Sue Brown-Nickerson

Sue Brown-Nickerson

President
Valparaiso

Calumet Region Striders Board Member 1995-Present
Calumet Region Striders Past President (2000-2004)
RRCA Indiana State Representative, 2006-Present
2004 RRCA Scott Hamilton Outstanding Club President of the Year Award, 2004
AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Indiana District Assistant 2000-present
Calumet Region Striders Youth Program Chair & Coach, 2005-Present
Indiana District AAU Volunteer of the Year, 2008
Pat Rhodes Club Volunteer of the Year Award, 2010
RRCA National Volunteer Award, 2011

USATF Certified Coach-Track & Field
RRCA Certified Coach
Double-Goal AAU Coach I - Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons

Brown-Nickerson has been a lifetime resident of Northwest Indiana and brings 19 years of running and board management experience to RRCA clubs. Sue has served the Calumet Region Striders as Past President from 2000-2005, and remains an active board member as their current Youth Programs Chair and Coach. During her term as club president she had many goals: growth in membership, progression of website, establishing a race director mentor program, improving quality of GCS races, developing youth program, among others. Trying to keep pace with modern technology and maintain member interest yet protect club traditions, was a continuing challenge. She noticed that family participation in the local races was becoming the trend, so after five years of service as president, and with those aforementioned goals fulfilled, she stepped down in 2005 to concentrate on the growth of the Junior Strider program which now consists of three programs: 1) Gold Cup Race Series- points scoring incentive for completing the required minimum number of 5K races; 2) the summer AAU track and field program and 3) the fall AAU cross-country program which now boasts local and national team experience. Structured practices are offered and are supervised by local school coaches, and parents.

In May, 2005, Sue was nominated for, and received the Road Runners Club of America's National Outstanding Club President Award. It was an all-expense paid trip to the RRCA Convention in New Orleans to receive the award, coincidentally just 3 months before Hurricane Katrina. She felt that her work in developing the youth program was a strong basis for selection of this award. It was an honor to receive the national recognition, she has made many valuable national friendships and contacts as result. Sue has been RRCA's Indiana State Representative since 2006, and serves as the laison between the RRCA National Office and over 35 Indiana RRCA running clubs and events.

Northwest Indiana offers so many alternatives for runners to train year round, especially the Indiana Dunes/National Lakeshore, and its beautiful trails and dune ridges. Her favorite place to retreat for weekend racing and competeitive bike racing is northern Michigan. The Mackinac Island 8m run is an annual favorite, and the 3 Disciplines Race Series offers both the duathlons for her, and triathlons for her husband, Strider Jim Nickerson. Son Robert, and grandaughter Peyton, live locally, while son Ryan, lives in Florida.

Sue feels that membership is our greatest resource, so...keep recruiting, keep running, and keep cheering for our junior striders at the races!