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 hosting RIA Webinar Wednesdays. Discover, learn and succeed with this series of presentations from the thought leaders within the run specialty channel. Addititonal educational materials will are also available.



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.



Get to know the RIA

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 want you to be sure to join us to learn about the all new RIA Freight Discount Program that we have recently launch to improve your member benefits. February 22 at 9am PST - 12pm EST Introduction of FedEx as the primary carrier Increased discounts Improved customer service Improved discount and status tracking Personalized freight review As a reminder this program can benefit all members as it applies to all types of freight- both inbound and outbound, so it is not just for those with an e-commerce presence. This is a free benefit that everyone can use. Travis Mull with Parcel Management Group will be giving a detailed overview of the small package/freight discounts and services available to you as a member of RIA. Travis is available to take questions regarding your current logistics operations and will provide operational insight to ensure you are capitalizing on the full breadth of the services available to you. Register at RIA now.

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