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Running USA Celebrates 15 Years Strong!
National industry non-profit marks 15 years of achievement to advance and promote the sport

  
Running USA Celebrates 15 Years Strong!

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Posted Sunday, 16 March, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - (March 13, 2014) - Today marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of Running USA. On March 13, 1999, in Los Angeles, leading figures and events in the sport, along with USA Track & Field, formed a historic partnership: a national industry non-profit organization, according to the original press release, "devoted to improving the status of road racing in the United States through collective marketing and promotions, services to runners and events and the development of American world class stars."

"Today we celebrate our past 15 years of success and also recognize our Founders and Founding Members for their vision and support in creating Running USA. Over the past 15 years, Running USA has documented, promoted and advanced the sport, and together with our Members and Partners, we have helped grow the sport during the Second Running Boom," said Rich Harshbarger, Running USA CEO. "Today we are 15 years strong, and we look forward to what the next 15 years will bring."

Since its March 1999 inception, Running USA's 15 major accomplishments to build, promote and advance the sport include:

Running USA acknowledges and thanks the following Founders and Founding Members who made the organization a reality.

FOUNDERS
Steve Bosley, David Coyne, Steve & Joy Edwards, Ed Froehlich, David Hannah, Basil & Linda Honikman, Danny Grimes, Wally Kastner, Creigh Kelley, Ryan Lamppa, Craig Masback, Tim Murphy, Bill Reef and Allan Steinfeld

51 FOUNDING MEMBERS (joined Running USA during its first year)
Active.com, adidas, All American Trail Running Association (AATRA), Alta Peruvian Lodge Downhill Dash 8K, America's Finest City Half-Marathon, American Ultrarunning Association (AUA), Army Ten-Miler, ASICS Corporation, Bank of America Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, Big Sur International Marathon, BKB Ltd., Bolder Boulder 10K, ChampionChip, Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, City of Los Angeles Marathon, Columbus Marathon, Crim Festival of Races, Do It Sports, Elite Racing, EMMI, Examiner Bay to Breakers 12K, Florida Running Festival, Food Fitness International, Freihofer's Run for Women 5K, Gate River Run 15K, GetFit.com, Gold Medal Event Management, Indian Path Medical Center & SunTrust Bank Crazy 8's 8K, Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run, Kinane Events, Marty Liquori Productions, Methodist Health Care Houston Marathon, National Sports Network, New York City Marathon, Nike, Park Forest Scenic 10 Mile Run, PhotoRun, PowerBar, Quad-City Times Bix 7, RhodyCo Productions, Runner's World, The Running Network, Salmini Films, Shooting Star Media, Steamboat Classic 4 Mile, Summit Exhibition Management, Tulsa Run 15K, Twin Cities Marathon, USA Track & Field, Utica Boilermaker 15K and Wharf to Wharf Race

About Running USA
Running USA advances, serves, promotes and celebrates the sport of running as a clearinghouse and resource center and though its popular annual conference, website, Running USA wire, Running USA Industry E-News, National Runner Survey, annual Marathon, Half-Marathon and State of the Sport reports, and by providing athlete support via the Allan Steinfeld Development Award
.

Running USA's more than 350 members include events with 2-plus million finishers and prize money exceeding $6 million, race services companies, running-related media companies and organizations and the athletic industry.

The national industry non-profit organization was founded in March 1999 to build and promote the sport. For more information, visit: RunningUSA.org or contact Ryan Lamppa at (805) 966-7747 or ryan@runningusa.org

 

 

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