Running USA Announces Rising Star and Women’s Leadership Awards Nomination Window is Open


Honorees will be feted at the 2020 Industry Conference in Las Vegas, Feb. 9-11, 2020

(Oct. 4, 2019) – Running USA is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the Rising Star Awards and the Women’s Leadership Award.

These prestigious awards are two of 5 that will be presented at the largest running industry conference in the world. This year’s conference is set for Feb. 9-11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Rising Star Award honors an up-and-coming professional in the running industry. This honor recognizes a professional in the sport who has demonstrated strong leadership, initiative, entrepreneurship and exceptional contributions early in their career. 

Pete Hess of San Diego Running was the 2019 recipient of the Rising Star Award. He commented:

“I was blown away to receive the Rising Star Award at the 2019 Running USA Conference. To be recognized in a room full of individuals who have had and continue to have such a major impact on the running industry was a great honor. We've taken great strides over the years at San Diego Running Co. which is a testament to the teachings and collaboration of ideas that we've been a part of each year at the Running USA Conference.”

Nominate a Rising Star Award candidate here.

The Women’s Leadership Award honors a woman who has been a leader and a pioneer in the sport and has served the sport with distinction,

Amy Frostick, co-owner of J&A Racing, was the 2019 recipient of the Women’s Leadership Award. She commented:

I was honored to receive the Women’s Leadership Award in 2019 to be included with a select group of inspirational women. This was one of my highlights of my running industry career. Thank you, Running USA, for all you do for our sport.”

Nominate a Women's Leadership Award candidate here.

Nominations for other conference awards are upcoming and open. The Allan Steinfeld Conference Scholarship is now open for nominations. The Hall of Champions and Youth Award nomination period will open soon.

Nomination submissions for the Conference Scholarship program must be completed by Friday, Nov. 8 at 5pm EST.

If you have any questions about the awards program, please contact Leah Etling at

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 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