Conference Program

Here's a look at the 2019 Conference Schedule

Day 1
03 Dec 2019
Day 2
04 Dec 2019
Day 3
05 Dec 2019

wear blue: run to remember

Presented By: The IRONMAN Group
Lisa Hallett created wear blue: run to remember after her husband, John was killed during deployment. She will share what has transpired and the lives that have been touched since...
Lisa Hallett

Panel: State of the Run Retail

Chris Farley, owner of Pacers Running and host of the Pace the Nation podcast, will moderate a lively interactive discussion on the current state of run retail. Many people think...
Chris Farley
Ellen Brenner
Josh Levinson

Panel: Expanding Points of View: The Evolution of Our Channel

A thoughtful and future-focused panel discussion on the evolution of the channel, reflection on the values of the next-generation consumers and operators, and the organizational shifts needed to evolve our...
Jim Weber
Burke Beck
Kathy Dalby
Robyn Goby
Wendy Wood Yang
Melissa Worth

Panel: ABCs of CBDs

Evan DeMarco
Tim Gordon

Speed Networking

Speed Networking will take place in two different breakout rooms, each room with 8 different vendors. The same 8 vendors will remain in their designated room for two 45-minute time...

The Power of Running Power

Gino Cinco
Jim Vance

What Runners Say to Runners

What most influences product consideration with shoppers? It's shifted from training the retail sales staff in the 90's, to building communities of influencers through promotions and events in the early...
Paul Kirwin

Everything You Need to Know about Taping

Presented By: Rock Tape
Steve Capobianco, DC, DACRB, CCSP, CSCS

How technology can help you run a more profitable business

Customer experience extends far beyond having pleasant staff interactions. Today’s retailers need the right tech to make sure that they’re meeting shopper expectations. Lightspeed will offer a few ways that...
Ahmed Rachedi

Speed Networking

Speed Networking will take place in two different breakout rooms, each room with 8 different vendors. The same 8 vendors will remain in their designated room for two 45-minute time...

Sustainability is a Business Imperative: Do you have a plan?

The outdoor experience is at threat, customer expectations are changing, and sustainability is rapidly becoming a license to do business. Do you know what it takes to make true progress...
Amy Horton

Attract and Retain the Right Employees: Retirement Planning for Your Business

Former Running Industry professional, Derek McDaniel will provide an open forum to discuss retirement plans for small business owners. Workplace retirement plans may help your bottom line, enhance employee satisfaction,...
Derek McDaniel

Beyond the Billboard: How Biomechanics Drives What’s on Your Retail Wall

Shoe design has pivoted over the past decade. The uppers, midsoles, and outsoles are now purposefully designed, engineered, and integrated. Boa is hosting a talk to help retailers understand WHY...
Dan Feeney
Matt Trudeau
Spencer White
Jay Dicharry

Now #Trending: Social Media Tips & Tricks

As our world and social media changes, is your business? Join Johanna Fiedler, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Promoboxx, as we discuss major social media trends impacting run specialty retailers...
Johanna Fiedler

The Big Pitch

Presented By: Brooks, Balega, Body Glide & Amphipod

Peer Networking Breakfast

Presented By: RIA
Sponsored by RIA Moderated by Tom Griffen

Running Market Trend

Join The NPD Group for an overview of year-to-date market performance of the U.S. running industry. Don't miss this opportunity to hear expert insights on retail sales trends shaping the...
Dirk Sorenson

The BibRave 100 Awards Luncheon

Presented By: BibRave
Award-winning race directors from all over the country will come together again to be recognized for their achievement in event management in the following categories: TOP 20 Marathons TOP 20...
Tim Murphy
Jessica Murphy

Memorable Event Experiences: Unlocking Race and Brand Opportunities

Experience is currency. Races and brands have a unique opportunity to create memorable experiences for runners and participants during an extended, emotionally-charged moment in that person’s life. But to stand...
Chris Heuisler
Matt Weiss

Beyond Recycling, presented by Recover Brands

Recycling is still an important part of any organization’s environmental impact assessment, but recent geopolitical changes have shown us the limitations in reducing our carbon footprint through recycling alone (countries...

Leveraging Connected Fitness

Virtual and digital experiences and platforms have popped up left and right. In this panel you’ll learn more about the trend, and how can races and brands leverage connected fitness...
Jeff Dengate
Christine Burke
Mike McCarthy
Kate Maxwell

Building REAL Community: The Intersection of Digital and Local

Social media has changed the way we connect with tribes across the country and the world. But, IRL still matters, and authenticity is king across channels. We’ll discuss ways to...
Ryan Conrad
Jessica Murphy


Gediminas Grinius, Lithuanian Ultra Runner, takes on the US based Grand Slam with 4 of the most iconic 100 mile Ultras in the world. Watch him in success and struggle...

Trailhead Open

Trailhead Thursday Day 2 of Training Camp at TRE Thursday will focus on the growing trail running category and will feature presentations from top athletes, brands and retailers highlighting opportunities...

Redefining the Future of Fit: Boa’s Commitment to Biomechanics

Boa Technology, makers of the award-winning Boa Fit System, is pioneering new ways to advance human performance through fit. Through the launch of Boa's state-of-the-art Performance Fit Lab and in...
Dan Feeney

DIRT POWER – Getting More Women into Trail Running

Trail running is, at its core, an act of empowerment; no wonder more women than ever are hitting the dirt. Though female participation continues to rise the sport remains male...
Sharon Barbano
Anne Cavassa
Marcy Schwam
Nancy Hobbs
Katie Pyle
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