Spotlight on the Sport: Running USA member features


Running USA regularly features a unique running industry company, organization, event, vendor or personality on its website, social media, and weekly e-newsletters. All Spotlight on the Sport participants are part of the Running USA industry network. Learn how to join. 


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Hightech Signs


Date: July 18, 2017

Next year, Hightech Signs will celebrate 30 years in business. The Fort Wayne, Indiana based family owned company has always had its feet planted firmly in the running industry.



Date: June 27, 2017
The running industry may have embraced technology whole-heartedly, but we still can’t break up with safety pins. Running USA vendor member BibBoards has a design to change that.



Date: June 12, 2017

RunPix is the brainchild of founder/CEO David Duignan, a New Zealand resident and database consultant who was inspired to create the product by one of the most effective methods for inspiration – personal experience.

Spotlight on the Sport: RunPix



Date: June 6, 2017
nuun is plant-based, gluten free electrolyte replacement, available in a variety of flavors. Mixed with water, it creates a drink that is much lighter than a traditional sports beverage and is both palatable and refreshing.



Date: May 18, 2017
We recently caught up with Kaylee Williams, President of VolunteerLocal, a company that works with numerous races, big and small, providing a fantastic platform to recruit, schedule and manage race volunteers.

Grizzly Run Club

May 1, 2017

for the cadets at the Grizzly Academy, running in the Grizzly Run Club is a challenge and a privilege  - one that imbues them with a sense of pride and accomplishment.



Date: April 19, 2017

We recently caught up with Johnny Beig of Alanic, a Running USA member and an apparel company which provides custom clothing for some of the largest races in North America.


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The Aruna Project

April 10, 2017

To fight back against the sexual exploitation and trafficking of young women in India, the Aruna Project’s approach is three-fold: fundraise with U.S.-based running events, develop a sustainable working environment that can empower formerly enslaved women, and provide a product line to the endurance industry based on that labor.


Crim Fitness Foundation

Date: April 4, 2017
Creating a healthier community in the face of tremendous challenges - all while celebrating the 40th anniversary of a special road race. The Crim Fitness Foundation, a longtime Running USA member, is an inspiring story of community-based programming success.

Ashworth Awards


Date: March 15, 2017
We caught up with Kim Ashworth of Ashworth Awards, the Official Awards Partner of Running USA, to talk about how the company has evolved over the years, what trends they are seeing in the industry and much more.

Meg Fingert Public Relations


Date: December 28, 2016
We recently caught up with Running USA member Meg Fingert, owner/founder of Meg Fingert Public Relations. With dynamic ideas about how important marketing is for the endurance sports industry, Meg is a savvy PR pro who may inspire some smart business-related resolutions.

MarathonFoto’s Immediacy Project


December 6, 2016

To capture race day memories as close to the moment as possible, industry leader MarathonFoto has doubled down on new technology that is changing and improving endurance photography. 





Date: November 22, 2016

The BolderBOULDER, Colorado’s globally famous Memorial Day 10K, has become one of America’s classic road races. Runners revere it for a host of reasons.





December 15, 2016

Catching up with Greenlayer's Kim Bilancio, we learn how she got involved in the industry, what makes Greenlayer stand out amongst the competition and  much more.





November 14, 2016

What do you do to make your race stand out amongst the competition? What if you took a different approach to the swag you offer your runners? Lisa Maloney of Headsweats weighs in.


OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

October 17, 2016

Only one race, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon (Indy Mini), gives runners the chance to take a lap around the track at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.



Brandon Laan, Race Roster

Date: October 12, 2016
Diving in-depth with co-founder Brandon Laan on where the industry currently stands and where it's headed from a technology standpoint


Spotlight on the Sport: Brandon Laan of Race Roster


Kelly Gerard, Kukimbe

Date: October 12, 2016


Recently launched by co-founders Kelly Gerard and Michael DeJadon, the app is "the first comprehensive mobile app that puts races at your fingertips."


    Spotlight on the Sport: Kelly Gerard of Kukimbe


RAM Racing

October 10, 2016


RAM Racing CEO Steve Ginsburg, the founder of the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K race series, is a thoughtful businessman with a background in global manufacturing and investment banking.


Mohammed Iqbal, SweatWorks

Date: October 6, 2016
Mohammed Iqbal sees the endurance industry as lagging far behind in today’s app-driven consumer economy. His digital solutions agency aims to help companies catch up.