Running USA Announces Run Happy Pitch Fest Presented by Brooks at 2019 Industry Conference


Running USA event members will have the chance to pitch for sponsorship packages from leading endurance companies Brooks Running and Nuun on the main stage in Puerto Rico

DETROIT (August 15, 2018) – Running USA is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for races to earn additional product sponsorships for their upcoming events in the Run Happy Pitch Fest Presented by Brooks. Entries for the pitch fest will open Sept. 1, and finalists will pitch for sponsorships from Brooks and Nuun at the 2019 Industry Conference powered by the ACTIVE Network, set for Feb. 10-12, 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“We’ve worked closely with Brooks and Nuun to create a brand new conference event that we think will be great fun for both the participants and spectators. Like the hit ABC business pitch show ‘Shark Tank,’ presenters will be vying for first, second and third place while presenting their races. All three winners will receive value in kind sponsorships at varying levels from Brooks and Nuun,” said Running USA vice president of programming, partnerships and operations Christine Bowen.

“The Run Happy Pitch Fest is an exciting way for us to learn about the innovative ways event organizers are engaging with runners,” said Stevie Jones, event marketing manager, Brooks Running. “At Brooks, we’re looking to sponsor races that inspire people to get out and run. We’re thrilled to provide the three best pitch fest participants with Brooks gear and support from our dedicated team.”

“Innovation in a fast changing world is more important than ever, and yet, many of the best ideas are never heard. I look forward to being part of the Run Happy Pitch Fest at the Running USA conference to hear and reward the breakthrough concepts from the presenting race directors,” said Kevin Rutherford, CEO of Nuun.

To participate in the Pitch Fest, applicants must:

  • Be a current Running USA event member in good standing.
  • Event must have less than 3000 registered runners.
  • Event must not have a current shoe company sponsor.
  • Only one submission per person/event/event management company. Any organization or person submitting more than once will be automatically disqualified.
  • By submitting an application, you are agreeing to attend and present in person at the 2019 Running USA Industry conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Finalists are responsible for registering for the conference at the current price and funding their own travel and accommodations.
  • Submissions will open Sept. 1. Look for the application links and information on the website and in the weekly newsletter.
  • Additional details: The term of the value in kind sponsorship is for 1 year only. The sponsorship agreement will be between Brooks Running and Nuun directly. Running USA does not assume any role or responsibility for between the winning parties and the sponsors.

Pitch presentations will be held on Monday afternoon, Feb. 11. Register for the conference here – there is a price increase coming on Aug. 31.


About Brooks

Brooks Running Company sells its performance footwear, apparel, sports bras and accessories in more than 50 countries worldwide. Brooks’ purpose is to inspire everyone to run and be active by creating innovative gear designed to keep runners running longer, farther and faster. This purpose is supported by Brooks’ Run Happy philosophy, a quest to celebrate and champion the sport of running and all runners everywhere. Founded 1914, Brooks is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and is headquartered in Seattle. Visit for more information or follow us on Twitter (@brooksrunning) and Facebook (


About Nuun

Nuun, based in Seattle, WA, is on a mission to inspire a healthier, happier, more active lifestyle so that everyone can achieve life’s next personal best. As the pioneer of electrolyte enhanced drink tablets, Nuun is passionate about and committed to replenishing active people and our planet by using clean ingredients and practices in the great tasting and industry leading sports drink. Founded in 2004, Nuun was the first to separate electrolyte replacement from carbohydrates. To learn more, visit or follow them on social media.

About the Running USA Industry Conference

Since its origins as a small gathering of Running USA’s founders in Southern California in 2004, the Running USA annual conference 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.