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.

Conference Scholarships

Every year, Running USA provide a scholarship to support minority and/or women-owned organizations in the running industry who would otherwise not have the resources to attend the Industry Conference,

Our goal in 2024 is to offer 5 individual scholarships.

Please donate to help support the growth of the scholarship recipients

2024 Conference Scholarship applications will open soon


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. AnĀ 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.

Awards of Excellence


The Running USA Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding contributions, initiative, leadership or innovation in the running industry. Honorees can be individuals or a group, program orĀ organization and should be demonstrably driving positive change in the industry.

2022: Alison Mariella Desir, co-founder, Running Industry Diversity Coalition

2023: Michael Nishi, COO, Chicago Event Management; founder, Race Management Program

Criteria for Selection
Nominees can be individuals or a group, program or organization. Nominators will be asked to describe their outstanding contributions, initiative, leadership or unique innovation that has positively influenced the running industry. Two honorees will be selected, so multiple nominations are welcome.

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

Through 2020, the Running USA Youth Program Award provided a $10,000 award to one youth program each year. 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



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. Steinfeld, a member of the Running USA Hall of Champions, passed away in 2017.