Programming Sneak Peek for Running USA 2019, Conference Price Increase Coming on Aug. 31


The 16th edition of the world’s largest gathering of running industry professionals will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Feb. 10-12

DETROIT (Aug. 28, 2018) – The 2019 Running USA Industry Conference, powered by ACTIVE Network, is looking like it could be the best gathering of the global running industry yet. Puerto Rico has made an impressive comeback from last year’s hurricane, and the Running USA team is thrilled to be part of the island’s ongoing economic recovery.

With registrations on track to set an event record, a great report from onsite at the San Juan venue, and the content schedule looking epic, it’s a great time to register before the price jumps at midnight this Friday. Aug. 31.

“We’ve got so many fun surprises in store for 2019, and it’s time to start sharing them with our attendees,” said Christine Bowen, Running USA vice president of programming, partnerships and operations. “Puerto Rico is going to be the Running USA conference you don’t want to miss – attendees are going to come home energized and ready to better their events and businesses.”

As announced last week, an exciting opportunity for Running USA event members to pitch Brooks Running and Nuun for sponsorship packages is among the highlights. Entries for the Run Happy Pitch Fest Presented by Brooks will be accepted beginning Sept. 1, and finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their event to the prospective sponsors on the main conference stage at Running USA 2019. Learn more.

Bowen and her conference planning committee have completed the first round of conference programming, and session highlights so far include:

  • Company Culture: how to use it to create a competitive advantage that brings exceptional job applicants to your door. Kevin Rutherford, CEO of Nuun, has been recognized as a leading U.S. CEO when it comes to creating amazing corporate culture.
  • Leveraging the power of CRM improve your business: CRM for Everyone: the age of intelligent marketing” will be a general session panel focused on how you can make better use of the customer information you already have right at your fingertips. Lennie Kwan, VP of Customer Experience for Race Roster, will moderate an exciting panel discussion.
  • Return of the beloved Race Camps: an amazing place to workshop and troubleshoot challenges in the industry as a whole and apply solutions to your day to day business. Learn from the presenters and your peers in the room, representing events of all sizes and styles, on a variety of topics to be announced in the coming months.
  • Idea Labs: This year’s crop of Idea Labs will cover topics like rebranding, storytelling, strengthening your expo, and leveraging corporate wellness programs. Idea Labs are always a great place to find ways to innovate, and this year’s labs will be no exception.

Join the learning, networking, running and idea sharing fun in San Juan at Running USA 2019. Sign up today.

About the Industry Conference

Since its origins as a small gathering of Running USA’s founders in Southern California in 2004, the Running USA annual conference, powered by the ACTIVE Network, has grown to becoming the best-attended, most esteemed gathering of running industry professionals from around the USA and the world. Now moving locations each year, the conference has been held in Los Angeles, San Diego, Savannah, Houston, San Antonio, Orlando, New Orleans and now San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Register here.

About Running USA

Running USA is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization devoted to improving the status and experience of distance running and racing in the United States through collective marketing and promotions, information and communications within the industry and to the national media, services to events and industry members, and the development of American world class stars. It seeks the advancement of the sport and the provision of value to each of its members' events and businesses. For more information, visit