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic), Jon Hughes (Disney Marathon), Bob Ingalls (Utica Boilermaker), Scott Keenan (Grandma’s Marathon), Fred Lebow (ING New York City Marathon), Philip Lockwood (Steamboat Classic), Jim Marino (Blue Cross Broad Street Run), Dave McGillivray (Boston Marathon), Jeanette Parke (Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic), Carey Pinkowski (Bank of America Chicago Marathon), Earle Reed (Utica Boilermaker), Bill Reef (Bolder Boulder), George Regan (Freihofer’s Run for Women), Tracey Russell (Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K), Kathleen Sherman (New Balance Falmouth Road Race) Steve Shostrom (Steamboat Classic), Allan Steinfeld (ING New York City Marathon) and Harold and Louise Tinsley (Rocket City Marathon).

Road Race Management ( is a member-based organization that publishes a newsletter and many other publications designed for race and industry professionals, and conducts a prestigious annual national race directors’ meeting and trade show in Florida.  MarathonFoto ( is the world’s largest race photography company.  Electric City Printing (, a Consolidated Graphics company, is an FSC certified printer.  Event managers from around the world depend on Electric City for high quality, quick turnaround, race numbers and commercial/digital printing.

Road Race Management Race Directors' Meeting