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About Us

Running Awards was started because we saw a need for awards, medals and apparel from people who truly know the race industry and understand the needs of Race Directors.

Our company is staffed by people with a passion for running. Because we are a division of National Engravers, Inc. (one of the largest designers and manufacturers of awards and recognition products), we have extensive manufacturing capabilities and expertise. Since we are runners we know what the expectations of the community are, and can work with you to meet those requirements.

Having worked with thousands of organizations, we can provide insight into product options and design details that will make your event materials unique. Whether you have an inaugural race, or have been in place for over 50 years, we can help you create a memorable event with awards, medals and apparel that match your event brand, and meet your timeline and budget requirements. And we can make the whole process of choosing, designing and ordering your products an easy and stress-free task.

We are adding to our product line on a regular basis, so if you don�t see what you are looking for, please let us know.

We look forward to hearing about your event and putting the many resources of Running Awards to work for your organization.

Scott McTurner

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot

An avid runner since 1990, Scott has competed in over 75 races (including marathons, ultra marathons and triathlons). Having spent over nine years in the Marine Corps, he has run in over 11 different countries and claims that "the best way to really see the world is on foot." 

Scott has worked in the running industry for over 7 years, and has a vast knowledge of running events and all that running encompasses. He makes his debut as an Assistant Race Director himself in 2013.

He comes to Running Awards with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from North Central College and is passionate about helping race directors provide their entrants with a complete race experience that they will never forget.
Toll Free: (877) 818-4929 ext. 18

Ed Votava

Ed has been racing triathlons and running events for 4 years. He has participated in Olympic and Ironman 70.3 events across the United States, and even ran in the Boston Marathon in 2013.

Before coming to running awards, Ed served in the United States Army and, when deployed to Afghanistan, was still able to participate in a few races overseas. Ed studied at North Central College, where he earned a Master in Business Administration degree with a concentration in marketing.

Toll Free: (877) 818-4929 ext. 33

Gary Tinker - Principal of Running Awards

Being successful at a business and being a successful in your running have a lot in common. You need to have a discipline, a skill, and a solid plan for success.

Gary has been involved in the running community for many years. He has run more than 25 marathons and Ultra marathons including a couple of 100 milers. Running trails is his passion. "There's nothing like being on single track trails with all the rocks and roots to keep you on your toes." Gary
Toll Free: (800) 753-3384 ext. 19

Geri Mondek - Accounting Manager

Geri has worked as the Accounting Manager for National Engravers, parent company of Running Awards, for over 6 years. After working with owner Gary Tinker for four years his passion for running began to rub off on her. She started running with the intention to run one half marathon. Within the last two years she has run in multiple 5K's, 10K's, three half marathons and three marathons.

Geri's plans are to continue running in various races with her main goal of running two marathons a year.

Fabiola Correa - Inventory Control

Fabiola didn't know when she started working at National Engravers almost three years ago in Production that she would catch the running bug. She now heads up our Inventory Department at our on-site warehouse and is the proud owner of a Running Awards plaque which she earned her first time out running a 5K.

"I never imagined myself doing a 3-mile race until my co-workers talked me into doing one. I was nervous but excited to try something different." Fabi, as she is known at work, has been playing competitive soccer for 13 years.

"I'm glad I did the race, not only for the experience but it was also for a good cause. I look forward to more races in the future. Who knows? Someday I'll do a marathon!"


National Engravers is a leader in the manufacture and sales of Award and Recognition products to Fortune 500 companies. We provide consistent quality customer service, product and engraving. Please feel free to contact Pat your dedicated customer service representative for further assistance.

National Engravers is a member of the Awards and Recognition Association.