The voice of the run specialty channel

Driving the industry forward through the power of community. 

Welcome to the Running Industry Association

The RIA’s sole purpose is to drive the running industry forward. We do this by helping members maintain healthy, profitable businesses through financial benefits, innovative commerce tools, advocacy, strategic partnerships, and peer support.


"We are laser-focused on member value. Our goal is to consistently deliver the resources our members need to maintain healthy, profitable businesses through financial benefits, education, advocacy, strategic partnerships, and peer support. We also recognize that a key facet to providing member value is to fully understand the environment in which our members compete. Putting this insight to work through innovative new tools, resources and initiatives will allow our members to remain vibrant within their local communities and the running industry as a whole."

Terry Schalow of the Running Industry Association
Executive Director
Terry Schalow
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Membership has its benefits...

The RIA focuses on creating value for our members through a variety of platforms.  Our members enjoy money saving discounts that return membership dues many times over, educational opportunities, peer connections, advocacy, market data, and much more. 


We saw significant savings right away! Our accounts payable manager actually thought there was something wrong with an invoice because the freight was so low.
John Benedict - Playmaker’s, Okemos, Michigan

Backed by the Top Brands in the Channel

The Running Industry Association benefits from an incredible network of the industry's top brands - all supporting our mission to advance the specialty run channel. 

Supporting Brands

The RIA would like to acknowledge the following brands as supporting members who have provided additional financial support to the organization. 

Get educated

RIA Webinars

The Running Industry Association is excited to introduce our new webinar series, the RIA Webinar Wednesdays. Discover, learn and succeed with this series of members-only presentations from the thought leaders within the run specialty channel. Addititonal sessions will be added regularly so watch for those that interest you!


Industry trends and more

Market Research

The Running Industry Association provides some of the industry's leading research in order to support and educate specialty run retailers and brands. Open to members as an additional member benefit, the RIA curates high quality, actionable market research so that your business can thrive.


Run Smart. Run Bright.

National Running Safety Month

Celebrate NRSM in November and beyond with resources focused on running as the days get shorter and the pandemic continues. Sponsored by:



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