Promotion for former vice president recognizes commitment and innovation

(February 15, 2022) – Christine Bowen has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Running USA, the non-profit trade organization for running announced today.

“The new role of Chief Operating Officer reflects the organization’s pledge for continuous improvement and growth. Christine has made invaluable contributions to the organization and her promotion is a testament to her commitment to Running USA and her passion for the sport. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Christine as we transform Running USA,” said Dawna Stone, CEO of Running USA.

As the organization’s vice president of programming, operations and partnerships since 2016, Bowen is the driving force behind Running USA’s Industry Conference, which returns to Orlando this month after a one year Covid-prompted hiatus.

The conference is known as the preeminent education and networking gathering for running industry professionals. She also created and executed Running USA’s popular Accelerator Series and has led the organization’s educational efforts for 13 years.

“I look forward to continuing to be a contributor to the running industry’s recovery from the pandemic along with our dedicated Running USA team,” said Bowen. “It’s been a challenging two years, but this industry is full of tough and committed individuals.  Running USA will continue working tirelessly  to provide them with valuable resources for a path forward.”

Bowen joined Running USA in 2009 and has been committed to expanding the organization’s reach and effectiveness since. She was recently featured in Running Insight as one of “25 Women to Watch in Run Specialty in 2022,” along with CEO Stone.

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