Adventure Racing Cooperative!
We are pleased to present the Adventure Racing Cooperative (ARC) to the adventure racing community. ARC is a not-for-profit entity whose vision is the promote and growth the sport of adventure racing in the United States.
It is a collaborative effort. A small group of us (~40) have created a corporation and a website to facilitate the creation of a cooperative of adventure racers. We have set up a vision, a mission, and some values and are publicizing this to the adventure racing community.
ARC is a membership-based cooperative. It has 9-10 initiatives that have started: from creating a set of regions to implementing a national ranking system to providing an archive of resources for new racers, experienced racers, and race promoters. ARC will be administered by an elected board (~10 people) and a set of regional coordinators (~10 people). The idea is to get a lot of people involved. Anyone can participate. There is a lot going on. Check out the website to learn more and to join the cooperative:www.arcooperative.org
The idea behind ARC is to unify and organize the adventure community in the United States. As a group, we have a bigger voice to vendors, land use entities, and the media. We can get more people involved in the sport and heighten awareness of our sport nationally.
Being a member means being a part of the effort to grow the sport we all love. You will have access to all the collected resources, a discussion group, branded products, and a growing list of sponsors and supporters. ARC is also planning a Fall convention (with some attached AR activities) for its members.
The suggested annual fee is $25. You can join and pay a bit more or less (even nothing). The website covers how these funds will be used, and ARC will publish quarterly reports to that effect. Members who join for at least $25 will get to vote for the initial board later this month.
Things are just getting started. We have designated Barry Nobles as an independent party to take nominations for board positions and present them to the provisional board. An election/approval of a slate of first board will be held and the first board will likely meet shortly thereafter.
Electing the first board is a bit tricky. You can send your nominations to Barry at email@example.com. Before you nominate someone for a particular board position, please make sure they are interested. All nominators and nominees should read through the “Board” tab on the website and be familiar with what they are signing up for. Each board member will lead an ARC initiative. Initially, this will require 8-12 or more hours a month, as there are a lot of tasks to get things going. The first board meeting alone will require that all the board members read the ARC vision, mission, values, bylaws, etc., propose changes, and eventually vote on them. There are a host of decisions about membership that need to be hashed out as well. But, if you have the time and the energy, it’s going to be quite a ride!
Lastly, we are going to order some branded hats that will be free to the first 50 paying members. Come join us and let’s start/continue adventuring together!
Mark Lattanzi, provisional board chairman