(Nov. 28, 2023) – Running USA is pleased to announce that Michael Clemons has accepted a permanent role as the organization’s Director of Operations.

Clemons has been serving in this capacity as a contractor since September and becomes a full time staff member effective December 1.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Michael at events across the country,” said Jay Holder, Executive Director of Running USA. “There are few people who bring as much operational knowledge and passion to the sport. I’m honored he will be joining us as we take Running USA into the future.”

“Since attending my first Running USA Industry Conference in 2014, I have come to appreciate and respect the role that Running USA plays in supporting and transforming the industry,” Clemons said. “I am excited to bring my passion for the sport and for the people within the sport to this role. I look forward to working with our members and partners to continue to evolve Running USA as an industry leader.”

Michael’s responsibilities will include overseeing the Industry conference and a relaunched regional educational series. As a researcher by trade, he will also play a pivotal role in the expansion of Running USA’s ongoing research projects.

Michael has over a decade of industry experience working running events around the country. Along with owning and operating his own race management company, the Louisville Running Company, he has worked operations for many U.S. road races including the 2022 World Athletics Championships, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, TCS New York City Marathon, Chevron Houston Marathon, and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon.

Michael is also in his final year as a Ph.D. student at the University of Louisville, studying Educational Leadership and Organizational Development with a concentration in Sport Administration. His research focus is on the running industry, focusing on why people run, why running organizations and events do what they do, and how the industry can be more inclusive to all.

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