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Allan Steinfeld Conference Scholarships

New for the 2019 conference, Running USA has created the Allan Steinfeld Conference Scholarship Program to assist a limited number of industry professionals who need help offsetting costs or are otherwise unable to cover lodging and registration fees. Scholarships are available to individuals of Running USA member events currently in good standing. Scholarships will be awarded based on articulation of need and desire to attend the conference and will reflect the broadest representation of Running USA membership possible. Individuals must be part of a Running USA member organization.

“This new scholarship program continues to honor the legacy of Allan Steinfeld and his work to build the sport of road running into the dynamic industry that we know today,” said Running USA CEO Rich Harshbarger. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer access to our conference programming to those who might otherwise not be able to attend the event.”

Criteria for Selection
The criteria for selection is written submissions by Running USA members, noting the eligibility of potential scholarship recipients and how they will take advantage of the opportunity to attend the industry conference. Applicants can nominate themselves for a Conference Scholarship. A letter of recommendation from a colleague or board member is required with each submission. Scholarship recipients must be affiliated with an active Running USA membership.

2020 Nominations are now closed.

Allan Steinfeld Development Award

The $25,000 training group development award was named after Allan Steinfeld, a long-time leader in the sport, who jump-started the U.S. distance running resurgence when as head of the New York Road Runners where he allocated $20,000 seed money ($1 per U.S. entry at the 2000 New York City Marathon) for the development program Team USA Distance Running.. The Allan Steinfeld Development Award supported one post-collegiate distance running training group each year, providing financial support to help each group support and further the development of some of the nation's up and coming distance running stars, and was presented from 2010 to 2018.. - View Honorees
In 2018, the Allan Steinfeld Award transitioned to the Allan Steinfeld Conference Scholarship. 

Youth Program Award

The Running USA Youth Program Award provides a $10,000 award to one youth program each year at the Running USA Industry Conference. The Youth Program Award goes to a program which advocates the benefits of youth running, collaborates to combat obesity and supports family and youth health initiatives.

Criteria for Selection
Among the criteria considered are the number of youth involved and their demographics, program components (which include education, safety, nutrition, equipment, personal growth, academic growth, budget, and more.)

Each youth program that wishes to apply must complete the annual application and submit it to the committee for consideration. Programs can only be considered if they are Running USA members. - View Past Honorees

2020 nominations are open through Dec. 6 - Nominate here

Women's Leadership Award

This award goes to a woman who has been a leader and a pioneer in the sport and has served the sport with distinction, furthering not only the support and accomplishments of women in the industry, but the running industry as a whole.

Criteria for Selection

The criteria for selection is written submissions by Running USA members, noting the accomplishments of potential honorees within the running industry. The Running USA Awards Committee considers each submission, then selects the individual to honor at the upcoming Running USA Industry Conference- View Past Honorees

2020 Nominations are open through Nov. 8 - Nominate here

Rising Star Award

The Running USA Rising Star award, first given out at the 2018 Industry Conference, recognizes a young professional in the sport who has demonstrated strong leadership, initiative, entrepreneurship and exceptional contributions early in their career. The Rising Star award is intended to support and encourage the next generation of running industry leaders who will take the sport to new heights. Nominees should have demonstrated significant accomplishments as an entrepreneur, executive, contributor, athlete, owner, or volunteer or other role that supports road running as a business, and have served in the industry for less than five years. The Rising Star award began in 2018. In 2018, it went to Aaron Nemzer of DMSE Sports. In 2019, it went to Pete Hess of San Diego Running Company.

Criteria for Selection
The criteria for selection is written submissions by Running USA members, noting the accomplishments of potential honorees. The Running USA Awards Committee considers each submission, then selects the individual to honor at the upcoming Running USA Industry Conference. The selected honoree must represented an active Running USA member event or company. Nominees should have demonstrated significant accomplishments as an entrepreneur, executive, contributor, athlete, owner, or volunteer or other role that supports road running as a business, and have served in the industry for less than five years.

2020 Nominations are open through Nov. 8 - Nominate here

Running USA Hall of Champions

The Running USA Hall of Champions recognizes the leaders who have made the sport and business of road running the successful and beloved industry it is today. An honor reserved for those who have given their time, energy and passion to improving the sport in new directions, Hall of Champions nominees should have significant accomplishments as an entrepreneur, executive, contributor, athlete, owner, or volunteer or other role that has supported road running as a business and have been or be currently involved with Running USA.

Criteria for Selection
The criteria for selection to the Running USA Hall of Champions is written submissions by Running USA members, noting the accomplishments of potential honorees within the running industry. The Running USA Awards Committee considers each submission, then selects the individual(s) to honor at the upcoming Running USA Industry Conference - View Past Honorees

2020 Nominations are open through Nov. 22 - Nominate here