November 15, 2013 deadline for $25,000 training group grant; 5th recipient to be feted at Running USA 2014 on February 10 in San Diego, California
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - (October 6, 2013) - Running USA, the national industry non-profit organization, has opened the application window for its annual Allan Steinfeld Development Award, a $25,000 training group grant. The winning team will be announced and feted at Running USA 2014: The 11th Industry Conference during the Hall of Champions Dinner on Monday, February 10 at the Marriott Marquis & Marina in San Diego, California.
"One of the highlights of our annual conference is presenting the Allan Steinfeld Development Award to a worthy U.S. training group," said Kevin Callahan, Running USA President. "Although it is always a tough decision with many deserving teams, this grant fulfills our mission and Allan's vision to support and promote U.S. distance runners and to help nurture future Olympians."
At Running USA 2010, the inaugural development award was announced and 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 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 launched in November 2000 that produced top training groups such as Team Running USA (two Olympic medals in 2004 and major marathon wins) and inspired the formation of others.
In February 2010, Team USA Minnesota was selected as the inaugural award winner; in February 2011, Team USA Arizona, the second recipient of the award; in January 2012, Mammoth Track Club, the third recipient, and in February 2013, ZAP Fitness (left, MarathonFoto), the fourth team.
Established U.S. distance training groups are invited to apply for the 2014 grant, and at its annual conference, Running USA will award $25,000 from its auction proceeds to one training group who will be introduced and celebrated at its Hall of Champions dinner.
Applications for the 5th Allan Steinfeld Development Award are available now, and the deadline for submission is Friday, November 15, 2013. For an application or more information, go to: RunningUSA.org or contact grant coordinator Bill Roe at: email@example.com
About Running USA
Running USA advances, serves, promotes and celebrates the sport of running as a clearinghouse and resource center and though its popular annual conference, website, Running USA wire, Running USA Industry E-News, National Runner Survey, annual marathon, half-marathon and State of the Sport reports, and by providing athlete support via the Allan Steinfeld Development Award.
Running USA's more than 340 members include events with 2-plus million finishers and prize money exceeding $5.7 million, race services companies, running-related media companies and organizations and the athletic industry.
In March 2009, the non-profit industry organization marked a decade of achievement to build and promote the sport. For more information, visit: RunningUSA.org or contact Ryan Lamppa at (805) 966-7747 or firstname.lastname@example.org