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Thank You for Making Runchella 2023 the Best Member Summit Yet

Published on | RIA | News & Updates

The Windy City hosted the sold-out show with over 190 registered retailers, 22 top channel brands, 14 brands that are new (or simply new to run specialty), and 7 associate partners. As always, doing business was the keystone of the event, augmented by numerous opportunities to socialize with industry colleagues at group runs, cocktail hours, and Runchella’s famed industry party.

Show highlights:

  • Rebooting the Run Specialty Hall of Fame – Pat and Jan Sweeney of Fleet Feet Sacramento, Ted Goodlake from On Running, and Mark Sullivan, TRE Founder and industry influencer, were inducted.
  • Announcing the Product Data Collaborative (PDC) – The RIA is launching a democratized, universal database that removes the burden of gathering, formatting, and managing brand product data by providing a centralized repository. 

What attendees said:  

"Runchella is always an incredible experience being surrounded by the best of the best in run specialty. This year I had a blast discovering new brands on Thursday during the emerging brands presentations." Toni Reese, The Running Lab Co-Owner

“Our first year at the show was good! We got a number of new account leads and had the chance to reconnect with some of our current accounts. We definitely plan to attend again next year.” Geoff Tease, Puma Channel Sales Manager

“Runchella creates a unique mindset for retailers and vendors that sets it apart from other shows. Everyone shows up ready to collaborate, work, challenge, and make each other better. The small group format and top-to-tops help encourage that, and every show we all walk out with actionable items that can affect the rest of the year.”  Shawn Beitelspacher, Oofos Head of Specialty Sales

We have a fun and inspirational recap video to share with you. Please tune in here to see the show highlights.

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