Atlanta Track Club announced today that Olympian and two-time World Championship bronze medalist Rich Kenah has been named the new executive director of the organization. In addition to his nine year professional running career, Kenah brings nearly two decades of experience in events and sports marketing. He comes to Atlanta Track Club from Global Athletics and Marketing, Inc. and will transition into his new role on Monday, February 24.
Kenah earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University, with a major in International Marketing. He started his professional career as marketing manager for Falk Associates Management Enterprises, a sports marketing firm that specializes in representing NBA athletes. He went on to become vice president of events and marketing at Global Athletics and Marketing, Inc. The Boston-based firm is recognized as an industry leader in managing Olympic athletes and televised running events.
"Rich is a proven leader in our sport. His passion for running and his abiding commitment to promote health and fitness through engagement in our sport uniquely qualifies him to lead the Atlanta Track Club in its mission to serve our members and our community," said Bill Duffey, chairman of the board for Atlanta Track Club.
During his professional running career, Kenah competed at the highest national and international levels in the 800M and 1500M events. He represented the United States at four IAAF World Indoor and Outdoor Championships, winning two bronze medals at the 1997 events. He went on to place second in the 800M event for the 2000 Olympic Trials, earning him a spot to compete in the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney, Australia.
"Running has been a constant in my life since I participated in my first race at the age of six,” said Kenah. “I am thrilled to join the Atlanta Track Club as it celebrates 50 years and look forward to being part of a team of people whose mission it is to excite, encourage and inspire others to better fitness through running and walking."
Kenah was selected after a comprehensive search led by the search firm Russell Reynolds Associates and a special committee comprised of members of Atlanta Track Club’s board and the organization’s other advisory committees.