Running USA’s annual awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to the running industry are announced each year at the organization’s annual Industry Conference. In 2022, the Industry Conference presented by Race Roster is set for Orlando, Florida, from Feb. 20-22.

Hall of Champions

The Running USA Hall of Champions recognizes the leaders who have made the sport and business of road running the successful and beloved industry it is today. An honor reserved for those who have given their time, energy and passion to improving the sport in new directions.

Past honorees

Criteria for Selection
Hall of Champions nominees should have significant accomplishments as an entrepreneur, executive, contributor, athlete, owner, or volunteer or other role that has supported road running as a business and have been or be currently involved with Running USA.

Rising Star Award

 

The Running USA Rising Star award, first given out at the 2018 Industry Conference, recognizes a young professional in the sport who has demonstrated strong leadership, initiative, entrepreneurship and exceptional contributions early in their career. The Rising Star award is intended to support and encourage the next generation of running industry leaders who will take the sport to new heights.

Past recipients

Criteria for Selection
Honoree must represented an active Running USA member event or company. Nominees should have demonstrated significant accomplishments as an entrepreneur, executive, contributor, athlete, owner, or volunteer or other role that supports road running as a business, and have served in the industry for less than five years.

Women’s Leadership Award

This award goes to a woman who has been a leader and a pioneer in the sport and has served the sport with distinction, furthering not only the support and accomplishments of women in the industry, but the running industry as a whole.

Past honorees

Criteria for Selection

The criteria for selection is written submissions by Running USA members, noting the accomplishments of potential honorees within the running industry. The Running USA Awards Committee considers each submission, then selects the individual to honor at the upcoming Running USA Industry Conference

Youth Program Award

The Running USA Youth Program Award provides a $10,000 award to one youth program each year at the Running USA Industry Conference. The Youth Program Award goes to a program which advocates the benefits of youth running, collaborates to combat obesity and supports family and youth health initiatives.

Past Honorees

Criteria for Selection

Each youth program that wishes to apply must complete the annual application and submit it to the committee for consideration. Programs can only be considered if they are Running USA members.

Allan Steinfeld Conference Scholarship

Since 2019, theĀ Allan Steinfeld Conference Scholarship assists a limited number of industry professionals who need help offsetting costs or are otherwise unable to cover lodging and registration fees. Scholarships are available to individuals of Running USA member events currently in good standing.

Criteria for Selection
The criteria for selection is written submissions by Running USA members, noting the eligibility of potential scholarship recipients and how they will take advantage of the opportunity to attend the industry conference. Applicants can nominate themselves for a Conference Scholarship. A letter of recommendation from a colleague or board member is required with each submission. Scholarship recipients must be affiliated with an active Running USA membership.

Allan Steinfeld Development Award

The $25,000 Running USA training group development award was named after Allan Steinfeld, a long-time leader in the sport, who jump-started the U.S. distance running resurgence as head of the New York Road Runners. The Allan Steinfeld Development Award supported one post-collegiate distance running training group each year, and was presented from 2010 to 2018. In 2018, the Development Award transitioned to the Allan Steinfeld Conference Scholarship.