Get the latest on new Running Industry Association member benefits and initiatives, on general news and updates within the RIA, and stay up to date on our continuing efforts to support the run specialty channel.
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.
This blog provides the latest in news and updates for the specialty run channel.
This report outlines the channel’s current status based on input from the top brands in the run specialty channel. All respondents participated anonymously, and the data has been aggregated to provide a clear snapshot of the channel from two perspectives:
1) Delays & Inventory Position
2) Strategy & Looking Ahead
Skinny Raven Sports general manager Aimee Chauvot is an early adopter of the RIA’s Weekly Snapshots powered by UQ Cadence. Since the fall of 2021, this has been a key tool in measuring team performance and sharing information with the team in Anchorage, Alaska.
In mid-May, the RIA hosted 300 members in Chicago at Runchella 2022. In the exit survey that followed, we asked what we could do to improve the event, and one attendee responded with a request for “nap time”. While the comment was clearly intended to be facetious, there was an element of truth there, given that Runchella packed a lot into 3 1/2 days. After pre-breakfast group runs, attendees spent their mornings in deep dives into professional development and meetings with key brands, while afternoons were spent in brand presentations. Evenings included a brand open house one night, and an epic industry party the following night.