November 19 - 21, 2024 | Austin Convention Center | Austin, TX

The Running Event Features Expanded Outdoor Focus with Switchback at TRE

Switchback at TRE brings outdoor specialty retailers and brands new opportunities, connections, and continued growth

PORTLAND, Maine (May 23, 2023) – After its successful introduction at last year’s event, The Running Event (TRE), North America’s premier specialty retail conference and trade show, brings back Switchback at TRE to provide outdoor specialty retailers and brands with more space to connect, conduct business, and stay current with industry trends. TRE and Switchback at TRE will be held this November 28-30 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX.

An expansion of The Running Event exhibit hall, Switchback at TRE will be supported by outdoor-focused conference sessions and lively networking opportunities. Attendees will be empowered to source new business, build partnerships, access valuable education, and celebrate the industry. Uniting run and outdoor specialty retailers, brands, and thought leaders under one roof—at an optimal time of year—will redefine the outdoor and running industries and merge the two categories as consumer preferences continue to shape post-pandemic economies.

“Switchback at The Running Event creates one-of-a-kind moments of productivity, continued learning, and celebration among attendees and brands we don’t see or experience anywhere else,” said Christina Henderson, Event Director, The Running Event. “Our mission to advance the running industry is unwavering, and we are thrilled to welcome outdoor retailers and brands once again in 2023 to both support that mission and provide a valuable opportunity for the outdoor specialty industry.”

“The Running Event has a strong, established base of exhibiting outdoor brands, including HOKA, Salomon, OOFOS, The North Face, On, and Merrell,” added Henderson. “Our positive conversations with outdoor brands and the growing list of exhibitors exemplify the need for a space that serves this industry.”

Outdoor specialty brands spanning footwear, apparel, technology, and other categories are invited to exhibit at Switchback at TRE alongside brands like adidas Terrex, Scarpa, Thule, LOWA Boots, Dansko, and more

Next Steps

  • Attendees can stay up to date about Switchback at TRE by submitting information here.
  • Brands interested in exhibiting are encouraged to learn more here or contact Christina Henderson with questions at [email protected].


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About The Running Event
Launched in 2006, The Running Event (TRE) is North America’s premier specialty retail conference and trade show. Each year, it attracts thousands of industry professionals seeking the latest in footwear, apparel, gear, and services. In 2022, TRE launched Switchback at The Running Event: an exhibit hall expansion showcasing outdoor brands. With numerous opportunities for peer learning, interactive and forward-looking conference programming, and dynamic product demonstration and discovery, TRE is the can’t-miss trade show for run and outdoor specialty. For more information, visit

About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities, and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products, Diversified Communications connects, educates, and strengthens business communities in over 15 industries including: renewable energy, healthcare, natural and organic, food and beverage, and technology. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA, with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third-generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit

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