Running USA Announces Fun New Format for Opening Night of 2020 Industry Conference Presented by Race Roster

Heeding the feedback of past attendees, trade organization ditches a tired plated meal on the opening night of the 2020 Industry Conference presented by Race Roster in favor of … a party


(Dec. 16, 2019) – The days of boring sit down dinners at conferences are long gone, so Running USA is taking note of feedback of past attendees and ixnaying a tired plated meal on the opening night of the 2020 Industry Conference presented by Race Roster in favor of … a party.

“Let’s be real – we know we’re already the industry’s favorite party every year, along with all the education, networking and business opportunities offered,” said Christine Bowen, vice president of programming, partnerships and operations for Running USA. “This is a wonderful way to celebrate that on our opening night and offer our attendees even more valuable networking and socializing opportunities.”

Industry awards will still be presented on Sunday night, the opening day of the event. Attendees will enjoy drinks and heavy appetizers, live entertainment and presentation of the annual conference awards.

A short, hosted presentation of the Rising Star Award, Women’s Leadership Award, Youth Award and 2020 Hall of Champions class to industry standouts will still be a highlight of the enjoyable early evening event. Festivities begin at 6pm on Sunday, Feb. 9 and conclude by 8pm.

“We look forward to welcoming our guests to this more casual and fun awards night celebration,” said Rich Harshbarger, CEO of Running USA. “It’s the perfect fit for Las Vegas where there is so much that our attendees want to see and do while attending the industry’s best conference – and look forward to some very Vegas surprises as well!”

Sign up to be part of the celebration at the Industry Conference presented by Race Roster.

About the Industry Conference

Since its origins as a small gathering of Running USA’s founders in Southern California in 2004, the Running USA Conference presented by Race Roster 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, San Juan, Puerto Rico and now Las Vegas, Nevada.  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