Women's Leadership Award


Women have long been recognized for their athletic achievements. Since 2005, Running USA has been acknowledging their accomplishments in the business of our sport. As race directors, medical professionals, operations leaders, entrepreneurs, marketing leaders or in many other ways, every day, women are still a minority in our business. This award celebrates the contributions women make to our sport. 


Criteria for Recognition

The Awards Committee carefully reviews all nominations and takes into consideration the overall accomplishments of each nominee, their community involvement, service as a role model for our business and their proven ability to grow the sport.  


Past Winners

2017 Virginia Brophy Achman, executive director of Twin Cities in Motion
2016 Sally Bergesen, founder of Oiselle
2015 Kathy Kinane, race director/founder of Kinane Events, collegiate and youth coach, elite advocate and runner
2014 Jacqueline Hansen, former world record holder in the marathon 1974 & 1975 (first woman sub-2:40) 
2013 Dawna Stone, Women’s Running Magazine founder & publisher and Women’s Running Half-Marathon Series founder
2012 Nancy Hobbs, long-time USA Mountain and Trail Running leader & Running USA Membership Director
2011 Beth Shluger, Hartford Marathon Foundation executive director
2010 Tracey Russell, Atlanta Track Club executive director
2009 Nancy Lieberman, GO! St. Louis Marathon president and founder
2008 Sharon Barbano, Saucony, Senior Director, Public Relations
2007 Carol Lasseter-Rice, Running Times Magazine publisher
2006 Mary Wittenberg, ING New York City Marathon race director / New York Road Runners president & CEO
2005 Elizabeth Phillips, USATF LDR chair / Avon Running


To nominate an individual for this award, please fill out the application below. 


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