(Oct. 1, 2023) – Running USA is excited to announce that its 2024 Industry Advancement Scholarship Program is now open for applications, and the deadline to apply has been extended to Oct. 31.

The scholarship program, introduced in 2020, works to advance the careers of minority and/or women-owned organizations in the running industry.  who would otherwise not have the resources to attend the Industry Conference.

Selected recipients will have the opportunity to attend and be featured at the Running USA Industry Conference. The Industry Conference is the world’s largest and most prestigious gathering for running industry personnel. The 2024 event will be the 20th annual gathering in Orlando, Florida Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2024, immediately preceding the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

Interested applicants can review the scholarship criteria and apply here.

Watch this video to hear from some of the 2023 scholarship recipients discuss their experience at the Industry Conference in Denver.

Inspired to be a part of the Industry Advancement Scholarship? Submit your application here.

Five (5) Industry Advancement Scholarships will be awarded in 2024, thanks to the generous donations of industry supporters like RunSignup.

The Industry Advancement Scholarship is only made possible from individual and company contributions.  We welcome your donation here.


Previous scholarship recipients include: Martinus Evans, Founder, Slow AF Run Club; Jake Fedorowski, Author/Founder, Founder of Run Beyond (RUNN+); William Fermo, CEO, 3 Bros Running Company; Jeremy Fermo, Marketing Director, 3 Bros Running Company; Jackie Hoffman, Founder/Executive Director Peace Runners 773; Vanessa Peralta-Mitchell, Owner, VCPM, Inc.; Aaron Potts, Co-Host, 2 Black Runners podcast; Joshua Potts, Co-Host, 2 Black Runners podcast.

“When they selected our names, I was just so happy. I was showing that email to all my family and friends. Because I know how big a deal this is. We were going to be (among) the leaders of the running industry, and just to meet them, it was such an honor,” said William Fermo, CEO at 3 Bros Running Company, who along with his brother Jeremy was among the 2023 scholarship recipients.


About the Industry Conference

Since its origins as a small gathering of Running USA’s founders in Southern California in 2004, the Running USA Industry Conference presented by Race Roster has grown to becoming the best-attended, most esteemed gathering of running industry professionals from around the USA and the world. Now moving locations each year, the conference has been held in Los Angeles, San Diego, Savannah, Houston, San Antonio, Denver, New Orleans, Puerto Rico, Las Vegas and returns to Orlando for the 2024 event.

About Running USA

Running USA is a non-profit organization committed to the growth and success of the running industry. Our promise is to deliver quality education, exceptional industry content, valuable research and ample networking opportunities. We connect. We support. We educate. Running USA brings together an entire community. As the voice of endurance running, we’re all about connection and collaboration. Whether we’re connecting race organizers with sponsors, partners and athletes, or connecting our members with vital information and best practices, our goal is to raise the profile of running and help more people get more out of it. For more information, visit runningusa.org.