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Running USA 2015: The 12th Industry Conference powered by ACTIVE Network will be held in New Orleans, LA at the Hilton Riveside New Orleans. This hotel is located on the bank of the Mississippi River in the hear of NOLA just steps from the French Quarter.

Whether you are an event director, media, vendor, charity partner, show company, athelete, etc. this is the MUST attend Running Industry Event. 

Preliminary Schedule Highlights (speakers and times subject to change).


Sunday, February 8th

Expo and Conference Registration Open - 12:00 PM
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. 
Head-Start Workshop - 1:00-2:30 PM (session will repeat every 30 minutes)
  • Introduction to Running USA - hear from veteran attendees how to make the most of your time at the conference. There will be 3 consecutive sessions available.

Youth Networking Opportunity - 2:00 PM

Gather with other attendees to discuss youth programs and events. This will be a self-guided meeting opportunity. We encourage attendees to connect prior to conference with those you would like to network with during this time.

Leslie Jordan Opening Reception - 6:30 PM
Registration closes - 8:00 PM   (outside the expo doors)
Monday, February 9th
Morning Yoga - 7:00 AM
Expo & Conference Registration - 3rd Floor Foyer
Supercharge Breakfast, Located in the Expo - 7:00-8:00 AM
General Sessions - 8:30 AM
Opening Remarks from Running USA CEO, Rich Harshbarger. Harshbarger will review Running USA's progress in 2014 and provide insight into the State of the Sport.
General Session: 9:00 AM 
Keynote speaker Pat Williams, co-founder and Senior Vice President of the NBA's Orlando Magic. As one of the world's top motivational speakers, Pat has addressed members of Fortune 500 companies, national trade organizations and universities in the United States and abroad. Pat will speak on leadership, teamwork and embracing change in our sport. He has completed 58 marathons over the last 14 years, including the Boston Marathon 13 times.  For more details on Pat, please visit
Break - 10:00-10:30 AM
Idea Labs - 10:30-11:30 AM
  • Building Relationships with Specialty Retailers 
  • Planning for the Future: Our Industry, Your Organizaiton - Matt West - DMSE Sports, Brian Lyons - Go! St. Louis, JT Service - Soul Focus Sports
  • Impact of Millennials on Endurance Sports - Derrick Feldmann, Achieve
Registration closes - 11:00 AM   Expo Entrance 
Women's Trailblazer Award Luncheon sponsored by The ACTIVE Network - 12:00 PM
Round Tables - 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Medical Best Practices
  • Community Engagement
  • Staffing Your Organization
  • How are you Attracting Millennials?
  • Do You Need a VIP Program?
  • Specialty Retailer Engagement
  • How Does Your Event Stand Out?
  • Safety & Security Protocol

Expo Break - 4:00-5:30 PM

Marathonfoto Reception - 5:30-6:30 PM

Running USA Hall of Champions Dinner - 7:00-9:00 PM

  • Dinner & Entertainment
  • Hall of Champions Inductees
  • Allan Steinfeld Development Award Presentation

Tuesday, February 10th

Morning Fun Run with DMSE Sports 6:30 AM

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

General Session: Women Leaders in the Sport of Running - 8:30-9:45 AM

  • Hear from a panel of woman industry experts on how woman are leading and influencing the sport of running and how your business can benefit. Panel moderated by Mary Wittenberg, President and CEO of New York Road Runners

Expo Break - 9:45-10:30 AM

Expo Closes - 10:30 AM

General Session Panel - Charities and Why They Are Important to the Sport - 10:30-11:30 AM moderated by Donna Grogan, VP of Development and Fundraising, Lupus Foundation of America

Ashworth Awards Luncheon - 12:15 PM

Idea Labs: 2:00 - 3:00 PM

  • Insurance, Risk Management and Event Cancellations
  • Diversity and Its Continued Growth - Toni Carey, Co-Founder of Black Girls Run. Additional panelists TBD
  • Using Mobile Technology to Grow Your Business

General Session: 3:30-4:30 - Join us as we close our 2015 event in looking forward to 2016. Prepare to be inspired!

Mark Twain Patio Closing Reception  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 2016 event at a deeply discounted rate.


Price Increase Schedule:
November 15, 2014 ($699/members and $899/non-members)
January 16, 2015 ($749/members and $949/non-members)
February 9, 2015 ($849/members and $1049/non-members)


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