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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.

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The LIA Introduces Better Bins

| Low Impact Alliance | News & Updates
The Better Bins product recycling program is one of the latest initiatives of the LIA (Low Impact Alliance). Partnering with Recover, Sneaker Impact, and GU/TerraCycle, the LIA has created a one-stop recycling center for use in local run specialty shops.

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.

Terry Schalow

Executive Director

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Understanding Direct to Consumer Sales, Part One - The Retailer Perspective

| RIA
The owners of Reno Running in Nevada, Manhattan Running in Kansas, Michigan’s Running Lab and Alaska’s Skinny Raven Sports shared their feelings, including frustrations, around online DTC (direct-t...
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Brands at the 2024 RIA Summit

| RIA
As the RIA Summit nears, the RIA is finalizing brand attendees and programming for a not-to-be-missed spring event, scheduled in St. Louis from April 29 - May 2. 
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February 2024 - President's Message

| Andrea Lehmkuhler
Greetings from our new Board President