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


Stronger Together: TRE Partner Panel

On-demand Webinar | Free

Every year, The Running Event partners with organizations representing different facets of the running and outdoor industries. Trusted for their expertise, each TRE partner applies a unique, important perspective across TRE’s educational program, onsite experience, event initiatives, and much more. Each partner aligns with TRE’s values and supports the goal of not only creating a stronger event, but a stronger industry.

In 2023, TRE is partnering with multiple organizations driving change within the industry and beyond. This virtual discussion is an opportunity to get to know some of these partners while learning about each organization’s work, mission, and how they’re collaborating with TRE 2023. Moderated by TRE Event Director Christina Henderson, participants will hear from panelists representing &Mother, Low Impact Alliance, Queer Running Society, and the Running Industry Diversity Coalition.

This on-demand webinar is open and free to anyone who wishes to participate.


Sergio AvilaSergio Avilla
Board Member, Running Industry Diversity Coalition

Born in Mexico City, Sergio Avila grew up running and exploring in the Chihuahuan Desert. Sergio is a husband, son, brother, uncle, a runner, a wildlife biologist and social justice advocate. Sergio works for the Sierra Club in the Outdoor Activities Team, supporting staff and volunteers across the country’s 64 Chapters in their mission to connect all people with the natural world, by maintaining and enhancing diversified, superior, volunteer-run outdoor activities.

Sergio has worked on environmental conservation along the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, as a scientist and facilitator of bi-national efforts. Sergio enjoys trail running, gardening, bird and butterfly watching, and looking for wildlife tracks. He has lived in O’odham and Yaqui lands (Tucson, Arizona) since 2004 with his wife Jenny, their three cats Lupe, Carlos, and Pancho, and Toby, the desert tortoise.

Michael Clemons

Michael Clemons
Co-Director of Road Running, Queer Running Society

Michael Clemons (he/him) is a Ph.D. student at the University of Louisville, studying Educational Leadership and Organizational Development with a concentration in Sport Administration. As the Co-Director of Road Running for Queer Running Society, he brings over 10 years of industry experience working running events around the country to QRS and its efforts on LGBTQ+ inclusion in running. Along with owning and operating his own race management company, the Louisville Running Company, he has worked operations for many US road races including the 2022 World Athletics Championships, Chicago Marathon (where he currently serves as Finish Line Manager), New York City Marathon, Houston Marathon, and the US Marathon Olympic Team Trials. His research focus is on the running industry, focusing on why people run, why running organizations and events do what they do, and how the industry can be more inclusive to all.

Christian Fyfe

Christian Fyfe
Co-Founder, Low Impact Alliance

Christian Fyfe is the Co-Owner of Palmetto Running Company and Co-Founder of the Low Impact Alliance, a collective of retailers, athletes, and brands committed to bringing on environmental responsibility and change within the running industry.

Brennan Grignon

Brennan Grignon
Operations Lead, &Mother

Brennan has lead research efforts for &Mother since early 2022, building out the quantitative data to support &Mother’s work in shifting the narrative around mothers in sports. In June 2023, Brennan became the operations lead for &Mother, developing and streamlining internal processes and working with partners to grow the organization’s initiatives and impact.

Brennan spent much of the last decade serving as the supply chain lead for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She led two multi-agency assessments of the defense industrial base under two Presidential Administrations; was the primary industry liaison for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (DoD’s chief weapons buyer); and managed industrial relationships between the U.S. and partner nations’ to ensure viability of global supply chains supporting national security. During the initial year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brennan was a core member of DoD’s COVID-19 response team, formulating supply chain strategies for DoD, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House.

The first half of Brennan’s career was spent in the finance sector, leading private sector research and development programs, and providing strategic planning expertise to civilian federal agencies.

Brennan is a graduate of American University, with a bachelor’s degree in History and Biology, and a master’s degree in History. She lives in Washington, DC with her family.


Christina Henderson

Christina Henderson
Event Director, The Running Event & Switchback at TRE

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