Meet the Running USA Staff

 

Rich Harshbarger, CEO

Rich was named CEO of Running USA in 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was a marketing and communications executive for the Gannett Company for 20 years and was also the executive race director for the Detroit Marathon. He was an All American swimmer for the University of Kansas where he has a BS in Journalism and an MS Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University. He resides in the Metro Detroit area.
Email Rich at rich@runningusa.org or call him at 313-408-3655


Christine Bowen, Vice President of Programming, Partnerships and Operations


Christine has been fortunate to combine her operational expertise with her passion for the sport to develop a career path she loves along the way
. When she's not on the road at events around the world, she enjoys running and hiking herself. Having completed 8 marathons and 21 half marathons, these days she has been enjoying a more casual pace on the trails. In addition to her dedication to training, Christine travels often and immerses herself in local food and culture wherever she goes. Email Christine at christine@runningusa.org or call her at 858-952-3269

Brian Lyons, DIrector of Membership

Brian was named Director of Membership for Running USA in 2017. Previously, he served as Vice President of Operations for GO! St. Louis, an organization he was involved with for more than 10 years, both as a staff member and volunteer. Brian's experience in business and race development, in addition to overseeing race staffing, logistics, and other directing duties, give him a deep understanding of the needs of race directors and event partners. A talented runner who continues to compete at a high level, he lives in St. Louis with his wife Margaret and their three children. Email Brian at brian@runningusa.org or call him at 314-477-9427

Jason Jacobson, Director of Research

Jason has over 20 years of research expertise with an extensive background in global research for major Fortune 100 firms. He holds his doctorate in Consumer Behavior Theory. Jason is a running enthusiast, a long-time competitive runner, high school coach, and organizer of over 10 race events each year. Email Jason at jason@runningusa.org


Leah Etling, Director of Marketing and Communications

Leah has been part of the Running USA team since 2009, when she was recruited due to her background in endurance journalism. She is a lifelong runner and loves seeing how the sport can truly change people's lives. Her professional talents include writing fast on deadline, identifying compelling stories, and project management. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband Patrick and their two very spoiled dogs.
Email Leah at leah@runningusa.org or call her at 805-452-3365

  Lisa Flannery, Billing and Accounting

A native of San Diego, Calif. with a Bachelors of Arts degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix, Lisa is a diverse accounting professional with over 25 years experience in commercial real estate, financial industry and construction. Email Lisa at lisa@runningusa.org