About Race Resources
Race Resources began as a part-time avocation for Lyman Jordan in Silver Spring, Maryland, in 1996. By 2009, demand for Race Resources' services increased so much that it became a full-time enterprise. In 2015, Race Resources was incorporated as an LLC to accommodate the growing demand for running event support services.
Lyman started running for weight control in January 1980 and has been running ever since. Shortly after completing his first marathon in 1981, Lyman was recruited by legendary race director John Sissala to join the fledgling Montgomery County Road Runners Club, now one of the largest running clubs in the U.S. Lyman was recognized as MCRRC Male Runner of the Year for 1983, Volunteer of the Year for 1985, and he was honored in 2001 with the MCRRC Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1983, Lyman rapidly leveraged his love of the sport into volunteering. He launched MCRRC’s first weekend training runs that year, in the process creating and leading the MCRRC long run training schedule for spring and fall marathoners. Lyman coached one of MCRRC’s first marathon training groups for the 1984 Marine Corps Marathon. This initiative proved to be the start of MCRRC’s highly successful training programs. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, Lyman coordinated MCRRC’s Wednesday night track workouts, created and directed MCRRC races, and served as an officer and board member. In 1994, Lyman championed his idea for a new large 10K, all on Rockville Pike in Rockville Maryland, a boulevard known as one of the heaviest-trafficked roads in the U.S. In 1996, his dream became a reality as the Pike’s Peek 10K and Kids Runs took off, Lyman co-directing with John Sissala. As of 2021, this annual event has raised several hundred thousand dollars for charity.
At the 1984 RRCA national convention, Lyman signed up for a beginner’s seminar in USA Track & Field course certification. By 1985, he was designing running courses, measuring and mapping courses for certification, and helping race directors with all aspects of course management. By 2007, the demand for new courses, for certification of existing courses, and for race directing had increased so much that Lyman launched a part-time small business for race management and USATF certification, Race Resources. By 2009, Race Resources became a full-time enterprise. In 2012, Lyman passed a rigorous qualification process to become a USATF/IAAF “B” Certifier. His clients range in size from small, first-time 5Ks to the 30,000-participant Army Ten-Miler. Race Resources services to its clients include every aspect of best-in-class race management.
Lyman’s experience learning race management at the small scale of MCRRC’s low-key races quickly enabled his leadership of the club’s foray into timing and scoring “outside” races for various clients. In 1987, MCRRC hosted the Road Runners Club of America’s national convention. Lyman assumed the co-director role with John Sissala for the 4,200-participant RRCA convention “Fritzbe’s” 10K. Lyman then parlayed this large race experience into leadership roles with dozens of large races, including the Rockville Twilighter 8K, the Army Ten Miler, Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, and the Rockville 5K/10K. BY 1987, Lyman had accumulated enough experience announcing races that he was also in demand as a race emcee.
A few of Lyman’s better-known race clients: Baltimore Marathon and Half Marathon, Annapolis Half Marathon, Army Ten-Miler, BCC YMCA Turkey Chase, Parks Half Marathon, Capitol Hill Classic 10K & 3K, St. Michael’s Half Marathon, Run4Her 5K, and Marriott 5K.
Lyman lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife Judy. Lyman and Judy enjoy travelling, mountain hiking and trail running, and dinners with friends.