ARC Boards of Directors
2020 Board of Directors
ARC President–Mark Lattanzi
Oversight of organization; runs board meetings.
Second two year term (2018-2021).
Racer/RD Resources Leader–Rachael Abler
Maintains AR Calendar, resources archive, FAQ, and technical report archive.
Two year term (2020-2021).
Rachael Abler is an outdoor professional serving as the Assistant Director of Outdoor Education at Colorado College, and has worked in collegiate outdoor programming for nearly a decade. Her greatest passions in her work are providing first time experiences for student participants, and training student trip leaders to lead their peers. Rachael discovered the love of the outdoors as a child, as a native Michigander she enjoyed access to endless adventures. Exploring the woods of her backyard, and traveling “up north” for camping, biking, paddling and skiing trips with family and friends. So you could say, in an informal context, she has been adventure racing from the very beginning! Rachael was introduced to the world of adventure racing in 2009 by taking an “Adventure Racing 101” course with a local outdoor community group, partaking in a few local races before taking a pause to pursue grad school and her career. Now established in her role, Rachael has shifted focus back on adventure racing, driven by the camaraderie, challenge, growth, fun and the sense of adventure these races provide. When not actively adventure racing, Rachael is training, volunteering or researching upcoming races, and is motivated to help others enter the sport of Adventure Racing as well. She is thrilled to join the Adventure Race Cooperative and is excited to help see the ARC’s goals come to fruition!
Outreach Leader / Region Development–Jess Evans
Writes newsletter, interacts with other organizations in the greater community.
Leads group of regional directors; helps with regional series.
Two year term (2019-2020).
Jess Evans (Colorado) was first introduced to adventure racing in 2007 when she volunteered for a Flying Squirrel Adventures 12-hour adventure race at Otter Creek Park in Brandenburg, KY. From then on she was hooked! Her first race was "The Fig" in 2009, a 12-hour adventure race in Red River Gorge, Kentucky - still her favorite race. She raced as a solo female for several years. She has now raced with many teams through the years from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, including 361 Adventures Chickpoints. In 2017, she ventured into the world of expedition racing completing the Breakdown Expedition 4-day race and Cowboy Tough ARWS 6-day. Since then she has moved to Colorado and started Athena Adventures, partnering with 361 Adventures to bring more races to that region. Weekly, she writes an AR blog that can be found on 361 Adventures website (). She loves adventure racing and is eager to help ARC expand the adventure racing footprint throughout the United States. Jess will be helping out with the ARC quarterly newsletter and other ARC initiatives.
The ARC bylaws elaborate on the rules surrounding the board.
Description and Expectations
Board members serve for a two year term.
The full board meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
Each board member will have an initiative to lead.
Each board member will form a team/subcommittee to work on their initiative. The team can consist of other board members, regular members and people in the community.
Each board member will post to the ARC blog/email list about ongoing efforts. These posts will also serve as a means to gather direction and feedback from the AR community.
Each board member will report current status and items for discussion to the full board at the quarterly meetings of the full board.
Each board member will review, offer changes, and vote on the various initiatives as they are presented to the full board.
Each board member will promote the AR Cooperative to build membership, and to grow the sport of adventure racing.
Other ARC Positions
ARC also has a few appointed roles including:
Rankings Consultant: Ryan Ognibene
Data and Statistics consultant: Cy Sack
Social Media and Website Maintainer: Liz Faucher
USARA Liaison: Brent Freedland