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Running USA is the industry hub for resources, research, education and connections
Since 1999, Running USA has brought event professionals together to collaborate, connect, and advance the running event industry. Join Running USA and you become part of the largest network of industry professionals and organizations in the world.  The team at Running USA works hard to help your business succeed.


How we help events

Membership is an opportunity to join our network and connect with events of all sizes, share best practices, and make better business decisions through research, and marketing solutions. 
  • Professional Network: Become part of the largest network of running industry professionals, attend industry meet-ups at select member events designed to help you grow your network, and connect with others in the industry.
  • Research: Running USA is the only organization producing industry-specific research and reports.  Members have access to free and discounted industry research and reports to help you make better business decisions.
  • Preferred pricing: Help your organization save money through industry discounts on apparel, event insurance, music licensing, and more.
  • Archived Educational Content:  Gain access to a growing list of educational resources, webinars, and research.


    How we help vendors, charities and non-event members

  • Contribute content: Become a resource for the industry and share your best practices through white page documents and webinars.
  • Create new partnerships:  By becoming part of our professional network, your company is added to the Running USA Membership Directory.  The directory becomes your tool to search out new partners and help grow your network. 
  • Attend industry meet-ups at select member events and get valuable face-time with event professionals.
  • Showcase your business: Maintain your presence in the running industry and reach the Running USA network through an email feature, press releases, and social media channels. 
  • Get in front of the largest collection of running industry professionals by attending the Running USA Industry Conference at the member rate, or showcase your company as a vendor at the Running USA Industry Conference Expo.
  • If your business would like to offer a benefit or service to Running USA members, contact Christine for more information about partnership opportunities. 
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    What our members say

    Whether it is the quick, helpful responses to our questions or the networking opportunities that provide us with wisdom and expertise from around the industry, Running USA helps our organization run more efficiently. -Heidi Swartz, Cowtown Marathon

    Membership in Running USA has provided numerous benefits to our organization. Reports on industry trends, best practices and participant studies help guide decisions for our club and event operations. As important have been the relationships that we have developed with fellow Running USA members - other race directors, vendors, club administrators and more. Collectively, the partnership between Running USA and its members continues to be a positive force in driving our sport forward.
    -Tony Banovich, Missoula Marathon


    Not only has our membership afforded us the opportunity to learn about and collaborate on industry best-practices with others that share the same motivations and challenges, but most importantly it's provided a vehicle through which we have received new business. And of course, we always have plenty of fun with our fellow Running USA colleagues.
    -Scott Anderson, The San Francisco Giant Race


    From the annual conference to the Accelerator series, Race Roster has had the pleasure of collaborating with Running USA on a number of initiatives. We appreciate their alignment on providing exceptional experiences and their ongoing support towards our business goals. In addition to providing best in class industry education, Rich, Christine, and Brian have done an excellent job transforming Running USA into a welcoming and inclusive trade organization.
    -Alex Vander Hoeven, Race Roster


    As a member of Running USA, I have had the opportunity to meet event directors and share ideas on how our industry is evolving. As a newer international timing company we been able to rely on Running USA for its global research, seminars and conferences to network and grow our business."
    -Mike Coleman, TimingHQ


    The running community is very special to us at Hightech Signs. Running USA has provided us the perfect opportunity to connect face to face with decision-makers in the running community. These decision-makers include both current clients and prospects. Many of these folks we now count as friends. Running USA’s annual conference and its various event receptions are one of the best ways we connect with the larger running community.
    -Craig Ottinger, Hightech Signs


    As one of the original founding members, I knew then we needed a collective voice to speak to the country and to each other about our magnificent sport. Running USA has provided me with resources, current and useful trade information, friendships and significant business opportunities. The monetary investment for membership provides a return that will make you wonder why you ever waited to join!
    -Creigh Kelley, HAL Sports/Founder of BKB Ltd.