About Us


David Watt, AMAA Executive Director

Barbara Baldwin, MPH, Programs Director

Maria Kolanowski, National Run A Mile Days Coordinator

4405 East-West Highway, Suite 405
Bethesda, Maryland  20814

The American Medical Athletic Association
(AMAA), formerly the American Medical Joggers Association and now the professional division of the American Running Association, is comprised of doctors and allied health care professionals who are committed to enhancing the well-being of patients through the promotion of running and exercise.


The American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA) motivates physicians and other health care professionals to become active, and provides credible information on training, diet, injury prevention, and sports medicine to assist these professionals in motivating their patients to become active and lead healthy lifestyles.

To provide medical and health professionals with information on the benefits of exercise and how to lead an active life.

To develop motivational programs to assist doctors with their efforts to encourage patients to lead active lifestyles.

To provide medical and health professionals with at least two quality continuing medical education events per year.


1968 - Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., founds a non-profit organization called the American Medical Joggers Organization General (AJOG). Membership is made up of medical professionals and lay persons who enjoy "jogging."

- AJOG disbands and the American Medical Joggers Association (AMJA) forms to primarily target medical and health professionals. The goal of this revised organization is to provide a forum for doctors to share cutting edge information about running and sports medicine.

1995 - AMJA, now the American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA), joins with the American Running Association as its professional division.

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