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Running USA Conference 2014 CONFERENCE SOLD OUT! Running USA 2014 is full to capacity and will not be able to accomodate on-site registrations.

We appreciate your support and hope to see you in New Orleans in 2015!


Running USA 2014: The 11th Industry Conference powered by ACTIVE Network will be held in San Diego, CA at the Marriott Marquis & Marina. This hotel is located right across from The Gaslamp, a great way to take in San Diego's offerings.

The conference planning commitee has put together the best content and the best speakers for this signature industry event.  Whether you are an event director, media, vendor, charity partner, etc. this is the MUST attend Running Industry Event. 

Preliminary Schedule Hightlights (speakers and times subject to change)


*Competitor Group, a Running USA Presenting Partner, will be hosting its annual Endurance Live event on Saturday evening at the Marriott. CGI is generously offering a 20% discount to those that are registered for the Running USA conference. Please contact to take advantage of this offer.

Sunday, February 9th

Expo, Conference Registration & Silent Auction Open - 11:00 AM
Bid on great items and support the winners of the Allan Steinfeld Development Award. Silent Auction closes on Monday, February 10 at 9:00pm.
Industry Innovation Showcase presented by ChronoTrack - Noon - 4:00 PM
Fourteen leading companies, in 15-minute segments, will present the latest running industry products, gear and technologies. Great kick-off to Running USA 2014! Warm pretzels will be served.
General Session: Networking Event - 4:30 PM
Speaker Rick Itzkowich will talk to us about the Dos & Don'ts of Networking and how to make the best of your networking experience at conference. Then we will break into two groups for our ever popular Speed Networking sessions.
Speed Networking Hydration presented by NUUN
Leslie Jordan Opening Reception - 6:30 PM
Registration closes - 8:00 PM   Marriott Foyer
Monday, February 10th
Morning Fun Run with DMSE Sports - 6:30 AM
Expo & Conference Registration 
Supercharge Breakfast Located Expo - 7:00-8:00 AM
General Sessions - 8:15 - 11:30 AM
Opening Remarks from the Running USA Board of Directors President, Kevin Callahan, Map My Fitness
General Session: Keynote Speaker Jeff Fromm, Executive Vice President of Barkley and best-selling author of Marketing to Millennials, will address the industry to discuss how best to market to Generation Y in our sport.
General Session: Emergency & Contingency Planning Panel
Our sport has changed and we face many different challenges related to weather, safety and unexpected emergencies. Hear from Dave McGillivray (DMSE Sports), Mike Nishi (Bank of America Chicago Marathon) and Peter Ciaccia (New York Road Runners) on how they are dealing with the changing landscape in their events. Q&A will be part of this session.
Registration closes - 11:00 AM   Marriott Foyer
Running USA Membership Meeting - 11:30 AM
Women's Trailblazer Award Luncheon sponsored by The ACTIVE Network - 12:15 PM
Idea Labs - 1:30 - 3:00 PM
  • Managing Media & Public Relations - Dan Cruz, Competitor Group
  • "Running On Empty – How to Market Your Race Without a Budget" - Faron Kelley, Run Disney and Bob Hitchcock, Disney Sports
  • Youth Events: Fun, Healthy and Even Profit Making - Mike Dove, JustRun; Heidi Swartz, Cowtown Marathon and Tina Klein, Balanced Running

ACTIVE Network Power Plant Snack Break - 3:00 PM - Rancho Santa Fe 1

Round Table Sessions - 3:15 - 4:30 PM

  • New Ways to Activate Social Media - Justin Ramers, ACTIVE Network
  • The Slowest Generation - Doug Kaplan, Competitor Group
  • Charity Fundraising: A Running-Centric Approach - Donna Grogan, Lupus Foundation of America
  • Emergency Planning & Event Cancellation - Andrea Dowdy, Colfax Marathon
  • Keeping Your Event "Fresh" - Matt West, DMSE Sports
  • Broaden Your Base: How to Reach a Diverse Participant Pool - Ken Nwadike, Superhero Events

Panel Discussion - 3:15 - 4:30 PM

What Running CAn Learn from Triathlon: Jack Caress (President, Triathlon Business International), Paula Newby-Fraser (8-time Ironman champion) and Mike Reilly (Ironman announcer; moderated by Mike Plant


MarathonFoto Reception - 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Hall of Champions Dinner Event presented by Competitor Goup - 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Presentation of the 5th Allan Steinfeld Development Award and announcement of the 2014 Hall of Champions Inductees - 11th Class. And new for 2014 - The "Runners Roast". This years recipient will be Bart Yasso. Join us for an evening of industry stories about a running, adventures and other highlights. Silent Auction closes at 9:00pm.


Tuesday, February 11th

Morning Fun Run with DMSE Sports 6:30 AM

Supercharge Breakfast located in Expo - 7:00-8:00 AM

General Session: How to Bring More Diversity to the Sport - 8:30-10:30 AM

A specially selected panel will address the industry regarding diversity in the sport. How do we bring more African Americans, Latinos and others to the starting line? What are the challenges? Are there cultural and language barriers? This is very thought-provoking topic can no longer be left unaddressed by our industry.

We are pleased to announce that this distinguished panel and important topic will be opened by Leo Manzano, 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist.

  • Tina Klein - Balanced Running, LLC
  • George Banker - Army Ten-Miler
  • Tony Reed - National Black Marathoners Association
  • Stephanie Hightower - USATF President
  • Walter Bland III - Consultant

General Session Panel Discussion - 10:45 AM - Noon

Elite Athlete Relationships: Merhawi Keflezighi (agent/manager), Leo Manzano (2012 Olympic 1500m silver medalist) and Stephanie Rothstein Bruce (professional runner); moderated by Creigh Kelley

Ashworth Awards Luncheon - 12:15 PM

Idea Labs: 1:45 - 3:15 PM

  • Operations: Behind the orange vest, duct tape and zip ties – Doug Thurston, Big Sur International Marathon and Nick Curl, ASICS LA Marathon
  • Social Networking and the Science Behind It – Galen Burson, ACTIVE Network
  • Cultivating Connections: Creating strategic event relationships and parnterships that foster growth, prosperity and long-term success – Beth Salinger, Hospital Hill Run

ACTIVE Network Power Plant Snack Break - 3:15 PM Rancho Santa Fe 1

General Session: 3:30-4:30

Dave McGillivray, President of DMSE Sports, presents 30-Plus Years in the Industry: Past, Present and Future. This session will be geared towards the entire industry. No matter if you are a vendor, race director, media or consultant this session will provide a rich take away.

Poolside Closing Networking Reception presented by Mobile View, LLC - 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Join us poolside to enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and make those final connections. ACTIVE Network will be on hand to take sign-ups for the 2015 event at a deeply discounted rate.


Price Increase Schedule:
Running USA 2014 is SOLD OUT! Registration is closed!
November 15 - increase to $649 ($849 non-member)
January 16 - increase to $699 ($899 non-member)
Onsite Registration February 9-11 - $799 ($999 non-member) - NOT AVAILABLE


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